Matt Barnes Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 208 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/17/1990 (31)
Matt Barnes Season Stats
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes was reinstated from the COVID list prior to Friday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched the eighth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two batters in a scoreless inning. Barnes was removed from the closer role before testing positive for COVID, so fantasy managers should not expect him to receive save changes right away. He does not need to be held on rosters for the time being, but with the bullpen roles in flux, Barnes is worth keeping an eye on as he was extremely effective for the first half of the year.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes was sent out on a rehab assignment to Double-A Portland on Wednesday. He pitched the first inning of Wednesday's game and was happy with the results. Speaking to the media after the game, Barnes said, "That is the best that I've felt in probably a month." He also added, "I had a good fastball down and away, good breaking ball, I was able to bounce one when I needed to." Barnes has been out since August 29 after testing positive for COVID-19. He is expected to be activated by the team on Friday, at which point he will likely take on a setup role in front of the team's current closer Adam Ottavino.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes is set to make a rehab appearance at Double-A Portland on Wednesday. Assuming the appearance goes well, he is expected to be activated from the COVID-19 related injured list this weekend. Barnes tested positive for COVID-19 on August 30 and he has been following league protocols ever since. The 31-year-old right-hander was the team's primary closer for much of the season before faltering to the tune of a 13.50 ERA in August. Adam Ottavino has taken over as the team's closer and should remain in that role upon Barnes' return.
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.