Mayers allowed no hits and two walks while striking out three in one inning to earn the save against the Red Sox on Sunday.
Mayers picked up his second save of the season since the Angels elected to use Raisel Iglesias in the eighth inning of Sunday's close matchup. Mayers has converted on two of his four save chances this year and has posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 18.2 innings in 2021. While Mayers' performance Sunday was encouraging, Iglesias still appears to be firmly entrenched as the Angels' closer.
Mayers (1-2) was charged with a loss and a blown save as a result of giving up four runs on four hits over one-third of an inning against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Mayers' first outing since returning from a brief stay on the COVID-19 list wasn't pretty, as he gave up a solo home run to Mike Zunino in the seventh inning and was charged with three more runs in the eighth after yielding a hit to each of the three batters he faced. The right-hander has been utilized in high-leverage situations throughout the campaign, and that doesn't figure to change in spite of the fact that Thursday's rough outing pushed his ERA all the way up to 4.91 through 15 appearances.
Mayers (undisclosed) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.
The 29-year-old was placed on the injured list Monday for an unspecified reason, and his return two days later confirms he was in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Mayers has a 2.51 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 18:6 K:BB with one save and four holds this season, and he should return to a high-leverage role now that he's back on the roster.
Mayers was placed on the injured list for an unspecificed reason Monday.
The team failed to include an injury designation, likely meaning the reliever's absence is due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The Angels expect Mayers to return to action within a few days, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Mayers (1-1) took the loss against Texas on Wednesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk without recording an out.
Mayers entered the contest with a pristine 0.93 ERA over eight appearances, but that number is now a less extraordinary 3.72 following Wednesday's blowup. The right-hander was burned by a pair of home runs, and all four runs he has allowed this season have come by way of the long ball. Despite the tough outing, Mayers should still factor prominently into the Angels' bullpen mix.
Mayers recorded the save Monday against the Astros after allowing one run on one hit in the ninth inning.
Mayers entered the game holding a two-run lead and gave up a solo shot to Kyle Tucker, but he closed the door effectively despite not striking anyone out. This was Mayers' first save of the season, and while he might see further opportunities here and there, he's not expected to replace Raisel Iglesias as the Angels' full-time closer anytime soon.
Mayers has gotten into four Cactus League games thus far, pitching three innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five.
In addition to giving up too many hits, Mayers was literally hit by a batted ball in early March, though he turned out to be fine despite having to leave that game. While the slow start to spring is mildly concerning, the right-hander figures to begin the campaign as one of the Angels' top setup options after posting a 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 43:9 K:BB across 30 innings in 2020.
Mayers signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Angels on Friday to avoid arbitration, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The 29-year-old took a major step forward during the shortened 2020 campaign and worked in high-leverage spots for the Angels with a 2.10 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 43:9 K:BB, recording two saves and five holds. Raisel Iglesias is poised to operate as the closer, but Mayers should enter spring training as the favorite for the setup role.
Mayers earned the save against San Diego on Tuesday, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two.
Mayers was brought in to protect a two-run lead with the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning and retired two of the three batters he faced to keep the Padres off the scoreboard. He then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before inducing a double-play groundout and a strikeout to close out the win. It was the second straight multi-inning save for Mayers, who had been used primarily in a setup role prior to this week. He has not allowed a run in nearly a month and has posted a minuscule 0.35 ERA over his last 24 appearances covering 26 innings.
Mayers secured the save after striking out three over two innings Monday against the Rangers.
Mayers came on in the eighth inning and retired six straight batters to close out this one. He's now converted one out of three save opportunities in 2020. The 2013 third-round pick owns a stellar 1.67 ERA and 0.74 WHIP along with 39 punchouts across 27 innings this season.
Mayers (2-0) was perfect over two innings, striking out three and earning the win Saturday versus the Rangers.
Mayers worked the eighth and ninth innings and became the pitcher of record when Mike Trout hit a go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. The 28-year-old Mayers has walked just two walks while striking out 14 in his last 11.2 innings. He has a 1.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 36:6 K:BB as well as four holds in 25 innings this year.
