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AL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
28-10 8-2 L1
23-15 5-5 W2
20-18 3-7 L1
16-22 6-4 W2
15-24 3-7 W1

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 3 7.11 10 6 1.58

Top Matt Barnes News

  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Tagged with loss

    Barnes (0-3) was tagged with Saturday's loss, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits with one strikeout in the 10th inning of a loss to the White Sox.

    After the Red Sox blew yet another save in the ninth inning -- the bullpen has converted just 5-of-14 save opportunities -- Barnes was brought in for the 10th inning. He permitted hard contact on two consecutive hits, which produced both runs, and another hard-hit groundout before getting through the inning. Earlier in the day, the right-hander told Christopher Smith of that his velocity returned (95.2 mph, up from season average of 93.8) during a one-inning stint Friday following a mechanical tweak and claimed it was the best he felt in six months. One day later, his five four-seamers averaged 93.9 mph.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: ERA climbs

    Barnes (0-2) was tagged with the loss Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and one walk over two-thirds of an inning in a 10-5 defeat to the Angels in 10 innings.

    Barnes entered to start the 10th inning and retired the first two batters before Taylor Ward took him deep. A Mike Trout single and Shohei Ohtani walk ensued and Barnes was removed, but those runs came across to score with Hirokazu Sawamura on the mound. In all, Boston relievers allowed seven runs (two home runs) over the final two innings and blew their league-leading fifth save. Barnes' ERA climbed to 8.64 this season, and he has a 6.92 ERA since he signed an extension with the club in 2021.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Coughs up lead

    Barnes allowed one run on two hits in the eighth inning of Saturday's 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Orioles.

    Barnes entered to pitch the eighth after seven dominant innings from starter Nathan Eovaldi and got two quick outs. However, Cedric Mullins blooped a double, which was followed by a Anthony Santander run-scoring single. While Saturday's outcome can be attributed to bad luck -- Mullins' double had an 83.1 mph exit velocity -- Barnes has been unreliable thus far. He has a 5.87 ERA with four walks (1.2 K/BB) over 7.2 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Picks up first save

    Barnes earned the save, tossing 0.1 innings in a 4-3 win Friday in Tampa.

    Barnes was not called upon to start the ninth inning with the Red Sox winning 4-3 but came in with two outs and the bases loaded. He got Wander Franco to hit a hard ground ball and Trevor Story made an excellent play to record the final out. The righty served as Boston's closer for much of last year before losing his job near the end of the season. He had not appeared in any high-leverage situations in his first four appearances but managed to get the job done Friday.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Cora wants him to close

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora wants Barnes to be the closer and believes the pitcher is close to being able to fill the role, Christopher Smith of reports. "I've been saying all along, for me, if Matty (Barnes) gets to where we want to and we do believe he's very close, it will be great for him to get that ninth inning because he can get lefties and righties out," Cora said.

    Cora has managed with a closer-by-committee for now, but he prefers the structure of set roles. Three relievers -- Jake Diekman, Hansel Robles and Garrett Whitlock -- have recorded saves thus far. Barnes made his fourth appearance of the season Wednesday, allowing a run on one hit and a wild pitch while striking out one. He's allowed three runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out three over four innings.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Struggles to command

    Barnes allowed two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman in Friday's 8-4 loss to Minnesota.

    The Red Sox struggled against Minnesota pitching but finally cracked the code during a three-run eighth inning that closed the gap to 6-4. Barnes, who had two encouraging appearances in low-leverage spots earlier in the week, was brought on to keep the Twins in check for a potential ninth-inning comeback. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the strike zone, walking two straight and hitting a batter, leading to two runs. This had the appearance of manager Alex Cora testing Barnes as a ninth-inning guy, but it was not a closer-like performance.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Hurls scoreless sixth

    Barnes struck out one and did not allowed a baserunner over a scoreless relief inning in Wednesday's 9-7 win over the Tigers.

