Mathis went 1-for-3 with a grand slam Tuesday at the Padres. Mathis' first homer of the year gave Marlins a five-run lead in the first inning, and provided enough run support for the team to pick up a road victory. The light-hitting, part-time catcher is only slashing .180/.226/.280 in 50 at-bats this season.
Mathis went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored in the first game of a day-night Saturday doubleheader versus the Nationals. The 33-year-old catcher picked up his first pair of hits since April 21, having gone hitless in his previous four starts. Mathis figures to continue logging occasional starts in place of J.T. Realmuto, and is only slashing .179/.207/.250 on the season over 28 at-bats.
Mathis is in the lineup and batting eighth for Tuesday's game against the Mets. This will be Mathis's first start of the season for the Marlins as he gives J.T. Realmuto the night off. Mathis struggles offensively as is (.161 batting average in 2015), and facing Noah Syndergaard tonight won't help his fantasy value at all.
Mathis is batting a strong .357 (6-for-14) during Grapefruit League action. The veteran backstop is lined up to backup J.T. Realmuto once again for the Marlins, providing solid defense and a veteran presence in the clubhouse. His offensive success in the exhibition season is a welcome sign after he's put together a meager .181/.243/.271 batting line over the past three seasons.
Mathis re-signed with the Marlins on Wednesday on a one-year contract. Mathis should slot back in as the backup catcher for the Marlins, this time starting the season behind J.T. Realmuto rather than Jarrrod Saltalamacchia. While he should see some starts behind the dish, his value would only increase if his young counterpart were to suffer an injury.