Dontrelle throws six scoreless in D'Backs debut

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Dontrelle Willis headshot.jpgDontrelle Willis joined up with the Diamondbacks just a few days ago in a trade from the Tigers and made his Arizona debut on Saturday night against the Rockies.  He did fantastic by his own recent standards, hurling six scoreless innings and earning his first National League victory since going 10-15 back in 2007 for the Marlins.

Does it mean he’s all of a sudden going to turn his career around?  No.  Some of the control issues that plagued him in Detroit cropped up on Saturday, as he walked four batters and threw only 60 of his 106 pitches for strikes.  But he was far better in damage control situations and escaped every major jam that the Rockies’ talented lineup presented to him.

The D’Backs can finish off a three-game sweep of Colorado on Sunday afternoon, but they’ll have to get through Ubaldo Jimenez (10-1, 0.78 ERA) in order to do it.

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.