Reyes recorded the final four outs of Wednesday's win over the Padres in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round to pick up the save.
Reyes' first career postseason appearance couldn't have gone much better. He was called upon to face Fernando Tatis with the tying run on second base with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and was able to finish the inning with a groundout. He remained in the game for the ninth inning after the Cardinals scored an insurance run and got the job done, retiring the side in order.
Reyes allowed one run on two hits and a walk and struck out two over 1.2 innings to earn the save Sunday versus the Brewers.
Reyes entered the game with two on and one out in the eighth inning and struck out Ryan Braun and Jedd Gyorko to end the threat. The Brewers tallied a run against Reyes in the ninth, but he was able to escape by getting Avisail Garcia to ground out for the final out. It was Reyes' first save of the year to go with two holds, a 3.20 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 19.2 innings. Andrew Miller figures to see most -- if not all -- of the Cardinals' save chances during the playoffs.
Reyes was credited with his third hold in a win over the Brewers on Thursday despite allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over one inning. He struck out two.
Reyes needed 31 pitches to record his three outs, and he left closer Andrew Miller with a thorny two-on, one-out situation when he departed in the ninth. The run that Eric Sogard, the first hitter Miller faced, drove in with his single went on Reyes' ledger, only the second earned run to be charged to the right-hander in his last eight appearances. Despite occasional control issues, Reyes has been a mostly reliable option for manager Mike Shildt, posting a 2-1 record, 3.00 ERA and an elite 12.5 K/9 over 18 innings
Reyes was identified by manager Mike Shildt as a candidate to see save opportunities the rest of the season in the wake of Giovanny Gallegos' (groin) placement on the injured list, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Long on promise but often short on results the last three seasons primarily due to injuries, Reyes appears to be rediscovering the form that saw him wow with a 1.57 ERA and 10.2 K/9 across 46 innings back in his rookie 2016 campaign. The right-hander has proven an increasingly trustworthy bullpen asset for Shildt this season outside of a pair of hiccups, posting a 2.70 ERA and 11.5 K/9 over 10 appearances (one start). However, what could ultimately make Reyes a shaky ninth-inning choice is his trademark lack of control, which is evidenced this season by his 6.1 BB/9. Otherwise, the 26-year-old does have the ability to be dominant when he's on, considering he's averaging 97.8 mph on his fastball and sports a career-high 12.2 percent swinging-strike rate at the moment.
Reyes, who was charged with his first loss in an extra-innings defeat at the hands of the Indians on Saturday, has nevertheless allowed earned runs in only two of seven appearances and boasts a 29.7 percent strikeout rate across 8.1 innings.
The promising right-hander's career has been a series of fits and starts due to injuries, but he's finally getting a chance to deliver a successful encore to an impressive 2016 rookie campaign and putting it to good use overall. Reyes did have a pair of hiccups against the Royals earlier in the week, but he's otherwise missed plenty of bats and also has one victory, which came in one of those uneven performances against Kansas City on Wednesday. Reyes' control, which has been an issue since his minor-league days, does continue to be a weakness; however, he can be dominant when he's honed in, with Saturday's two scoreless innings during which he allowed just one unearned run and recorded three strikeouts without issuing a walk serving as the latest example.
Reyes (1-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Royals on Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on two hits and two walks over two innings. He also struck out two.
Tasked with preventing a 3-2 deficit from widening when he entered in the eighth, Reyes got into trouble during his second inning of work after recording a strikeout of Alex Gordon to start the frame. The right-hander subsequently allowed a two-run double to Whit Merrifield that widened the Royals' lead to 5-2. The Cardinals' wild four-run rally in the home half of the ninth ultimately garnered Reyes his first big-league win since 2016, albeit under highly unusual circumstances. The 25-year-old did suffer further damage to his ERA, which now sits at a bloated 5.68 across 6.1 innings over six appearances (one start).
Reyes allowed one unearned run on three walks while striking out two batters in one inning during a loss to the Cubs in the second game on Monday's doubleheader.
Reyes couldn't find his command Monday, throwing just 10-of-24 pitches for strikes. Fortunately, he's still sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA in two appearances this season with five strikeouts. It's unclear if Reyes will remain a starter/opener or get more work out of the bullpen moving forward.
Reyes will start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Reyes was spotted warming up in the outfield prior to the nightcap, and the Cardinals confirmed him as the starter shortly after. He's appeared in just one game so far this season, fanning three in a scoreless inning Aug. 15 against the White Sox. It's unclear as to how deep Reyes can work in this one, with his last big-league start dating back to the 2018 season.
Reyes was recalled from the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield on Wednesday and should join the team for an afternoon workout, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Reyes has already dealt with the coronavirus this summer, and he'll now be summoned to help shore up a roster that's been significantly depleted for the time being due to the COVID infections of multiple players. The right-hander has reportedly been flashing impressive velocity during his bullpen sessions and live batting practices in Springfield, and it remains to be seen how he'll be deployed with the big-league club.
Reyes' fastball sat at 95-99 mph during Wednesday's live batting practice at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
This is the latest report that supports the notion Reyes is on track for a potential call-up to the active roster in the near future. The right-hander's velocity Wednesday certainly seems to indicate he's worked off any potential rust stemming from a delayed arrival at summer camp earlier in July, and it remains to be seen how quickly the big-league club will opt to summon him.
