Bullpen Report: June 21, 2021

NEW FEATURE ALERT! We have added an upgraded version of RosterResource’s Closer Depth Chart to FanGraphs. Read more about it here.

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

James Karinchak, CLE: 23 pitches on Sunday; 21 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Emmanuel Clase is the top candidate to close on Monday if needed.

Hansel Robles, MIN
: Three straight days; 13 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Taylor Rogers is the likeliest to finish Monday’s game in a save opportunity, but if he’s needed earlier, Tyler Duffey, Jorge Alcala and Alex Colomé are options as well.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

Tyler Chatwood, TOR | RosterResource

Jordan Romano threw 28 pitches over two innings (with a long layoff in between those innings) on Saturday, so it figured that he’d be unavailable on Sunday. As such, the closing duties fell to the enigmatic Chatwood, who entering Sunday had walked 14% of batters faced.

It looked like the Blue Jays might be in for another headache from the bullpen when Chatwood walked the first batter he faced, but he righted the ship and retired the next three hitters on ground balls to earn his first save as a Blue Jay and the fifth of his career. Romano should be available for the Jays’ next contest on Tuesday.

Brad Boxberger, MIL | RosterResource

It would appear that Josh Hader was simply unavailable on Sunday after working both Friday and Saturday, so Boxberger was brought in for the save chance after the Brewers took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth. Boxberger gave up a two-out single to bring Charlie Blackmon to the plate as the go-ahead run, but retired Blackmon to earn his third save of the season.

Devin Williams is still the Brew Crew’s top setup option and has been especially good as of late, but manager Craig Counsell may prefer to keep him in that role even on days Hader isn’t available. Williams doesn’t yet have a save on the year.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip


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10 months ago

Clase on Monday I think you meant…