Bullpen Report: July 8, 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

Joakim Soria, ARI: Back-to-back days; 11 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Noé Ramirez is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday if Soria isn’t available.

Gregory Soto, DET: 32 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

José Cisnero is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday, especially if Soto isn’t available.

Ryan Pressly, HOU: Back-to-back days; 14 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Ryne Stanek has also pitched back-to-back days. Blake Taylor is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday if neither Pressly nor Stanek is available.

Kenley Jansen, LAD: 25 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Blake Treinen is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday if Jansen isn’t available.

Edwin Díaz, NYM: 26 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Seth Lugo is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday if Diaz isn’t available.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Chad Green, NYY | RosterResource

Aroldis Chapman threw 24 pitches on Tuesday during a shaky ninth inning in which he loaded the bases on a single and two walks while also striking out three batters to close out the 12-1 win. The high pitch count meant that there was a good chance that he was unavailable on Wednesday, although the 33-year-old lefty is clearly on the hot seat after allowing nine earned runs in his previous three outings.

Thus, it was no surprise when Green got the call with the Yankees leading 5-4 over the Mariners in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game. The only question is whether it was more related to Chapman’s workload or recent performance. It was probably a combination of both, but Green’s perfect inning, including a pair of strikeouts, to close out the win for his third save will probably make it easier for manager Aaron Boone to make a change.


Committee Clarity

Heath Hembree, CIN | RosterResource

Hembree closed out Wednesday’s 5-2 victory versus the Royals with a 1-2-3 inning to give him his fourth save, including three of the team’s last four. As bad as the Reds’ bullpen has been in 2021, they’ve gotten some really good innings out of the current group and could get Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims back by the end of July. For now, Hembree and Amir Garrett should continue to be the leading candidates for save chances.


Losing A Grip



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Sure feels like Jake McGee has taken the lead on the San Francisco committee. He’s only had 2 saves since mid-June, while McGee has 5 over that time, including another last night where Rogers pitched the eighth. As a Rogers owner, I’m actually concerned it’s not a committee situation at all anymore.


It’s a fireman situation. Rogers was brought in for the top of the Cards’ lineup. If the heart had been up in the ninth, he would’ve gotten the save. It’s not a true committee in that sense, but the extreme distribution of saves towards McGee is just variance.