Bullpen Report: April 15

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

Edwin Diaz, NYM: Back-to-back days; 10 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

We haven’t seen Diaz go 3 days in a row yet, so it’s possible Trevor May could see a save chance if a save opportunity arises on Thursday. But it’s likely that Diaz will be available.

Matt Barnes, BOS: Back-to-back days; 18 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

We haven’t seen Barnes go 3 days in a row yet, so Adam Ottavino is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday if Barnes can’t go.

Will Smith, ATL: 4 of last 5 days; 9 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

A.J. Minter or Tyler Matzek might get an opportunity if Smith isn’t available on Thursday.. 


Injury News

Julian Merryweather, TOR: Placed on 10-Day IL (strained oblique). | RosterResource

With Merryweather out, the Jays could go to a committee until someone emerges (or keep it as a committee). Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis seem most likely to get the next save chance, but David Phelps and Ryan Borucki are also in the picture.

Merryweather’s timetable is unclear, but oblique injuries typically take 3-6 weeks to heal, according to Dr. Jesse Morse.

Josh Staumont, KCR: Activated from COVID-19 IL. | RosterResource

Staumont returned from a one-day absence and threw two scoreless innings and picked up his first hold of the season on Wednesday. It’s possible he enters the committee conversation in Kansas City as it’s still not entirely clear which direction the Royals will go yet.

Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

Yimi Garcia, MIA | RosterResource

After pitching the 9th inning of a tied game on Saturday where he got the win, Yimi has now been used as the closer for two consecutive outings on Monday and Wednesday. While manager Don Mattingly has said that he’s comfortable using Dylan Floro or Richard Bleier in a save situation, Garcia definitely appears to be the choice for the Marlins at closer. Since allowing a run on Opening Day, the 30-year-old has pitched 6.1 scoreless innings with only one hit allowed.

Gregory Soto, Bryan Garcia, DET | RosterResource

Jose Cisnero got the initial call in the 9th inning of Wednesday’s game with the Tigers leading 6-3 over Houston, but he was removed after loading the bases on two walks and a single without retiring a batter. Bryan Garcia came in and successfully closed it out for his second save — though not before walking in an inherited run. Gregory Soto pitched a scoreless 8th inning to pick up a hold. This is a messy situation, but it seems likely that Soto and Garcia will continue to be the team’s co-closers. It’s hard to imagine Cisnero seeing any more opportunities in the near future.


Losing A Grip



Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/14/2021
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Kevin Ginkel Yoan Lopez 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 James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
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 Josh Staumont Scott Barlow Jesse Hahn
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Aaron Slegers Felix Peña
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Corey Knebel
MIA Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro Richard Bleier
MIL Josh Hader Brent Suter J.P. Feyereisen
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 Jose Alvarado Connor Brogdon Archie Bradley
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 Wandy Peralta Reyes Moronta
SEA Rafael Montero Kendall Graveman Casey Sadler Anthony Misiewicz
TB Diego Castillo Ryan Thompson Andrew Kittredge Pete Fairbanks
TEX Ian Kennedy Josh Sborz Taylor Hearn Matt Bush
TOR Jordan Romano Rafael Dolis David Phelps Julian Merryweather
WSH Brad Hand Tanner Rainey Daniel Hudson

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