Bullpen Report: April 19, 2021

  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

Liam Hendriks, CHW: 24 pitches over two games on Sunday. | RosterResource

Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall, or Garrett Crochet could fill in if Hendriks is unavailable on Monday.

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

McGee may not even be on the active roster on Monday (more on that below), but he might need an extra day of rest even if he is back. Tyler Rogers would be his likeliest replacement.

Diego Castillo, TBR: 20 pitches on Sunday; 15 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

The Rays could go in any number of directions if Castillo (who didn’t even serve as closer on Sunday) needs a day, but the likeliest options are Ryan Thompson, Andrew Kittredge, Cody Reed, and Jeffrey Springs.


Injury News

Jake McGee, SFG: Placed on COVID-related IL (vaccine side effects) on Sunday. | RosterResource

McGee could just need one day off, being placed on the IL before Sunday’s game against the Marlins after receiving his second COVID vaccine dose. If he needs another day or two, Rogers is likeliest to fill in.

Outlier Saves

Tyler Rogers, SFG | RosterResource

With McGee on the COVID-related IL for a few days (and he wouldn’t have been available anyway) it was Rogers called on for the bottom of the ninth. He made quick work of the Marlins, retiring the side in order on just 11 pitches, lowering his ERA to 0.84. He should be the top option as long as McGee is out.

Jeffrey Springs, TBR | RosterResource

Castillo was used as a fireman on Sunday, getting the final out of the seventh and the entire eighth inning, so he could face the top of the Yankees’ order. It was Springs brought on to face Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela and Rougned Odor in the ninth, and he set them down in order on just 12 pitches, earning his first career save.

Committee Clarity

Greg Holland, KCR RosterResource

This was the second straight day that Holland got the ninth (he pitched in a tie game on Saturday and earned the win), making quick work of the Blue Jays for his second save of the season. Holland seems to be the Royals’ top choice for closer for right now, with Kyle Zimmer, Wade Davis, Scott Barlow and Josh Staumont all in the late-inning mix for holds and an occasional save chance.

Stefan Crichton, ARI RosterResource

Chris Devenski (now on the restricted list) had the Diamondbacks’ only save of the season before Sunday, when Crichton was called on to protect a three-run lead. Things were a little shaky for the righty, who gave up a walk and a hit but no runs for his first save of 2021 after earning five last season. Kevin Ginkel was called on in the sixth, throwing a scoreless inning for a hold. Yoan López and Taylor Clarke pitched the seventh and eighth, respectively. It looks like Crichton is the guy for right now without much competition, although rookie J.B. Bukauskas (recalled on Sunday) could work his way into the mix if his Spring Training success carries over into his first few big league appearances.

Losing A Grip


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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 Ryne Stanek 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 Tyler Rogers Wandy Peralta Camilo Doval Jake McGee
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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2 years ago

For what it’s worth, Blake Taylor (HOU) is on the IL. Don’t know if that means he should be removed from the table or not, but just in case.