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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Indians signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
ESPN's Buster Olney says Belisle will make $1.5 million with $1.75 million more available in incentives if he's on the big league roster. Belisle served as the Twins' closer for a time last season, posting a 4.03 ERA and 54/22 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old should have a good shot at making the Indians' Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy. Feb 25 - 8:19 AM

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According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins remain interested in a reunion with Matt Belisle.

Belisle finished the 2017 season as the primary closer in Minnesota, though he posted an underwhelming 4.03 overall ERA in 60 1/3 total innings. The 37-year-old right-hander would likely work in a setup role or middle relief if the Twins do strike a deal to bring him back. Free agent signee Fernando Rodney projects as the team's new ninth-inning man leading into 2018.
Jan 10 - 1:23 PM

Matt Belisle slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his ninth save of the season.

Belisle retired all three hitters that he faced without any difficulty. The veteran right-hander now sports a 4.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 54/22 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings on the year.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said it's "probably a good bet" that Matt Belisle is unavailable to pitch Friday.

Belisle blew a save Thursday and has pitched back-to-back days, throwing a total of 2 2/3 innings and 28 pitches. Trevor Hildenberger or Taylor Rogers would probably get the save chance for the Twins if one comes up Friday.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Matt Belisle suffered his fifth blown save of the season on Thursday, surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak with two outs in the ninth inning.

Belisle made quick work of the first two hitters he faced, but was unable to finish the job. It's his first blown save since ascending to the ninth-inning role following the trade of Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals. For the season, Belisle owns a 4.20 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 56 1/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM

Matt Belisle was credited with a win after getting the final five outs Wednesday against the Padres.

In just his fourth appearance so far this month, Belisle entered a 1-1 game in the ninth and picked up the win when the Twins scored twice in the 10th. He remains the clear favorite for saves in the Minnesota pen.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 01:49:00 AM

Matt Belisle tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against Kansas City for his seventh save.

Belisle struck out two batters and required just 11 pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever had a pair of rough games last week, but he has bounced back with three straight scoreless appearances. Belisle isn’t overly exciting, but he needs to be owned in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he’s getting questions.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 02:01:00 AM

Matt Belisle worked a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Royals to earn his sixth save of the year.

Belisle drew a tough assignment, facing Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas with a one-run lead, but he navigated the waters with little consternation. The save was the sixth since he took over closing duties from the departed Brandon Kintzler in August. His 4.44 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 49/22 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings don't excite, but he's closing games for a playoff contender, and that's worth something for fantasy purposes.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:51:00 AM

Matt Belisle ended up with a win for the Twins on Thursday after giving up a go-ahead homer to Alen Hanson in the top of the ninth.

Belisle entered a 3-3 game in the top of the ninth and gave up the homer. He also walked two, though he struck out the other three batters he faced. He remains the preferred option for saves in the Minnesota pen right now, though he's being pushed by Trevor Hildenberger and Ryan Pressley.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Matt Belisle got his fifth save despite giving up a run in the ninth Tuesday against the White Sox.

Belisle is 5-for-6 in his save chances since the Twins traded Brandon Kintzler at the end of July. He did walk a batter tonight for the first time since July 26. He has a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings during the second half.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 11:52:00 PM

Matt Belisle picked up his fourth save of the season on Tuesday, working a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox.

The veteran right-hander was tasked with protecting a three-run lead and didn't disappoint, allowing just a single. He looks to be the man to own in the Twins' bullpen at the moment, but his 4.53 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 43/19 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings on the season don't inspire much confidence.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 01:05:00 AM

Matt Belisle struck out both batters he faced Thursday, earning the save in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Indians.

After Taylor Rogers issued a one-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate, Twins manager Paul Molitor went to Belisle to face the dangerous Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana. The 37-year-old dispatched of them both to earn his third save, bouncing back after a disastrous blown save his last time out. The veteran owns a 4.63 ERA on the year but still may draw some trade interest in the coming weeks from teams looking for relief help down the stretch.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Matt Belisle gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning to take a blown save and a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Called upon to protect an 11-10 lead it took him no time at all to give up the ghost. He surrendered a single to Mikie Mahtook, then served up a two-run, walk-off home run to Justin Upton. Belisle now has four blown saves, two successful saves and a 4.70 ERA in 46 innings.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 10:00:00 PM

Matt Belisle worked a scoreless ninth for his second save Monday in a 5-4 game against the Brewers.

Taylor Rogers is supposed to get some save chances, too, but Belisle makes the most sense as the Twins' primary closer for now. If he keeps it up, he could be flipped for a prospect before the end of the month.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 12:54:00 AM

Matt Belisle earned his first save of the season on Sunday, working a perfect ninth inning to protect a one-run advantage against the Rangers.

The 37-year-old right-hander seems to be the best bet for save chances in the Twins' bullpen following the departure of Brandon Kintzler. Despite owning a 4.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 36/19 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings on the season, he would have some mixed league appeal as long as he's seeing the ball in the ninth inning.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 05:48:00 PM

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