Matt Strahm
Matt Strahm
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After returning from a knee injury that cost him the first month of the season, Strahm went on to post an excellent 2.05 ERA in 61.1 innings in his first season on the West Coast. Though he benefited from good luck in the form of an unsustainable .226 BABIP and an equally-unrepeatable 86.1% strand rate, he also made legitimate improvements, cutting his walk rate dramatically to a league-average 8.6% while raising his strikeout rate to 28.2%. It was a strong enough performance to give him some deep-league value. A role change could make him a mixed-league sleeper -- Strahm is expected to be in the mix for a rotation spot this season. He technically started five games last year, but all came as part of bullpen games. Strahm throws four pitches at least 12% of the time, so a transition back to starting should theoretically not be too difficult. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $507,500 contract with the Royals in March of 2016.
Lasts two innings in start
PSan Diego Padres
August 21, 2019
Strahm allowed no runs on three hits with zero walks and four strikeouts across two innings during a no-decision against the Reds on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Starting his first game of the second half, Strahm wasn't expected to last long anyway, but then it took him 42 pitches to record six outs. Although he didn't give up any runs, that shortened his outing even more. Strahm has been better out of the bullpen this season, but it will be interesting to see if this strong start leads to more opportunities down the stretch. He is 5-8 with a 5.11 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 98.2 innings across 31 appearances, including 16 starts, this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
39
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
10
How many pitches does Matt Strahm generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Matt Strahm generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .260 252 63 26 57 9 1 9
Since 2017vs Right .229 634 161 39 133 31 1 25
2019vs Left .274 137 31 10 34 8 0 5
2019vs Right .264 350 87 12 87 19 1 17
2018vs Left .246 76 20 9 16 1 1 3
2018vs Right .149 169 49 12 23 7 0 3
2017vs Left .233 39 12 7 7 0 0 1
2017vs Right .237 115 25 15 23 5 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.51 1.16 101.2 5 7 0 8.7 2.5 1.6
Since 2017Away 3.63 1.26 109.0 6 13 0 10.4 3.1 1.3
2019Home 5.84 1.26 57.0 3 5 0 8.2 1.4 2.2
2019Away 3.59 1.23 57.2 3 6 0 10.3 2.0 1.2
2018Home 2.48 0.97 29.0 1 1 0 9.0 3.7 0.9
2018Away 1.67 0.99 32.1 2 3 0 11.1 2.5 0.8
2017Home 3.45 1.15 15.2 1 1 0 9.8 4.0 0.6
2017Away 7.11 1.79 19.0 1 4 0 9.5 7.1 2.4
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Stat Review
How does Matt Strahm compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.36
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
91.5 mph
 
ERA
4.71
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
0.95
 
Left On Base
73.1%
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.6%
 
Spin Rate
2349 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Strahm ranked among relief leaders over the final two months of 2016 with a 1.23 ERA and 30 strikeouts across 22 innings. After struggling to begin 2017, Strahm rebounded in May (2.08 ERA) before ultimately going down with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. The Padres acquired him soon after the diagnosis, and he's expected to be ready sometime during spring training. A healthy Strahm should receive another look as a starter in another pitcher-friendly atmosphere. Though the 26-year-old's strikeout upside makes him worth a stash in some leagues, poor control (5.2 BB/9 in 56.2 career innings) and possibly limited pitch counts might prevent him from taking a significant step forward as a starter in 2018. He would probably enjoy more immediate success in another high-impact bullpen role.
It was reasonable to view Strahm as the Royals' top pitching prospect prior to his callup at the end of July, given Kyle Zimmer's recurring shoulder issues. However, Strahm had so much success as a reliever following his promotion that the Royals may simply see an elite late-inning arm who they have under control for six more years and be satisfied. Among relievers that threw 20-plus innings last year, Strahm ranked fifth in ERA (1.23), eighth in FIP (2.06) and 16th in strikeout rate (34.1 percent). The move to the bullpen certainly allowed his stuff to play up, as he was comfortably sitting in the mid-90s and touching 97 mph with his fastball in relief after sitting at 91-92 mph as a starter. Not surprisingly, his changeup and curveball both play quite nicely off 95 from the left side. His floor has been established as a shutdown setup man. Whether the Royals decide to get greedy and attempt to turn Strahm into a mid-rotation arm is to be determined.
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Starting Wednesday
PSan Diego Padres
August 20, 2019
Strahm will start Wednesday's series finale at Cincinnati, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Sustains relief loss
PSan Diego Padres
July 30, 2019
Strahm (4-8) gave up five runs on five hits and one walk in 1.2 innings to take the loss against Baltimore on Tuesday. He struck out four.
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Dominant since joining bullpen
PSan Diego Padres
July 30, 2019
Strahm has allowed one run while posting an 11:1 K:BB in 8.1 innings over his six appearances since joining San Diego's bullpen.
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Moves to bullpen
PSan Diego Padres
July 3, 2019
Strahm will pitch out of the bullpen through the All-Star break and potentially through the second half, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Crushed by Giants
PSan Diego Padres
July 3, 2019
Strahm (3-7) took the loss Tuesday, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits -- including three home runs -- and a walk over five innings while striking out six as the Padres fell 10-4 to the Giants.
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