Bullpen Report: July 19, 2023

The 2023 version of the 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

Scott Barlow, KCR: 33 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

On a better team, Barlow would warrant an entry in Losing A Grip, but the Royals don’t really have anyone else to turn to to close with Carlos Hernández often a multiple inning guy and everyone else struggling or inexperienced. Hernández has worked back to back days and three of four so he’s probably not available Wednesday, which could leave someone like Jonathan Heasley as closer.

Camilo Doval, SFG: 27 pitches (two games) on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Both Rogers brothers should be available to close on Wednesday.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

Kevin Ginkel, ARI| RosterResource

De facto closer Scott McGough really struggled on Sunday in Toronto, allowing four runs, and between that game and Saturday’s, he threw 49 pitches. That left him out of commission on Tuesday despite Monday’s day off, and with Andrew Chafin on the paternity list and Miguel Castro having pitched the eighth, Ginkel was the best option left. He struck out the side and lowered his ERA to 2.21 with his first save of the year. He’s also got a sterling 0.95 WHIP and has allowed just two homers in 36.2 innings.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip

A.J. Puk, MIA | RosterResource

In serving up a three-run walk-off homer to Nolan Arenado on Tuesday, Puk ballooned his ERA to 4.40, and he’s now allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 5.2 innings this month. Skip Schumaker has liked deploying Tanner Scott as a fireman, but he might be too valuable now to use in the seventh or eighth if Puk continues to pitch like this. JT Chargois, Steven Okert, and Huascar Brazoban have also pitched quite well of late.

Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 7/19/2023
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Scott McGough Miguel Castro Kevin Ginkel Andrew Chafin (PL)
ATL Raisel Iglesias Joe Jimenez Kirby Yates A.J. Minter
BAL Felix Bautista Yennier Cano Danny Coulombe Dillon Tate
BOS Kenley Jansen Chris Martin Josh Winckowski John Schreiber
CHC Adbert Alzolay Mark Leiter Jr. Julian Merryweather
CWS Kendall Graveman Reynaldo Lopez Keynan Middleton Liam Hendriks
CIN Alexis Diaz Lucas Sims Ian Gibaut
CLE Emmanuel Clase Trevor Stephan Eli Morgan
COL Justin Lawrence Pierce Johnson Daniel Bard
DET Alex Lange Jason Foley Jose Cisnero
HOU Ryan Pressly Hector Neris Bryan Abreu
KC Scott Barlow Carlos Hernandez Jose Cuas
LAA Carlos Estevez Matt Moore Jose Soriano Chris Devenski
LAD Evan Phillips Brusdar Graterol Caleb Ferguson Daniel Hudson
MIA AJ Puk Tanner Scott JT Chargois
MIL Devin Williams Joel Payamps Elvis Peguero
MIN Jhoan Duran Griffin Jax Emilio Pagan Brock Stewart
NYM David Robertson Adam Ottavino Brooks Raley Edwin Diaz
NYY Clay Holmes Michael King Wandy Peralta Jonathan Loaisiga
OAK Trevor May Shintaro Fujinami Sam Moll
PHI Craig Kimbrel Gregory Soto Jeff Hoffman Jose Alvarado
PIT David Bednar Colin Holderman Dauri Moreta
STL Jordan Hicks Giovanny Gallegos Chris Stratton Ryan Helsley
SD Josh Hader Nick Martinez Steven Wilson Robert Suarez
SF Camilo Doval Tyler Rogers Taylor Rogers John Brebbia
SEA Paul Sewald Andres Muñoz Justin Topa
TB Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam Colin Poche
TEX Will Smith Aroldis Chapman Jose Leclerc Josh Sborz
TOR Jordan Romano Erik Swanson Yimi Garcia Chad Green
WSH Kyle Finnegan Mason Thompson Jordan Weems Hunter Harvey

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1 year ago

People have been seeing Carlos Hernandez as the next closer in KC, but he’s gotten the 7th the last two nights. Should we be making anything of that?