Matt Bowman
Matt Bowman
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A year after leading the Cardinals in appearances and finishing top 10 in the majors with 75, Bowman took the mound just 22 times in 2018 and just twice after the All-Star break. Blister issues put Bowman on the disabled list on a couple occasions in the first half, and he ended up undergoing surgery later in the year to address a finger-circulation issue. The results on the field were ugly and St. Louis left Bowman exposed to waivers at the conclusion of the season, with the Reds taking advantage. Before what was essentially a lost season, Bowman had shown an ability to keep the ball on the ground as well as an ability to retire hitters on both sides of the plate. He doesn't have the bat-missing ability to ever be a closer (career 19.5 K%), but with better health Bowman should have little trouble securing a spot on Cincinnati's Opening Day roster. Double-digit holds are well within reach. Read Past Outlooks
Rejoins Reds
PCincinnati Reds
September 1, 2019
Bowman was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
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Bowman made one appearance in the majors in mid-August but spent most of the second half at Triple-A. The 28-year-old has a 5.48 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB over 21.1 major-league innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
23
Last 5 Games
26
How many pitches does Matt Bowman 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 Bowman generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
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4th
 
 
 
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9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
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9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
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2nd
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .266 216 40 18 51 11 2 5
Since 2017vs Right .236 277 57 24 57 11 1 5
2019vs Left .283 61 11 7 15 5 0 0
2019vs Right .174 76 14 6 12 3 0 2
2018vs Left .295 50 12 4 13 2 1 4
2018vs Right .320 59 14 7 16 3 0 0
2017vs Left .242 105 17 7 23 4 1 1
2017vs Right .236 142 29 11 29 5 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.93 1.29 55.0 4 4 2 9.0 3.3 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.76 1.35 58.2 1 4 0 6.4 3.4 0.6
2019Home 4.50 1.44 18.0 2 0 0 9.0 3.0 0.5
2019Away 2.57 1.00 14.0 0 0 0 4.5 4.5 0.6
2018Home 2.61 1.16 10.1 0 1 0 11.3 3.5 1.7
2018Away 9.24 2.21 12.2 0 1 0 9.2 5.0 1.4
2017Home 4.05 1.24 26.2 2 3 2 8.1 3.4 1.0
2017Away 3.94 1.16 32.0 1 3 0 6.2 2.3 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Matt Bowman 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
1.92
 
K/9
7.0
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
3.66
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.277
 
GB/FB
2.12
 
Left On Base
67.2%
 
Exit Velocity
85.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.1%
 
Spin Rate
1924 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.2%
 
Swinging Strike
8.4%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Matt Bowman
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March 1, 2018
This week, Brad Johnson examines the National League Central pitching staffs, including Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon who had a rough 2017 season but is poised to have a huge 2018.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 20, 2017
Jan Levine scours the waiver wire for the National League's best options this week as Brandon Nimmo takes over in the outfield for the Mets after Curtis Granderson was traded to the Dodgers.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
August 13, 2017
Jan Levine scours the waiver wire for this week's pickups, including prospect Dansby Swanson, who is back up with the Braves after a short demotion.
Mound Musings: Time to Turn it Around?
July 6, 2017
After discussing pleasant pitching surprises last week, Brad Johnson tackles disappointing first-half performances this week, including Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
July 2, 2017
Jan Levine profiles the top waiver-wire pickups for the week, including Randal Grichuk, whose power streak has followed him from the minors back to the Cardinals.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Bowman made 75 appearances last season, leading the Cardinals and tying for seventh in the majors. He performed well and the peripherals once again mostly supported the strong surface ratios; the right-hander certainly didn't miss bats at a prolific clip (7.1 K/9), but he limited the free passes (7.3 percent walk rate) and homers thanks to a 54.6 percent groundball rate. Bowman relies on his sinker as his primary pitch, but he also throws a splitter, and the ability to change speeds effectively has led him to a great deal of success against lefties through two major-league seasons. In fact, he has a reverse platoon split, with lefty bats combining for a .258 wOBA compared to .290 for righties. Manager Mike Matheny will continue to call on Bowman to get out of late-inning jams, but the lack of swing-and-miss stuff figures to keep Bowman from challenging for the ninth-inning role.
The speed at which Bowman acclimated to the majors came as a pleasant surprise as he was coming off a subpar go-around at Triple-A Memphis in 2015. While his 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 18.5 percent strikeout rate may not jump off the page, Bowman was excellent at retiring batters via the groundball -- he rounded out the season with a 4.00 GB/FB ratio. As he continued to progress, St. Louis opted to use Bowman more frequently in high-leverage situations. He picked up eight holds over his last 15 appearances and finished the season with 13, which was good for third on the team. Heading into his second season, Bowman will look to add something to his strikeout rate and solidify a prominent role the bullpen.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PCincinnati Reds
August 17, 2019
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Back in majors
PCincinnati Reds
August 15, 2019
Bowman was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PCincinnati Reds
July 20, 2019
Bowman was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Struggles Friday night
PCincinnati Reds
June 21, 2019
Bowman struggled Friday night against the Brewers, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, retiring only two batters.
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Recalled by Reds
PCincinnati Reds
May 24, 2019
Bowman was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
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