    Barnes, who entered to pitch the sixth inning with Boston up 7-2, made his second appearance of the season, working the sixth inning for the second time in as many outings. He set down the side on 14 pitches, and more notably, Barnes sustained his velocity, averaging 94.3 mph on five four-seamers. While Boston's closer situation remains unsettled, this could be a situation where manager Alex Cora is building up the right-hander's confidence in low-leverage spots before moving him into a higher-stakes role.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Velo returns

    Barnes allowed one hit and struck out one over a scoreless sixth inning in Monday's 3-1 loss to Detroit.

    Barnes made his season debut after missing the opening series against the Yankees with tightness in his back. He worked around a Miguel Cabrera double and punctuated the outing with an inning-ending strike out of Jonathan Schoop. The right-hander's fastball, which lived in the 92-93 mph range during spring training, maxed out at 95.3 and averaged 94 mph.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Available to pitch Monday

    Barnes (back) is available to pitch Monday against the Tigers, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Barnes hurt his back in a workout Thursday and was unavailable during Boston's season-opening series against the Yankees, but he'll be available to begin the team's series in Detroit. Jake Diekman picked up the save in Sunday's win over the Yankees, but Barnes is a strong candidate for ninth-inning work now that he's available.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Likely unavailable Sunday

    Barnes (back) threw with no issues Sunday but isn't expected to be available for the series finale against the Yankees, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.

    Barnes previously hoped to be available for Saturday's contest but didn't take the mound, and he isn't expected to make his season debut Sunday. The 31-year-old's back is apparently feeling better, and manager Alex Cora expects the right-hander to be available for Monday's matchup with the Tigers.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Hopes to pitch Saturday

    Barnes (back) is hopeful that he'll be available to pitch Saturday against the Yankees, Ian Browne of reports.

    Barnes was unavailable for Friday's loss to the Yankees after he hurt his back in a workout Thursday, but he'll play catch ahead of Saturday's matchup to test his injury. If the right-hander is available, he's a prime candidate to serve as Boston's closer.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Dealing with tight back

    Barnes didn't pitch in Friday's loss to the Yankees due to back tightness, Ian Browne of reports.

    Although Friday's matchup lasted 11 innings, Barnes didn't enter the game. Manager Alex Cora said after the loss that the right-hander was unavailable due to his back issue. It's not yet clear when Barnes will be able to return to action.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Possible mechanical flaw

    Red Sox manager Alex Cora believes the team discovered a mechanical flaw in Barnes' delivery may that may be the cause of a drop in velocity, Ian Browne of reports.

    Barnes' four-seamer has been sitting in the 92-93 mph range compared to the 96-97 range in which it usually lives. "I think it's something about his leg kick," Cora said. "Last year, he was a lot tighter. Now, he's loose. If you want to use a reference, it's like a figure skater. When you're open, it slows you down. When you're closed, you're actually faster, quicker." Barnes will work on his mechanics and is slated for two more Grapefruit League appearances. If the velocity comes back by eliminating the flaw, Barnes should be considered a prime candidate to close for Boston.

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  • Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Velo down

    Barnes' fastball reached 92-93 mph in Saturday's spring training outing against the Pirates, Christopher Smith of reports.

    Barnes averaged 95.8 mph on his four-seamer in 2021 and touched 96 and 97 at times. He was an All-Star closer over the first half of the season. This spring, however, the velocity has been inconsistent and down. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits while striking out one Saturday in his fourth Grapefruit League outing. He's scheduled to make two more appearances, and Boston manager Alex Cora hopes to see an uptick in velocity before Thursday's Opening Day. Cora has yet to name a closer and said that reliever will be revealed the first time the Red Sox are in a save situation during the regular season. Hansel Robles and Garrett Whitlock are perceived to be potential closers if Barnes isn't finishing games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 213 lbs
Birthplace: Danbury, CT
Age: 31
School: Connecticut
Experience: 6
Bats/Throws: R, R