Bullpen Report: May 1, 2023

The 2023 version of the 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

Michael Fulmer, CHC: Three of the last four days; 11 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Brad Boxberger should be available on Monday if Fulmer isn’t.

Alexis Díaz, CIN: 6 pitches on Sunday; 14 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

If Díaz isn’t available for a third straight day, Alex Young or Ian Gibaut could close. Lucas Sims might not be available after 23 pitches Sunday.

Evan Phillips, LAD: 8 pitches on Sunday; 26 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Brusdar Graterol has pitched three straight days, so definitely won’t be available Monday. That could leave Shelby Miller or Caleb Ferguson to close.

Injury News

Reynaldo López, CHW: Exited with bicep fatigue during Friday’s game. | RosterResource

López had another outing worthy of putting him into the Losing A Grip section, but we’ll put him here since he left the outing with an injury. There’s no specificity right now, but the beleaguered White Sox bullpen probably can’t really afford to lose him for very long, even though he’s got an 8.76 ERA now. The team is sorely missing closer Liam Hendriks, though he’s started rehabbing in Arizona and could be back by the end of May. Without him, they’ve been going without a clear closer. More on that in the Committee Clarity section.

Outlier Saves

Yennier Cano, BAL | RosterResource

Félix Bautista has worked quite hard the past few days, with 18 pitches on Wednesday, 31 on Thursday, and 10 on Saturday. That led the Orioles to stay away from him on Sunday and turn the ball over to standing rookie Yennier Cano. As has been customary for Cano, he retired every batter he faced, including two strikeouts, for a four-out save. He’s now pitched 11 hitless, walk-less innings (he has hit a batter, though) with 12 strikeouts, making him Bautista’s most-trusted setup man.

Matt Brash, SEA | RosterResource

The Mariners elected to use closer Paul Sewald in the bottom of the ninth of a tied game in a wild affair where they took a 4-0 lead, then ended up down 8-4 before storming back in the eighth and ninth. Sewald allowed a leadoff double in the ninth but was able to push the game to the tenth, where Cal Raleigh hit a two-run homer to give the Mariners the lead. Enter Brash.

Brash’s nasty slider was on display in his inning, striking out two and allowing a bloop single to earn the save. He’s had a few rough outings, but has struck out a whopping 43.3% of batters faced this year, making him a key strikeout arm for a bullpen absent Andrés Muñoz.

Committee Clarity

•The White Sox | RosterResource

As mentioned in the Reynaldo López blurb in the Injury News section, the White Sox’s bullpen has struggled with poor performance and a bevy of walks issued. Only Joe Kelly, Keynan Middleton, and Gregory Santos are currently in the bullpen and have walked under 10% of batters faced, which might just make those three the least-infuriating closing options going forward. Santos has been especially good, topping out at 103 mph en route to a 1.88 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14.1 innings.

Losing A Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 4/30/2023
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Andrew Chafin Scott McGough Miguel Castro
ATL A.J. Minter Nick Anderson Dylan Lee Raisel Iglesias
BAL Felix Bautista Yennier Cano Bryan Baker Dillon Tate
BOS Kenley Jansen Chris Martin John Schreiber
CHC Michael Fulmer Brad Boxberger Mark Leiter Jr.
CWS Kendall Graveman Joe Kelly Reynaldo Lopez Liam Hendriks
CIN Alexis Diaz Lucas Sims Alex Young
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan
COL Daniel Bard Pierce Johnson Justin Lawrence
DET Alex Lange Jason Foley Will Vest
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Bryan Abreu
KC Scott Barlow Aroldis Chapman Taylor Clarke
LAA Carlos Estevez Matt Moore Andrew Wantz Jose Quijada
LAD Evan Phillips Brusdar Graterol Caleb Ferguson Daniel Hudson
MIA AJ Puk Dylan Floro Tanner Scott Anthony Bender
MIL Devin Williams Peter Strzelecki Bryse Wilson Matt Bush
MIN Jhoan Duran Jorge Lopez Griffin Jax
NYM David Robertson Adam Ottavino Drew Smith Edwin Diaz
NYY Clay Holmes Michael King Wandy Peralta Jonathan Loaisiga
OAK Jeurys Familia Zach Jackson Domingo Acevedo Trevor May
PHI Jose Alvarado Craig Kimbrel Seranthony Dominguez
PIT David Bednar Colin Holderman Robert Stephenson
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Drew VerHagen
SD Josh Hader Nick Martinez Luis Garcia Robert Suarez
SF Camilo Doval John Brebbia Tyler Rogers
SEA Paul Sewald Justin Topa Trevor Gott Andres Muñoz
TB Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam Colin Poche Andrew Kittredge
TEX Will Smith Jose Leclerc Jonathan Hernandez
TOR Jordan Romano Erik Swanson Yimi Garcia Chad Green
WSH Kyle Finnegan Hunter Harvey Carl Edwards Jr. Tanner Rainey

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1 year ago

Personally, I think that Adbert Alzolay should be higher than Leiter in the pecking order for the Cubs. Leiter is walking too many guys and he’s hit a couple of batters and thrown a wild pitch, all of which speak to someone who would make managers chew their fingernails off watching him pitch with a 1-run lead in the 9th inning.