Matt Barnes Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 208 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/17/1990 (32)
Matt Barnes Season Stats
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Matt Barnes News
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that the team remains hopeful that relief pitcher Matt Barnes (shoulder) will miss the minimum time on the injured list and return to the team on June 15. Barnes felt pain in his shoulder while warming up on May 30 and was put on the injured list the following day. The right-hander is dealing with fluid in his right shoulder after undergoing an MRI exam. Barnes has two saves this year, but he just hasn't been the same pitcher since the second half of last year. He allowed 15 earned runs on 17 hits while striking out 14 and walking 12 in 17 innings before going on the injured list. At best, Barnes will be involved in a closing committee in Boston when he returns.
The Boston Red Sox placed right-handed reliever Matt Barnes (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation and reinstated left-hander Matt Strahm from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move. Barnes' injured list placement is retroactive to May 31. Ever since the second half of last year, Barnes has really struggled, and he's allowed 15 earned runs in 17 innings while recording two saves, striking out 14 and walking 12 in his 20 relief appearances for Boston this year. With the 31-year-old struggling, the Red Sox have had to turn to a closer-by-committee approach featuring Jake Diekman and John Schreiber. Strahm could also enter the mix now that he's back in the bullpen.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes closed out the team's 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday to earn his first save of the year. Jake Diekman initially came on to start the ninth inning, but struggled with his command, walking three batters while recording two outs. Barnes then came in to face the final batter, Wander Franco, with the bases loaded and he managed to get Franco to ground out. Barnes has been dealing with back trouble throughout the early going this year, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora has repeatedly stated that Barnes will be the team's closer once he is back to form. He should be rostered in all fantasy leagues as there's a chance he will be the team's primary closer going forward now.
Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes is set to retain his role in the Boston bullpen despite a less-than-stellar 2020 campaign. His fastball velocity dropped almost a full mile per hour, and he set career-worsts in walk rate (13.7%), exit velocity (91.3 mph), barrel rate (10.9%), hard-hit rate (43.6%) and home run per fly ball rate (23.5%). And while they weren't career-lows his 30.4% strikeout rate and 11.1 degree launch angle, and his 4.30 ERA, 4.84 FIP, 4.01 xFIP and 3.99 SIERA were all significantly worse than his performances in 2019. As if that wasn't bad enough, Barnes appears to have been slightly lucky last year as he posted a .275 BABIP almost 50 points lower than his career average and his .239 xBA and .435 xSLG were both higher than what opponents actually hit against him (.214 BA, .369 SLG). If you're chasing saves late in drafts then go ahead and pick up Barnes, but his 230 ADP should be the absolute highest that you consider grabbing him.