Barnes pitched two-thirds of an inning against the Reds on Tuesday, giving up four runs on three walks and a hit. He also threw two wild pitches.
One of the walks was intentional, but even so, Barnes struggled mightily to find the plate in this appearance. He'd gone without allowing an earned run in nine of his prior 10 outings, but Barnes' subpar ratios have made him an inconsistent fantasy option even in formats that count the 24 holds he's accumulated.
Barnes allowed seven runs on nine hits over his final four appearances (3.1 innings) of July.
Manager Craig Counsell has continued to use Barnes in high-leverage, with Barnes picking up two holds in his two appearances thus far in August. The 27-year-old has an unattractive 4.28 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 48.1 innings this season, but has 54 strikeouts and 20 holds. Barnes' numbers could use some improvement, but it looks as though he'll be Milwaukee's secondary setup man behind the recently acquired Anthony Swarzak.
Barnes has allowed only three hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts over his last six innings.
The 27-year-old had a June to forget with eight runs allowed across 10.2 innings, but has bounced back in recent appearances. Barnes remains the setup man to closer Corey Knebel and leads the Brewers with 16 holds this season. The second-year reliever has a 3.63 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 46 strikeouts over 39.2 innings this year.
Barnes' ratios recently took a thumping when he allowed four earned runs without recording an out against the Giants on June 8, but he allowed just one earned run in all in his 14 other appearances since May 13. Unless the Brewers acquire a more proven reliever at the back end of their bullpen, he will continue to have a firm grasp on the setup job in front of closer Corey Knebel.
Barnes pitched a perfect 1.1 innings with one strikeout to earn the save in Sunday's 9-5 win over Arizona.
Barnes came into a major jam in the eighth inning, as a seven-run lead had been shrunk to three and pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt coming to the plate as the potential tying run. Barnes got Goldschmidt to fly out to center, and after the Brewers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, was allowed to finish off the game. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to get his second save of the year and bring his ERA to 2.96. Over his last seven appearances, Barnes has been unscored upon and allowed just two baserunners in 6.2 innings. Corey Knebel seems to have a solid grip on the closer role for the Brewers, but Barnes looks like a very trusted member of the Milwaukee pen.
|10/1/2017 vs St. Louis|
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|2012||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||4||7||3.84||25||7||0||0||3||93.2||87||46||40||10||2||46||83|
|2013||AFA-Brevard County Manat||9||6||3.08||21||14||1||0||0||105.1||98||43||36||6||3||36||66|
|2014||AFA-Brevard County Manat||0||0||1.23||3||0||0||0||0||7.1||3||1||1||1||0||0||8|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||2||1||1.21||17||0||0||0||1||22.1||14||3||3||1||0||7||23|