Helsley (4-4) struck out a batter in 1.1 perfect innings of relief, qualifying for the win in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins.
Though his ERA, now 5.86, remains unimpressive, Helsley has now logged four consecutive scoreless relief appearances after yielding two runs in four of his previous six games. The Cardinals have stuck with the righty as a late-inning option through his struggles and he's beginning to reward them with this string of effective performances. Interestingly, strikeouts have almost been a non-factor in Helsley's recent work, as he's fanned just two hitters in his last seven games.
Helsley (3-3) was tagged with the loss Monday against the Dodgers after allowing two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning.
Helsley began the sixth inning following the departure of Jack Flaherty (side) but looked woeful, tossing just seven of 14 pitches for strikes and recording only one out before being lifted. He's on a poor run at the moment, having given up two or more runs in three of his last four relief appearances while allowing at least one run in five of his last seven. Helsley owns an 18.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP during that seven-game stretch (five innings).
Helsley (3-2) was charged with the loss to the Cubs on Friday, allowing two earned runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch over an inning. He struck out two.
Helsley's busy final line underscores how much he struggled during his one frame, as he labored through 25 pitches to get three outs in the seventh. The reliever failed to protect a 2-2 tie and allowed multiple earned runs for the second time in four appearances. The 26-year-old now sports a bloated 5.59 ERA and 1.60 WHIP following his recent struggles.
Helsley earned his second hold Wednesday against the Pirates with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, his fifth straight appearance of that length, but he has a 10.80 ERA over that stretch.
After similar inconsistency over his first three outings of the campaign, Helsley appeared to hit his stride by fashioning a 0.66 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across a 14-appearance stretch with two wins, a save and a hold. However, a recent pair of hiccups have contributed to his ratios on the season remaining at an elevated 4.91 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
Helsley picked up a save in a scoreless appearance against Colorado on Sunday. He walked one batter and recorded two outs.
Helsley came into the game after starter Adam Wainwright put two runners on base with one out in the ninth inning. He walked the first batter he saw but wiggled out of the bases-loaded threat with a double play to end the game. Helsley is sporting a 3.45 ERA with a 3-0 record and one save in 16 relief appearances.
Helsley (3-0) pitched a scoreless fifth inning, walking one while striking out one to earn the win Wednesday over the Mets.
Helsley picked up the win after relieving Kwang Hyun Kim in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old started the year off with a couple bad outings, but has allowed just one run over the 11.1 innings covering his last 11 appearances. He has three wins and a hold to go along with a 3.86 ERA.
Helsley (2-0) earned the win Saturday against the Phillies. He gave up one run on two hits while fanning three across 1.2 innings.
Helsley got off to a slow start this season, and while he saw the end of a four-game stretch where he didn't allow any runs, it's also fair to say he still got the job done to earn his second win of the campaign. His season numbers remain poor with a 6.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP, but that's mostly due to a four-run blowup back on April 4.
Helsley has an unblemished ERA and 5:2 K:BB across 4.2 innings covering his last four appearances.
That solid stretch includes a one-inning outing against the Nationals on Wednesday, his fourth straight without allowing a run. It represents a strong rebound for Helsley, who opened the season by giving up five earned runs on seven hits and four walks across 2.2 innings in his first three appearances.
Helsley allowed four earned runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch over just one-third of an inning in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.
Sunday's nightmarish outing, which saw Helsley get just 12 of 26 pitches into the strike zone, was in contrast to a one-inning scoreless appearance Opening Day when he worked around three hits. The fact he's been very hittable over the first two outings is a bit concerning, however, considering Helsley also allowed a hit per inning in spring training and pitched to a 5.25 ERA while posting unsightly 6.0 BB/9 and 2.3 HR/9 ratios across his 12 appearances last season.
Helsley has fired two scoreless innings across his first two Grapefruit League appearances, allowing no hits, two walks and recording three strikeouts.
Helsley drew a ninth-inning assignment in a tie with the Marlins on Monday after debuting with a seventh-inning appearance against the Astros on Thursday. He entered the 2020 season with the potential to close out some games in the absence of Jordan Hicks, but Helsley ultimately went just 1-for-3 in save opportunities across 12 appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander is likely ticketed for seventh- and eighth-inning work even if Hicks isn't ready for the full-time closer role right from the start of the season.
Helsley walked two batters without allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning to record his first save of the season in a 6-5 win over the Pirates in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
Alex Reyes got the first out of the seventh inning before handing the ball to Helsley, who loaded the bases with two outs thanks to a Paul DeJong error sandwiched between the free passes. The right-hander was then able to escape the jam by getting John Ryan Murphy to fly out to end the game. Helsley has not pitched well at all since coming off the COVID-19 list, posting an 11.81 ERA, 2.63 WHIP and 2:6 K:BB over 5.1 innings while going 1-for-3 on save chances, but he will apparently remain in the high-leverage mix for manager Mike Shildt.
