Matt Barnes

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Rob Bradford
August 23, 2019 - 12:18 pm
Things haven't gone quite as planned for Matt Barnes this season. The strategy of using the reliever to face the meat of the opponents' batting order -- regardless of the inning -- has taken a detour, with the Red Sox for intent-and-purposes dubbing Brandon Workman as their ninth-inning guy. Part...
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Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes
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Nick Friar
August 03, 2019 - 11:28 pm
After only pushing across two runs in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox offense looked better in Game 2. Not as good as it can be, but more like its normal self. Still wasn’t enough. Neither was the players-only meeting the team had between games. "When things get...
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Rob Bradford
July 24, 2019 - 1:21 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There are the metaphorical sighs of relief and then there are the actual sighs of relief. Alex Cora let out the latter after his postgame meeting with the media Tuesday night. It was that type of win for the Red Sox. (For a complete recap of the Sox' 5-4 win, click here.) Up...
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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi
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Nick Friar
July 03, 2019 - 9:04 am
Ever since Andrew Miller lit the world on fire with his ridiculous run in the 2016 postseason, the baseball sabermetricians have been clamoring to eliminate the closer role. “Your best reliever should pitch in situations of the highest leverage.” “Why can’t your closer pitch in the eighth inning...
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Amin Touri
July 02, 2019 - 10:16 am
As the Red Sox bullpen continues to struggle through the middle part of the season, with back-to-back relief disasters against the Yankees in London over the weekend, Boston appears to be looking internally for help with NESN’s Tom Caron reporting that Nathan Eovaldi could be used as the closer...
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Amin Touri
June 26, 2019 - 5:56 pm
Wrapping up the final homestand before the All-Star break, a strong offensive performance was overshadowed by another Red Sox bullpen collapse on Wednesday, as a combined seven runs and 15 hits went to waste after another blown save. Down 6-4 into the eighth against the White Sox, the Boston bats...
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Amin Touri
June 22, 2019 - 9:06 pm
Through the first three weeks of June, the Red Sox bullpen had been very good. They were third in the majors for the month in WAR according to FanGraphs , they sported a combined 3.23 ERA was sixth and their 11.08 K/9 rate was the best in baseball. But the bullpen was also fourth in total innings...
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Rob Bradford
April 30, 2019 - 7:24 am
Alex Cora wasn't about to overreact, and he shouldn't have. The Red Sox won Monday night thanks in large part to a six-run third inning. In the big picture, it was a step the right direction, little more. "It’s just one game, you know," Cora said after the 9-4 win over the A's at Fenway Park. "I’m...
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Nick Friar
April 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
Chris Sale’s disappointing outing on Tuesday overshadowed the fact Alex Cora brought Matt Barnes, the Red Sox semi-closer, semi-super reliever, in the ninth inning despite it being a non-save situation. Under his watch, the Blue Jays added to their 6-5 after Barnes drilled Billy McKinney and gave...
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Rob Bradford
April 04, 2019 - 4:08 am
OAKLAND -- Matt Barnes had just finished what has become his daily postgame treadmill session, still donning a headband and a fair amount of sweat. This time, however, the media gathered around the reliever wasn't there to talk about closing out a game. This was simply about coming in. After...
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