Bullpen Report: April 29, 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: Back-to-back days; 12 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Adam Ottavino, Matt Andriese, and Hirokazu Sawamura are likely candidates for a save chance if Barnes isn’t available on Thursday.

Diego Castillo, TBR: Back-to-back days; 12 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Ryan Thompson and Andrew Kittredge are likely candidates for a save chance if Castillo isn’t available on Thursday.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Ryne Stanek, HOU | RosterResource

With closer Ryan Pressly likely unavailable after pitching back-to-back days, Stanek pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out a 7-5 win over Seattle and pick up his first save on Wednesday. Aside from Pressly, who has an 0.82 ERA and three saves in three chances, the 29-year-old Stanek has easily been the team’s best reliever in 2021. He’s allowed just three earned runs and three hits in 12.1 innings with four walks and 18 strikeouts, helping to offset the loss of several key relievers to injuries early in the season.


Committee Clarity

Josh Staumont, KCR | RosterResource

All signs continue to point towards Staumont separating himself as the Royals’ closer. A four-out save on Wednesday to close out a 9-6 win over the Pirates was the 27-year-old’s Staumont’s third in his last three appearances. If manager Mike Matheny follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” logic, he’ll try to stay as consistent as possible by keeping his players in roles that have helped lead them to 11 wins in 15 games and the best record in baseball. And I’d imagine that means Staumont continues to be the closer.



Losing A Grip

Rafael Montero, SEA | RosterResource

It had been six days since Montero’s last appearance, so bringing him with two outs in the seventh inning and a 5-3 lead over Houston seemed to make sense. The plan would be to record four outs and hand a lead to “co-closer” Kendall Graveman in the ninth. But Montero couldn’t get out of the eighth inning, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. To his defense, things could’ve ended much differently if not for a one-out throwing error by Evan White. But considering that Graveman has allowed only one hit over 9.2 scoreless innings in 2021 and Montero now has four blown saves, it would be difficult to think that manager Scott Servais would have much of a choice to make next time there’s a save chance. This could be Graveman’s job to lose now.


Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/28/2021
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 Paul Fry Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Adam Ottavino Matt Andriese Ryan Brasier
CHC Craig Kimbrel Andrew Chafin Ryan Tepera Rowan Wick
CWS Liam Hendriks Aaron Bummer Garrett Crochet
CIN Tejay Antone Sean Doolittle Lucas Sims
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Bryan Shaw
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Robert Stephenson
DET Gregory Soto Bryan Garcia Jose Cisnero
HOU Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek Brooks Raley Enoli Paredes
KC Josh Staumont Greg Holland Scott Barlow
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Tony Watson Felix Peña
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Jimmy Nelson Victor Gonzalez
MIA Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro Anthony Bass
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams J.P. Feyereisen
MIN Taylor Rogers Hansel Robles Tyler Duffey
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 Jose Alvarado Connor Brogdon
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 Camilo Doval
SEA Kendall Graveman Rafael Montero Keynan Middleton
TB Diego Castillo Ryan Thompson Andrew Kittredge
TEX Ian Kennedy Joely Rodriguez Josh Sborz Matt Bush
TOR Rafael Dolis David Phelps Anthony Castro Julian Merryweather
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey

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Is there a reason behind Graveman’s low IP? Rostering a guy who only has 4 IP in the last 2 weeks is getting difficult… still holding cause Montero’s volatility but still, it’d be nice to not have to worry about workload