Chris Martin

Chris Martin

38-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Martin's first season with the Red Sox was possibly the finest of his career. The 37-year-old led qualified relievers with a miniscule 1.05 ERA, while his 3.82 Win Probability Added was 5th and the highest mark for a non-closer. After posting the most strikeouts of his career in 2022, Martin's strikeout rate (23.1%) dropped by nearly 10 percentage points last year, but he continued to induce plenty of grounders (51%) and rarely issued a free pass. The right-hander's 4.0% walk rate was 2nd-best among relief pitchers, as Martin continues to be one of the premiere setup men in the league. Some ratio regression is expected in 2024, but Martin's overall consistency from year to year should yield plenty of holds and the occasional ancillary save for Boston. Read Past Outlooks
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#409
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$Signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2022.
Activation confirmed
PBoston Red Sox
June 18, 2024
The Red Sox reinstated Martin (personal) from the 15-day injured list Tuesday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Martin was placed on the IL in early June after informing Boston of his issues with anxiety, but he will rejoin the Red Sox' active roster just one day after becoming eligible. Martin tossed a scoreless inning at Triple-A Worcester as part of his rehab, and it's possible the hiatus will be what Martin needs to right the ship after falling to a 4.22 ERA in 21 appearances with Boston this season. Cooper Criswell was optioned to Worcester in a corresponding move.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Chris Martin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Martin generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .234 245 68 11 54 10 2 6
Since 2022vs Right .241 275 79 4 64 7 0 6
2024vs Left .235 54 17 1 12 0 0 2
2024vs Right .282 42 10 1 11 2 0 2
2023vs Left .235 86 21 5 19 5 0 2
2023vs Right .239 113 25 3 26 1 0 0
2022vs Left .232 105 30 5 23 5 2 2
2022vs Right .229 120 44 0 27 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-90%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-80%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 2.47 0.95 62.0 6 1 2 9.4 1.0 0.7
Since 2022Away 2.33 1.06 69.2 4 2 3 10.6 1.0 0.9
2024Home 7.15 1.15 11.1 1 1 0 8.7 0.8 3.2
2024Away 0.69 0.92 13.0 1 0 0 11.1 0.7 0.0
2023Home 0.35 1.13 25.2 2 0 1 7.7 1.4 0.0
2023Away 1.75 0.94 25.2 2 1 2 8.4 1.4 0.7
2022Home 2.52 0.68 25.0 3 0 1 11.5 0.7 0.4
2022Away 3.48 1.23 31.0 1 1 1 12.2 0.9 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Chris Martin 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
13.50
 
K/9
10.0
 
BB/9
0.7
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
94.9 mph
 
ERA
3.70
 
WHIP
1.03
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
1.40
 
Left On Base
67.0%
 
Exit Velocity
78.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2059 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.8%
 
