Thanks to the All-Star break Tim Lincecum got nine days off after throwing a staggering 148 pitches in his no-hitter against the Padres, but his follow-up start was still a mess last night.
Lincecum failed to make it out of the fourth inning against the Reds, allowing a career-high eight earned runs on nine hits, including a career-high three homers. In the span of 78 pitches his ERA rose from 4.26 to 4.71.
However, afterward Lincecum insisted that the 148-pitch start took “no toll” on him physically, saying: “I felt just as normal as I have in recent starts.”
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com notes that Lincecum threw a between-starts bullpen session during the long layoff, but last night his fastball “fastball barely grazed 90 mph” and “the changeups turned to blobs.”
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.