Matthew James Lindstrom is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who specializes in pitching towards the end of the innings, making him a closer. Lindstrom went to the Ricks College where he was a part of the college baseball team. Upon graduation, he was picked in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB Draft, by the New York Mets.
Lindstrom started off with the Kingsport Mets in the Rookie League where he had a terrible 0-6 win-loss record with a 4.84 ERA in just 12 games. He started 11 of those games as their starting pitcher. Lindstrom moved to the Greenville Drive in the Low A-Division and it was here that he began to hit form. A 2.86 ERA with an average of 7.94 strikeouts in 9 innings, Lindstrom moved up further to the Brooklyn Cyclones in the A-Division.
2003 ended with the Cyclones and went well for Lindstrom who had a 7-3 record with a 3.44 ERA. The following year, he began with the St. Lucie Mets in the Advanced A-Division and went on to 14 starts with a 5-5 record and a 3.73 ERA. Despite this performance, Lindstrom had the habit of giving away a lot of walks and at an average of 2.26 walks in 9 innings, he was sent back to Capital City and the Greenville Drive. Lindstrom managed to salvage something out of the season after improving his walks-per-9-innings to 1.61 at an ERA of 3.21 and a 3-2 record.
In 2005, Lindstrom was sent to the AA-Division to play for the Binghamton Mets. After ten starts, Lindstrom was running into a lot of pitching issues and the remainder of his 25 appearances that season came from the bullpen. He had a 2-5 record with a dismal 5.40 ERA. What were worse were his walk and home run rates in 9 innings. Lindstrom had a horrendous 6.75 BB/9 as well as a 1.35 HR/9.
That was, in a way, the last of his action for the Mets and in 2006, Lindstrom was traded out to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick. Henry Owens also went across to the Marlins.
Lindstrom went to the Puerto Rican Winter League to try and regain his form and his fast ball was clocked at 102 mph, making him one of the most promising closers, along with Owens, for the 2007 season.
After a short run in Spring Training, Lindstrom was named in the MLB roster for the Marlins and went on to clock 102 mph again, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His first win, in the majors, came against the Milwaukee Brewers almost a month later.
Lindstrom has been consistent for the Marlins and has become one of their regular closers over the 2008 and 2009 season. His performances saw him get picked for the 2009 World Baseball Classic as well.