Last night Mets infielder Jose Reyes was rushed into emergency pitching service due to an historic blowout at the hands of the Washington Nationals. He didn’t fare well, giving up two homers. One to Matt Adams, one to Mark Reynolds.
Today in what can only be described as an act of scheduling cruelty, the Mets had to face the Nats once again. As I type this the Mets are certainly losing — 5-2 — and that can’t be too terribly surprising. But Reyes has evened his personal ledger to some extent, hitting two homers of his own: a solo shot in the fifth and a second solo shot in the eighth.
Shohei Ohtani‘s career is just getting started, so it’s not out of the question that he’ll give up two homers one night and hit two the next day himself, but for now I think it’s safe to say that Reyes is in some pretty singular territory.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.