Roy Oswalt collects 1,500th career strikeout

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oswalt hat tip.jpgAs noted by Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Astros starter Roy Oswalt collected the 1,500th strikeout of his career Thursday against the Reds.  Here’s a look at where he stands on the active list:

1. Jamie Moyer – 2355
2. Javier Vazquez – 2271
3. Andy Pettitte – 2172
4. Tim Wakefield – 1995
5. Kevin Millwood – 1836
6. Johan Santana – 1761
7. Livan Hernandez – 1725
8. Chan Ho Park – 1666
9. CC Sabathia – 1618
10. Roy Halladay – 1528
11. Barry Zito – 1520
12. Roy Oswalt – 1500
13. A.J. Burnett – 1489
14. Tim Hudson – 1413

As for the all-time list?  Well, he ranks 171st, right behind Goose Gossage (1502 career strikeouts) and Paul Derringer (1507).  Oswalt, 32, entered Thursday’s start against the Reds with a 2-2 record, 1.00 WHIP, 2.42 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio through four starts this season.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.