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Mets: Jose Reyes has played more baseball than Yoenis Cespedes in 2018

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets blows kisses to the fans as he walks to the dugout with Jose Reyes #7 after he hit a three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a game at Citi Field on August 27, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets blows kisses to the fans as he walks to the dugout with Jose Reyes #7 after he hit a three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a game at Citi Field on August 27, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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What’s wrong with the New York Mets? Well, Jose Reyes has more plate appearances than Yoenis Cespedes this season.

It’s official. Jose Reyes has played more baseball for the New York Mets in 2018 than Yoenis Cespedes.

Heading into last night’s game, the pair each had 141 at-bats. Cespedes had one more plate appearance, but yet another start at third base pushed Reyes ahead.

Reyes has played in far more games than Cespedes, which is understandable. As a bench player, he should play often either as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement. When compared to a starter who has spent a bulk of the season on the disabled list, this wouldn’t shock me.

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The bigger surprise is to see Reyes get more chances in 2018. Due to Cespedes’ indefinite romance with the disabled list, I expect him to continue to add to his innings, at-bats, games played, and everything else.

With last night’s start, Reyes has now played in 72 games for the Mets. This is more than Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce. It will take Reyes a while to catch that pair in terms of plate appearances. If he does, we can really start to cry.

While on the topic of games played and how few Cespedes has participated in, two relievers have already bested him. Jeurys Familia wrapped up his 2018 Mets stint with 40 games. Robert Gsellman entered Monday night’s action with 44. Finally, there’s Jerry Blevins who had 38 as of yesterday.

To add just a little more insult to injury (no pun intended), Jose Bautista has more plate appearances than Cespedes already. He didn’t even join the team until after Cespedes went on the disabled list.

I know time is relative. I also know it flies when you’re having fun. This season has been anything but. A big reason for it is how often we’ve seen the reserve players on the field. The cause for this is because the stars have not been available.

You don’t need to go too in-depth into why the record is this poor. When Reyes is logging more playing time than your $29 million slugger, you have no chance at winning.

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