Mets infielder Jose Reyes pitched on Tuesday night as the Mets were annihilated by the Nats, because of course he did.
The sight of Reyes on the mound, chucking pitches between 49 and 85 MPH brought back memories of some other Mets position players who toed the rubber. Here they are, ranked from worst to best:
8. Jose Reyes: July 31, 2018
Reyes started off decently before getting lit up. Final line: 1.0 IP, 5 hits (including 2 homers). 54.00 ERA.
7. Todd Zeile: July 26, 2004
Zeile took the mound in Montreal and actually kept the ball in the park. Final line: 1.0 IP, 4 hits. 45.00 ERA.
6. Derek Bell: August 22, 2000
Bell didn't make an impact in the playoffs in 2000, but he made one on the mound. Final line: 1.0 IP, 3 hits. 36.00 ERA.
5. Anthony Recker: June 30, 2013
Recker and his backside performed relatively well against the Nats at Citi Field. Final line: 1.0 IP, 1 hit (it was a homer). 18.00 ERA.
4. Matt Franco: July 2 and August 8, 1999
When he wasn't pinch-hitting, Franco took the mound twice for the Mets in '99. Final total line: 1.1 IP, 3 hits (1 homer). 13.50 ERA.
3. Kevin Plawecki: April 30, 2017
Plawecki got three flyouts to start before things went downhill. Final line: 3.0 IP, 5 hits (including 3 homers). 12.00 ERA.
2. Bill Pecota: September 26, 1992
During one of the worst seasons in franchise history, this had to happen. Final line: 1.0 IP, 1 hit (a homer). 9.00 ERA.
1. Desi Relaford: May 17, 2001
This appearance was literally perfect. Final line: 1.0 IP, no hits, no walks. 0.00 ERA.