Raley (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning and earned the win Sunday versus Texas. He struck out three.
The 32-year-old did his part to keep the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning, and Houston's offense rallied for the lead in the bottom of the frame. Raley has been inconsistent for much of the season with a 7.31 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 16 innings. He's given up at least one run in nine of his 19 outings while adding a save and three holds.
Raley (0-2) failed to record an out Wednesday, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk versus the Yankees
Raley entered with the game tied at 3-3, but he allowed three straight batters to reach base before Joe Smith took over on the mound. Smith allowed all of the inherited runners to score, leaving Raley with his second loss in as many outings. He has an unsightly 9.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 16:4 K:BB in 12.1 innings. He's also picked up a save and three holds, but it seems unlikely the southpaw will be trusted in high-leverage outings until he can put together better performances.
Raley (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season Sunday, allowing one run and one hit in a third of an inning against the Rays.
Raley induced a pair of soft groundballs sandwiched around Austin Meadows's being hit by a pitch. The second soft grounder was not handled well by Alex Bregman, whose wild throw to first base put Meadows on third. Ryne Stanek entered and gave up a shift-beating single to Manuel Margot, tagging Raley with the loss. His importance in the bullpen has grown recently, as this was Raley's fourth straight leverage appearance.
Raley struck out two over a perfect eighth inning in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Seattle.
Entering the eighth inning with a two-run lead would normally mean Ryne Stanek, but he threw 29 pitches Monday, so manager Dusty Baker rolled with Raley. Joe Smith had opened the season as the eighth-inning man, but he's pitched himself out of the role with a 12.71 ERA. Raley had given up runs in six of 10 outings but was given the chance to preserve the lead for closer Ryan Pressly. He picked up his third hold with the perfect inning, the second time in three appearances that he's retired all three batters faced.
Raley struck out one over 1.2 scoreless innings to record his first save of the season in Saturday's 9-1 win over the A's.
The southpaw was called on to squelch a rally in the eighth inning and protect a 5-1 lead after Enoli Paredes had loaded the bases, creating a save situation for Raley as the tying run was on deck, and the Astros then tacked on four more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. It's only the second career save for the 32-year-old, who coughed up two runs Friday in one-third of an inning, but Raley could see semi-consistent high-leverage work this season with Blake Taylor being the only other left-hander in the Houston bullpen at present.
Raley is projected to claim a roster spot in the Astros' bullpen, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Raley has allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out six over 5.2 Grapefruit League innings. The left-hander is expected to be a middle reliever.
Raley has prepared during the offseason to fill an inning-eater role out of Houston's bullpen, Ryan Herrera of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Raley was one of several pitchers to come out of nowhere and serve as bullpen pieces for the Astros last season. Unlike the others, who were young pitchers making their MLB debuts, Raley was in his 30s and spent most of his career pitching in leagues around the world. He became a trusted member of the 'pen and made six relief appearances during the postseason.
The Astros exercised Raley's $2 million club option for 2021 on Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The 32-year-old southpaw had a 4.95 ERA in 20 innings this season, but his 3.63 xFIP and 25.0 K-BB% paint a better picture of the type of reliever the Astros are hoping to have for 2021. He will likely pitch primarily in the middle innings, but his ability to miss bats makes him someone to keep an eye on if the back of the bullpen underperforms next season.
Raley worked around a walk and struck out two over a scoreless eighth inning to earn his sixth hold in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
The left-handed Raley got the benefit of facing three left-handed batters in the inning. The Diamondbacks are in pure evaluation mode in September, so they let three young, lefty batters hit against Raley, who is holding lefties to a .133 average. He's scoreless over his last three outings, earning two holds and a save during that run.
Raley struck out one and did not allow a baserunner in a scoreless inning to earn the save Thursday against the Rangers.
Raley came in with the Astros up 2-1 and retired the side in order on only five pitches to earn his first save. He hasn't had particularly strong surface results since joining the team Aug. 11, putting up a 5.27 ERA. However, he had a 0.95 WHIP with a 17:4 K:BB across 13.2 frames entering Thursday's contest, so the team may be willing to turn to him in high-leverage situations to close the campaign. Primary closer Ryan Pressly has struggled of late, allowing two earned runs across his last 3.1 frames.
Raley was activated by the Astros on Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Raley was traded to the Astros on Sunday, and he'll officially join the major-league bullpen following Tuesday's move. The southpaw probably won't be tasked with many important innings. To make room for Raley on the active roster, right-hander Carlos Sanabria was optioned to the team's alternate training site.
Raley was traded from the Reds to the Astros on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday, but he'll remain in the majors as part of the Astros' pitching staff. Given the southpaw's struggles over his first four innings out of the bullpen this year, he'll likely be used mainly in lower-leverage situations in Houston. Right-hander Roberto Osuna (elbow) was transferred to the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday.
Raley made his return to the majors this season after spending the past five seasons in Korea, but he was inconsistent across four relief appearances with the Reds. Although he pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout Wednesday against Cleveland, the southpaw will be removed from the 40-man roster. Raley recorded a 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB over four innings as a reliever this year. Right-hander Jose De Leon was recalled from the Reds' alternate training site to take Raley's place in the bullpen.
Raley was unable to retire any of the four batters he faced Wednesday in relief of Sonny Gray, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.
When the Reds have to cut down from 30 to 28 and eventually 26 players on the roster, Raley is a good bet to not make the cut.
Raley's contract was selected by the Reds on Sunday.
Raley signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in January after spending the past five seasons pitching in the KBO. The southpaw last pitched in the majors with the Cubs in 2013 and posted a 5.14 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 14 innings. Although his addition to the 40-man roster is an encouraging step in his comeback, Raley is unlikely to play a significant role for the major-league club this season.
Raley will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season.
The veteran southpaw pitched in the KBO from 2015 through 2019 and reached the majors with the Cubs back in 2012 and 2013. He is not on the 40-man roster but could pitch in the majors in some capacity this season.
Raley signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday as a non-roster invitee, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Raley spent the previous five years playing for the Lotte Giants in Korea and hasn't played in North America since 2014. The 31-year-old made at least 30 starts in each of his seasons overseas, and he'll now get the chance to compete in major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Raley re-signed Thursday with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization on a one-year, $1.17 million contract, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.
The 30-year-old lefty hasn't appeared in affiliated ball since 2014 but has settled in as a key piece in the Lotte rotation the last four seasons, logging a cumulative 4.19 ERA across 122 starts. It's unclear if he has any genuine interest in reviving his career in North America once he becomes a free agent again next winter.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/21||@ BAL||W 10-2||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/16||vs TEX||W 8-4||0.1||1||0||0||0|
|06/12||@ MIN||L 2-5||0.2||2||1||0||1|
|06/10||@ BOS||L 8-12||1.1||2||0||0||0|
|06/06||@ TOR||W 6-3||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|06/01||vs BOS||W 5-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/29||vs SD||L 8-11||0.2||1||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||14.2||8||1||0||0||1||1||19||11||17||3.80||1.972|
|2014||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||23.0||6||5||0||0||3||0||15||12||39||10.56||2.217|