Bullpen Report: May 20, 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; 17 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Chris Martin is a likely candidate for a save chance if Smith isn’t available on Thursday.

Tyler Rogers, SFG: 3 of last 4 days; 22 pitches on Wednesday; Jake McGee, SFG: Back-to-back days; 8 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

One or both will likely be available on Thursday. If not, Caleb Baragar and Zack Littell are likely candidates for a save chance.

Pete Fairbanks, TBR: 28 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Diego Castillo, who threw 16 pitches on Wednesday, is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday.

Brad Hand, WSN: 25 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Daniel Hudson also threw 24 pitches on Wednesday. Neither Hand or Hudson had pitched since Sunday, so it’s likely that one or both will be available again on Thursday. If not, Wander Suero is a likely candidate for a save chance.


Injury News



Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

Michael Fulmer and Gregory Soto, DET | RosterResource

The emergence of Fulmer as a second reliable closer option for the Tigers gives manager A.J. Hinch the ability to mix and match when he has a lead late in the game. On Wednesday, he went with Fulmer to face the heart of the Mariners’ lineup, including right-handed batters Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis, with his team ahead 5-2. If he happened to pitch a 1-2-3 inning or if he got into trouble, Soto could be ready to face a pair of lefties, Kyle Seager and J.P. Crawford, coming up in the order.

While Fulmer did allow two of the first three batters to reach, he stayed in the game to strikeout Seager and retire Tom Murphy for the third out. After the Tigers extended the lead to 6-2, Soto came in to close out the win in a non-save situation.

Pete Fairbanks and Diego Castillo, TBR | RosterResource

With Castillo activated from the 10-Day Injured List last Friday, the big question has been whether the Rays would continue to lean on the 27-year-old for save chances or use a committee. And if it’s a committee, who would it include? There had been no save chances since Castillo returned, so it took five games to start putting the pieces together. But there’s a bit of clarity after Wednesday’s win over the Orioles.

Leading 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth, Castillo came on to pitch a scoreless inning. It was his second appearance since being activated. He allowed one run on a solo homer in his outing on Sunday. Fairbanks came on for the save chance in the ninth. It wasn’t pretty — he allowed a run on a walk and two singles — but he was able to close things out for his first save.


Losing A Grip



Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/20/2021
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 James Karinchak Emmanuel Clase 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 Rafael Dolis Jordan Romano Tyler Chatwood
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Wander Suero

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Karinchak is the new closer for Cleveland, I don’t think it’s a committee. Clase has been wild of late, and was suspiciously used in the bottom of the 8th on Sunday in Seattle with the Indians down 3-2. Clearly they were trying to get him some confidence back, with Karinchak at that point having 5 days of rest in between appearances. Clase working the 8th again tonight to me is the proof. Francona could opt to go back to Clase again at some point once he gets his command back, and use Karinchak in high leverage situations, but I doubt it.


Same probably goes for Rogers in SF – McGee worked the eighth for the first time this season while Rogers was held for a likely save situation in the ninth with the Giants leading 1-0, except they scored three runs in the top of the inning.


How consistent can we count on that being for the Indians to stick with him?