Reyes (illness) is scheduled throw live batting practice Wednesday at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Reyes and fellow hurler Genesis Cabrera have both been playing catch-up in Springfield after positive COVID-19 tests delayed their arrivals at summer camp. The right-hander was described as "progressing nicely" by manager Mike Shildt earlier in the week and has already thrown a pair of bullpen sessions that he's recovered well from. If the live BP session goes smoothly Wednesday, there's a chance, based on previous reports, that Reyes could be added to the big-league roster soon thereafter.
Reyes (illness) is getting good work in at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Reyes and fellow hurler Genesis Cabrera are both working in Springfield after late arrivals in summer camp due to positive COVID-19 tests. Reyes threw a bullpen session late last week according to manager Mike Shildt and has recovered well from it, leaving him poised to throw another no later than Monday. The right-hander could get a relatively quick promotion to the big-league club due to his ability to work multiple innings, but he'll need to face hitters in live batting practice first.
Reyes announced Saturday he was absent for the first couple weeks of summer camp because he tested positive for COVID-19, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The team never provided any reasoning for his absence due to privacy concerns, but the 25-year-old announced the positive test during a Zoom call with media Saturday. Reyes has since cleared MLB's coronavirus protocols and is now participating in workouts, but manager Mike Shildt previously indicated they won't rush the right-hander's build-up following his late arrival. Shildt also said that Opening Day "is gonna be a real challenge" for Reyes, and that he "wouldn't expect anything" from him, per Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat.
Reyes (undisclosed) was on the field at Cardinals' camp Saturday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The 25-year-old made his way to St. Louis this week and is now apparently clear to participate in workouts after missing the first couple weeks of summer training. Manager Mike Shildt previously indicated the team won't rush Reyes following his absence from camp, so he may not be available early on with Opening Day less than a week away.
Reyes (undisclosed) was described by manager Mike Shildt on Friday as "getting closer" to making his summer camp debut, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Reyes is in the St. Louis area, but he has yet to make a camp appearance for reasons that have not been revealed by the team. Even if the 25-year-old right-hander does manage to arrive in camp in the coming days as Shildt hinted, his readiness for the early portion of the regular season would be in serious question at this point, with the Cardinals skipper noting Friday the team wouldn't rush Reyes after the valuable preparation time he's missed. Reyes has been sidelined for significant time during his minor-league career due to injuries, but he was considered a top prospect at one point and could still work his way into high-leverage situations this coming season.
Reyes has not yet participated in any of the Cardinals' summer camp workouts, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Rogers confirms Reyes flew into St. Louis from Florida and not on an MLB charter flight from the Dominican Republic that included Genesis Cabrera and Elehuris Montero, who both have tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals did not hold a workout Monday due to a delay in coronavirus test results, so it's unknown if Reyes would have been available had the team taken the field at Busch Stadium.
Reyes could potentially be utilized as both a middle- and high-leverage reliever during the 2020 season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The talented 25-year-old took some lumps during Grapefruit League play (8.31 ERA), but he's still considered a versatile arm that may be particularly valuable during a truncated 2020 season. Manager Mike Shildt will have plenty of options to work with when it comes to his bullpen, and Reyes has both the starting experience and arm (96.8 mph average fastball) to potentially thrive in either the middle or late innings.
Reyes could be a beneficiary of any roster expansion beyond 26 players for the 2020 season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Memphis back on March 26 after a rocky Grapefruit League stint during which he posted an 8.31 ERA across a modest 4.1-inning sample. However, the unique conditions expected to be part of an abbreviated 2020 campaign -- a higher volume of double-headers and expanded rosters -- could represent ideal circumstances for a Reyes promotion. The right-hander has experience as both a starter and reliever, a level of versatility which Hummel points out would particularly enhance Reyes' chances of a promotion.
Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
This isn't overly surprising after Reyes struggled across four spring appearances, finishing with an 8.31 ERA, 2.54 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB across 4.1 innings. While the Cardinals have yet to clarify his role for 2020, the team figures to handle the oft-injured righty with caution after injuries plagued Reyes again in 2019, limiting him to just 40.1 innings across three levels.
Reyes was credited with a save in a Grapefruit League win over the Twins on Monday, firing a scoreless ninth inning during which he allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts.
Reyes' outing wasn't without some adversity, as he worked around a pair of singles. However, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports manager Mike Shildt came away impressed with the oft-injured right-hander's work, remarking that Reyes looked "uninhibited" on the mound after dealing with numerous physical issues the last several years.
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|09/30||@ SD||W 7-4||0||0||1||1.1||0||0||0||0|
|09/27||vs MIL||W 5-2||0||0||1||1.2||2||1||1||2|
|09/24||vs MIL||W 4-2||0||0||0||1.0||2||1||1||2|
|09/18||@ PIT||W 6-5||1||0||0||1.2||0||0||1||2|
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|2013||R-Johnson City Cardina||58.1||12||12||0||6||4||0||68||28||54||3.41||1.411|
|2015||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||63.2||13||13||0||2||5||0||96||31||49||2.28||1.266|
|2018||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||3.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||1||4||0.00||1.613|
|2019||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||9.1||2||2||0||0||1||0||11||3||9||1.98||1.319|