Bullpen Report: May 11, 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.

  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

Félix Bautista, BAL: Back-to-back days; 5 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Dillon Tate is a likely candidate for a save chance on Wednesday if Bautista isn’t available and if Jorge López isn’t reinstated from the Bereavement List.

Taylor Rogers, SDP: 28 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Luis García is a likely candidate for a save chance on Wednesday if Rogers isn’t available.

Jordan Romano, TOR: 21 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Romano hadn’t pitched in six days before blowing a save against the Yankees on Tuesday. He’ll likely be available on Wednesday, but Yimi Garcia and Tim Mayza would be candidates for a save chance if he’s not.

 

Injury News

Dylan Floro, MIA: Activated from 10-Day IL on Monday. | RosterResource

With the Marlins’ late-inning situation unsettled, there had been a strong possibility that Floro could regain the closer’s job rather quickly once he returned from the Injured List. But that is unlikely to happen anytime soon after he allowed three runs on four hits in his 2022 debut, a low-leverage outing with his team trailing the Diamondbacks by four runs in the eighth inning.

Anthony Bender could still be the current favorite for save chances, although Anthony Bass has been the team’s most reliable reliever this season. It could be only a matter of time before he gets a shot.

 

Outlier Saves

Félix Bautista, BAL | RosterResource

On Tuesday, it was Dillon Tate who was in line for a save chance with Jorge López on the Bereavement List. The 28-year-old, who picked up his first save in his last outing, took over with a 5-2 lead over the Cardinals in the ninth inning. But after allowing a leadoff homer and then putting the tying runs on base with two outs, it was Bautista who came in to put out the fire. He struck out Tyler O’Neill to close out the win and pick up his first career save.

The way Bautista is pitching, he is clearly on his way to becoming the Orioles’ closer. The only question is whether he’ll take over the job when López struggles at some point or when López is traded to a contender.

Kendall Graveman, CHW | RosterResource

Liam Hendriks only threw nine pitches during Monday’s blown save, but the White Sox still decided to go with Graveman for the save chance on Tuesday. The 31-year-old, who was well-rested after not pitching the previous three days, closed out a 4-1 victory over the Guardians to pick up his second save on the season.

 

Committee Clarity

John Schreiber, BOS | RosterResource

If the Red Sox’s closing situation wasn’t in complete shambles right now, I’d probably consider Schreiber’s first major league save on Tuesday as an outlier. But he might have as good a chance as any Red Sox pitcher to pick up saves right now.

The 28-year-old took over in the 8th inning with a 6-4 lead over the Braves and retired them in order on 11 pitches. After the Red Sox extended their lead to 9-4 in the top of the ninth, manager Alex Cora decided to let Schreiber finish things off. It was another 1-2-3 inning, only this time he struck out Ronald Acuña Jr. and Matt Olson to end the ballgame. He’s now pitched 6.1 scoreless innings on the season with one save and one hold.

Paul Sewald, SEA | RosterResource

Despite not having any saves since April 22, there have been a few recent bullpen developments for the Mariners. Diego Castillo has likely pitched himself out of the mix for save chances with his recent performances, while Erik Swanson is making a strong case to be part of the closer’s committee, as is rookie Penn Murfee, who hasn’t allowed a run or hit in 7.2 innings. But, on Tuesday, it was Sewald, one of last year’s bullpen standouts, who was able to close out a 5-4 win over the Phillies for his first save of 2022.

 

Losing A Grip

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Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.

 

Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Committee
Bullpen Report — 5/10/2022





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