Barnes is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance out of the bullpen Monday against the Tigers, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
Given that Barnes is already locked in as one of the top setup men for closer Brandon Workman heading into the season, the Red Sox have spent the early portion of spring training evaluating their other relief options who are fighting for spots in the Opening Day bullpen. Barnes' eye-popping strikeout totals over the past two seasons have put him on the fantasy radar, but until he shows the ability to limit free passes (career 10.7 percent walk rate), he won't provide much value in the ERA and WHIP categories.
Barnes and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Considered a top closing candidate prior to last season, Barnes wound up saving just four games. His 38.6 percent strikeout rate was excellent, but when combined with a poor 13.3 percent walk rate, he wound up with a merely decent 3.78 ERA.
Barnes walked a batter and struck out two over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.
Barnes inherited a couple of baserunners with one out in the seventh inning and immediately walked a batter before escaping the bases-loaded threat. He continues to be used primarily as a fireman, entering high-leverage situations in the seventh or eighth inning. He has not been called upon to save a game since blowing a save June 26. Red Sox manager Alex Cora is getting by with Brandon Workman as a temporary closer until Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is ready to be activated.
Barnes (3-3) took the loss by allowing two runs on three hits in a third of an inning to the White Sox on Wednesday.
Barnes blew his second straight save opportunity when Jose Abreu took a poorly located 97 mph fastball over the Green Monster in left for a two-run home run. The back end of the bullpen is turning into Boston's biggest vulnerability. They've blown 16 save chances, six by Barnes. The outing highlighted an alarming trend for Barnes, who pitched for a second straight day. When pitching on zero days rest, Barnes has a 10.39 ERA. He has a 2.13 ERA in all other outings.
Barnes (3-2) 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 started the eighth inning with a 6-5 lead but was removed with the bases loaded after giving up one run on two singles, two walks and a pair of wild pitches. Two of his runners then came around to score. The 29-year-old now has five blown saves in nine chances and has earned only one save in his last 20 appearances while the Red Sox continue to utilize a committee for the ninth-inning role.
Barnes gave up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out one through 0.2 innings of relief work against the Rangers on Monday.
Barnes entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead , but quickly surrendered the lead to record his fourth blown save. The 28-year-old only has one save in the last month and is firmly entrenched in a committee. Barnes has four saves and a 3.76 ERA through 26.1 innings this season.
Barnes allowed one earned run on two hits while striking out two in the ninth inning to record the save Thursday against the Royals.
Barnes entered the game with a three-run lead in the final frame, though he ultimately allowed the tying to run to come to the plate. After getting Adalberto Mondesi to ground out to begin the inning, Barnes surrendered a single and double to consecutive batters, accounting for his earned run. However, he quickly recovered to strike out the final two batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the season. Barnes, who recorded his first save since May 7, has been used mostly as the team's high-leverage reliever, meaning he's seen limited save chances despite racking up 44 strikeouts across 24.2 innings to supplement his 3.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Barnes worked around a walk to record a hold in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Astros. He struck out two while pitching the eighth inning.
Barnes had a notable loss Saturday when he failed to retire any batters in the ninth inning. Manager Alex Cora on Sunday used Barnes to face the bottom of the Astros order, telling Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald that he can't always have Barnes consistently face the middle of an opponent's order. "We've been talking about this, usage and whatever they call it his role," Cora said. "But people get caught up on the whole closing thing and using the guy in the high-leverage situation, but he needs to face some guys that they're not the 3, 4, 5 hitters all the time. It's a grind for him." Marcus Walden followed Barnes and registered the save for Boston while facing batters 4, 5 and 6. Cora will continue to deploy his late-inning options depending on which part of an opponent's order is due up but there are times when Barnes will get a break.
Barnes (2-1) was handed the loss Saturday at Houston when he failed to record an out in the walkoff defeat. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks.
Barnes entered in a 3-3 tie after the Red Sox managed to knot things up in the top of the ninth inning, but he ran into trouble immediately by giving up a double on his second pitch. The 28-year-old never had his command Saturday with only seven of his 18 pitches finding the strike zone. Barnes has a 2.25 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 36:6 K:BB over 20 innings this season.
Barnes allowed one hit and three inherited runners to score over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Rockies.
Barnes came on as a fireman in the seventh inning after Eduardo Rodriguez loaded the bases with none out and was unable to douse the threat. He expended 26 pitches over two strong innings the previous night but did not have the same curveball Wednesday. Barnes was tagged with a third blown save, which can happen when a manager uses a closer in a high-leverage spot during the middle of an inning.
