Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts hit a fifth-inning two-run shot over Fenway Park’s Green Monster for his first major league homer on Wednesday night against the Cubs …
Betts was drafted as a middle infielder and his outfield defense has looked shaky so far in Boston, but the 21-year-old sure can hit. He had a .345/.437/.520 slash line this season in the minors before his June 28 callup.
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.