Bullpen Report: August 23, 2022

The 2022 version of Bullpen Report includes five different sections, as well as the closer chart, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

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.

  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).

Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.

Notable Workloads

Jonathan Loáisiga, NYY: 12 pitches on Monday, back-to-back days. | Roster Resource

Both Aroldis Chapman and Lou Trivino should be available on Tuesday for game two of the Subway Series.


Injury News

Scott Effross, NYY: IL15, Right shoulder strain | Roster Resource

Today’s bullpen report seems to be all about the Yankees as the injury to Effross really shuffles things around. News of Clay Holmes and Zach Britton throwing bullpen sessions must be welcome news for Yankee fans, but it will be some time before the reinforcements actually start making an impact. Since joining the Yankees at the trade deadline, Effross has been a reliable setup option, though he did record one save. He only had one game where he didn’t keep runs off the board, giving up three runs in his third appearance with the Yankees where he faced the Cardinals. That single game is the reason his ERA as a Yankee is up to 3.24.


Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

•Jonathan Loáisiga, NYY | Roster Resource

The Yankees are dealing with a lot of bullpen injuries all at once, but they also have plenty of quality arms to fill in and Loáisiga is one of them. The 27-year-old threw 1.1 clean innings in last night’s game and struck out one. He has quietly and slowly been building back up into form since his return from the IL in mid-July. If you remove his first appearance back on July 14th, the righty has a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings. His K/9 in that time period is far lower (5.11) than his career average (9.32), but his sinker velocity is on an upward trend. He could be just a few appearances away from getting it truly dialed in.

2022 Loáisiga Sinker Velocity Chart

The Closer Committee is crowded in New York, so it’s difficult for fantasy managers to take much action, but there’s certainly room for streaming as players like Ron Marinaccio (“Reliever on the Rise”) and Clarke Schmidt are given more opportunities.

Andrew Bellatti, PHI | Roster Resource

It was hard to determine whether or not Bellati should be placed into the “Outlier Save” section or the “Committee Clarity” section, but with both Seranthony Domínguez and Corey Knebel going on the IL, we’ll have to see how things shape out in Philadelphia. Going into Monday’s game, José Alvarado, Brad Hand, and David Robertson were all on “High Usage Alert” and Bellatti stepped up to record a save, using 18 pitches to do so. While he did walk one batter, he struck out two and showed why his statcast Whiff% is in the 97th percentile. Fantasy managers will probably do best to focus on Brad Hand, in the very likely case that David Robertson is already rostered in most leagues.

Matt Moore, TEX | Roster Resource

The Texas Rangers’ closer situation has been fluid all year. There are moments where fans believe one reliever is now the official closer only to be shown otherwise by the team. Jonathan Hernández has been solid with a 2.08 ERA and 2.58 FIP, but he’s only recorded four saves since July 16th. Matt Moore on the other hand has a 2.05 ERA and a 3.10 FIP, but he’s only recorded three saves since June 13th. The Rangers opted to go with José Leclerc in the setup role and Moore in the closer role on Monday, even though Hernández had a day of rest on Sunday. With the Rangers sitting 10 games below .500, Rangers relievers are only likely to offer streaming saves here and there for fantasy purposes.


Losing a Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 8/23/2022
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Ian Kennedy Joe Mantiply Mark Melancon
ATL Kenley Jansen Raisel Iglesias A.J. Minter
BAL Felix Bautista Dillon Tate Cionel Perez
BOS Garrett Whitlock John Schreiber Matt Barnes Tanner Houck
CHC Rowan Wick Brandon Hughes Mark Leiter Jr.
CWS Liam Hendriks Kendall Graveman Joe Kelly
CIN Alexis Diaz Hunter Strickland Joel Kuhnel Jeff Hoffman
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan
COL Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Lucas Gilbreath Tyler Kinley
DET Gregory Soto Andrew Chafin Alex Lange
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Hector Neris
KC Scott Barlow Dylan Coleman Amir Garrett Taylor Clarke
LAA Jose Quijada Ryan Tepera Jimmy Herget
LAD Craig Kimbrel Evan Phillips Brusdar Graterol Blake Treinen
MIA Tanner Scott Steven Okert Dylan Floro Anthony Bender
MIL Devin Williams Matt Bush Taylor Rogers Trevor Rosenthal
MIN Jorge Lopez Jhoan Duran Michael Fulmer
NYM Edwin Diaz Adam Ottavino Mychal Givens
NYY Jonathan Loaisiga Aroldis Chapman Lou Trivino Clay Holmes
OAK Zach Jackson AJ Puk Dany Jimenez
PHI David Robertson Brad Hand Jose Alvarado Seranthony Dominguez
PIT Wil Crowe Duane Underwood Jr. Colin Holderman David Bednar
STL Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera Jordan Hicks Ryan Helsley (PL)
SD Luis Garcia Nick Martinez Adrian Morejon Drew Pomeranz
SF Camilo Doval John Brebbia Dominic Leone
SEA Paul Sewald Andres Muñoz Erik Swanson
TB Jason Adam Pete Fairbanks Brooks Raley Andrew Kittredge
TEX Jonathan Hernandez Matt Moore Jose Leclerc
TOR Jordan Romano Yimi Garcia Anthony Bass
WSH Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr. Hunter Harvey Tanner Rainey

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Brad Lipton
3 months ago

I really enjoy this column, especially its daily nature. But with that commitment comes the responsibility to be complete. And while I know some of this is personal preference/perspective, clearly Shawn Armstrong had himself a textbook definition of “Outlier Saves” last night, but was not mentioned. He deserves his writeup!