Bullpen Report: May 22, 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

Ryan Pressly, HOU: Back-to-back days; 10 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Ryne Stanek is a likely candidate for a save chance on Saturday if Pressly isn’t available.

Aroldis Chapman, NYY: Back-to-back days; 3 of last 4 days; 10 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Jonathan Loaisiga threw 22 pitches on Friday. Chad Green is a likely candidate for a save chance on Saturday if neither Chapman or Loaisiga is available.

Ian Kennedy, TEX: 32 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Josh Sborz is a likely candidate for a save chance on Saturday if Kennedy isn’t available.


Injury News



Outlier Saves

Blake Treinen, LAD | RosterResource

With Kenley Jansen unavailable after pitching back-to-back days, Treinen made quick work of the Giants with an eight-pitch ninth inning to close out a 2-1 victory. The 32-year-old now has two saves to go along with 11 holds.

Jacob Barnes, NYM | RosterResource

Ahead 6-3 in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Mets went with lefty Aaron Loup, the sixth reliever of the game, to face the top of the Marlins’ lineup. After back-to-back singles by Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Miguel Rojas, Loup got Corey Dickerson to ground into a double play.

Up 6-5 with right-handed batter Adam Duvall coming up, manager Luis Rojas would go to his seventh reliever, Barnes, whose last save came in 2018 when he was pitching for the Brewers. Duvall flew out to end the game and Barnes picked up his first save of 2021.


Committee Clarity

Michael Fulmer, DET | RosterResource

Not only does Fulmer keep racking up the saves — he closed out a 7-5 win on Friday to pick up his fourth save in his last eight appearances — he’s also throwing gas. His fastballs ranged from 96.8-99.9 MPH as he sat down the Royals in order. The 28-year-old right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 10 innings pitched.

With his value soaring, Fulmer could quickly become a top trade candidate for a playoff contender looking to strengthen their bullpen. Holding on to him until mid-to-late July, however, might be necessary in order to better manage co-closer Gregory Soto’s workload and to keep things from going completely off the rails in Detroit.

Losing A Grip



Click HERE to view the full Closer Depth Chart.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/22/2021
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 Amir Garrett
CLE James Karinchak Emmanuel Clase Bryan Shaw
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Robert Stephenson
DET Michael Fulmer Gregory Soto 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 Brent Suter
MIN Hansel Robles Taylor Rogers 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 Josh Sborz Joely Rodriguez Matt Bush
TOR Rafael Dolis Jordan Romano Tyler Chatwood
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Wander Suero

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2 years ago

You don’t think Hand is losing a grip? (Pun intended)