Brooks Reilly (35, New York Mets), a left-handed pitcher who won 48 wins in the KBO League, currently runs first in the major leagues? It’s true.

Rayleigh took the mound as the second pitcher in the top of the 6th inning with a 3-2 lead in the 2023 major league home game against the San Diego Padres held at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, New York, USA on the 13th (hereinafter Korean time), with 1 hit and 1 run in ⅔ innings. I got my 5th hold of the season.

Reilly signed a two-year, $10 million contract 먹튀검증with the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2021-2022 free agent market. He was traded to the Mets after the 2022 season, who wanted to improve their bullpen. It is well known to Korean fans as an ace who recorded 48 wins, 53 losses and an average ERA of 4.13 in 152 games from 2015 to 2019 in the Lotte Giants of the KBO League.

After returning to the major leagues, he transitioned into the bullpen and had a successful career. He went on to the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay, and then the Mets. Although he is a lefty, he has a good reception, and his arm angle is three quarters, so he is a pitcher that is rare even in the major leagues. With closer Edwin Diaz ‘injured in celebration’ at the WBC, Rayleigh’s share of the Mets’ bullpen is large.

In the top of the 6th inning, Rayleigh threw a cutter at the ball count 2B2S to Juan Soto, the lead hitter, and allowed a right double. He threw a sweeper to Xander Bogarts and cooked it as a shortstop grounder. He threw a sinker to Jake Cronenworth and recorded a sand dune. Matt Carpenter was replaced after handling a fly ball in left field with a cutter. The hold was given to Rayleigh as San Diego could not take advantage of the second out and second base opportunities.

Rayleigh has a 7.71 ERA with 5 holds in 7 games this season. He is a left-handed specialist who plays short innings, so it is not easy for him to manage his earned run average even if he collapses in just one game. In fact, on the 5th against the Milwaukee Blues, 4 hits (2 home runs), 1 strikeout and 4 runs in 1 inning was a big deal. However, the other 6 games are scoreless.

Thanks to this, he steadily accumulated 5 holds, and is tied for first place in the National League hold with Colin Holderman (Pittsburgh Pirates). In the American League, no reliever has won more holds than Rayleigh and Holderman. Hitting average of 0.333 and WHIP of 1.71 are also expected to improve as more samples accumulate.

A 5-2 win for the Mets. On this day, San Diego did not send Kim Ha-seong.

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