The Cincinnati Reds have lost reliever Heath Hembree on waivers to the New York Mets. Hembree was designated for assignment on Tuesday, following his performance against the Chicago Cubs in which he allowed five earned runs while recording just two outs in the 8th inning of a 14-5 win.
Heath Hembree got out to a strong start with the Reds in 2021. From April 23rd through May 15th he allowed just one hit and two walks without giving up an earned run in 9.2 innings while striking out 11. But over the next month he ran into big time struggles, allowing 15 earned runs in the next 14 games that covered 13.0 innings while allowing eight home runs.
Then just like that, he went back to being dominant for the next month. He pitched in 13 games and allowed just two runs in 12.2 innings without allowing a homer. Then the wheels fell off again, beginning on July 26th when he allowed 13 runs in nine appearances that covered just 7.0 innings.
The epitome of inconsistency, as it was. When he was on, he was really on. But when he was off, he was REALLY OFF.
Joey Votto’s true inspiration for his turn around
You may remember the game earlier this year in San Diego when Joey Votto was ejected from a game and a young girl in the crowd, who happened to be a huge Joey Votto fan, was shown crying and very upset about the fact that her favorite plate would no longer be in the game. That little girl was named Abigail, and all’s well that ends well. Votto, being the awesome guy that he is, made sure he spoke with her and her family.
John Ford seemed to look at this dividing line as a “turning point” in the season for Joey Votto, and well, the evidence is strong.
Joey Votto before the Abigail game:
.234/.327/.441 105 wRC+
Joey Votto since the Abigail game:
.316/.407/.674 177wRC+ https://t.co/jADVHxeCus
— John Ford (@kingofchapter1) August 20, 2021