Jeff Mathis
C TEX
1 week ago

Mathis and Isiah Kiner-Falefa will split time evenly behind the plate this season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The latest news contradicts reports from earlier in the offseason, when the Rangers had suggested that Mathis would be the team's primary catcher. The veteran only really had fantasy appeal in very deep leagues where anyone with consistent playing time was worth rostering, as he owns an awful .198/.258/.306 career slash line. With that playing time now in doubt, it's hard to find a reason to consider Mathis.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
1 month ago

The Rangers want Mathis to start more than half of their games behind the plate, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

That's a pretty big ask of a catcher that turns 36-years-old during the first week of the season. Mathis' most starts as a catcher occurred in 2008 when he made 90. Since then, his career path has been as a dependable backup. If Mathis can't hold up, then the Rangers are asking a lot from Isiah Kiner-Falefa, an infielder turned catcher.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
4 months ago

Mathis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he appeared in just 129 games over that span. He's certainly experienced struggles at the dish of late (.200/.272/.272 slash line last season) but adds value behind the plate.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis will stick on the bench for a second consecutive contest as John Ryan Murphy picks up another start behind the dish in his place. The veteran backstop is hitting just .129/.206/.258 with one homer through 14 games in September.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is not in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis will take a seat after starting four of the last five games behind the dish, going 2-for-12 with a homer and five strikeouts over that stretch. John Ryan Murphy will catch Robbie Ray and hit eighth in Monday's series opener.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is not starting Saturday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis appears to have moved into a starting role, starting three straight and six of eight prior to Saturday's contest. He won't start every game, though, with Alex Avila filling in for him on this occasion.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is in the lineup Friday against the Rockies for the third straight game and the seventh time in the last 10 contests.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis has clearly moved back ahead of Alex Avila in the pecking order. Even with an increased role, however, he remains an unappealing fantasy option, as he's hit just .211/.285/.286 on the season.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Arizona was already comfortably ahead 7-0 in the eighth inning by the time Mathis deposited his first home run of the season, but it counts just the same. The 35-year-old will draw the occasional start behind the plate down the stretch, but he'll otherwise give way to Alex Avila.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis will head to the bench as he is 1-for-10 since the start of September. Alex Vila will get the start behind home plate for the Diamondbacks in the series finale.

Jeff Mathis
C TEX
6 months ago

Mathis is not in the lineup Friday against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Mathis sits after starting four of the last six games. He's hit just .235 over his last 12 games, though that qualifies as a hot streak for a playing who has a career .199 batting average. Alex Avila gets the start behind the plate.