Chris Martin

Chris Martin

36-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Martin in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Cubs in March of 2022. Traded to the Dodgers in July of 2022.
Collects second save
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 21, 2022
Martin recorded his second save of the season in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
ANALYSIS
Craig Kimbrel and Evan Phillips had both worked two straight days coming into Tuesday, so Martin got the call in the matinee when the Dodgers took a late lead after a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. The veteran right-hander has been scored upon only once in his last 14 appearances dating back to Aug. 15, posting a 1.32 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and dazzling 20:0 K:BB through 13.2 innings over that stretch while picking up a win, a hold and both his saves. With Blake Treinen (shoulder) and Brusdar Graterol (elbow) both potentially set to return before the end of the regular season, Martin could get squeezed out of any more high-leverage work despite his impressive recent efforts.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
12
Last 5 Games
12
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
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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 2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .241 218 56 11 49 10 2 4
Since 2020vs Right .237 254 71 3 58 7 0 7
2022vs Left .232 105 30 5 23 5 2 2
2022vs Right .229 120 44 0 27 4 0 4
2021vs Left .303 82 15 4 23 4 0 2
2021vs Right .280 99 18 2 26 3 0 2
2020vs Left .107 31 11 2 3 1 0 0
2020vs Right .147 35 9 1 5 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-9%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.91 0.92 55.2 3 1 3 9.2 1.1 0.5
Since 2020Away 3.21 1.14 61.2 4 5 1 10.2 1.0 1.2
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
2021Home 3.97 1.15 22.2 0 1 1 6.4 1.2 0.8
2021Away 3.92 1.40 20.2 2 3 0 7.4 1.3 0.9
2020Home 1.13 1.00 8.0 0 0 1 10.1 2.3 0.0
2020Away 0.90 0.30 10.0 1 1 0 9.9 0.9 0.9
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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
14.80
 
K/9
11.9
 
BB/9
0.8
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
3.05
 
WHIP
0.98
 
BABIP
.344
 
GB/FB
1.71
 
Left On Base
75.1%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2131 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Picks up seventh hold
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 7, 2022
Martin earned a hold against San Francisco on Tuesday, notching two strikeouts in one perfect inning.
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Rescues Dodgers with save
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
August 30, 2022
Martin earned a save with a scoreless outing against the Marlins on Monday. He struck out one batter in two-thirds of an inning.
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Moves past arm injury
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
August 29, 2022
Martin (arm) struck out one and gave up one hit over a scoreless inning of relief Sunday in the Dodgers' 8-1 win over the Marlins.
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MRI comes back clean
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
Arm
August 27, 2022
Martin recently underwent an MRI on his arm that came back clean, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Unavailable due to arm issue
PLos Angeles Dodgers  
Arm
August 26, 2022
Martin was unavailable for Friday's game against the Marlins due to an arm injury, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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