Bullpen Report: May 18, 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

Raisel Iglesias, LAA: Back-to-back days; 14 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Mike Mayers has also pitched back-to-back days. Tony Watson is a likely candidate for a save chance if neither Iglesias or Mayers is available on Tuesday. Iglesias will probably be available, however, for a third consecutive day.

Edwin Díaz, NYM: Back-to-back days; 14 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Trevor May, Miguel Castro, and Jeurys Familia are likely candidates for a save chance if Diaz isn’t available on Tuesday. Diaz will probably be available, however, for a third consecutive day.

Tyler Rogers, SFG: Back-to-back days; 4 of last 5 days; 14 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Jake McGee is a likely candidate for a save chance on Tuesday. While Rogers has pitched often — he leads the majors with 24 appearances — he’s thrown only 51 pitches over his last four outings and could still be available on Tuesday.


Injury News

Rafael Dolis, TOR: Will likely be activated from the 10-Day IL on Tuesday. | RosterResource

After injuring his calf on May 7, Dolis stayed on the active roster for one more game as the Blue Jays waited to decide if he would be ready soon enough to avoid an Injured List stint. They ended up placing him on the 10-Day IL, but it’s been expected that he’d be ready to return when eligible or soon thereafter.

Jordan Romano and A.J. Cole each picked up a save while Dolis was out — the Jays won six of eight since his injury — but he’ll likely be back in the closer’s role once he’s activated.


Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

Michael Fulmer and Gregory Soto, DET | RosterResource

Having already pitched back-to-back days on six occasions through his first 18 appearances, Soto was clearly in need of some help from anyone else in a Tigers’ bullpen that’s been mostly terrible. It was inevitable that the next pitcher to step up and succeed in a high-leverage role would get a chance to share the closer’s role. That pitcher has arrived. Since returning to the bullpen on May 5, Fulmer had allowed just one unearned run in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

On Monday, Soto entered in the bottom of the eighth to record the final out on four pitches and preserve a 3-1 lead over the Mariners. But he would not return for the ninth. The 29-year-old Fulmer closed things out with another scoreless inning to pick up his third save and continue to build the trust of manager A.J. Hinch.

Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee, SFG | RosterResource

With McGee not pitching for a second consecutive day after a blown save and a loss in his last two outings, respectively, on Friday and Saturday, it was Rogers who pitched the final inning on Monday to close out a 6-3 win over the Reds.

While the 30-year-old submariner already has five saves, they’ve rarely come on a day when it was obvious that McGee, who has 10 saves, was also available and passed over for the final outs. It’s not entirely clear if McGee was available or not on Monday, but the Giants’ closer role is beginning to look like it will be a Rogers-McGee tandem with manager Gabe Kapler mixing and matching with the duo.


Losing A Grip



Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/17/2021
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 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
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 Erik Swanson Rafael Montero 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

Hey Jason, quick question, should I drop Romano for Fulmer today and hope that Fulmer fully claims the job?

2 years ago
Reply to  feddy

Apparently Hinch said that Soto would have had the 9th if Mize had been able to make it through 8. Either way, Soto was getting Kelenic.

Between the lack of clarity and the fact that it’s entirely possible that the Tigers only have 20-25 save chances the entire rest of the season, tough to roster a Tigers pitcher IMO

2 years ago
Reply to  feddy

Tough choice, but if I had to choose, I might lean w/ Fulmer over Romano, particularly in a deeper league or if you only need him to be your #3 closer perhaps. In a shallow league and/or if you’re somewhat more desperate for Saves, I guess Romano might be better just because his upside for Saves is better.

At the moment, seems like Fulmer’s the better bet to be the moderately better pitcher (w/ better bet of keeping at least a high leverage role, if not necessarily outright closer) me thinks… though seems like both will likely get plenty of high leverage opps even if not always for saves — I’m guessing Fulmer might end up w/ a couple extra W’s while maybe a few less Saves… but that’s only if Romano actually manages to keep the closer job the rest of the way, which seems a bit less likely than Fulmer.

Although the Tigers are no contenders, they do play against weaker opponents than the Jays (probably including for interleague play) — haven’t doublechecked the rest of their schedules to be sure though — so they may end up w/ more than enough high leverage opps for Fulmer, especially if your league values both W’s and Holds.

FWIW, I actually have both in my deep dynasty ROTO league that values Holds…