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
Sent back to minors
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
May 3, 2019
Bowman was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Bowman was called up for the first time this season Wednesday but did not get into a game. He'll make way on the roster for Nick Senzel, who was called up for his big-league debut in a corresponding move.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .259 155 29 11 36 6 2 5
Since 2017vs Right .260 201 43 18 45 8 1 3
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.65 1.22 37.0 2 4 2 9.0 3.4 1.2
Since 2017Away 5.44 1.46 44.2 1 4 0 7.1 3.0 0.6
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Matt Bowman
Mound Musings: NL Central Draft Day Targets
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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Called up from Louisville
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
May 1, 2019
Bowman was called up from Triple-A Louisville before Wednesday's game, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Fails to earn bullpen spot
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 23, 2019
Bowman was sent to minor-league camp Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Getting spring start
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 21, 2019
Bowman (lat) will start Thursday night's split-squad game against the Mariners in Peoria.
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Facing hitters
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
Lat
March 14, 2019
Bowman (lat) is listed among the Reds' pitchers scheduled to take the hill in Thursday's "B" game versus the Indians, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Spring debut not scheduled yet
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
Lat
March 9, 2019
Bowman (lat strain) hasn't yet been scheduled to appear in a spring training game, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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