Maton recorded two outs before surrendering a walkoff two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Twins.
Home runs continue to be Maton's Achilles' heel this season, as Wednesday's homer marked the ninth he has given up in just 37 innings (2.2 HR/9). The rookie reliever has flashed some potential at times, but the results (4.62 ERA) have been far too inconsistent to be relied upon for fantasy purposes.
Maton was shelled to the tune of three runs (two home runs) in an inning of work against the Reds on Thursday.
Ouch. The rookie has now given up six runs off of four homers over his previous three appearances, watching his ERA balloon from 2.78 to 4.68 in the process. It wasn't that long ago that Maton's name was mentioned by manager Andy Green as a potential replacement closer post-trade deadline, but with his recent string of poor outings and the retention of Brad Hand, the 24-year-old's fantasy value has reached an all-time low.
Maton fired 1.1 perfect innings while striking out three and picking up his fifth hold in Thursday's win over the Mets.
Brad Hand took over as the Padres' closing role as expected, but he remains a candidate to be traded before Monday's deadline. If that were to happen, Maton -- along with Kirby Yates -- would be a potential replacement in the ninth. Those speculating for saves may want to take a flyer the rookie in the event he is seeing save opportunities following the trade deadline.
The 24-year-old has experienced modest success in the majors (3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.0 K/BB), so it is not shocking that manager Andy Green is considering him as a potential replacement in the ninth. That said, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates have been more dominant in larger sample sizes this season, so Maton figures to be the underdog in the competition for saves. If Hand is dealt at the deadline -- as he is rumored to be -- then the rookie reliever would see an increased chance to take over as the Friars' closer down the stretch.
The young reliever has lived up to his potential in his first season with the Padres after they drafted him in the 20th round of the 2015 draft. His 13.5 K/9 in the big leagues shows his value as a possible closer for San Diego in the near future, a role he played this season for Triple-A El Paso while going 13-for-13 on save opportunities before being called up. He remains an intriguing arm to watch for owners in deep dynasty leagues.
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