Reyes off to hot start at Indianapolis

Since becoming a starter for the Indianapolis Indians, left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes has posted 4-0 record.

The ironic feature about Reyes is that three of his wins came while playing on the road. Is this a coincidence or a trend for the Tribe?

After spending the 2011 season with the Baltimore Orioles, Reyes started the 2012 season with the Indians after signing as a free agent with Pittsburgh in January. His first appearance with the Tribe was a relief appearance where he pitched for 0.1 innings. During that short time, he allowed one hit, one walk and two earned runs which inflated his ERA to 54.00.

His first start was at home against the Toledo Mud Hens in the middle of April. Reyes picked up the win after five strikeouts, seven hits and two earned runs over 5.2 innings. This dramatically dropped his ERA to 6.00.

In the second start, a road game, of his Indians career, Reyes took on the Louisville Bats. He hadn't been the starting pitcher against the Bats since 2007, where he took a no decision over six innings.

Reyes said that he wished things would have been a little bit different in his second start.

"I don't think I would have changed anything in the first start," he said. "In the second start, [I'd] be a little bit more consistent in the zone and be more efficient."

In his third and second road game start of the season, Reyes went six innings deep. He allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts before being relieved.

In his last start, Reyes upped his record to 4-0 in a 3-1 win at Norfolk. Reyes gave up one run and scattered nine hits over five innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.86.

In all, Reyes has pitched a total of 22 innings. Despite what catcher Eric Fryer described as being a rough patch for the Indians, Reyes seems to be holding it together.

Reyes said that he has put a lot of concentration into being comfortable on the mound.

"We had a lot of work during Spring Training and it's finally becoming natural and [I'm] just feeling confident in everything," he said.

Reyes and Fryer have worked well together and Reyes said that Fryer seems to understand what he, Reyes, wants to do as the pitcher.

With the success that Reyes seems to be having every time he takes the mound, the Tribe in general could be doing better, according to Fryer.

"Right now, we're hitting a little rough patch," he said. "We need to get a little more consistent offensively; just everyone in general."

Fryer also said the Tribe's defense has been pretty solid and he thinks that once the offense starts to improve, the team will be able hit the home stretch with ease.

Reyes says that he has no predictions for the rest of the season. He focuses on each game as they come and when he's on the mound the only thing that runs through his head is getting outs.


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