Bullpen Report: July 24, 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

Scott Barlow, KCR: 20 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

If Barlow is unavailable on Sunday, Josh Staumont is the most likely to fill in.

Tanner Scott, MIA: 31 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

The “Not Very Stable” reliever in Miami was tagged with a loss on Saturday. One of either Steven Okert or Anthony Bass should be available on Sunday. The Marlins will need another arm to step up and instill some confidence if there is to be a changing of roles in Miami.

Taylor Rogers, SDP: 28 pitches on Saturday, back-to-back days. | Roster Resource

Nick Martinez is rested and likely to fill in if a save situation presents itself on Sunday.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Zach Jackson, OAK | Roster Resource

Saturday’s Bullpen Report listed Lou Trivino as on “High Usage Alert” and suggested that either Zach Jackson or A.J. Puk would be getting a save in his absence. Puk was given the day off so it was Jackson who earned the save. He threw a clean inning with two strikeouts. The A’s starter, James Kaprielian, only lasted five innings and the team needed four more bullpen arms to finish out the game. Oakland’s Closer Depth Chart looks great the past three days with yellow holds, blue wins, and green saves, but they had some high usage in the bullpen. However, the ability to use Jackson in the ninth has left A.J. Puk and Lou Trivino rested going into Sunday’s game. It’s possible the structure of the Athletics closer role could shift to more of a committee between these three relievers, but for now, it still looks like Trivino is the go-to guy.

David Price, LAD | Roster Resource

Craig Kimbrel was likely unavailable on Saturday after throwing in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday. Setup man Evan Phillips was used to set up Reyes Moronta to finish off the game in a non-close situation as the Dodgers were winning by four. Regardless of the large lead, it’s odd that Moronta got the call. It wasn’t a matchups situation as Moronta, the righty, threw to Joc Pederson and Brandon Belt, two lefties, to start the frame. Perhaps manager Dave Roberts wanted to give the 29-year-old Moronta a chance to redeem himself after his previous four appearances where he gave up at least one run? That seems weird, but what do I know? Moronta struck out Pederson, got Belt to pop out, but then gave up two walks to make things interesting. Price was brought in with runners on first and second to get the final out. He gave up two singles, each scored a run, which made the score four to two, and brought the tying run to the plate. Austin Slater struck out looking, David Price earned a save and Dodger fans let out a collective breath. With so many quality bullpen arms on the IL for the Dodgers (Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen, Daniel Hudson, Tommy Kahnle), one has to imagine the team may be looking for some help before the trade deadline.

Bryan Abreu, HOU | Roster Resource

This one is simple. Closer, Ryan Pressly is on the Paternity List and because of that, both Héctor Neris and Ryne Stanek were used on Friday. Rafael Montero was available, but perhaps manager Dusty Baker wanted to give the kid a shot. Abreu converted with ease, recording no hits and one strikeout. Besides one four-run outing against the Angels on July 13th, Abreu has been stellar. He has a 13.24 K/9, his slider looks like it was born in a sci-fi film with 6.9 more vertical inch movement than average and 3.5 more horizontal inch movement than average, and his Baseball Savant page shows a smattering of shades of red. While his FanGraphs Prospect TLDR notes his struggle with control and his season 4.24 BB/9 reflects that, Abreu has serious stuff and a lot of potential.

Matt Foster, CHW | Roster Resource

A double-header in Chicago saw closer Liam Hendriks and setup man Kendall Graveman throw in game one and, basically, the rest of the bullpen in game two. Foster recorded his first save of the year and did so without giving up a hit, though he did walk one batter. Foster has proven that he can be a quality reliever as he has thrown 38 big league innings this season but has a 4.97 ERA and a 4.25 FIP that does not necessarily point to an immediate future in high leverage situations. Foster mostly found himself into this save situation after his fellow relievers, Jose Ruiz gave up three runs and Reynaldo López gave up one run while tag-teaming the seventh inning. Joe Kelly threw a clean, two-strikeout inning in the eighth, and Foster closed out the game in the ninth.


Committee Clarity



Losing a Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 7/24/2022
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Mark Melancon Joe Mantiply Ian Kennedy
ATL Kenley Jansen A.J. Minter Will Smith
BAL Jorge Lopez Felix Bautista Dillon Tate
BOS Tanner Houck John Schreiber Garrett Whitlock Matt Strahm
CHC David Robertson Mychal Givens Chris Martin
CWS Liam Hendriks Kendall Graveman Joe Kelly
CIN Alexis Diaz Hunter Strickland Jeff Hoffman
CLE Emmanuel Clase Trevor Stephan Eli Morgan
COL Daniel Bard Alex Colome Carlos Estevez Tyler Kinley
DET Gregory Soto Michael Fulmer Andrew Chafin
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Hector Neris
KC Scott Barlow Josh Staumont Taylor Clarke
LAA Raisel Iglesias Ryan Tepera Aaron Loup
LAD Craig Kimbrel Evan Phillips Alex Vesia Blake Treinen
MIA Tanner Scott Anthony Bass Steven Okert Anthony Bender
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Brad Boxberger 0
MIN Jhoan Duran Tyler Duffey Griffin Jax Jorge Alcala
NYM Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo Adam Ottavino
NYY Clay Holmes Wandy Peralta Jonathan Loaisiga Michael King
OAK Lou Trivino Zach Jackson AJ Puk Dany Jimenez
PHI Seranthony Dominguez Brad Hand Corey Knebel
PIT David Bednar Yerry De Los Santos Wil Crowe
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera
SD Taylor Rogers Nick Martinez Luis Garcia Drew Pomeranz
SF Camilo Doval Dominic Leone Tyler Rogers Trevor Rosenthal
SEA Paul Sewald Diego Castillo Andres Muñoz
TB Colin Poche Jason Adam Brooks Raley Andrew Kittredge
TEX Brett Martin Matt Moore Matt Bush
TOR Jordan Romano Yimi Garcia Tim Mayza
WSH Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr. Steve Cishek Tanner Rainey

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1 year ago

Montero might have still been feeling the effects of throwing both games of a doubleheader.