Chris Flexen

Chris Flexen

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Seattle Mariners
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After struggling as a starter in the Mets organization, Flexen pitched for the Doosan Bears in the KBO where he sported a 3.01 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He returned stateside last season, settling in the Pacific Northwest. Flexen unveiled a new pitch mix with Seattle, ditching his slider and sinker for a cutter and more curves. While his 3.61 ERA suggests the adjustments worked, the various xERAs were around a run higher. Even so, that's an improvement over Flexen's stint with the Mets. His strength was a 5.6 BB% and keeping the ball in the yard. It's the latter fueling the higher ERA estimators as his xHR is a few knocks over the 19 he allowed. Trusting a hurler with a 16.9 K% is precarious, but Flexen is a viable streamer, best utilized at home in power-suppressing T-Mobile Park and favorable road matchups. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $4.75 million contract with the Mariners in December of 2020. Contract includes $8 million vesting option for 2024 with 300 innings logged between 2021 and 2022.
Flops against Phillies
PSeattle Mariners
May 10, 2022
Flexen (1-5) took the loss Monday, coughing up six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings as the Mariners were routed 9-0 by the Phillies. He struck out five.
ANALYSIS
Four of the nine hits off Flexen went for extra bases, including homers by Jean Segura and Rhys Hoskins. The right-hander hadn't allowed more than three runs in any of his five prior outings this season, but his low 15.7 percent strikeout rate gives him little margin for error. His hard-hit and barrel rates rank in the bottom 25th percentile of the league. Flexen will carry a 4.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 22:10 K:BB through 34 innings into his next start.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
86
Last 5 Games
85
How many pitches does Chris Flexen generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Flexen generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .237 399 67 16 89 16 2 11
Since 2020vs Right .291 482 80 34 129 25 3 13
2022vs Left .250 60 8 3 14 2 0 1
2022vs Right .264 80 14 7 19 5 0 4
2021vs Left .235 339 59 13 75 14 2 10
2021vs Right .296 402 66 27 110 20 3 9
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.50 1.18 115.2 8 7 0 6.1 1.6 0.9
Since 2020Away 3.95 1.34 98.0 7 4 0 6.3 2.7 1.2
2022Home 5.00 1.22 18.0 1 2 0 6.5 1.0 2.0
2022Away 3.38 1.31 16.0 0 3 0 5.1 4.5 0.6
2021Home 3.23 1.18 97.2 7 5 0 6.0 1.8 0.6
2021Away 4.06 1.34 82.0 7 1 0 6.6 2.3 1.3
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Chris Flexen compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
2.20
 
K/9
5.8
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
91.5 mph
 
ERA
4.24
 
WHIP
1.26
 
BABIP
.275
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
75.0%
 
Exit Velocity
83.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.9%
 
Spin Rate
2107 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.2%
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Flexen struggled over his first three years in the majors from 2017 to 2019, so he headed to Korea to right the ship in 2020. The right-hander pitched well in the KBO, starting 21 games while posting a 3.01 ERA during that time with an impressive 2.74 FIP. He jumped to a 28.0 K% last season, and he'll now attempt to translate his production to major-league success. Flexen worked as a reliever during his first three years in the majors, issuing more walks (54) than strikeouts (49) over that span while posting a 31.9 GB% and 42.6% hard-hit rate in 2019. However, he should compete for a spot in the back end of Seattle's rotation given his success as a starter last year. He improved his command and posted a 132:30 K:BB over 116.2 innings and lasted at least five innings in 17 of his 21 starts. Flexen doesn't have a strong MLB resume, but his KBO success makes him a potential late-round option in deeper leagues.
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Tough-luck loser
PSeattle Mariners
May 3, 2022
Flexen (1-4) got the loss during Tuesday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Astros, allowing one run on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings.
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Quality start in loss
PSeattle Mariners
April 28, 2022
Flexen (1-3) received the loss after allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings in a 2-1 defeat Thursday in Tampa Bay. He struck out four.
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Goes seven innings in win
PSeattle Mariners
April 22, 2022
Flexen (1-2) picked up the victory during Friday's 4-1 win over Kansas City, allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
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Saddled with loss in quality start
PSeattle Mariners
April 16, 2022
Flexen (0-2) took the loss in Saturday's 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Astros, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings.
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Suffers loss against Twins
PSeattle Mariners
April 11, 2022
Flexen (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits over 4.1 innings to take the loss against Minnesota on Monday. He struck out three and walked three.
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