Born on March 25, 1993, Phillip Louis Maton III is a right-handed pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended Louisiana Tech University, where he played baseball. In the twentieth round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2015, Maton was selected by the San Diego Padres. In 2017, he debuted in Major League Baseball. He has had stints with both the Padres and the Cleveland Indians.
Phil Maton Injury
After suffering a metacarpal fracture in his right pinky finger, Houston Astros reliever Phil Maton will be out for the rest of the 2022 MLB playoffs. After making his last regular-season appearance, the right-hander injured his hand by punching his locker. On October 5, the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2, and he was responsible for both of those runs (in 0.1 innings of work).
Cast on his large hand, he informed reporters, “I have no excuses for what I did.” The regular season was a bit of a challenge for Maton. In 67 outings, he gave up 3.3 walks and 7.9 hits per nine innings for an earned run average of 3.84 and a fielding-independent pitching average of 4.33.
More from Phil Maton who broke his hand after punching his locker in frustration following his last outing: “No excuses for what I did.” Said he’ll be ready to go next season. pic.twitter.com/r2BmptOJ4O
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 11, 2022
Before the playoffs, he had also surrendered four earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. However, Maton seemed to be reaching his stride in the second half, as he had gone 12 innings without allowing a run.
Considering how effective the Astros’ bullpen has been all year, Maton’s absence might not be a huge deal. As a group, Houston’s relievers had the highest strikeout rate (10.45), lowest FIP (3.05), and lowest xFIP (3.53) in the league (3.45). With Héctor Neris, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly, manager Dusty Baker has a formidable three-headed monster to call on in pressure circumstances.
Astros RHP Phil Maton fractured his fifth metacarpal Wednesday after punching his locker after a performance in which he gave up a hit to his brother. He has season-ending surgery Monday. pic.twitter.com/36o1wbbq0w
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) October 11, 2022
Maton will not only miss the rest of the playoffs because of his injury, but he will also join the ranks of baseball players who suffered injuries in bizarre situations.
On March 22, 2022, Maton and the Astros reached an agreement that allowed him to avoid arbitration and sign a one-year contract worth $1.55 million. On June 15, 2022, at Globe Life Field, Maton pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Durán, and Brad Miller of the Texas Rangers.
When combined with Luis Garcia’s perfect second inning, the two made history as the first time in major league history that two perfect innings had been hurled in the same game on the same date. Maton pitched the eleventh perfect frame in franchise history.
Maton allowed a single to his younger brother Nick in their first big league meeting on October 5, 2022. Maton broke his right hand’s fifth metacarpal area after punching a locker in frustration after the game. The next day, he had surgery and was officially out of the playoffs.