Bullpen Report: July 6, 2021

The 2021 version of Bullpen Report includes five differentßsections, 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.

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

Hansel Robles, MIN: Back-to-back days; 12 pitches on Monday; Taylor Rogers, MIN: Back-to-back days; 3 of last 4 days; 31 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Tyler Duffey and Jorge Alcala are likely candidates for a save chance on Tuesday if neither Robles nor Rogers is available.

Alex Reyes, STL: Back-to-back days; 3 of last 4 days; 20 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Giovanny Gallegos has also pitched back-to-back days. Génesis Cabrera is a likely candidate for a save chance on Tuesday if neither Reyes nor Gallegos is available.

Brad Hand, WSN: Back-to-back days; 13 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Austin Voth is a likely candidate for a save chance on Tuesday if Hand is not available.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Adam Ottavino, BOS | RosterResource

Matt Barnes was unavailable after throwing 33 pitches in Sunday’s victory over the A’s, meaning Ottavino would have a chance to pick up his seventh save of the season to match his career-high total with the Rockies in 2016. He allowed a run on one walk and a pair of singles, but was able to retire Shohei Ohtani to close out a 5-4 win over the Angels.

As the Yankees, who traded Ottavino and a prospect to Boston during the offseason in a salary dump, are headed in the opposite direction in the standings, the Red Sox bullpen has proven to be one of the deepest in the league. One member of that group, lefty Josh Taylor, retired all four batters he faced on Monday to extend his scoreless appearance streak to 26.

Anthony Bender, MIA | RosterResource

The primary reason for Bender getting a save chance on Monday would be that Yimi García threw 38 pitches on Sunday and Dylan Floro threw a combined 63 pitches the previous two games. But, even if García is still the closer and has been reliable enough in that role, it seems like only a matter of time before the 26-year-old Bender takes the job from him. Therefore, a save chance would be much more consequential than the typical one for a non-closer.

Bender did get the opportunity, closing out a 5-4 win over the Dodgers to pick up his first career save and keeping his opponent off the board for the 24th time in 25 appearances. In the meantime, García has allowed 10 earned runs over his last 11 1/3 innings.


Committee Clarity



Losing A Grip



Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat

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