HBT Daily: The Nats-Braves and who gets the credit for Boston’s fast start?

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We’ve been HBT-Extra-ing it for a while, but today marks the return of HBT Daily. We’re going to be doing shorter, pithier hits most weekdays now. When we don’t, it’s because I wasn’t able to get showered and shaved before the cameras rolled at 10AM or whenever.

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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.