Matt Bowman
Matt Bowman
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
7-Day DL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Undergoes procedure
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
Finger
September 19, 2018
Bowman posted a photo Wednesday on his personal Twitter account indicating that he underwent season-ending surgery to address a finger-circulation issue.
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Bowman was denied a September callup after succumbing to the injury in mid-August while he was pitching for Triple-A Memphis. After resting and rehabbing for the past month, Bowman ultimately opted for a procedure to address the matter, which should allow him to return to the mound at full strength next spring. The 27-year-old made 22 appearances in the big leagues this season, finishing with a 6.26 ERA and 1.74 WHIP across 23 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .227 258 49 23 52 11 3 6
Since 2016vs Right .258 379 75 26 88 15 2 6
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
2016vs Left .178 103 20 12 16 5 1 1
2016vs Right .256 178 32 8 43 7 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.59 1.09 77.2 2 7 2 7.9 2.8 0.8
Since 2016Away 4.65 1.45 71.2 3 6 0 7.0 3.1 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
2016Home 3.54 0.98 40.2 0 3 0 6.9 2.2 0.4
2016Away 3.33 1.44 27.0 2 2 0 7.0 3.3 0.7
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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.
K/BB
2.36
 
K/9
10.2
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
6.26
 
WHIP
1.74
 
BABIP
.391
 
GB/FB
1.94
 
Strand %
66.7%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Sent back down to minors
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
July 21, 2018
Bowman was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Recalled from Memphis
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
July 18, 2018
Bowman was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
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Activated from DL
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
July 5, 2018
Bowman (finger) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
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Impresses again for Memphis
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
Finger
July 4, 2018
Bowman (finger) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' win over Iowa on Tuesday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.
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Scoreless inning in first rehab appearance
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
Finger
June 30, 2018
Bowman (finger) struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' win over Iowa on Friday.
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