Bullpen Report: August 14, 2020

The 2020 version of Bullpen Report includes six 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.
  6. Reliever On The Rise: Non-closer who is quickly moving up the depth chart based on potential and recent performance.

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

Rowan Wick, CHC: Back-to-back days; 15 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Jeremy Jeffress and Kyle Ryan are candidates for a save chance on Friday if Wick is unavailable after throwing 38 pitches over the past two days.

•Keone Kela, PIT: 28 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

It’s unlikely that the Pirates would allow Kela to pitch on Friday after he threw 28 pitches in his 2020 debut. Richard Rodriguez or Chris Stratton could get a save chance if Kela is unavailable.


Injury News

Keone Kela, PIT | RosterResource

Kela’s first game of 2020 was a non-save situation, pitching with his team ahead by four runs in the ninth. But it quickly became high-leverage after he allowed a leadoff homer to Tucker Barnhart and a single to Phillip Ervin with the heart of the Reds’ order coming up. The 27-year-old settled down, however, retiring Nick Castellanos, Joey Votto, and Eugenio Suarez in order to end the threat.


Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

Rowan Wick, CHC | RosterResource

After closing out the Cubs’ 4-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday, Wick (IP, ER, 2 H, 0 K) has a save in three of his last four appearances. Jeffress has not had a save chance since his second appearance of the season, but he continues to impress with seven scoreless and hitless innings. Neither Ryan or Craig Kimbrel has pitched since the team’s last series more than a week ago.


Losing A Grip



Reliever On The Rise

Lucas Sims, CIN | RosterResource

With Michael Lorenzen struggling (10 ER allowed in 5.1 IP before 3.1 scoreless innings on Thursday) and Pedro Strop on the Injured List, there could be an opportunity for someone in the Reds’ bullpen to step into a high-leverage role. The 26-year-old Sims, who has allowed just one earned in 9.1 innings, seems worthy.

While his fastball has steadily creeped up from the low-nineties to the mid-nineties since he entered the majors as a starter with the Braves in 2017, it’s the increase in spin rate that has him missing so many bats over the past two seasons. His 4.60 ERA in 43 innings last season kept him under the radar, but there were plenty of signs that he had the potential to be an impact late-inning reliever.


In 2020, he’s still making hitters look silly. More importantly, he’s also preventing the other team from scoring against him.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 8/13/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Archie Bradley Junior Guerra Andrew Chafin
ATL Mark Melancon Will Smith Shane Greene
BAL Cole Sulser Miguel Castro Mychal Givens Hunter Harvey
BOS Brandon Workman Matt Barnes Austin Brice
CHC Rowan Wick Jeremy Jeffress Kyle Ryan
CWS Alex Colome Evan Marshall Jimmy Cordero Aaron Bummer
CIN Raisel Iglesias Amir Garrett Nate Jones
CLE Brad Hand James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
COL Jairo Diaz Carlos Estevez Daniel Bard Wade Davis
DET Joe Jimenez Gregory Soto Jose Cisnero Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Blake Taylor Josh James Roberto Osuna
KC Trevor Rosenthal Scott Barlow Josh Staumont
LAA Ty Buttrey Felix Peña Keynan Middleton
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Pedro Baez
MIA Brandon Kintzler Brad Boxberger Nick Vincent Richard Bleier
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Corey Knebel
MIN Taylor Rogers Sergio Romo Trevor May
NYM Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo Dellin Betances
NYY Zack Britton Adam Ottavino Chad Green Aroldis Chapman
OAK Liam Hendriks Joakim Soria Yusmeiro Petit
PHI Hector Neris Tommy Hunter Adam Morgan David Robertson
PIT Keone Kela Richard Rodriguez Chris Stratton
STL Giovanny Gallegos Andrew Miller John Gant Ryan Helsley
SD Kirby Yates Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan
SF Trevor Gott Tony Watson Tyler Rogers Reyes Moronta
SEA Taylor Williams Dan Altavilla Matt Magill Austin Adams
TB Nick Anderson Jose Alvarado Diego Castillo
TEX Rafael Montero Jonathan Hernandez Joely Rodriguez Jose LeClerc
TOR Anthony Bass Jordan Romano Rafael Dolis Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey Javy Guerra

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