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-illar of the Day, Games 101-107

The dog days of -illAugust are here.

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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.

The Mets had a particularly frustrating week for myriad reasons, and the -illars were not immune to the downturn. For one -illar in particular, this was a particularly rough week.

Game 101: Braves at Mets

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Jonathan Villar went 3-4 in a ‘Camp Day’ loss to the Barves, but hey, at least he did something offensively.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 102: Reds at Mets

The Mets let down Carlos Carrasco in his regular-season debut, but Villar did score one of the two runs they managed to eke out against the Red Legs.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 103: Reds at Mets

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I’d be hard-pressed to sum up the contributions from the -illar Bros any better than Chris did in the recap.

Considering the fact that Villar drove in a run in the game and Pillar scored the winning run, this might seem a bit harsh. But Villar’s mistake on the bases was massive, and the only thing Pillar did to be in the position to score that run was make an out to end the bottom of the ninth.

-illar of the Day: There was a bizarre movie in the 70s called Willard, which was about a boy and his pet rat. This eventually spawned a sequel called Ben, with the theme song sung by a post-Jackson 5, pre-Off the Wall Michael Jackson. The original movie was remade in 2003 starring George McFly himself, Crispin Hellion Glover. You know things are bad when a rat film gets the nod.

Game 104: Reds at Mets

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I hate to disagree with my pal Grace, but these have been a rough few weeks for Kevin “OF Doom” Pillar, and so him collecting a hit when Villar didn’t on Sunday gets him the nod for the day.

-illar of the Day: Kevin Pillar

Game 105: Mets at Marlins

Villar drew a walk in his only plate appearance. I know that’s not exactly a world-beating performance, but if I’m going to award Pillar the award on a go-nowhere single, I’ve got to be fair and do a similar kindness to Jonathan Virtual Reality.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

Game 106: Mets at Marlins

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I have nothing to say about this game.

-illar of the Day: Let’s move away from the sad Mets and talk about some teams that won some shit. Today’s -illar of the day went to three Super Bowls as the defensive coordinator for Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins. He also served as the head coach for some piss poor Giants teams in the 70s. Folks, it’s Bill Arnsparger!

Game 107: Mets at Marlins

Villar picked up an RBI, Villar picked up the -illar of the Day.

-illar of the Day: Jonathan Villar

The Tally So Far:

Jonathan Villar: 36 wins, 5 ties

Kevin Pillar: 23 wins, 5 ties

Other -illars: 19

Come on, Kev. We’re rooting for you.