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Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes


Age: 30College: ConnecticutBats: RThrows: R

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Rank P #82
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Matt Barnes earns his third save on Tuesday night

Matt Barnes picked up his third save of the season on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing a hit and striking out one to preserve the 4-2 win.

Fantasy Impact

Barnes has a 1.00 ERA with a 16:2 K:BB ratio through nine innings. He has been downright fantastic this year and should be viewed as a top-10 fantasy closer moving forward.

Matt Barnes earns first save of 2021

Matt Barnes recorded his first save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Twins, striking out one in a scoreless ninth.

Fantasy Impact

Barnes slammed the door on Minnesota for Boston's seventh straight victory. The 30-year-old reliever has been dominant so far this season -- registering a 12:1 K:BB ratio over six scoreless innings. Barnes is pitching like a top-10 fantasy reliever at the moment.

Matt Barnes continues to roll on Saturday night

Matt Barnes earned the win on Saturday against the Orioles, striking out two while pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact

Barnes came into pitch in a time game and the Red Sox eventually won in 10 innings. Barnes has been fantastic to start the season, posting an 11:1 K:BB ratio over just five innings pitched. The 30-year-old reliever still doesn't have a save this season, but it appears as if he'll be Boston's primary closer moving forward.

Matt Barnes pitches a scoreless inning on Sunday

Matt Barnes worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation on Sunday against the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact

The Red Sox were swept by the Orioles this weekend, which meant they didn't have a chance to use Barnes in a high-leverage situation. Adam Ottavino didn't look good in his opportunity on Sunday, which is another indicator that Barnes will be the one registering saves early on this year.

Matt Barnes update: Alex Cora not naming an official closer

Red Sox manager Alex Cora declined to name an official closer on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

Cora said that both Matt Barnes and Adam Ottavino would be important relievers for the team this season. We would bet on Barnes receiving the majority of save chances this year, but he might not be the preferred ninth inning option in every game. This will be a situation to monitor early this season.

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