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-illar of the Day, Games 115-121

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The -illar Bros couldn’t save the Mets from a truly miserable week.

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During the 2020/2021 offseason, the Mets made an unprecedented move: they signed two players whose last name ends with -illar, Jonathan Villar and Kevin Pillar. While the names are pronounced differently (Vi-yar versus Pill-ar), the two bench pieces starters sometimes starters for the Mets have contributed a fair amount to their early success already.

Inspired by our own Maggie Wiggin on Twitter, we will declare an “-illar of the Day,” celebrating which player had a more productive (or less destructive) day for the Mets.

Oof, this week.


Game 115: Dodgers at Mets

In what was truly a contest of ‘who did less damage,’ Jonathan eked out a victory with an RBI in the first of five straight losses.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 116: Dodgers at Mets

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Two walks and a hit are good for the nod in another disappointing loss.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 117: Dodgers at Mets

Celebrity Sightings In New York - February 11, 2021 Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

I refuse to give this game more than the barest minimum of digital ink.

-illar of the Day: Literally anyone named Hillary. Whatever you were doing, y’all did better than our boys today.

Game 118: Mets at Giants

Villar hit a dinger in an otherwise unremarkable game.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 119: Mets at Giants

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Neither -illar did squat in this game. This column used to be fun.

-illar of the Day: From 1944 to 1972, the USS Willard Keith was a highly decorated and often used naval ship, named for a deceased Marine veteran. In the 70s, it was transferred to the Columbian navy. While I don’t like promoting a vehicle of war, I find it fascinating that ships can be transferred from one navy to another, like a barista changing Starbucks locations. Plus, big ships are cool. (Note: that’s not a picture of this specific ship. Cut me some slack)

Game 120: Mets at Giants

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Fun returns! OF Doom hit a game-winning three-run home run for his first victory in a dog’s age.

-illar of the Day: Kevin Pillar

Game 121: Mets at Dodgers

Fun has left again. That said, I’ll let our Rob Wolff take this one from his game recap:

Jonathan Villar. Anyone who irritates Trea Turner is doing the Lord’s work.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar


The Tally So Far:

Jonathan Villar: 44 wins, 5 ties

Kevin Pillar: 24 wins, 5 ties

Other -illars: 22

Unless Pillar goes on a torrid streak of both playing and mashing of baseballs, this is looking like a foregone conclusion.

C’mon, Kev. Prove me wrong.