RP - BOS
Matt Barnes is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance out of the bullpen Monday against the Tigers, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
Barnes is going into the 2019 season as the top setup pitcher in the Red Sox bullpen. The 29-year-old reliever is definitely someone to target in fantasy leagues that count both saves and holds as a category.
Matt Barnes pitched one inning and walked one batter while striking out two as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays by an 8-7 score on Thursday.
Barnes bounced back after giving up five earned runs in his last two appearances. The veteran reliever has been a mixed bag this season blowing six saves in 10 opportunities but does have 13 holds. Barnes is worth owning in leagues that count holds.
Matt Barnes gave up three hits in the ninth including a go-ahead, two-run homer by Jose Abreu as the White Sox came back to beat the Red Sox by an 8-7 score.
This was the sixth blown save of the season for Barnes who has struggled in his opportunities to close for the Red Sox. Look for the team to use Barnes in situations with less pressure as the team tries to find someone who can handle the closer role. Look for Brandon Workman to get some more opportunities.
Matt Barnes was charged with a blown save and took the loss after surrendering three runs on two hits and two walks Saturday versus the Blue Jays. He had two strikeouts over two-thirds of an inning.
Barnes has been in closer by committee for the Red Sox this season but has struggled in the role. The 29-year-old reliever has four saves in nine chances with a 3.82 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Barnes does have 11 holds and can be useful in a fantasy league that counts both holds and saves.
Matt Barnes pitched one inning giving up one hit and walking one while striking out three for the hold as the Red Sox beat the Orioles by a 7-2 score on Saturday.
Barnes continues to pitch in a variety of roles this season for the Red Sox. The 28-year-old reliever now has 11 holds to go with four saves and is worth owning in leagues that count both categories.