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2021 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 2 7 5.59 83 24 1.19

Top Heath Hembree News

  • Mets' Heath Hembree: Notches ninth save

    Hembree struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his ninth save of the season, and first as a Met, in an 11-9 win over the Nationals during the first game of a doubleheader.

    The veteran reliever served as the Reds' closer through most of July, but Hembree got cut loose after posting a 16.71 ERA over his final seven innings for Cincinnati. Claimed by the Mets off waivers in August, he's returned to his prior form, posting a 3.60 ERA and 6:3 K:BB through five innings for his new club. Edwin Diaz was getting the twin bill off after working three of the previous four days and Seth Lugo and Trevor May both entered the matinee before Hembree did, so this will likely be his last save chance of the season, but if he keeps pitching well he could work his way into a consistent setup role.

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  • Mets' Heath Hembree: Joins Mets' bullpen

    The Mets added Hembree to their active roster Tuesday.

    The Reds DFA'd Hembree after he allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning Aug. 16. Having struggled considerably for nearly a month, the righty doesn't figure to pitch in anything but low-leverage relief situations, at least initially.

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  • Mets' Heath Hembree: Claimed by Mets

    Hembree was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

    Hembree was DFA'd by the Reds on Tuesday after allowing 13 runs across his past seven innings. The veteran right-hander held a respectable 4.33 ERA and 0.96 WHIP prior to the rough patch, and the Mets appear to be somewhat confident that he'll be able to regain his form in a move to Queens. Given his recent struggles, Hembree seems unlikely to see work in high-leverage innings initially, though he could become a candidate for late-inning work if he's able to pitch effectively during his next few outings.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Designated for assignment

    Hembree was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.

    It's a tough life out there for a reliever. Hembree was excellent for much of July, posting a 1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB over an 11-appearance stretch and saving seven games. Everything fell apart after that, as he allowed 13 runs in his last seven innings of work, including five in Monday's game against the Cubs. His bullpen spot will be taken by Tony Santillan.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Takes seventh loss Tuesday

    Hembree (2-7) allowed an earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out one in one-third of an inning, taking the loss to Atlanta on Tuesday.

    Hembree recorded just one out and was responsible for the game-winning run scoring in the sixth inning. He has struggled recently, surrendering seven runs in his last 4.1 innings. The 32-year-old has a 5.45 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 39.2 innings this season. However, he does offer a lot of strikeouts with a 14.8 K/9.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Blows save Tuesday

    Hembree (2-6) took the loss Tuesday as the Reds fell 7-5 to the Twins, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks over two-thirds of an inning to blow his second save of the season. He struck out two.

    After walking the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning while trying to protect a one-run lead, Hembree served up a three-run shot to Jorge Polanco to hand the game to Minnesota. The right-hander has been tagged for runs in four straight appearances while posting a 6:5 K:BB in three innings over that stretch, and the only thing keeping him in the closer role right now might be the fact that Amir Garrett hasn't looked much better of late, either. If Hembree can't turn things around soon, the Reds might consider other options, such as Michael Lorenzen or Mychal Givens, in the ninth.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Takes loss in relief

    Hembree (2-5) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Cubs after allowing a run on two walks and a hit batsman across two-thirds of an inning.

    After recording the last out of the eighth inning, Hembree stayed in for the ninth with the game tied at 5-5, but he struggled with his control, walking Patrick Wisdom and Ian Happ before plunking Nico Hoerner. Hembree was pulled with the bases loaded and one out, and the winning run was charged to him when Javier Baez singled to center against Amir Garrett. This was an unusually rough outing for Hembree, whose ERA has now inflated to 4.50 despite a sharp 58:14 K:BB and 1.00 WHIP in 36 innings this season.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Secures another save

    Hembree picked up the save Saturday against the Cardinals, retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.

