Bullpen Report: August 31, 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

Cole Sulser, BAL: 25 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

If the Orioles stay away from Sulser on Monday, their most likely save candidate would be Miguel Castro.

Richard Rodriguez, PIT: Back-to-back days; 3 of last 4 days; 11 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Nik Turley and Chris Stratton are the most likely save candidates on Monday. Kyle Crick could also be in the mix if the Pirates are willing to use him on back-to-back days so soon after returning from the Injured List.



Mychal Givens: Traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Colorado Rockies. | RosterResource

Givens was surprisingly kept out of the closer’s role in Baltimore in favor of Sulser and it’s unlikely that he’ll move to the front of the closer line in Colorado with Daniel Bard locked in at the moment. He will pitch in a high-leverage role, though, and could be next in line should Bard struggle.


Injury News

Hunter Harvey, BAL: Activated from 10-Day IL. | RosterResource

Expected to be in the closer’s mix at the start of the season, Harvey instead missed a month with elbow soreness. Finally back in action, the 25-year-old recorded two outs while allowing one earned run in his 2020 debut on Sunday. Even with Givens traded and Sulser struggling, the Orioles are going to ease Harvey back into action.

While it could take a couple weeks, it would make sense for the Orioles to give their “closer of the future” a few save chances before season’s end.

Outlier Saves

Luis Cessa, NYY | RosterResource

With the Yankees taking a 5-1 lead in the first frame of extra innings in game two of Sunday’s double-header, Jonathan Holder remained in the game after he had pitched a scoreless seventh. He nearly finished things off, but Cessa was called on with the tying run at the plate and two outs. The 28-year-old struck out Wilson Ramos to end the game and pick up his fourth career save.

Yohan Ramirez, SEA | RosterResource

Slowly but surely, Ramirez is working his way into manager Scott Servais’ circle of trust. After the Mariners took a 2-1 lead over the Angels in the top of the tenth, the Rule 5 pickup struck out Luis Rengifo and Shohei Ohtani, allowing him to intentionally walk Mike Trout with first base open. Anthony Rendon flied out to end the game on a 95 MPH fastball with a 2-0 count.

The 25-year-old Ramirez has not allowed a run in six of his eight appearances. He still has more walks (14) than innings pitched (13), but he also has an impressive 2.77 ERA and 21 strikeouts.


Committee Clarity

Gregory Soto, DET | RosterResource

When a member of a closer committee picks up a save on consecutive days, it’s a good sign that the committee might not be a committee for much longer. I don’t think we’re there quite yet, but Soto is clearly the most talented pitcher in the Tigers’ bullpen. It’s just a matter of not overwhelming the 25-year-old with the pressure of being a team’s “closer”. But he handled back-to-back save chances just fine and manager Ron Gardenhire might not want to roll the dice on anyone else with his team on a five-game winning streak.

Sam Coonrod, SFG | RosterResource

When the Giants’ closer committee formed back in mid-August, Coonrod was on the Injured List with a strained lat. By the time he was activated on August 23, the status of the committee remained unchanged because there hadn’t been any save chances. Tyler Rogers, a sidearmer who throws a low-eighties fastball, got the first chance on Saturday. He succeeded. On Sunday, he pitched the eighth while the 27-year-old Coonrod, who can throw a 100 MPH fastball, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first career MLB save.

Between Rogers, Coonrod, and lefty Tony Watson, the Giants’ closer committee couldn’t be any more diverse. Coonrod has the potential, however, to separate himself from the group.


Losing A Grip

Cole Sulser, BAL | RosterResource

After Sulser blew his third save of the season in eight chances on Sunday, the Orioles could finally turn to Castro as their closer at least until Harvey is ready to step into the role.


Reliever On The Rise



Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 8/30/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Archie Bradley Junior Guerra Stefan Crichton Andrew Chafin
ATL Mark Melancon Will Smith Shane Greene
BAL Cole Sulser Miguel Castro Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Austin Brice Josh Taylor
CHC Jeremy Jeffress Rowan Wick Craig Kimbrel
CWS Alex Colome Evan Marshall Jimmy Cordero Aaron Bummer
CIN Raisel Iglesias Amir Garrett Lucas Sims
CLE Brad Hand James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
COL Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Mychal Givens Wade Davis
DET Gregory Soto Buck Farmer Jose Cisnero
HOU Ryan Pressly Blake Taylor Andre Scrubb Roberto Osuna
KC Josh Staumont Scott Barlow Greg Holland
LAA Ty Buttrey Felix Peña Keynan Middleton
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Caleb Ferguson Pedro Baez
MIA Brandon Kintzler Brad Boxberger Richard Bleier
MIL Josh Hader David Phelps Devin Williams
MIN Taylor Rogers Sergio Romo Trevor May
NYM Edwin Diaz Justin Wilson Brad Brach Dellin Betances
NYY Aroldis Chapman Adam Ottavino Chad Green Zack Britton
OAK Liam Hendriks Joakim Soria Jake Diekman
PHI Brandon Workman Hector Neris Adam Morgan David Robertson
PIT Richard Rodriguez Nik Turley Chris Stratton Keone Kela
STL Giovanny Gallegos John Gant Alex Reyes Ryan Helsley
SD Trevor Rosenthal Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan Kirby Yates
SF Tyler Rogers Tony Watson Sam Coonrod Reyes Moronta
SEA Taylor Williams Yoshihisa Hirano Anthony Misiewicz Austin Adams
TB Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks John Curtiss Nick Anderson
TEX Rafael Montero Jonathan Hernandez Joely Rodriguez Jose LeClerc
TOR Anthony Bass Rafael Dolis Ryan Borucki Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey Sean Doolittle

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