- March 26, 1968
- 6' 3"
- 210 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-20-1992 with HOU
Reynolds had to know that a good season was in the offing when on April 28, 1999 he carried a no-hitter into the seventh, while also having a three-RBI night at the plate. Always a control pitcher, he was spotting his splitter especially well that night until his Sugar Land, Texas neighbor Luis Gonzalez singled for the Arizona Diamondbacks to break up Reynolds' gem. Undeterred, Reynolds went on to a career best 19-9 record that year,had a 3.51 ERA, and 209 strikeouts. placing himself on the brink of elite status.
When Enron Field opened in 2000, Reynolds, along with the rest of the Astros' staff, struggled to learn how to pitch in a hitters' park. Reynolds, whose greatest asset has always been craftiness and deception as opposed to raw power, was among the first to learn new coping skills. "You have to change your thinking," he told the Houston Chronicle. "You have to go into games not necessarily thinking that you're going to give up four or five runs but knowing that you could. And if you do, then you have to put that aside and still try to win."
Despite a sub-par year in 2001, Reynolds' leadership was critical to a staff that included rookies Roy Oswalt and Tim Redding and second-year man Wade Miller.
In a 13-season career, Reynolds posted a 114-96 record with 1403 strikeouts and a 4.09 ERA in 1791.1/3 innings pitched. He appeared in four different postseasons, all with the Astros.
Reynolds was the opposing starting pitcher to Kerry Wood in the game where Wood struck out 20 batters in a one-hit shutout.
Reynolds attended Ouachita Christian School in Monroe,Louisiana, where he was a three time All-State selection,and later attended The University of Texas where he was a two-time Big 12 first team selection. Reynolds' high school coach has often made the comment that Reynolds was a far better basketball player than baseball.
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1992
- Shane Reynolds