Bullpen Report: April 26, 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

Alex Reyes, STL: 25 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

If Reyes is unavailable on Monday, Giovanny Gallegos is the top option to fill in.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

Tyler Rogers, SFG | RosterResource

Manager Gabe Kapler said he was trying to avoid using Jake McGee on Sunday after he combined for 35 pitches between Thursday and Friday, so it was the submarining Rogers brought in with a two-run lead in the ninth. Rogers gave up three hits and a run but was able to induce a Jazz Chisholm grounder with two runners on to earn his second save of the season.

Committee Clarity

Bryan Garcia, DET RosterResource

Garcia was brought on in the fifth inning, ending up throwing 1.1 innings while the Tigers were trailing. He hadn’t pitched since Wednesday so it’s possible that the Tigers were just looking to ensure that he got some work in, but this also seems to solidify Gregory Soto’s position as the top ninth-inning option for Detroit.

Scott Barlow, KCR RosterResource

Barlow didn’t actually pitch on Sunday, but it’s worth noting that he was warming up in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead. Wade Davis ended up entering when the Royals added two more runs. Barlow’s appears to be one of the Royals’ top candidates for save chances, along with Josh Staumont (who was probably unavailable to work a third straight game on Sunday) and Greg Holland.

Sean Doolittle, CIN RosterResource

Doolittle—currently shown on the Reds’ RosterResource page as co-closers with Lucas Sims—pitched the bottom of the eighth with the Reds down by two runs, giving up a run on two hits. The Reds have lost seven in a row now, so we don’t have much to go off of in a bullpen with all of its back-end arms struggling. Amir Garrett and Tejay Antone are arms to watch along with Sims.

Losing A Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/25/2021
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 Darwinzon Hernandez Ryan Brasier
CHC Craig Kimbrel Andrew Chafin Brandon Workman Rowan Wick
CWS Liam Hendriks Aaron Bummer Garrett Crochet
CIN Sean Doolittle Lucas Sims Tejay Antone
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Bryan Shaw
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Robert Stephenson
DET Gregory Soto Bryan Garcia Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek Brooks Raley Enoli Paredes
KC Greg Holland Josh Staumont Scott Barlow
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Steve Cishek Felix Peña
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Victor Gonzalez
MIA Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro Anthony Bass
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams J.P. Feyereisen
MIN Taylor Rogers Alex Colome Hansel Robles
NYM Edwin Diaz Trevor May Miguel Castro
NYY Aroldis Chapman Chad Green Jonathan Loaisiga Zack Britton
OAK Lou Trivino Jake Diekman J.B. Wendelken Trevor Rosenthal
PHI Hector Neris Connor Brogdon Brandon Kintzler Jose Alvarado
PIT Richard Rodriguez Kyle Crick Chris Stratton
STL Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos Ryan Helsley
SD Mark Melancon Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan Keone Kela
SF Jake McGee Tyler Rogers Wandy Peralta
SEA Rafael Montero Kendall Graveman Keynan Middleton
TB Diego Castillo Ryan Thompson Andrew Kittredge
TEX Ian Kennedy Joely Rodriguez John King Matt Bush
TOR Rafael Dolis David Phelps Anthony Castro Julian Merryweather
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey

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Crochet worked 3 innings today. He seems to be ticketed for more of a high leverage long-relief/stopper role than that of the traditional 1-inning backend guy, probably in line with CHW’s plan to stretch him out to a starter eventually. Heuer is probably the second guy up now, or maybe the first since Bummer’s really battled his control of late.


I was going to say likewise. Also, interesting for hold leagues: ESPN and MLB.com have Crochet with 3 holds, including for last night. Fangraphs, CBS and yahoo have 1. Baseball reference has him with 2.

BR includes his April 18th appearance against Boston. He came in with a 3 run lead, two outs no one on against Boston, gave up a single but then K’d Hernandez and was done. Technically that would not have been a save situation, which for the “3 run lead” save requires an inning. And he didn’t face the tying runner on deck upon entering.

MLB and ESPN give him that one and last night, too. 3 innings, and if he’d finished the game, that’s a save. But MLB’s own glossary says you must enter with a save opportunity, and that doesn’t count by their definition of save opportunity. Still they gave it to him. I think because the definition is kind of wrong.