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.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.