Bullpen Report: April 18, 2021

NEW FEATURE ALERT! We have added an upgraded version of RosterResource’s Closer Depth Chart to FanGraphs. Read more about it here.

We will always include a link to the full Closer Depth Chart at the bottom of the Bullpen Report each day. It’s also accessible from the RosterResource drop-down menu and from any RosterResource page. Please let us know what you think.

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

Matt Barnes, BOS: 28 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Adam Ottavino is a likely candidate for a save chance if Barnes isn’t available on Sunday.

Emmanuel Clase, CLE: 21 pitches on Saturday. |RosterResource

James Karinchak and Nick Wittgren are candidates for a save chance if Clase isn’t available on Sunday.

Daniel Bard, COL: 22 pitches on Saturday. |RosterResource

Mychal Givens is a likely candidate for a save chance if Bard needs a day off on Sunday.

Ryan Pressly, HOU: Back-to-back; 3 of last 4.| RosterResource

Joe Smith, Ryne Stanek, and Brooks Raley are likely candidates for a save chance if Pressly isn’t available on Sunday.

Yimi García, MIA: Back-to-back; 3 of last 4.| RosterResource

Dylan Floro and Anthony Bass are likely candidates for a save chance if Garcia isn’t available on Sunday.

Jake McGee, SFG: 35 pitches on Saturday.| RosterResource

Tyler Rogers and Wandy Peralta are likely candidates for a save chance if McGee isn’t available on Sunday.

Alex Reyes, STL: 28 pitches on Saturday.|RosterResource

Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller are likely candidates for a save chance if Reyes isn’t available on Sunday.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Victor González, LAD| RosterResource

After an extra-inning game on Friday night, the Dodgers’ pen was limited coming into Saturday’s contest. Blake Treinen got all three outs in the eighth and then one in the ninth, setting Gonzalez up for his first save of the season. With Corey Knebel having thrown 27 pitches on Friday, Gonzalez was the least taxed relief arm to close out the 2-0 shutout win over the Padres.

Committee Clarity

Emmanuel Clase, CLE | RosterResource

Clase recorded his first blown save of the season on Saturday night against the Reds, although it was a two-out fielding error by Josh Naylor that extended the inning and placed the game-tying run on second base. Jesse Winker followed with an RBI single to tie the game at three. Singles by Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto loaded the bases before Clase closed out the inning to send the game to extra innings.

The 23-year-old rookie has been terrific thus far (6.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 3 Sv), but the race for the closer’s role could tighten up again if he begins to struggle and Karinchak continues to pitch well. After striking out the side on Saturday night to pick up his third hold, Karinchak now has six scoreless innings (0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 11 K) on the season.

Losing a Grip


Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.

Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/18/2021
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 Anthony Bass
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 Kendall Graveman Rafael Montero Anthony Misiewicz
TB Diego Castillo Ryan Thompson Andrew Kittredge Pete Fairbanks
TEX Ian Kennedy Joely Rodriguez Kyle Cody Matt Bush
TOR Rafael Dolis David Phelps Ryan Borucki Julian Merryweather
WSH Brad Hand Tanner Rainey Daniel Hudson

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1 year ago

Amir Garrett pitched the 8th inning last night and Sims came in for the 9th… granted the Reds were down 1-2 in the top of the 8th & 9th, so perhaps it doesn’t matter for closer clarity?

1 year ago
Reply to  nealos

i think it matters. that’s 2 in a row sims was used more like the closer than garrett.