After interviewing a handful of candidates to replace Rick Adair as pitching coach the Orioles have settled on Braves minor-league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace.
Wallace previously was pitching coach for the Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, and Astros although the 66-year-old hasn’t held that title since 2007.
Other candidates known to have interviewed with the Orioles are former Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis, and Rangers bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.
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.