I’m not a super World Baseball Classic enthusiast, but one of the things I was looking forward to in the WBC was seeing Japanese star Shohei Otani play. As we’ve mentioned before, the guy both hits and pitches like an all-star. We’ve not seen his like in baseball in our lifetimes.
Sadly, however, he will only be a one-way player at best in the WBC, as he announced today that he will not pitch for Japan because of an ankle injury. He may still hit, but it’s not entirely certain.
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.