Helsley (1-1) took the loss and a blown save in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk across one-third of an inning. He struck out one.
With Giovanny Gallegos (groin) on the injured list, Helsley was called upon to try and pick up the save after the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the eighth. He walked Avisail Garcia to start the frame before bouncing back to strike out of Christian Yelich. He was pulled a batter later after allowing a game-tying double to Ryan Braun and was ultimately charged with another run on Keston Hiura's sacrifice fly. Given Helsley's inability to shut the door Monday, it would not be surprising to see manager Mike Shildt go in a different direction next time the Cardinals come across a save chance.
Helsley 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.
Granted, the right-hander hasn't exactly built a compelling case for high-leverage work recently, as Helsley has allowed at least one earned run in four straight appearances and now carries a bloated 7.71 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over six trips to the mound. However, the 26-year-old certainly demonstrated upside in his rookie 2019 campaign, when he finished with a 2-0 record and 2.95 ERA in 36.2 innings. Moreover, Helsley posted double-digit K/9s at four different minor-league seasons and boasts a fastball that's currently averaging a tick under 97 mph, so the foundational tools for a ninth-inning role would appear to be there.
Helsley, who surrendered two earned runs on two hits over an inning while recording a strikeout in the first game of a doubleheader against the Twins on Tuesday, now has a 10.80 ERA across 3.1 innings in his first three appearances since returning from the COVID-19 injured list.
Helsley had opened the season with a pair of perfect appearances before his and the Cardinals' seasons were both sidelined due to the team's coronavirus outbreak. The hard-throwing right-hander's struggles since his return underscore the notion the month-plus layoff particularly affected him; Helsley came into the season riding high off an impressive rookie campaign during which he posted a 2.95 ERA and didn't give up an earned run in more than two consecutive appearances over 36.2 innings.
Helsley allowed an earned run on a solo home run and allowed one other hit and a walk across one inning in a win over the Reds on Tuesday.
The right-handed reliever was making his first appearance since July 29 after a bout with COVID-19 and an extended build-up period on the injured list. Helsley threw 15 pitches overall and surrendered a solo blast to Joey Votto, but some rust was to be expected after such a long layoff. Given the solid workload he logged Tuesday, Helsley should be ready for a steady role moving forward.
Helsley (not injury related) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.
Helsley will return to the bullpen after building back up from a positive COVID-19 test in early August. He's been working through his throwing progression at the alternate site with bullpen sessions and live batting practice sessions. His last game action came July 29. Right-hander Jesus Cruz was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Helsley (illness) is likely to come off the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander has been progressively building back through bullpen sessions and live batting practice sessions, and he's with the Cardinals on the current road trip. Helsley last logged game action July 29, so he's likely to be eased back in with a couple of low-leverage opportunities once he's back in the fold. Helsely's activation will require a trade, release or the placement of a player on waivers.
Helsley (illness) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is with the team on its road trip that begins Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Helsley's return is apparently imminent, with Sunday's bullpen possibly the final step toward being cleared for activation. The right-hander could potentially still face live hitters before one of the Cardinals' upcoming games as yet another benchmark in his recovery from COVID-19 infection, but under any scenario, it appears Helsley will soon be available out of the bullpen again for manager Mike Shildt.
Helsley (illness) is set to throw live batting practice at some point over the weekend, the Associated Press reports.
The right-hander continues to make his way toward activation after having conquered coronavirus infection earlier in August. Helsley has been throwing regularly for several days, and the step of facing live hitters could be the final benchmark for Helsley to come off the COVID-19 injured list.
Helsley (illness) threw a side session Monday and could potentially throw live batting practice Tuesday, Richard Justice of MLB.com reports.
Helsley continues to make good progress toward an eventual return, and he could take another important step very quickly according to Justice's report. The right-hander's level of activity Tuesday will be determined by how well Helsley recovers from Monday's session, with manager Mike Shildt remarking the team will "continue to work on the timeline" with respect to the reliever's return to action.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/16||vs MIA||W 1-0||1||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|06/13||@ CHC||L 0-2||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/11||@ CHC||L 5-8||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|06/09||vs CLE||W 8-2||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/05||vs CIN||L 2-5||1||1.1||2||2||1||0|
|06/03||vs CIN||L 2-4||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|05/31||@ LAD||L 4-9||1||0.1||2||2||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||R-Johnson City Cardina||40.1||11||9||0||1||1||0||35||19||33||2.02||1.297|
|2017||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||93.2||17||16||1||8||2||0||91||30||72||2.70||1.094|