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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Anthony Reyes Watch

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Do you hear that? What can that possibly be?

I'll tell you what it is. It's the sound of the Anthony Reyes Watch rushing toward us, coming to blow apart all of our little lives like so much kindling. What new age does this foretell? Be this a harbinger of madness or salvation? Only time, and the Watch, shall tell.

Unfortunately, the actual Anthony Reyes Watch this week can't quite live up to the excitement of that intro. I apologize if I got your hopes up unnecessarily.

Reyes has only made one start since I last updated you on his progress; a start against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Let's go to the tape (or the box score, as the case may be):

AP/The Canadian Press (Frank Gunn)


Not a dominating performance, no, but perfectly serviceable. Anthony ended up with the W, as his offense supported him to the tune of seven runs on the night.

Looking a little closer, it becomes apparent that Anthony struggled, especially early on, to command his pitches and put hitters away. He ended up throwing 82 pitches on the night, and nearly a third of those came in the first frame alone. He allowed one run in the first, but escaped relatively unscathed. There were a ton of foul balls hit against him as he struggled to put batters away. The first three batters of the game reached base, all on singles. Jose Guillen followed with a sacrifice fly to put Kansas City on top, but Reyes induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Billy Butler to get out of the inning.

The best thing about this outing for Anthony was that all six of the hits he allowed were singles. He didn't allow much hard contact at all, in fact, as all three of the hits in the first inning were of the well placed variety.

So what we have is a pitcher who isn't allowing hitters to square the ball up against him, but is still struggling to just put guys away, letting them hang around and drive up his pitch count. Unfortunately, we've seen that story before here in St. Louis at times, as Anthony seemed unable to be more efficient when going for the kill on a hitter.

Still, Reyes is doing a much better job of containing rallies against him, grinding through innings instead of letting them spiral away from him. I still think there's a lot to like about the way he's pitched so far for Cleveland.

Overall, Anthony's ERA with the Indians now stands at 2.60. The good? He's pitching out of jams and getting good results so far. The bad? He's still not striking anyone out.

Reyes' First Inning Page

Pitch f/x for the 8/20 game

IP - 5.0 Hits - 6 Runs - 2 Strikeouts - 3 Walks - 3

- Aaron Schafer

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