Barnes had one strikeout and one walk over 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save in Tuesday's 8-5 win at Baltimore.
Barnes entered with two outs in the eighth inning and the tying run on base, but escaped with a strikeout. The Red Sox tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning to make it a relatively easy save for the 28-year-old. Barnes has a 1.88 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 27:4 K:BB over 14.1 innings, and should continue to be utilized as a high-leverage option by manager Alex Cora.
Barnes got the final two outs of Monday's 9-4 win over the A's to record his second save of the season.
Hector Velazquez began the ninth inning for Boston and loaded the bases with one out, creating the barest minimum definition of a save chance for Barnes with the tying run on deck for Oakland. The right-hander needed only two pitches -- a fly out by Stephen Piscotty and a fielder's choice grounder by Khris Davis -- to quell the threat. Barnes now has a 2.25 ERA and outstanding 23:3 K:BB through 12 innings with two wins, two saves and four holds in 12 appearances, and he'll likely continue to see usage in high-leverage spots rather than being reserved exclusively for save situations.
Barnes (2-0) allowed one run on one hit and struck out three in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Rays.
Barnes came on to start the eighth inning with Boston ahead by a run but served up a leadoff home run to Yandy Diaz. Manager Alex Cora has used Barnes early in games previously, but that was in a fireman-type situation with runners on base or when a game was tied. This was the first time he was brought in early to start an inning with Boston leading. At this point, fantasy owners should be targeting Ryan Brasier for saves, although Barnes will get opportunities, too.
Barnes allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning of Sunday's 4-0 win over the Orioles.
This was heading toward a save situation, so manager Alex Cora had Barnes warming as Boston held a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning. After the Red Sox plated three in the bottom of the inning, the manager had Barnes preserve the victory in a non-save situation. Ryan Brasier pitched the eighth inning when the lower third of Baltimore's order was due up, which aligns with how Cora's deployed his late-inning relievers. Barnes has entered previous games earlier than the ninth inning for pivotal moments when opponents had the stronger part of their order due up.
Barnes earned his second hold of the season Friday night, coming on to get the final out of the seventh inning.
Barnes had the rare one-out, two-strikeout appearance, as the first batter he struck out reached on a wild pitch. More importantly, he came into the game in the seventh and Ryan Brasier got the save, thanks to Tyler Thornburg giving up two runs in the ninth. Barnes still could get save chances in more conventional situations, but it's clear that when the Red Sox want to use the "ace reliever" concept in earlier innings, they'll turn to Barnes.
Barnes pitched two perfect innings Sunday, striking out two batters and earning his first hold in a 1-0 win over Arizona.
Barnes has been used in a non-save situation in each of his last two outings, with Ryan Brasier picking up a save in both of those appearances. It appears that the 28-year-old will work mostly in high-leverage situations as opposed to being the team's main closer. Still, it's early in the year, and Barnes and Brasier are worth owning until the picture is a bit clearer.
Barnes (1-0) entered Wednesday's game in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings in a 6-3 victory over Oakland.
Barnes was called on in a high-leverage spot and struck out Khris Davis with a nasty curveball. He went on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning and was the pitcher of record when Boston went ahead in the ninth. Manager Alex Cora will apparently use Barnes in non-save situations that the manager deems important, regardless of the inning. Ryan Brasier earned the save.
Barnes pitched the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the season during Friday's come-from-behind win against the Mariners, working a perfect inning with two strikeouts.
Barnes looked good in the process, with the other takeaway being that Ryan Brasier was also available after neither pitched in Thursday's opener. The Boston closer situation was and still is one of the more uncertain ones around baseball, but Barnes was expected to be the leading closer candidate and certainly held serve in this one. It'll be interesting to see what happens if the defending champs get another save opportunity right away again Saturday.
Barnes allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out one in the fifth inning Monday against the Twins.
All of the damage against Barnes came before he received a mound visit from pitching coach Dana Levangie, who told the right-hander he was tipping his pitches, Tom Keegan of the Boston Herald reports. "I was tipping," Barnes said. "He told me, and I was able to fix it right away. It doesn't matter how good your stuff is, if they know what's coming, it's going to get hit. I feel like stuff-wise today was great, and then the swings I got on pitches following the mound visit were more in line with how I felt about my stuff." There are a lot of eyes on Barnes this spring as he competes to become Boston's closer, a role he's been close to but never held.
Barnes allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday against Atlanta.
This was the best of Barnes' three Grapefruit League outings. He battled fastball command the first time out followed by a problematic curveball in his second outing. Saturday's appearance provides a semblance of relief for those betting on Barnes being Boston's closer.
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