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Matt Albers | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 264
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: San Jacinto (TX) JC
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 23 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details
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Matt Albers earned a save in the Brewers' defeat of the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Albers gave up back-to-back singles to Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez after coming on with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he induced a foul pop-out from Kolten Wong and then whiffed pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler to ice a 3-2 win for Milwaukee. Albers blew a save opportunity on Monday but ultimately got the win in that game. He looks to be the preferred ninth-inning option for Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who has stated a desire to keep Josh Hader and Jacob Barnes more flexible. Corey Knebel (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined until late May or early June. Apr 11 - 4:26 PM

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Matt Albers blew a save but got the win Monday night against the Cardinals.

Albers allowed three straight singles to open the bottom of the ninth and a game-tying sac fly to Dexter Fowler, but he looked much sharper in the bottom of the 10th to secure a 5-4 victory for Milwaukee. Brewers manager Craig Counsell will likely continue to play the matchups in save opportunities while Corey Knebel (hamstring) is sidelined, with Albers, Jacob Barnes, and Josh Hader all seeing ninth-inning action.
Apr 9 - 11:02 PM

Brewers signed RHP Matt Albers to a two-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Albers joins the Brewers after an excellent season with the Nationals where he put up a stingy 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 63/17 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. We're not banking on a repeat, but it's hard to quibble with the addition at this price.
Jan 30 - 3:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent reliever Matt Albers has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brewers.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet says the two-year contract, which is pending a physical, will carry a $5 million guarantee. Albers posted an exceptional 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 63/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings last season out of the Nationals' bullpen, bouncing back from a miserable 2016 with the White Sox. The 35-year-old right-hander will operate somewhere between middle relief and setup duty in Milwaukee.
Jan 29 - 12:49 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Matt Albers will sign a two-year contract next week.

Crasnick didn't identify the team that he's expected to sign with. Given the recent flurry of activity in the relief pitching market, Albers has become one of the better options available. The 34-year-old hurler posted a dominant 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 63/17 K/BB ratio over 61 innings for the Nationals in 2017.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 09:13:00 AM

Matt Albers is expected to leave the Nationals in the middle of the week for the birth of his son.

Albers could be away for a couple of days, but the Nationals will likely try to get him in a game this weekend in order to keep him sharp for the postseason. The 34-year-old owns a dominant 1.67 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 61 appearances this season.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Matt Albers suffered his third blown save of the season on Monday, surrendering a game-tying two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth inning.

Albers was summoned to record the final out of Monday's contest and couldn't get the job done. He did retire the next hitter though, and wound up earning a victory after the Nationals walked it off in the bottom half of the ninth. Albers has converted just two of his five save chances on the season.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 09:34:00 PM

Matt Albers suffered his second blown save of the season, surrendering a three-run homer to Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning on Monday.

With Koda Glover on the disabled list and the rest of the Nationals' bullpen having struggled for most of the season, Albers looked to be go-to guy in the ninth inning. He got himself into the trouble, walking Nick Markakis and Matt Adams prior to serving up the cookie to Flowers. It's anyone's guess where manager Dusty Baker will turn to next time a save opportunity arises.
Mon, Jun 12, 2017 11:00:00 PM

Matt Albers earned his second save of the season on Sunday, retiring all three hitters the faced to preserve a one-run advantage.

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker continues to mix and match in the late innings, searching desperately for a mix that works. The veteran right-hander has been outstanding this season, registering a 0.61 ERA and 0.55 WHIP across 14 2/3 innings. He's as good of a bet as any if speculating on save chances in Washington.
Sun, May 14, 2017 11:03:00 PM

Matt Albers suffered his first blown save on Sunday, giving up a three-run homer to Aaron Altherr in the eighth inning.

Albers entered with two-men on and a three-run lead to protect in the eighth and immediately gave it away by giving up the long ball to Altherr. It's the first run that Albers has allowed all season and he still owns a tremendous 0.77 ERA and 0.51 WHIP, but the fact that it came in a save situation could be enough to have Dusty Baker look elsewhere in the ninth inning.
Sun, May 7, 2017 06:35:00 PM

Matt Albers fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday for his first career save.

Finally. Albers entered Friday’s action with the most career games (460) without a save. He hit Cesar Hernandez with a pitch to begin the bottom of the ninth, but he retired the next three batters he faced, notching a pair of strikeouts along the way. The closer job is wide open with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover on the shelf. Albers, Joe Blanton, Enny Romero, and Blake Treinen could all be in the mix here.
Fri, May 5, 2017 11:00:00 PM

Nationals purchased the contract of RHP Matt Albers from Triple-A Syracuse.

Albers failed to win an Opening Day roster spot but didn't have to wait long for a promotion. He'll work in middle relief.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Nationals re-signed RHP Matt Albers to a minor league contract.

Albers is back with the same team that released him three days ago. He'll earn $1.15 million if he cracks the major league roster with another $600,000 available through incentives. The contract includes opt-outs on May 15 and June 1. The 34-year-old is likely to start off the year with Triple-A Syracuse.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 10:59:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Matt Albers could return to the Nationals on another minor league contract.

Albers was released by the Nationals on Monday morning, but he is apparently going to stay in contact with the club while he looks for a major league opportunity elsewhere. The 34-year-old right-hander tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, after posting a 6.31 ERA in 51 1/13 frames last season with the White Sox.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 02:56:00 PM

Nationals released RHP Matt Albers.

Albers tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he still wasn't able to secure a spot in the Nationals' bullpen. The 34-year-old right-hander inked a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Washington in late January after posting a 6.31 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 51 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 09:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Manny Pina
2Jett Bandy
3Stephen Vogt
4Jacob Nottingham
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Tyler Saladino
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
2Domingo Santana
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Christian Yelich
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Chase Anderson
3Zach Davies
4Jhoulys Chacin
5Brent Suter
6Junior Guerra
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Josh Hader
3Jacob Barnes
4Matt Albers
5Jeremy Jeffress
6Oliver Drake
7Boone Logan
8Dan Jennings
9Taylor Williams
10Jorge Lopez