KBO’s 48-win lefty is Mets’ AnyCall…NL’s elusive first-place ‘call me, I’ll go’

He’s out when you call him.

Brooks Reilly (35, New York Mets), a 48-game winner in the KBO, took some time off from late April to mid-May with an elbow issue. He still started 26 games this season. That’s the second-most games on the team behind Adam Ottavino (27).

He’s a left-handed reliever, but he’s also been called upon to shut down the opposition when the score is close. That was the case on Sept. 9 (KST) against the Atlanta Braves in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

It was a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 10-3 lead. On May 8, he pitched in two consecutive games against Atlanta. His streak of 10 consecutive scoreless and no-hitters, which stretched from May 15 against the Washington Nationals to June 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays, was snapped the previous day in Atlanta (1 run on 1 hit in ⅔ innings). But the Mets’ bench had a lot of confidence in Reilly.

With the game in hand, but not out of reach. With left-hander Eddie Rosario at the plate, the “lefty” was needed. Instead, he took a sweeper on the first pitch and hit a single to left-center field. It was well outside, but Rosario made a good catch. He then cooked right-handers Ozzie Albies and Marcell Osuna with outside changeups to right and left, respectively.

Railey was back in the game in the bottom of the seventh. He fired a cutter to leadoff hitter Orlando Arcia and induced a fly ball to center field. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo scooped it up and threw it away, and Railey looked at Nimmo and raised his arms in appreciation. He threw an 89-mph sinker to Michael Harris Jr. for a single up the middle and was removed. Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with a walk. Railey finished the day with one inning of two-hit ball.안전놀이터

As it turns out, he has a lower batting average against righties (0.154) than lefties (0.310) this season, but his 0.88 WHIP against righties is exceptional. If you look at this season alone, he’s a winner. In any case, it confirms his value as a setup man for lefties and righties alike. However, the Mets dropped a 10-13 decision to Atlanta, scoring six runs in the eighth through 10th innings after Railey went down.

In 26 games this season, Railey is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 13 appearances, which is a long way from fulfilling the hold requirement. The National League lead in holds is out of reach for Reilly. The National League leader through nine days is Peter Stzerecki (Milwaukee Brewers, 14 holds). Reilly’s bid to become the hold king is ongoing.

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