However, this year Matt has totally flipped. Through 51 innings pitched, his ERA is 3.00, which is a little below average but is no indication of how he has pitched this year. Also, the ERA was inflated by a two run homer from former UCONN and travel ball teammate George Springer, and a three run Kepler walk off in the 10th. Subtract those two moments, and Barnes is looking at about a nice 2.50 ERA, with 8 holds on the year. Lastly, his arsenal includes a fastball in the upper 90s and a curveball with a sharp hook.
Matt will be a great asset looking forward to the end of the year and also next year. This year, he can continue to throw flames in the back end of the bullpen and get outs in the later innings. After the Kimbrel ERA is over, Barnes could be looking at a job as the Sox closer, or could continue to be a great setup man if Kopech is ready to be a big league closer. To sum it up, Matt Barnes is no doubt a stud in the bullpen, and the Sox need to keep him in the organization.