Bullpen Report: April 9, 2021

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

Julian Merryweather, TOR: 31 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis are candidates for a save chance on Friday if Merryweather is not available.


Injury News

Enoli Paredes, HOU: Left Thursday’s game with side discomfort. | RosterResource

After walking both batters he faced in the eighth inning, Paredes was removed after the trainer visited him on the mound.

Considering he had walked four batters in 1 1/3 innings over his first two appearances, manager Dusty Baker might’ve taken him out even if he hadn’t been injured. It’s not known if Paredes’ control issues are related to the injury or if this is something that occurred in Thursday’s outing. The 25-year-old was one of the Astros’ best relievers in 2020 and was expected to be one of the team’s primary setup men this season.

Trevor Rosenthal, OAK: Underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery; A.J. Puk, OAK: Placed on 10-Day IL (strained biceps). | RosterResource

Rosenthal has not been ruled out for the season, although it sounds like he could miss three-to-four months in a best-case scenario. The A’s have yet to have a save situation, but a closer committee with Lou Trivino, Jake Diekman, and Sergio Romo appears likely for the time being. Puk, who pitched three innings in relief on Monday, could also be in the mix once he’s healthy.


Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

Lou Trivino, OAK | RosterResource

While veterans Diekman and Romo have long track records of success pitching in the late innings, Trivino could be the more likely candidate if the team goes with one pitcher in the closer’s role as opposed to a committee.

After a breakout rookie season in 2018 (2.92 ERA, 10.0 K/9, 4 Sv, 23 Holds in 69 appearances), Trivino struggled the following year (5.25 ERA in 61 appearances). He bounced back in 2020, but it flew a bit under the radar due to the short season. The 29-year-old had a terrific spring, however, with seven shutout innings and only one hit allowed, and that success has carried over into his first four appearances of the regular season (5.2 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 6 K).

Losing A Grip

Anthony Bass, MIA | RosterResource

Lost in the chaos of the Marlins’ loss to the Mets on Michael Conforto’s controversial walkoff hit-by-pitch was Bass’ second blown save in two chances. Even if Conforto would’ve been called out for leaning into a pitch, the bases were still loaded with two outs and Pete Alonso coming up to bat.

The 33-year-old Bass, who signed a two-year, $5 million contract during the offseason, couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead over the Rays on Opening day. On Thursday, he allowed a game-tying homer to Jeff McNeil to lead off the ninth before loading the bases for Conforto. Yimi García, after allowing only one earned run in 15 innings in 2020, had been the favorite to be the Marlins’ closer before Bass signed. He could still get that chance if Bass doesn’t turn things around quickly.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/8/2021
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Kevin Ginkel Taylor Clarke Joakim Soria
ATL Will Smith Chris Martin A.J. Minter
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 Nick Wittgren James Karinchak
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Tyler Kinley
DET Gregory Soto Bryan Garcia Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Joe Smith Blake Taylor Pedro Baez
KC Greg Holland Jesse Hahn Josh Staumont
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Aaron Slegers Felix Peña
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Corey Knebel
MIA Anthony Bass Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Brent Suter
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 Archie Bradley Jose Alvarado
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 Reyes Moronta
SEA Rafael Montero Kendall Graveman Anthony Misiewicz
TB Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks Ryan Thompson Nick Anderson
TEX Ian Kennedy Matt Bush Josh Sborz Jonathan Hernandez
TOR Julian Merryweather Jordan Romano Rafael Dolis
WSH Tanner Rainey Daniel Hudson Wander Suero Brad Hand

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>Andrew Chafin and Alec Mills are candidates for a save chance on Friday if Kimbrel isn’t available for a third consecutive day.

unless I’m missing something the Cubs have an off day friday


So do the Marlins (“Yimi García is a candidate for a save chance on Friday if Bass is not available”) and the Cardinals (“Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, and Jordan Hicks are candidates for a save chance on Friday if Reyes isn’t available”).