Stud: Ryan Helsley
May Stats (12.1 IP): 2-0 W-L, 0.73 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 3 SV, 16 SO
Another arm who was not expected to be elite in 2022, Ryan Helsley has been one of the most unhittable pitchers in baseball in May, and has appeared to have taken on the closer role from Giovani Gallegos.
Helsley’s dominance would likely result in more than just 12.1 innings of work during a month for most clubs, but Marmol decided to be strategic in placing the right hander in high leverage, critical moments, rather than getting him into any game he can.
The elite thing about Helsley though is that almost every time his number has been called, he has shut down opponents. Gallegos’ numbers for the month have been just as good as Helsley’s, but something about his stuff right now has caught the eye of the Cardinals brass in a fresh way.
If Marmol continues to lean on Helsley, he has shown he is ready to be the shutdown closer than this team needed.