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Zach Britton’s consecutive saves streak has ended at 60


On September 20, 2015, Zach Britton blew a save against the Rays. Little did he know that he wouldn’t blow another save until August 23, 2017, converting 60 consecutive save opportunities.

Britton took the mound with a 7-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. He yielded a single to Jed Lowrie, a double to Boog Powell, an RBI single to Marcus Semien, and a sacrifice fly to Matt Joyce to allow the A’s to close the two-run deficit. In the next at-bat, he uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Khris Davis before being removed from the game. Miguel Castro relieved Britton, but walked Ryon Healy on four pitches to load the bases. Castro wriggled out of the jam by getting Matt Olson to pop up and striking out Matt Chapman, stranding two of Britton’s runners.

Britton entered Wednesday’s action 11-for-11 in save chances on the season with a 2.88 ERA and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He missed two months earlier this season with a strained left forearm.

Report: Mets debating adding Jose Reyes, considering potential P.R. fallout

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mets are “debating internally” whether or not to sign shortstop Jose Reyes. In particular, the Mets are considering a potential public relations fallout, as Reyes served a 52-game suspension for allegedly hitting his wife during the offseason.

The Rockies designated Reyes for assignment last week and he’s expected to pass through waivers unclaimed, which would make him a free agent. In that case, the Mets — or any other interested team — would only be on the hook for the prorated major league minimum salary. The Rockies owe him $22 million for this season, $22 million in 2017, and $4 million to buy him out of the final year of his deal, which is a $22 million club option.

Reyes hit an aggregate .274/.310/.378 with seven home runs and 53 RBI between the Blue Jays and Rockies last season. The Jays sent him to Colorado ahead of the trade deadline last year along with Miguel Castro and minor leaguers Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco in exchange for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

While baseball has certainly made progress in dealing with domestic abusers, they could be doing more, as could individual teams. The Mets could make a strong statement by refusing to consider signing Reyes based on what he allegedly did over the offseason. Players have been blackballed for much less, like Barry Bonds after putting up a 1.045 OPS in 2007. Bonds was willing to play for the major league minimum salary and yet no team dared to sign him, strangely. If Bonds — an alleged abuser himself — can be eschewed from the game, so too can alleged domestic abusers. Reyes is not owed an opportunity to play in the majors, or the minors for that matter.

At the very least, teams that continue to pay alleged abusers — or Major League Baseball as a whole — could require players to make a concerted outreach. That could include, as an example, speaking to young men to help, as Jesse Spector of Sporting News put it, “stop perpetuating the cycle of violence.”

That these alleged abusers continue to easily find work sends the message that teams and the sport as a whole values players’ abilities to hit homers, make flashy plays, or rack up strikeouts more than the safety of the players’ partners, children, and other people in their lives. It sends an unwelcoming message to fans who have been victims. Baseball can and should be doing better.