Clayton Richard exits start after throwing only two pitches

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Padres starter Clayton Richard left tonight’s start against the Dodgers after throwing only two pitches to lead-off hitter Yasiel Puig. The team will release details once they are known. MLB.com’s Padres beat writer Corey Brock suggests “something really wrong”.

Richard was replaced by Tim Stauffer, who was promptly hit in the leg with a ball off of the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, but he stayed in the game, allowing one run in the first frame.

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.