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Ryan Helsley sets Cardinals franchise record with 25th straight save

Ryan Helsley sets Cardinals franchise record with 25th straight save

Ryan Helsley sets Cardinals franchise record with 25th straight save

At the beginning of the year, Ryan Helsley and manager Oliver Marmol agreed that Helsley would only pitch in relief situations. To preserve his durability, improve his stuff and possibly see a boost in arbitration this offseason, Helsley wanted to pitch in situations where a save was likely.

That plan has worked so far. Helsley has converted every one of his 25 save opportunities this year. His final game against the San Francisco Giants at historic Rickwood Field set a franchise record for most consecutive saves in St. Louis history. Louis Cardinals. This record was not previously held by legendary closers such as Jason Isringhausen, Bruce Sutter, Trevor Rosenthal, Lee Smith or Todd Worrell.

The player passed by Helsley is Alex Reyes. Yes, Alex Reyes. The pitching wonder who suffered injury after injury and was relegated to a relief role with the Cardinals. Reyes set the record in 2021, the year he was an All-Star and the last year he threw a pitch in the majors.

Helsley’s 25 saves lead all of Major League Baseball; Cleveland Guardians’ Emmanuel Clase is second with 22 saves. The previous high for saves in a single season for a Cardinals defenseman was 19 in 2022, the same year he went to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. Helsley looks like he’ll be an offensive tackle for the All-Star Game in Texas this year, and his league-leading save number only strengthens his case for making it.

Ryan Helsley seems to be putting it all together this year with a 2.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 163 ERA+. Helsley’s 27.3 percent strikeout rate is in the middle of his career, but he has been able to control his walks better than he did last year. However, opposing batters are hitting .208 against him, nearly a career high for the right-handed farmhand.

Helsley went through a rough patch near the end of May where he gave up 4 total runs in 3 straight outings, but he settled down in June. He has not allowed an earned run in any outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates since June 11; he gave up 2 earned runs in that game.

Helsley has been listed as a potential trade candidate by several outlets and analysts, but if the Cardinals keep him, their bullpen will remain formidable.

There is a possibility that Ryan Helsley could be the Cardinals’ only All-Star representative. If that’s the case, there are few more worthy candidates than the flame-throwing justice. Helsley was written in the history of St. Louis Cardinals, and an All-Star appearance would be a well-deserved recognition of his work this year.