Swinging Strike
13.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In his age-36 season, Martin tallied a career-high 56 innings between the Cubs and Dodgers. He impressively led qualified relievers with a 2.2% walk rate, issuing just five free passes all season. He also boasted a career-best 32.9% strikeout rate, leading to a 30.7% K-BB percentage that was fourth-best among relievers. Martin was especially dominant in the second half, with a 1.67 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 39:1 K:BB over 27 innings. The right-hander mixes six pitches, but his mid-90s 4-seamer (45% pitch usage) was his best offering, with 45 of his 74 strikeouts coming via the heater. He threw more cutters (32%) last season, but the pitch wasn't as successful as his split-finger (9%) has been. Martin only has nine career saves, but his strong second half shows he could handle closing duties whenever Kenley Jansen is unavailable.
Martin has had one of the more impressive late-career breakouts in baseball. Through 2018 (his age-32 season), he owned a poor 5.31 ERA in just 78 career innings. In 2019, he emerged to post a 3.40 ERA in 55.2 innings for the Rangers and Braves, a number he backed up with a 30.1 K% and 2.3 BB%. 2020 was much the same for the veteran righty, who rode a 30.3 K% and 4.5 BB% to a 1.00 ERA in 18 frames. It did take some good fortune to get to that number, including his .171 BABIP and 84.9% strand rate, but his 2.36 FIP indicates he was still dominant even after accounting for that. There were a few worrying numbers for Martin -- his GB% plummeted from 50.0 to 39.0 while his fastball velocity dropped from 95.7 to 94.1 mph -- but the overall picture here is of a strong high-leverage reliever. He could fall off at any point given his age but should remain near the top of the closer depth chart in Atlanta until that happens.
Two seasons ago, Martin was pitching in Japan after failed stints with the Rockies and Yankees. In 2019, he emerged as a viable setup man, racking up 18 holds and four saves in 58 appearances between Texas and Atlanta. The right-hander established career bests in nearly every category including FIP (3.24), WHIP (1.02) and strikeout rate (30.1%). Martin limited baserunners by posting the second-lowest walk rate in the league among qualified relievers (2.3 BB%). That number was not an aberration; he maintained a similarly-stingy 2.8 BB% in 2018. Relievers who strike out over a batter an inning while demonstrating elite command/control are hard to find -- especially when they have a five-pitch arsenal as Martin does. The 33-year-old returned to Atlanta on a two-year, $14 million deal, and while closing seems unlikely with Mark Melancon and Will Smith heading up the relief corps, it's not out of the question.
Martin pitched in Japan the past two years after disappointing stints with the Rockies in 2014 and Yankees in 2015. The 31-year-old had a 1.12 ERA and 91:13 K:BB in 89.1 innings of relief with the Nippon Ham Fighters over the past two seasons. He'll work in middle relief after signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Rangers.
Martin was traded to the Yankees toward the end of the offseason last year, but struggled to make much of an impact in the majors, as he pitched to a 5.66 ERA in 20.2 innings. He was released by New York at the beginning of the 2015 offseason with the intention of signing with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan, so he'll likely be off the fantasy radar entirely for at least the 2016 season, if not beyond.
Martin made his debut with the Rockies as a 27-year-old last April, completing an improbable journey to the majors for the reliever, who had been a full-time warehouse worker just four years earlier. Unfortunately for Martin, the feel-good story didn’t continue during his 16 appearances with the Rockies (6.89 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), and his surface numbers weren’t overwhelmingly better over his 26.2 innings at Triple-A, either. There were some positive things to take away from his time with the Rockies, however. On the strength of a mid-90s fastball he was often able to keep low in the zone, Martin generated a 60.8% groundball rate. Moreover, the right-hander’s .408 BABIP and 3.77 FIP indicate that he could become a passable MLB reliever with a little better luck. He’ll get another look in the Colorado bullpen this season, though it’s unlikely he’ll rank high on the totem pole for saves.
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Expected to be activated Tuesday
PBoston Red Sox
Personal
June 16, 2024
The Red Sox are expected to activate Martin (anxiety) from the 15-day injured list Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Rehab assignment starting Sunday
PBoston Red Sox
Personal
June 15, 2024
Martin (personal) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Sunday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Poised for rehab assignment
PBoston Red Sox
Personal
June 14, 2024
Martin (personal) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Saturday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Goes on 15-day IL
PBoston Red Sox
Personal
June 5, 2024
The Red Sox placed Martin on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with anxiety.
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Bound for IL
PBoston Red Sox
Undisclosed
June 4, 2024
The Red Sox will place Martin on the 15-day injured list Wednesday due to an unspecified issue, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Possible trade piece
PBoston Red Sox
May 26, 2024
Martin could be traded by the Red Sox this summer if the club is out of playoff contention, per Sean McAdam of The Springfield Republican.
ANALYSIS
The 37-year-old is in the final year of his contract, so he's an obvious candidate to be traded as a rental reliever. Martin was dominant last with a 1.05 ERA in 55 outings, and he's pitched well again early in 2024 with a 3.26 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 22:2 K:BB across 19.1 innings.
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