Mike Shildt, Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals. (Mandatory credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
The St. Louis Cardinals need to do something about Alex Reyes. In the middle of a Wild Card race, they can’t afford to blow up games.
Reyes was great in his role and even made the All-Star team this season. His second-half collapse was unforeseen and out of time as the Cardinals are in the midst of a Wild Card chase, currently just a few games behind the Cincinnati Reds for second.
It’s gotten to the point where the Cards can no longer trust Reyes, who just gave up a home run from Yoshi Tsutsugo on his final timeout. Mike Shildt didn’t promise to remove him as closer, but did say he has a few players who can take on that role if needed.
Who, you may ask, can the cardinals trust?
Chances are they’ll go to a by-commission approach for now, hoping someone sticks out.
St. Louis Cardinals Can’t Trust Alex Reyes. So, who should they go with?
Gallegos has a few saves on the year so obviously Shidt feels comfortable using him in that situation. In general, Gallegos has been used in the back end of the ‘pen’, and has done so successfully, at the rate of a 3.06 ERA.
57 appearances is enough of a sample size to trust Gallegos stats as no fluke. Whether he can handle the ninth inning consistently remains to be seen, but ideally he can do much better than Reyes has been of late.