Bullpen Report: August 5, 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

Alex Colome, CHW: Back-to-back days; 24 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

If Colome is unavailable on Wednesday, Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall are options for a save chance.

Liam Hendriks, OAK: 3 of last 4 days; 10 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Hendriks is likely available on Wednesday after throwing just 10 pitches on Tuesday following an off day on Monday.


Injury News

Roberto Osuna, HOU | RosterResource

Osuna, who is on the Injured List because of elbow discomfort, could require season-ending Tommy John surgery that would also put his 2021 season in doubt. Seeking a second opinion, therefore, would make sense in this case. If he opts to rest and rehab in hopes of returning later in the season and puts off surgery until the October or November, he would definitely be out until 2022. If he has surgery in the near future, he’s still probably out until 2022.

Outlier Saves

Yency Almonte, COL | RosterResource

With Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez both having pitched on back-to-back days, it was Almonte who was called on to protect a 5-2 lead versus the Giants with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning. After inducing an inning-ending double play on the first pitch, manager Bud Black let the 6’5″ right-hander finish the job in the ninth to pick up his first career save.

Trevor May, MIN | RosterResource

Instead of going with Taylor Rogers or Sergio Romo to put out a ninth inning fire with the Pirates having already scored twice to cut into a 7-1 lead, it was May who was called on with the tying run on deck and one out. Four pitches later, he had his first save of 2020 and the sixth of his career.


Committee Clarity

Kyle Ryan, CHC | RosterResource

Craig Kimbrel was given a good opportunity to build up some confidence on Tuesday, getting a save chance with a three-run lead against the Royals. But manager David Ross wasn’t taking any chances after he allowed a leadoff single and a one-out double. Ryan allowed an RBI groundout and an RBI single, but was able to hold on for his first career save.

It’s clear that Jeremy Jeffress and Rowan Wick are trusted members of this closer committee. The lefty Ryan, who had a 3.54 ERA and 14 holds in 73 appearances last season, balances out the group nicely.

Ty Buttrey, LAA | RosterResource

Despite giving up a lead in three of his four appearances thus far, Buttrey apparently still has the confidence of manager Joe Maddon because he got the call again on Tuesday to protect a 5-3 lead with two outs in the eighth. This time, he was successful, retiring all four batters he faced to pick up his first save.

Although the Angels are in closer-by-committee mode, Buttrey could quickly separate himself from the group. When he was called up in 2018, shortly after being acquired from the Red Sox, he had four saves and only one run allowed over his first 14 appearances.

Nick Anderson, TBR | RosterResource

It took 27 appearances, but the Rays’ best reliever since being acquired at the 2019 trade deadline finally picked up his first save with the team. It took a bases loaded situation with one out in the ninth inning of a 5-1 game for manager Kevin Cash to give Anderson a save opportunity. He struck out Jose Peraza and Andrew Benintendi to end the game.

Edinson Volquez, TEX | RosterResource

All indications have been that Volquez is the first man up in the Rangers’ closer committee. That save chance hasn’t happened, but the 37-year-old sure didn’t help his cause with Tuesday’s performance. Pitching the ninth inning of a 1-1 tie versus the A’s, Volquez loaded the bases on a single and two walks. After retiring the next batter on a pop-up, manager Chris Woodward pulled Volquez in favor of Jesse Chavez, who promptly allowed a walk-off homer to Stephen Piscotty.


Losing A Grip

•Craig Kimbrel, CHC | RosterResource

Four days after another brutal outing, Kimbrel was trusted enough to at least begin the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead. He was not trusted enough, however, to get himself out of the mess he created when he allowed a single and a double to two of the first three batters he faced. Ross replaced him with Ryan, who picked up the save.

While it was mostly assumed that the Cubs were moving to a closer committee, at least for the time being, Ross gave the veteran Kimbrel what appeared to the save version of an “uncontested layup”. Now, the 32-year-old veteran, who has 346 career saves, will likely be relegated to low-leverage duty for the time being.

Edwin Diaz, NYM | RosterResource

Unlike the Cubs’ approach with Kimbrel, the Mets have given their struggling closer back-to-back outings with his team trailing. The results have been good. He has pitched two scoreless innings, including an easy 1-2-3 eighth with a pair of strikeouts on Tuesday.

Reliever On The Rise

Yency Almonte, COL | RosterResource

In three appearances coming into Tuesday’s game, Almonte had allowed just one run and two hits over five innings with seven strikeouts and no walks in 2020. After another 1.2 scoreless innings, including his first career save, it’s becoming clear that the 26-year-old could be finally reaching the potential that he has flashed over the past few seasons.

It’s good timing, too, with Wade Davis and Scott Oberg on the Injured List and plenty of room to move up the bullpen ladder after Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw were released. Almonte was also out of options, meaning that he was down to his final chance with the Rockies.

Armed with a mid-nineties fastball and a changeup that he’ll use occasionally, Almonte is leaning heavily on an above-average slider that can produce a lot of awkward swings and misses.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 8/4/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Minors/DL
ARI Archie Bradley Junior Guerra Andrew Chafin
ATL Mark Melancon Shane Greene Luke Jackson Will Smith
BAL Cole Sulser Mychal Givens Miguel Castro Hunter Harvey
BOS Brandon Workman Matt Barnes Heath Hembree
CHC Rowan Wick Jeremy Jeffress Kyle Ryan
CWS Alex Colome Aaron Bummer Evan Marshall
CIN Raisel Iglesias Amir Garrett Michael Lorenzen
CLE Brad Hand James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
COL Jairo Diaz Carlos Estevez Yency Almonte Wade Davis
DET Joe Jimenez Buck Farmer Gregory Soto
HOU Ryan Pressly Cy Sneed Blake Taylor Roberto Osuna
KC Greg Holland Trevor Rosenthal Ian Kennedy
LAA Ty Buttrey Felix Peña Keynan Middleton
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Pedro Baez
MIA Brandon Kintzler Brad Boxberger Richard Bleier
MIL Josh Hader Corey Knebel David Phelps
MIN Taylor Rogers Sergio Romo Trevor May
NYM Seth Lugo Justin Wilson Jeurys Familia
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 Nick Burdi Richard Rodriguez Chris Stratton Keone Kela
STL Kwang Hyun Kim Giovanny Gallegos Ryan Helsley
SD Kirby Yates Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan
SF Trevor Gott Tony Watson Shaun Anderson Reyes Moronta
SEA Taylor Williams Dan Altavilla Matt Magill Austin Adams
TB Nick Anderson Jose Alvarado Oliver Drake
TEX Edinson Volquez Jonathan Hernandez Nick Goody Jose LeClerc
TOR Anthony Bass Jordan Romano Rafael Dolis Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey Sean Doolittle

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3 years ago

If you had to own one from the Rays pen, who are you taking? Anderson is clearly the best reliever but it seems like they have no issue throwing him in the game for high leverage situations, whether that’s the 9th or not

3 years ago
Reply to  vft

I’d say Anderson, because as you stated, he’s the best RP and the elite strikeouts and ratios keep him rosterable even if he isn’t closing.

3 years ago
Reply to  loria_estefan

I have Oliver Drake, and I agree Anderson is the best arm. Do you think Drake will get the lions share of Holds the rest of the season? Or will Alvarado and Castillo be used more? Drake is good but I’m worried about his Sv+Hlds chances.