Mayers credits his success this season to the addition of a cutter to his arsenal, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Per Statcast, Mayers had never thrown a cutter in the majors prior to 2020, but he appears to have picked up the pitch rapidly given that he has thrown it 25.7 percent of the time this season. The right-hander picked up the grip on the cutter from an Instagram picture of a baseball marked by Mariano Rivera and subsequently recognized the fit in his arsenal. "It seemed very simple," Mayers said. "Kind of really fit my mindset, where I just kind of grabbed the ball and let it rip, and it had some cut to it. And so I just kind of tinkered with that, but basically that's how it started." The results so far have been positive -- opposing hitters are batting .174 against Mayers' cutter this season, and he has posted a career-best 2.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP across 19.1 innings overall.
Mayers has a strong chance of making the Opening Day roster in a relief role, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Angels claimed Mayers off waivers in November despite his career 7.03 ERA over 80.2 innings. Per Torres, the right-hander has added a cutter to his arsenal and is focusing on being more aggressive in throwing strikes. The results have been mixed thus far in spring training as Mayers has allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings but has posted an 11:3 K:BB.
Mayers was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Mayers was called up by the Cardinals in September, and he failed to find much success with the big-league club. He posted a 6.63 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with a 16:11 K:BB over 19 frames.
Mayers was recalled by the Cardinals on Sunday.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals earlier in August but was added to the 40-man roster and will have a chance to close the season in St. Louis. The 27-year-old has managed just a 7.24 ERA and 1.90 WHIP across 13.2 big-league innings this year, meaning he isn't likely to see high-leverage work.
Mayers was sent outright to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after clearing waivers.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Sunday, but after failing to draw interest while on waivers, he'll join the Redbirds. He's posted a 4.50 ERA with nine strikeouts across 10 innings this season at Triple-A.
Mayers was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Sunday.
Mayers was activated off the 60-day injured list July 23 but struggled in four appearances, allowing six runs over 5.1 innings with a 2:5 K:BB. The 27-year-old could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Mayers (lat) was activated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
Mayers has been on the shelf since mid-April due to a right lat strain, but after completing his rehab stint at Triple-A Memphis, he's ready to return to the big-league bullpen. He's appeared in eight games this season for St. Louis, posting a 5.40 ERA with eight punchouts over 8.1 innings of work. Chasen Shreve was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Mayers (lat) is slated to work multi-inning, back-to-back outings at Triple-A Memphis next week in anticipation of activation from the injured list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Mayers has been sidelined with his lat strain since April 16, and the 30-day window on his rehab assignment is coming to an end next Friday. At that point, the Cardinals would either have to activate Mayers or send him to the minors, but the latter move would subject him to waivers. With St. Louis currently sporting a full 40-man roster, the team would have to move another player to the 60-day injured list or remove a player from the 40-man roster via a trade or a designation for assignment in order to make room for Mayers.
Mayers (lat), who has a 2.45 ERA over 7.1 innings during his rehab assignment, could be activated in the coming days, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "There's always a constant evaluation," manager Mike Shildt said. "It's about how he feels, how he recovers, and we'll get him up here. I texted with him today, he's feeling good, and he's excited about his pitches and where he is and how he's recovering, so everything is moving forward positively."
The veteran right-hander would be a welcome addition to the bullpen for the stretch run, and his chance to begin contributing again after his extended layoff could come soon. Mayers has a maximum of 11 days on his rehab assignment, so the latest he could be activated would be July 26.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/17||vs CLE||W 7-4||1.1||1||1||0||3|
|05/16||@ BOS||W 6-5||1||1.0||0||0||2||3|
|05/10||@ HOU||W 5-4||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/09||vs LAD||W 2-1||1.0||0||0||1||3|
|05/08||vs LAD||L 11-14||1.0||2||1||0||1|
|05/06||vs TB||L 3-8||1||0.1||4||4||0||0|
|05/02||@ SEA||L 0-2||1.0||0||0||1||2|
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|2014||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||72.2||12||12||1||2||7||0||61||13||84||3.74||1.344|