    The right-hander needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order and earn his eighth save of the campaign. Seven of the eight pitches went for strikes, though none were of the swinging variety. Hembree has blown only one save on the season and has allowed only two earned runs across his past 13 appearances spanning 12.2 innings.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Notches seventh save

    Hembree struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his seventh save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

    He wasn't facing a soft part of the St. Louis lineup either, as Nolan Arenado and Tyler O'Neill were among his strikeout victims. Hembree seems to have stabilized the Reds' shaky closer situation, and since the beginning of July he has a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings while converting six of seven save chances.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Records another save

    Hembree earned the save Saturday against Milwaukee after tossing a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.

    Hembree was tasked with closing things out and got the job done despite needing 18 pitches (10 strikes) to do so, and he's now 6-for-7 in save chances this season. He appears to be thriving with high-leverage responsibility, posting a 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and an elite 16.9 K/9 through 5.1 innings across six appearances this month.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Fans side, earns save

    Hembree struck out all three batters he faced and earned a save over the Brewers on Friday.

    Hembree entered the game with a runner on second base but needed just 12 pitches to shut down Milwaukee and finish off the victory. He's been given a save chance in each of his last five appearances, converting four of those while recording a 9:1 K:BB through 4.1 frames. He owns a 4.97 ERA with five saves this season.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Picks up another save

    Hembree picked up the save Wednesday against the Royals after hurling a scoreless inning, striking out one.

    Hembree has gone 3-for-4 in save chances across his last four outings, as he has taken over the closing duties with both Lucas Sims (elbow) and Tejay Antone (forearm) on the injured list. Hembree is part of a closer-by-committee approach the Reds have embraced this season, but he's often seeing work in high-leverage situations. That's not expected to change regardless of who ends up as the defined closer in that committee -- if there ever is one.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Stuck with loss Tuesday

    Hembree (2-4) took the loss Tuesday versus Kansas City. He allowed an unearned run on one hit and one walk while recording his lone out via strikeout.

    Hembree entered the contest in a tough spot, as Brad Brach gave up a walk, hit a batter and gave up an unearned run. Hembree allowed both inherited runners to score on a Nicky Lopez single before Amir Garrett relieved him. It was on Garrett's watch that Kansas City walked it off, with the run charged to Hembree. The 32-year-old had converted saves in his last two outings before Tuesday's messy appearance. He has a 5.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 46:11 K:BB across 27 innings this year while often seeing high-leverage work in a closer-by-committee bullpen.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Nails down third save

    Hembree gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.

    The right-hander appears to be the top closing option for the Reds at the moment, picking up saves in back-to-back games. Amir Garrett, who pitched the last two days and was likely unavailable, remains in the mix, however, and Lucas Sims (elbow) and Tejay Antone (forearm) could be back later this month as well. On the season, Hembree has a 5.06 ERA thanks to eight homers allowed in 26.2 innings, but his 45:10 K:BB highlights how dominant he can be when everything is clicking.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Converts second save

    Hembree allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 2-1 win over the Cubs.

    A rough June saw Hembree typically working earlier in games, but he's now amassed three straight scoreless innings. The right-hander has a 5.26 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 43:10 K:BB with two saves, four holds and a 2-3 record through 25.2 innings this year. With Lucas Sims (elbow) and Tejay Antone (forearm) both likely out through the All-Star break, there could be more high-leverage assignments available for Hembree.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Stuck with loss Saturday

    Hembree (1-2) took the loss Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two in two-thirds of an inning versus San Diego.

    Hembree gave up a double to Tommy Pham and a two-run home run to Ha-Seong Kim in the eighth inning. It's been a rough month-plus for the veteran reliever, who has allowed 16 runs (14 earned) in his last 12.2 innings after opening the year with eight scoreless outings. The 32-year-old has a 5.91 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 35:7 K:BB, one save and four holds across 21.1 innings overall.

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  • Reds' Heath Hembree: Earns win in relief

    Hembree (1-1) earned the win in relief Sunday against the Cardinals after tossing a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two.

    Hembree finally recorded a scoreless outing after a woeful stretch in which he allowed 10 earned runs across six innings over six appearances. His ERA has ballooned to 5.40 following that stretch, but this outing might be the one that will boost his confidence to rediscover his early-season form.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 223 lbs
Birthplace: Spartanburg, SC
Age: 33
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R