Mar 8, 2016

Short Time Mets Pitcher: Steve Reed (2001)

Steven Vincent Reed was born on March 11, 1965 in Los Angeles California. The six foot two right handed pitcher attended Lew & Clark State College signing with the San Francisco Giants in 1988. Reed was a career relief pitcher, saving 26 games in 1989 at A ball Clinton. He saved 43 games over in 1992 at AA Shreveport & AAA Phoenix getting him a major league September call up.

He wouldn't be on the Giants long as he was selected (60th pick) in the expansion draft by the newly formed Colorado Rockies. He would spend seven seasons overall in Colorado (1993-1997) (2003-2004) never becoming a closer at the major league level. In 1994 he led the league in appearances with 61 posting a 3-2 record with three saves & 3.94 ERA. In 1995 he had his best season going 5-2 with thhree saves posting a 2.14 ERA in 71 appearances.

Reed went on to have a successful career as a mid reliever going to the Cleveland Indians (1998-2000) Atlanta Braves (2001) San Diego Padres (2002) New York Mets (2002) & Baltimore Orioles (2005). He got the post season four times, first reaching with the Rockies in 1995 making three appearances in the NLDS against Atlanta. 

In 1998 he pitched for the Indians earning a win in the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. In 2001 he appeared in NLDS & NLCS pitching two games just 0.1 innings of work for Atlanta.

Reed arrived in New York getting Traded by the San Diego Padres along with Jason Middlebrook for Jason Bay, Bobby Jones & Josh Reynolds (minors). He only pitched with the Mets for two months making 24 appearances getting credit for six holds (all in September) posting a 2.08 ERA with 14 strike outs & four walks in 26 innings of work.

On August 10th he took a loss when he was relieved by Mark Guthrie who gave up a sac fly to Jim Edmonds allowing the winning run to score. It was his only decision as Met.

In his 14 year career he was 49-44 with 18 saves posting a 3.63 ERA in 870 innings of work in 833 appearances.

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