Resides in Mercer Island, WA during the offseason with his wife, Ashley, their daughter, Meira and their son, Isaiah...In September, 2018, Matthew and his wife, Ashley, launched Kingdom Home, a nonprofit organization that exists to end child sex slavery through prevention, with a donation of $100,000. Located in Uganda, Kingdom Home provides a place of refuge, restoration and hope for children at risk. Nearly 200 children, both girls and boys, have been rescued from sex trafficking, gender-based violence, forced child marriages and abandonment. The home not only helps to restore children, but also protects them, and reduces the likelihood that they would re-enter the sex trade or exploitative labor...Visited patients at the Children's Hospital of Michigan; contributed and served as a spokesman for the Detroit Tigers participation in MLB's league wide Home Plate Project, which resulted in a gift of $30,000 to Detroit Public Schools Community District; honored fallen Michigan soldiers from TAPS by writing their names on his cleats on Memorial Day; participates in the Detroit Tigers Autographed Memorabilia Donation program, the Autographs for a Cause program and the Tigers Dreams Come True program; attended Keeping Kids in the Game and the annual Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic; participated in the Wayne State Youth Baseball Camp, the Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids and the Tigers Winter Caravan...Attended Oregon State University and helped the Beavers to the 2013 College World Series -- earned first team All-Pac-12 honors and was named a third team All-American by Baseball America as a senior....Is a distant relative of Hall of Famer Bob Feller and former First Lady of the United States, Dolly Madison.
Established career highs in several categories in 2019, including games started (32), innings pitched (185.1) and strikeouts (238), while he tied a career high in victories (nine)...Set a franchise record with 11.56 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked fourth in the American League and sixth in the Major Leagues...also ranked fourth in the AL and 10th in the Majors with a 4.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio, sixth in the AL and 10th in the Majors with 238 strikeouts, ninth in the AL with a 1.23 WHIP and 10th with a .247 opponent batting average...Finished the season with 238 strikeouts, which is the fifth-highest, single-season total by a lefthanded pitcher in franchise history...became the first Detroit pitcher to strike out 200-or-more batters in a season since Justin Verlander in 2016 and just the third southpaw in club history to reach the mark, joining Mickey Lolich (seven times) and Hal Newhouser (twice)...Posted seven games with 10-or-more strikeouts during the season, which is tied for the sixth-highest total by a Tigers pitcher since 1908 and the most since Justin Verlander had eight such games in 2016...Recorded double-digit strikeouts in each of his first two starts of the season, fanning 10 on March 29 at Toronto and 13 on April 3 at New York (AL)...became the first Tigers pitcher since at least 1908 to open the season with consecutive double-digit strikeout performances...Notched seven consecutive quality starts from April 3-May 8, compiling a 4-1 record with a 2.58 ERA (45.1IP/13ER) and 53 strikeouts...limited opponents to a .190 (31x163) batting average over that span...Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May, compiling a 3-2 record with a 2.55 ERA (35.1IP/10ER) and 40 strikeouts...ranked fifth in the American League in ERA, while he was 10th in strikeouts...Struck out 10-or-more batters in three consecutive starts from June 26-July 13, striking out 11 on June 26 vs. Texas, 13 on July 4 at Chicago (AL) and 10 on July 13 at Kansas City...became just the fourth Detroit pitcher since 1908 to strike out 10-or-more batters in three consecutive games, joining Mickey Lolich (three times), Denny McLain and Justin Verlander.
Established a career-high with 31 starts and 159 strikeouts in 2018...his 159 strikeouts were the secondmost in a season by a Detroit lefthanded pitcher since 1974, trailing only Mickey Lolich, who fanned 202 batters in 1974...Finished the season ranked 10th in the American League with a .228 (146x639) opponents batting average…among AL pitchers following the All-Star break, he ranked seventh in WHIP (1.08) and 10th in opponents batting average (.230, 63x274)...Excelled at Comerica Park, posting a 6-3 record with a 2.63 ERA (78.2IP/23ER) and 69 strikeouts in 14 starts, while he went 3-10 with a 5.89 ERA (91.2IP/60ER) and 90 strikeouts in 17 road starts…ranked fourth among AL pitchers with a 2.63 home ERA (min. 75.0 innings pitched)...Started the season by throwing 6.0-or-more innings and allowing one run-or-less in each of his first three starts…became the first Tigers lefthanded pitcher since at least 1908 to work at least 6.0 innings and give up one run-or-less in each of his first three starts of the season...Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for May after posting a 3-2 record with a 3.18 ERA (34.0IP/12ER) and 31 strikeouts in six starts...Tossed a season-high 8.0 shutout innings on July 31 vs. Cincinnati, scattering four hits and fanning seven...Recorded the first double-digit strikeout game of his career on September 8 vs. St. Louis, striking out 11.
