Bullpen Report: June 12, 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

Jorge López, BAL: 11 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

The Orioles closer recorded his eighth save of the year last night with only 11 pitches so it’s possible he could be available again on Sunday if the O’s have a lead in the ninth. Dillon Tate is also on “High Usage Alert” after 22 pitches on Saturday. Either Félix Bautista or Cionel Pérez could also be used in a save situation should López be unavailable.

Hansel Robles, BOS: 23 pitches on Saturday, back-to-back days. | Roster Resource

A blown save and a loss went to Robles and a blown save went to Matt Strahm (8 pitches, back-to-back days) after Saturday’s loss to the Mariners. That’s a rough night at work for the Red Sox pen. Tanner Houck and John Schreiber are the closer committee members not listed on “High Usage Alert”. Maybe Houck will get another go at it on Sunday.

Gregory Soto, DET: 22 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

Michael Fulmer and Andrew Chafin should be available in a save situation if Soto needs rest.

Emilio Pagán, MIN: 21 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

Jhoan Duran should be available after throwing 14 pitches on Saturday, but if that’s not the case and both closers need the day off, Griffin Jax is the next man up.

Dany Jiménez, OAK: 12 pitches on Saturday, back-t0-back days. | Roster Resource

The man on the “Hot Seat” in Oakland was given the ninth inning again on Saturday after blowing the save on Friday. It may not be all that telling, however, as the Athletics had a five-run lead going into the ninth. A.J. Puk earned the hold on 16 pitches and Luke Jackson did not throw. Either reliever is likely to fill in for Jiménez on Sunday if a save situation comes up.

Joe Barlow, TEX: 23 pitches on Saturday. | Roster Resource

The Texas Rangers closer, Joe Barlow, will likely be in need of rest on Sunday. His setup man, Matt Bush, is also on “High Usage Alert” after throwing in three of the last four days. That leaves Brock Burke as the most likely to fill in should Barlow and Bush be unavailable.

Brad Hand, PHI: 14 pitches on Saturday, back-t0-back days. | Roster Resource

With the news of Corey Knebel’s shoulder (read more in the “Injury News” section below), it looks like Hand and Seranthony Domínguez may need to fill the closer role for a time. For Sunday, at least, Hand will likely be in need of rest, leaving Domínguez as the man predicted to get an opportunity to earn a save.

Camilo Doval, SFG: 18 pitches on Saturday, back-t0-back days. | Roster Resource

With all three save candidates on “High Usage Alert” it’s possible we could see Jake McGee get an opportunity with a lead in the ninth.


Injury News

•Corey Knebel, PHI

There’s no official word yet on the severity of Knebel’s shoulder discomfort. We’ll have to wait and see what the news is on Sunday:


Outlier Saves

José Álvarez, SFG

Giants starter Sam Long only lasted three innings in his start on Saturday. It then went to Tyler Rogers in the fourth and fifth, Dominic Leone in the sixth, a mix of Zack Littell, Jarlín García, and Doval in the seventh and eighth, and finally to José Álvarez in the ninth. It was his first save of the season. This was likely a “play the matchups with the bullpen” type of game, but it left the pen taxed headed into Sunday.


Committee Clarity



Losing a Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 6/12/2022
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Mark Melancon Ian Kennedy Joe Mantiply
ATL Kenley Jansen A.J. Minter Will Smith Tyler Matzek
BAL Jorge Lopez Felix Bautista Dillon Tate
BOS Tanner Houck Matt Strahm Hansel Robles
CHC David Robertson Rowan Wick Mychal Givens
CWS Liam Hendriks Kendall Graveman Aaron Bummer
CIN Tony Santillan Hunter Strickland Alexis Diaz Lucas Sims
CLE Emmanuel Clase Eli Morgan Sam Hentges
COL Daniel Bard Tyler Kinley Alex Colome
DET Gregory Soto Michael Fulmer Andrew Chafin
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Hector Neris
KC Scott Barlow Josh Staumont Dylan Coleman
LAA Raisel Iglesias Ryan Tepera Aaron Loup
LAD Craig Kimbrel Daniel Hudson Evan Phillips Blake Treinen
MIA Tanner Scott Anthony Bass Dylan Floro Anthony Bender
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Brad Boxberger 0 Trevor Gott 0
MIN Jhoan Duran Emilio Pagan Griffin Jax Jorge Alcala
NYM Edwin Diaz Seth Lugo Drew Smith
NYY Clay Holmes Michael King Miguel Castro Aroldis Chapman
OAK Dany Jimenez AJ Puk Zach Jackson
PHI Corey Knebel Brad Hand Seranthony Dominguez
PIT David Bednar Wil Crowe Chris Stratton
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera Jordan Hicks
SD Taylor Rogers Luis Garcia Nabil Crismatt Drew Pomeranz
SF Camilo Doval Dominic Leone Tyler Rogers
SEA Paul Sewald Diego Castillo Andres Muñoz Ken Giles
TB Colin Poche Jason Adam Brooks Raley Andrew Kittredge
TEX Joe Barlow Matt Bush Brock Burke Jose Leclerc
TOR Jordan Romano Yimi Garcia Tim Mayza
WSH Tanner Rainey Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr. Sean Doolittle

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2 months ago

Jorge Lopez is not too likely to go Sunday since he has recorded an inning on both of Friday and Saturday. Although his pitch count was low, so maybe.
I really doubt Tanner Houck will get a save Sunday since he is listed as the starter.

2 months ago
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2 months ago
Reply to  chopper2hopper

Not on MLB’s site though!

2 months ago
Reply to  edwinblume

of course, Houck did not start and *did* get the save. Sigh.

2 months ago
Reply to  edwinblume

Expecting more reply like this.