Jair Jurrjens hurls one-hitter for first career shutout

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Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens emphatically reclaimed the major league lead in ERA on Friday by throwing a one-hit shutout against the Orioles.  It was his first career shutout and second complete game.

The performance lowered his ERA from 2.07 to 1.89.  Jered Weaver had held the major league lead with a 1.97 ERA.

Jurrjens took a no-hitter into the seventh before Adam Jones singled to break it up.  Jones was one of just two hitters to reach base for the Orioles in the game, as Jeremy Guthrie fell to 3-10 despite another solid effort in a 4-0 loss.  He pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs.

Jurrjens ended up with eight strikeouts, besting his previous season high by two.  His career high for strikeouts is 10, achieved Sept. 11, 2008 against the Rockies.

The 25-year-old has won his last three starts, and he’s tied for the major league lead with 11 victories.  He probably won’t be the choice to start for the NL in the All-Star Game — Roy Halladay is the likely selection there — but he’ll almost certainly be on the roster and he could be the second or third pitcher into the contest for the Senior Circuit.

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.