Bullpen Report: April 11, 2021

The 2021 version of Bullpen Report includes five different sections, as well as the closer chart, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

  1. Notable Workloads: Primary closers or valuable members of a closer committee who have been deemed unavailable or likely unavailable for the current day due to recent workload.
  2. Injury News 
  3. Outlier Saves: Explanation for a non-closer earning a save during the previous day.
  4. Committee Clarity: Notes on a closer committee that clarify a pitcher’s standing in the group.
  5. Losing A Grip: Struggling closers who could be on the hot seat.

The “RosterResource” link will take you to the corresponding team’s RosterResource depth chart, which will give you a better picture of the full bullpen and results of the previous six days (pitch count, save, hold, win, loss, blown save.)

Notable Workloads

Will Smith, ATL: 3 of last 4 days; 10 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

A.J. Minter, Luke Jackson, and Nate Jones are likely candidates for a save chance on Sunday if Smith is not available.

Alex Colomé, MIN: 24 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Taylor Rogers is a likely candidate for a save chance on Sunday if Colomé is not available.

Rafael Montero, SEA: 22 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Kendall Graveman is a likely candidate for a save chance on Sunday if Montero is not available.

Jake McGee, SFG: Back-to-back days; 3 of last 4 days; 16 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Tyler Rogers and Reyes Moronta are likely candidates for a save chance on Sunday if McGee is not available.

 

Injury News

Chris Martin, ATL: Placed on 10-Day IL (shoulder inflammation). | RosterResource

Martin could be out longer than his IL stint, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Prior to his injury, it seemed that Martin could share the closer’s role with Will Smith. Now, Smith is the clear candidate for save opportunities while Martin is on the shelf.

 

Outlier Saves

Matt Andriese, BOS | RosterResource

Matt Barnes came into a tied 9th inning and came out with a win as the Red Sox took the lead in the top of the 10th. Barnes recorded a pair of strikeouts on 17 pitches and showed that he is still the best arm for the job. This was just a simple use of that best arm in a high-leverage situation. Andriese did throw a clean bottom of the 10th on only 11 pitches.

Keynan Middleton, SEA | RosterResource

Montero and Graveman had already pitched in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, so it was Middleton who got the call once the Mariners took the lead in the top of the tenth. The 27-year-old pitched a 1-2-3 inning to close out the 4-3 win over the Twins and pick up his first save since he had six for the Angels in 2018.

Tommy Milone, TOR | RosterResource

A laugher in Florida led to Milone recording a three-inning, 42-pitch save. Milone kept the Angels’ bats quiet, giving up only one hit and recording six strikeouts.

 

Committee Clarity

Yimi García, MIA | RosterResource

It’s worth noting Garcia’s save on Saturday, given the fact that Anthony Bass has been shaky so far this season and manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday’s game that he’d feel comfortable using Garcia, Dylan Floro, or Richard Bleier in a save situation.

 

 

Losing A Grip

Rafael Montero, SEA | RosterResource

Montero entered with a one-run lead in the eighth inning on Saturday. It’s not clear if the plan was to have him pitch two innings or if Graveman was going to pitch the ninth inning in a save opportunity. In any case, Montero couldn’t hold the lead, his second blown save in three chances, while Graveman followed with a scoreless ninth to send the game into the extra innings.

It’s still early and the 30-year-old Montero has looked good in two of his four appearances thus far. But the emergence of Graveman, who has been terrific since shifting to a relief role in 2020, is the main reason why the Mariners’ closer situation is not clear at the moment.

 

Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Committee
Bullpen Report — 4/11/2021
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Kevin Ginkel Taylor Clarke Joakim Soria
ATL Will Smith A.J. Minter Tyler Matzek Chris Martin
BAL Cesar Valdez Tanner Scott Dillon Tate Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Adam Ottavino Hirokazu Sawamura Ryan Brasier
CHC Craig Kimbrel Andrew Chafin Alec Mills Rowan Wick
CWS Liam Hendriks Aaron Bummer Garrett Crochet
CIN Amir Garrett Lucas Sims Sean Doolittle
CLE Emmanuel Clase Nick Wittgren James Karinchak
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Tyler Kinley
DET Gregory Soto Bryan Garcia Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Joe Smith Blake Taylor Enoli Paredes
KC Greg Holland Jesse Hahn Josh Staumont
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Aaron Slegers Felix Peña
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Corey Knebel
MIA Yimi Garcia Anthony Bass Dylan Floro
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Brent Suter
MIN Alex Colome Taylor Rogers Hansel Robles
NYM Edwin Diaz Trevor May Miguel Castro
NYY Aroldis Chapman Chad Green Darren O’Day Zack Britton
OAK Lou Trivino Jake Diekman Sergio Romo Trevor Rosenthal
PHI Hector Neris Archie Bradley Jose Alvarado
PIT Richard Rodriguez Chris Stratton David Bednar
STL Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos Andrew Miller
SD Mark Melancon Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan
SF Jake McGee Tyler Rogers Reyes Moronta
SEA Rafael Montero Kendall Graveman Anthony Misiewicz
TB Diego Castillo Ryan Thompson Andrew Kittredge Pete Fairbanks
TEX Ian Kennedy Josh Sborz Taylor Hearn Matt Bush
TOR Julian Merryweather Jordan Romano Rafael Dolis
WSH Brad Hand Tanner Rainey Daniel Hudson





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Bryan Garcia being used (and abused) in the 6th with the Tigers down 6 seems to mean he’s not in line for saves