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Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 4 1 2.56 21 9 1.06
Post Season 0 1 13.50 0 1 1.50

Top T.J. McFarland News

  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Brought back to St. Louis

    McFarland re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal Monday.

    McFarland was a useful left-handed option out of the bullpen for the Cardinals last season. His excellent 63.7 percent groundball rate helped him to a 2.56 ERA despite a very low 14.6 percent strikeout rate. That lack of whiffs means he's ill-suited for a ninth-inning role, however, as evidenced by his one career save in nine MLB seasons, so he's unlikely to have much fantasy value in most formats.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Solid finish to regular season

    McFarland posted a 1-0 record and five holds over the nine innings covering his last 10 regular-season appearances.

    The veteran also blew a save opportunity and posted a 5.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in that span, hinting at occasional trouble. However, McFarland was still mostly impressive throughout that stretch, giving up more than one earned run just once and tossing six scoreless outings as well. The left-hander enjoyed a fantasy-friendly campaign overall that included a 4-1 record, 2.56 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 15 holds across 38.2 innings over 38 appearances.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Up to nine holds

    McFarland secured his ninth hold in a win over the Mets on Monday, allowing one hit over a scoreless seventh inning.

    McFarland saw action for the fourth time in the last five days, an especially busy stretch during which he's generated three scoreless appearances and three holds overall. The veteran left-hander has boosted his fantasy stock nicely down the stretch, and he's now worked his ERA down to 1.95 following Monday's outing.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Sees scoreless streak snapped

    McFarland (3-1) allowed two earned runs on two hits over one inning to take the loss against the Reds on Friday.

    Just 24 hours after extending his scoreless streak to 18 appearances while garnering his seventh hold in a win over the Dodgers, McFarland saw his run come to an end and took his first loss of the season in the process. The left-hander was only able to retire one of the first four batters he faced in the ninth inning, failing to preserve a 2-2 tie and allowing the game's final two runs. Despite the stumble, McFarland should continue to see his fair share of hold opportunities over the balance of the regular season.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Grabs sixth hold

    McFarland recorded his sixth hold in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

    McFarland needed exactly two pitches to record both his outs and close out the sixth inning. The veteran southpaw continues on an extended roll that's seen him coax his ERA and WHIP down to 1.52 and 0.93, respectively, while posting 17 consecutive scoreless appearances.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Nabs fourth hold

    McFarland secured his fourth hold in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday, firing 1.2 scoreless innings during which he allowed no hits and one walk while also recording a strikeout.

    McFarland lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.71 with Sunday's effort, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. The 32-year-old's recent form coupled with his ability to work multiple frames on occasion makes him an increasingly valuable relief asset as the season enters its stretch run.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Earns win in relief

    McFarland (3-0) pitched a scoreless, hitless inning 10th inning while walking a batter, earning the win in Wednesday's 3-2, extra-inning victory over the Tigers.

    The lefty has excelled in 12 appearances this month, pitching 12 scoreless innings of relief with eight strikeouts, two wins and two holds. Alex Reyes, Giovanny Gallegos and Genesis Cabrera are the Cardinals' primary, high-leverage options, but McFarland's scoreless month to date suggests he's leapt up the bullpen depth chart and may take opportunities from Andrew Miller and Luis Garcia going forward.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Picks up relief win

    McFarland (2-0) allowed no hits and a walk in a scoreless third inning to earn the win over the Pirates on Thursday.

    McFarland has performed quite well in the month of August, as he's allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in 5.1 scoreless frames across his five appearances since the month began. He entered Thursday's game after starter Wade LeBlanc (elbow) was removed, becoming the pitcher of record in a 7-6 victory.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Impressing in August

    McFarland, who fired a scoreless eighth inning in a loss to the Royals on Sunday, has an unblemished ERA over the 4.1 innings covering his four August appearances.

    The veteran reliever has allowed just one hit and garnered one hold during that span, although he's also rang up just two strikeouts. McFarland has largely proven effective in what are typically lower-leverage scenarios thus far in St. Louis, pitching to a 3.27 ERA and 0.82 WHIP across 11 innings overall (10 appearances).

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Gets first hold

    McFarland fired a scoreless eighth inning during which he issued a walk and recorded a strikeout in a win over the Cubs on Thursday.

