Bullpen Report: June 2, 2021

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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).

Notable Workloads

Cole Sulser, BAL: 26 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

The Orioles have a fluid ninth-inning situation, and so they’ve got plenty of fill-in options; César Valdez, Paul Fry and Tanner Scott are the likeliest.

James Karinchak, CLE: 25 pitches on Tuesday; 25 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Emmanuel Clase would be the top choice in a save spot on Wednesday.

Jake Diekman, OAK: 26 pitches on Tuesday; 12 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Lou Trivino would be the top choice in a save spot on Wednesday.

J.P. Feyereisen, TBR: 20 pitches on Tuesday; 14 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource
Pete Fairbanks, TBR: Three straight days; 19 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource
Andrew Kittredge, TBR: 26 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Diego Castillo could be the only frequently-used member of the Rays’ closer committee available on Wednesday. Ryan Thompson, Jeffrey Springs and Collin McHugh could be factors as well.

Brad Hand, WSN: 24 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Hand will probably be available on Wednesday, but if not, Daniel Hudson would fill in.

Injury News


Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

•Cole Sulser, BAL | RosterResource

The Orioles were in the middle of their 14-game losing streak when journeyman César Valdez was removed from the closer role, and because of said losing streak we had to wait quite awhile for ninth-inning clarity. Sulser was tasked with stopping the over-two-week skid and made it interesting, allowing a hit and a walk but ultimately permitting no runs, holding the three-run lead.

Sulser’s been brilliant this year, striking out just about 40% of batters faced while walking under 10%. However, he’s not exactly a proven commodity, and other Orioles relievers (most notably Paul Fry) have pitched well also, so Sulser might be closer rather than the closer.

Losing A Grip

•James Karinchak, CLE | RosterResource

Karinchak’s bottom-line numbers remain excellent, but he’s undoubtedly hit a rough patch of late. In his last five appearances, Karinchak has allowed nine runs (seven earned) in just four innings of work, walking six and striking out only six of 27 batters faced.

This doesn’t necessarily portend anything bad for Karinchak’s future—it’s a long season and his command is known to get out of whack at times—but he nonetheless may work in somewhat-lower-leverage outings for the time being. Emmanuel Clase is the odds-on favorite to take the ninth inning (he’s been co-closing with Karinchak anyway) if Karinchak needs a reset, but Bryan Shaw has been dominant as well.

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Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 6/2/2021
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Joakim Soria Taylor Clarke Tyler Clippard
ATL Will Smith Chris Martin A.J. Minter
BAL Cole Sulser Paul Fry Cesar Valdez Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Adam Ottavino Darwinzon Hernandez
CHC Craig Kimbrel Ryan Tepera Andrew Chafin Rowan Wick
CWS Liam Hendriks Aaron Bummer Codi Heuer
CIN Tejay Antone Sean Doolittle Lucas Sims
CLE James Karinchak Emmanuel Clase Bryan Shaw
COL Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Mychal Givens
DET Michael Fulmer Gregory Soto Daniel Norris
HOU Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek Brooks Raley
KC Greg Holland Scott Barlow Kyle Zimmer Josh Staumont
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Steve Cishek
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Victor Gonzalez
MIA Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro Anthony Bass
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Brent Suter
MIN Hansel Robles Taylor Rogers Alex Colome
NYM Edwin Diaz Trevor May Miguel Castro
NYY Aroldis Chapman Jonathan Loaisiga Chad Green Zack Britton
OAK Jake Diekman Lou Trivino Yusmeiro Petit J.B. Wendelken
PHI Hector Neris Jose Alvarado Sam Coonrod
PIT Richard Rodriguez Kyle Crick David Bednar
STL Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera
SD Mark Melancon Emilio Pagan Austin Adams Drew Pomeranz
SF Jake McGee Tyler Rogers Zack Littell Caleb Baragar
SEA Keynan Middleton Rafael Montero Anthony Misiewicz Kendall Graveman
TB J.P. Feyereisen Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks
TEX Ian Kennedy Josh Sborz Joely Rodriguez Matt Bush
TOR Jordan Romano Tyler Chatwood Rafael Dolis
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Wander Suero

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In Baltimore, one would think Hunter Harvey, who’s return is imminent, would (again) be the only probable candidate to be *the* closer, if he could actually manage to stay healthy that is. No point in talking about that otherwise w/ the other options at this point since none of them have been able to run away w/ the job so far while Harvey’s been out all this time. Yeah, big part of that is due to the long losing streak, but it is what it is while nobody got it done enough even before the losing streak — just how these things work, and doesn’t change the fact…

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Nasty Nate

You may very well be correct. But I have to say, I find it kind of confusing how Hunter Harvey has been anointed the Orioles future closer for 3 straight years by the fantasy baseball community. The man has 1 career save in professional baseball. There must be reasons why lots of people assume he will have the chance to rise above the committee more than Sulser or Fry or the other guys, but I don’t know what they are.