Established career highs in games pitched (26), games started (25), innings pitched (135.0) and strikeouts (110) in 2017, while tying a career high in wins (6)...Made eight starts at Triple A Toledo during the season, throwing 6.0-or-more innings in six of his eight starts and allowing three runs-or-less in seven-of-eight starts...Started five games for Detroit in April and posted a 2-1 record with a 3.86 ERA (25.2IP/11ER) and 19 strikeouts...Picked up his first Major League hit on May 10 at Arizona off Zack Godley... Recorded his first career complete game shutout on September 17 vs. Chicago (AL), allowing just one hit and striking out five...threw 8.2 no-hit innings and allowed a two-out double to Tim Anderson in the ninth inning, breaking up the no-hitter...Named Tigers Pitcher of the Month for September after compiling a 1-3 record with a 2.95 ERA (36.2IP/12ER), 30 hits allowed, 11 walks and 30 strikeouts...ranked fourth in the AL with 36.2 innings pitched in September, while he was 10th with a .216 (30x139) opponents batting average.
Established career highs in most statistical categories in 2016, including wins (6), games pitched (20), games started (18), innings pitched (97.1) and strikeouts (82) - also finished the season with a career-best 4.53 ERA (97.1IP/49ER)...Started 11 games at Triple A Toledo and posted a 2-5 record with a 2.25 ERA (53.0IP/16ER) and 57 strikeouts - allowed three runs-or-fewer in all 11 starts... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on April 24 - recorded the longest relief appearance of his career that night at Cleveland, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, three walks and two strikeouts...Optioned to Triple A Toledo following the game on April 24... Struck out a season-high nine batters on May 20 at Lehigh Valley... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on May 27...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on June 18... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on July 8... Notched his first quality start of the season on July 18 vs. Minnesota, throwing 6.0 shutout innings with three hits allowed, one walk and a career-high-tying seven strikeouts. Started four games in July and posted a 2-0 record with a 2.21 ERA (20.1IP/5ER) and 23 strikeouts, while he went 3-0 over six appearances, five starts, with a 2.79 ERA (29.0IP/9ER) and 23 strikeouts... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on August 29... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on September 6...Posted 10 consecutive starts with three-or-fewer runs allowed from July 9- September 6 - during the stretch, which also included one relief appearance, Boyd had a 5-1 record with a 2.56 ERA (56.1IP/16ER), 49 hits allowed, 16 walks and 52 strikeouts...Threw a career-high 8.0 innings on September 20 at Minnesota, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and a career-high-tying seven strikeouts... Lefthanded hitters posted a .172 (11x64) average, while righthanders batted .276 (86x312) against him... Appeared in 10 games, including nine starts, at Comerica Park and went 3-3 with a 4.89 ERA (46.0IP/25ER) and 37 strikeouts…made 10 outings, including nine starts, on the road and was 3-2 with a 4.21 ERA (51.1IP/24ER) and 45 strikeouts... Compiled a 0-2 record with a 5.77 ERA (34.1IP/22ER) and 27 strikeouts in seven games prior to the All-Star break, while he was 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA (63.0IP/27ER) and 55 strikeouts in 13 games following the All-Star break.
Opened the 2015 season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization before being acquired by the Tigers along with Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt in exchange for David Price on July 30. In 13 appearances, including 12 starts, between the Tigers and Blue Jays in 2015, he compiled a 1-6 record with a 7.53 ERA (57.1IP/48ER) and 43 strikeouts. Compiled a 9-2 record with a 1.65 ERA (114.2IP/21ER) and 108 strikeouts in 19 minor league starts. Won the MiLB.com fans' choice vote for best starting pitcher in the minor leagues. Selected as a minor league All-Star and a Double-A All-Star by Baseball America...in 19 starts in the minors, he led all qualified starters in WHIP (0.85) and opponent batting average (.176), while he was second in ERA. Assigned to Double-A New Hampshire to begin the season and did not allow a run in his first three starts, a span that stretched 14.1 innings. Named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 17 after finishing the week with a 1-0 record, a 0.00 ERA (12.0IP/0ER) and 11 strikeouts in two starts. Finished the month of May with a 3-0 record, a 1.19 ERA (37.2IP/5ER) and 30 strikeouts in six starts. Made his first start with Triple-A Buffalo on June 14 vs. Charlotte and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Had his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo on June 27 -- made his major league debut that day vs. Texas throwing 6.2 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts. Had his contract optioned to Triple A Buffalo by the Blue Jays on July 2. Made four starts with Buffalo in July and finished the month with a 2-0 record, a 3.00 ERA (27.0IP/9ER) and 25 strikeouts. Made his debut with Triple-A Toledo on August 1 at Louisville and thew 2.0 hitless innings with three walks and one strikeout. Had his contract recalled from Triple-A Toledo by the Tigers on August 5 -- made his Tigers debut that night vs. Kansas City and picked up the first win of his major league career, throwing a season-high 7.0 innings and giving up one run on seven hits with two strikeouts. Made one relief appearance for the Tigers on August 19 at the Chicago Cubs and tossed 0.2 innings. Posted a 1-3 record with a 5.40 ERA (36.2IP/22ER) and 27 strikeouts in seven home starts...went 0-3 with a 11.32 ERA (20.2IP/26ER) and 16 strikeouts in six appearances, five starts, on the road. Lefthanded hitters posted a .368 (25x68) average against him...righthanders hit .289 (46x159) against him.