    The veteran left-hander has quickly taken to his new digs, putting together three straight scoreless appearances and notching a win in addition to Thursday's hold. McFarland has already made four trips to the mound in less than a week with the Cardinals, which would seem to bode well for fantasy managers who've taken a flyer on him in formats that value setup men.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: First win as a Cardinal

    McFarland (1-0) won Wednesday's 3-2 extra-inning contest with the Cubs, pitching a scoreless 10th while allowing a walk.

    After John Gant permitted a Javier Baez single to lead off the 10th, McFarland entered and induced a momentum-killing double play followed by an intentional walk and a flyout to neutralize the threat. When St. Louis scored in the bottom of the inning, the lefty became the winner. This was McFarland's first win of the season in only his third appearance.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Contract selected by Cardinals

    McFarland's contract was selected by the Cardinals on Friday.

    McFarland joined the Cardinals on a split contract at the end of June. He'll give the team another left-handed option out of the bullpen, but he's unlikely to be of much interest in most fantasy formats. It would be a surprise to see him pitching in high-leverage innings, and he gets very few strikeouts, whiffing 13.6 percent of opposing batters over the course of his eight-year career.

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  • Cardinals' T.J. McFarland: Joining Cardinals

    McFarland agreed to a split contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    The 32-year-old was granted his release by the Nationals earlier Wednesday, and he apparently had a deal with the Cardinals lined up. McFarland struggled in 18 appearances at Triple-A Rochester with a 5.25 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 26:5 K:BB over 24 innings. He'll report to Triple-A Memphis for his new organization.

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  • T.J. McFarland: Cut loose by Nats

    Washington granted McFarland his unconditional release from his minor-league contract Wednesday.

    Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post speculates that McFarland asked for his release after the Nationals bypassed the lefty for a call-up earlier this week in favor of another southpaw reliever at Triple-A Rochester in Kyle Lobstein. McFarland made 18 appearances out of the Rochester bullpen, posting a 5.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across 24 innings.

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  • Nationals' T.J. McFarland: Headed for Nats' alt site

    The Nationals returned McFarland to their alternate training site in Fredericksburg on Monday.

    Released by Washington on March 27, McFarland re-signed with the organization two days later on a minor-league deal. McFarland joined Washington as a member of the taxi squad for its road trip in Los Angeles over the weekend, but he'll head back to the alternate site with the Nationals electing to replace him on the taxi squad with infielder Luis Garcia.

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  • T.J. McFarland: Released by Nationals

    McFarland was released by the Nationals on Saturday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    McFarland was in camp as a non-roster invitee but was unable to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster after posting a 3.60 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 10 innings this spring. He'll now be able to seek out other options as a free agent ahead of the regular season.

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  • Nationals' T.J. McFarland: Joins Washington on minors deal

    McFarland signed a minor-league contract with Washington on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    McFarland has struck out fewer than 15 percent of opposing batters in each of the last seven seasons, but he's managed a perfectly respectable 4.05 ERA thanks in large part due to a 63.8 percent groundball rate. His ERA came in at 4.35 last season, a number which would likely earn him a middle-relief role, though he struck out just 9.8 percent of opposing batters, which may be approaching the lower end for what a big-league pitcher can do while still having some degree of success.

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  • Athletics' T.J. McFarland: Struggles continue

    McFarland, who allowed an earned run on a solo home run and also surrendered one other hit and a walk over one inning in a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, now has an 11.37 ERA across the 6.1 innings he's pitched in September.

    McFarland came into the month boasting a sparkling 0.68 ERA and 0.98 WHIP on the season, which had rendered him one of the most reliable middle-relief options for manager Bob Melvin to that point. However, those numbers are now a distant memory, as they've ballooned to 3.86 and 1.39, respectively, following his extended stretch of ineffectiveness. McFarland has allowed at least one run in five of the first seven appearances of the month, with the three homers he's yielded over that span pivotal to his poor numbers.

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  • Athletics' T.J. McFarland: Rocky start to September

    McFarland, who allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk over one inning in a loss to the Padres on Sunday, has been scored upon in each of his first two September outings after coming into the month having yielded just one earned run over his first 15 appearances of the season.

    McFarland has been one of the most reliable middle-to-later-inning relief options for manager Bob Melvin during what has mostly been a banner year for the Athletics bullpen. However, the veteran southpaw has shown a bit more vulnerability to open September, although he'd been so effective coming into the month that his ERA still sits at an elite 1.76 across 15.1 innings. Despite the recent pair of stumbles, McFarland figures to continue playing an integral role down the stretch as a key left-handed relief option.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Palos Hills, IL
Age: 32
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: L, L