Maton (6-0) earned the win Saturday against the Athletics by recording one out, allowing one hit and one walk. Maton recorded his sixth win of the campaign, and while he recorded just one out, he needed 19 pitches to get the job done (12 strikes). If this was his final outing of the campaign, then Maton will end the year with a 4.73 ERA across 66.2 innings in 65 appearances. He has posted an ERA above the 4.00 mark in each of his five big-league seasons.
Maton (5-0) allowed one run on two hits while striking out two over 1.1 innings to earn the win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Maton pitched the ninth inning of a tie game and ceded a solo home run to Randy Arozarena but was bailed out by Houston's offense. The Astros silently walked off the Rays with two bases-loaded walks in the bottom half of the inning to make a winner of Maton. Since being acquired from the Indians at the trade deadline, the right-handed reliever is 3-0 with a 5.25 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 24 innings for Houston.
Maton (3-0) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two in one inning to earn the win Friday versus Texas. The right-hander had an ugly sixth inning, but Houston rallied for all five of its runs in the seventh to put Maton in line for the win. It was his first decision since he joined Houston at the trade deadline. The 28-year-old has struggled mightily in his last 11 appearances, giving up nine runs (eight earned) in his last 11.1 innings, so he should be expected to mostly work in a low-leverage spots in a deep Houston bullpen.
Maton was acquired by Houston from Cleveland on Friday in exchange for outfielder Myles Straw, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Maton struggled over the first couple months of the season for Cleveland, but he's pitched well since mid-June with a 2.04 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 25:11 K:BB across 17.2 innings. The 28-year-old could see occasional high-leverage spots for the Astros but should primarily work in middle relief.
Maton has earned holds in three of his five appearances since the All-Star break. He's allowed one run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in that span. Maton's season numbers aren't great -- 4.43 ERA, 1.28 WHIP -- but he's given up just three runs in his last 17 appearances. The right-hander has added four holds, a blown save and a 2-0 record. With James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase both inconsistent in their shared closer role lately, Maton's strong pitching of late could lead to more late-inning work going forward.
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