Former closer Addison Reed and his $4.9 million salary are back with the Diamondbacks one month after being demoted to Triple-A, replacing the injured Randall Delgado on the roster.
Reed pitched well in the minors with a 1.74 ERA in 11 appearances, although his 11/5 K/BB ratio in 10.1 innings wasn’t great for a 26-year-old ex-closer facing Triple-A hitters.
Reed is a perfectly decent middle reliever who was elevated to the closer role very early in his career and increased his perceived value by racking up saves, only to look like a bust when he performed like a perfectly decent middle reliever being asked to work the ninth inning.
Given his current $4.9 million salary it seems unlikely that the Diamondbacks will keep Reed via arbitration for next season when the cost would be the same or higher, so the 26-year-old could be pitching for his next gig down the stretch.
Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.
Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.
The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.
The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.