Bullpen Report: May 15, 2021

The 2021 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

Will Smith, ATL: Back-to-back days; 11 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Chris Martin and A.J. Minter are likely candidates for a save chance if Smith isn’t available on Saturday.

Liam Hendriks, CHW: 3 consecutive days; 13 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Aaron Bummer is a likely candidate for a save chance if Hendriks isn’t available on Saturday.


Injury News

Diego Castillo, TBR: Activated from 10-Day IL. | RosterResource

Back after a 10-day absence due to a strained groin, Castillo should be back in the role that put him in a position to pick up seven of the team’s first ten saves on the season. How often manager Kevin Cash goes to a reliever other than Castillo in a save situation, however, is always at least somewhat undetermined. Andrew Kittredge and Jeffrey Springs each have two saves and Pete Fairbanks, who was the closer during the 2020 postseason, is always an option.


Outlier Saves

Jonathan Loaisiga, NYY | RosterResource

Aroldis Chapman was given a second consecutive day off after pitching four of five days, leaving Loaisiga to close out a 5-4 win over the Orioles with a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save.

In 17 appearances, the 26-year-old Loaisiga has had only one bad outing. Along with the two saves, he has four holds, and three wins as he’s risen to the “next in line” spot after Chapman in one of the best bullpens in baseball.


Committee Clarity



Losing A Grip



Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/15/2021
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Joakim Soria Chris Devenski Tyler Clippard
ATL Will Smith Chris Martin A.J. Minter
BAL Cesar Valdez Paul Fry Tanner Scott Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Adam Ottavino Matt Andriese Ryan Brasier
CHC Craig Kimbrel Andrew Chafin Ryan Tepera Rowan Wick
CWS Liam Hendriks Aaron Bummer Codi Heuer
CIN Tejay Antone Sean Doolittle Lucas Sims
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Bryan Shaw
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Robert Stephenson
DET Gregory Soto Michael Fulmer Daniel Norris
HOU Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek Andre Scrubb Enoli Paredes
KC Josh Staumont Scott Barlow Greg Holland
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Tony Watson
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Victor Gonzalez
MIA Yimi Garcia Dylan Floro Anthony Bass
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams J.P. Feyereisen
MIN Taylor Rogers Hansel Robles 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 David Bednar Chris Stratton Kyle Crick
STL Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera
SD Mark Melancon Emilio Pagan Austin Adams Drew Pomeranz
SF Jake McGee Tyler Rogers Caleb Baragar
SEA Kendall Graveman Rafael Montero Anthony Misiewicz Keynan Middleton
TB Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks Andrew Kittredge
TEX Ian Kennedy Joely Rodriguez Josh Sborz Matt Bush
TOR Jordan Romano Tyler Chatwood A.J. Cole Rafael Dolis
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Wander Suero

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2 years ago

Can anyone help me understand why Will Smith wasn’t credited with a save last night? He entered with 1 out in the 9th, no one on base and Atl leading 6-3.

2 years ago
Reply to  mvalcq

BC there was already one out in the 9th