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Ryan Mattheus

For other people named Ryan Mathews, see Ryan Mathews (disambiguation).
Ryan Mattheus
Mattheus with the Washington Nationals
Cincinnati Reds – No. 41
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-11-10) November 10, 1983 (age 32)
Galt, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 14, 2011 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through May 25, 2015)
Win–loss record 7–7
Earned run average 3.56
Strikeouts 84

Ryan Brent Mattheus (born November 10, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is a sinkerballer.

Professional career

Colorado Rockies

Mattheus was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.

In 2004, he went 3–3, with a 4.94 ERA in 7 games, all for starts for Rookie-level Casper Ghosts in his pro debut. In 2005, he went 7–6, with a 5.82 ERA with 102 strikeouts against 52 walks in 23 games/starts for Asheville. He recorded a 4–5 record, with a 5.73 ERA in 12 home games and a 3–1 mark with 5.92 ERA in 11 road contests. He tossed a 2005 season-high 8 13 innings in his last outing of the season on September 5 at Hickory in a 5–1 win. In 2006, he ranked 3rd among the California League Leaders in innings pitched. Mattheus was among the club leaders, ranked first in starts with 28, innings with 156 and losses with 12. He was second in wins with 7, and third in strikeouts with 131. He tossed 9 quality starts, allowed 3 runs or less in 15 outings and threw six or more innings in 13 contests. He pitched a complete game shutout on May 28 against the San Jose Giants, retiring 23 of 32 batters faced in the Nuts' 4–0 victory. He struck out season-high 10 batters on August 17 vs. Stockton.

Mattheus went 9–11 with a 5.56 ERA in 26 games/starts in his first season at the Double-A level in 2007. He led the Texas League in runs with 100 and earned runs with 98. Also, 12 of his 26 outings were quality starts. He tossed seven or more innings on 10 occasions and registered a season-best 10 strikeouts over seven innings on August 8 against the Frisco RoughRiders. Mattheus was a Texas League All-Star in 2007, an all-star for the first time in his career. He repeated as a Texas League All-Star in 2008. That same year, he also appeared in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium.[1]

Mattheus bounced around the Rockies' organization in 2009, playing for Modesto again, Tulsa again, and finally made his first appearance at the Triple-A level with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.[2]

Washington Nationals

On July 31, 2009, Mattheus was traded with Robinson Fabian for major league relief pitcher Joe Beimel.[3]

Mattheus was called up by the Nationals on June 10, 2011.[4]

In 2012, Mattheus appeared in a career high 66 games. Mattheus was on the postseason roster for the 2012 Nationals in the National League Division Series. He appeared in three games and pitched three scoreless innings. Notably, he entered Game 1 in the 7th inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, with the Nationals behind one run. He retired the next three batters on just two pitches without allowing a run (by getting a groundout and then a ground-ball double play), a first in postseason history. The Nationals would go on to win the game, 3–2.[5][6]

In 2013, following an outing in which he allowed five runs to the San Diego Padres, Mattheus slammed his right hand into a locker, fracturing his hand and sending him to the disabled list.[7]

Mattheus was outrighted off the Nationals roster on November 20, 2014.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On January 14, 2015, he was signed to a minor league contract by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[8] Mattheus will be on the Opening Day roster for the Salt Lake City Bees, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Angels. [9]

Cincinnati Reds

On May 13, 2015, he was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.

Pitching style

Mattheus has four pitches in his repertoire: a sinker and four-seam fastball averaging about 94 mph, and a slider and splitter with good sinking action in the mid 80s. He tends to throw more four-seamers and sliders to right-handed hitters, while relying more heavily on the strong tailing movement of his sinker and splitter against left-handed hitters.[10]

Early career

Mattheus went to Galt High School which is located in Galt, California.


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