Bullpen Report: May 24, 2023

The 2023 version of the Bullpen Report includes five different sections, as well as the closer chart, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

We will always include a link to the full Closer Depth Chart at the bottom of the Bullpen Report each day. It’s also accessible from the RosterResource drop-down menu and from any RosterResource page. Please let us know what you think.

  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

Michael King, NYY: 31 pitches on Tuesday. | RosterResource

Co-closers Wandy Peralta and Clay Holmes should both be available Wednesday, with Ron Marinaccio likely to join King on the bench after 35 pitches for him.

Andrew Chafin and Miguel Castro, ARI: Both have worked back-to-back days and three of four days. | RosterResource

If both of Arizona’s co-closers are out, a save chance could fall to Scott McGough.

Ryan Helsley, STL: 27 pitches on Tuesday; 23 pitches on Monday. | RosterResource

Giovanny Gallegos should be good for a third straight game with just 26 pitches between Monday and Tuesday, but if not, Jordan Hicks or Génesis Cabrera could close.

Injury News

Trevor May, OAK: Activated from the 15-day IL (anxiety) on Tuesday. | RosterResource

It’s nice to see May back after having his rehab halted a week or so ago; he evidently didn’t need to head back out on another assignment before returning to the A’s. It’s unclear if the A’s plan on deploying him as their closer or if they’ll be easing him back into action, but the A’s don’t really have many save opportunities anyhow. For now, the first step will probably be seeing how May looks off the mound in any situation, and going from there.

Outlier Saves

Aroldis Chapman, KCR | RosterResource

Scott Barlow got put through the wringer on Monday, throwing 36 pitches, leaving no doubt he’d be unavailable on Tuesday. That left Chapman to earn his second save of the season. While he issued a walk, he ultimately didn’t give up anything else, sealing the 4-1 win with no problem. It’s been quite the bounce-back year for Chapman; he’s back up to 103+ mph on the fastball and is back to walking a manageable number of hitters instead of the ridiculous levels he’d been putting up the past couple years.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/24/2023
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Andrew Chafin Miguel Castro Scott McGough
ATL Raisel Iglesias Nick Anderson Collin McHugh
BAL Felix Bautista Yennier Cano Bryan Baker Dillon Tate
BOS Kenley Jansen Chris Martin Joely Rodriguez John Schreiber
CHC Mark Leiter Jr. Adbert Alzolay Michael Fulmer
CWS Kendall Graveman Joe Kelly Reynaldo Lopez Liam Hendriks
CIN Alexis Diaz Lucas Sims Ian Gibaut Derek Law
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan
COL Pierce Johnson Justin Lawrence Jake Bird
DET Alex Lange Jason Foley Will Vest
HOU Ryan Pressly Bryan Abreu Hector Neris
KC Scott Barlow Aroldis Chapman Taylor Clarke
LAA Carlos Estevez Matt Moore Chris Devenski Jose Quijada
LAD Evan Phillips Brusdar Graterol Caleb Ferguson Daniel Hudson
MIA Dylan Floro Tanner Scott Huascar Brazoban AJ Puk
MIL Devin Williams Peter Strzelecki Joel Payamps Matt Bush
MIN Jhoan Duran Jorge Lopez Brock Stewart
NYM David Robertson Adam Ottavino Drew Smith Edwin Diaz
NYY Michael King Clay Holmes Wandy Peralta Jonathan Loaisiga
OAK Trevor May Austin Pruitt Richard Lovelady
PHI Craig Kimbrel Seranthony Dominguez Gregory Soto Jose Alvarado
PIT David Bednar Colin Holderman Robert Stephenson
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Andre Pallante
SD Josh Hader Nick Martinez Steven Wilson Robert Suarez
SF Camilo Doval Tyler Rogers John Brebbia
SEA Paul Sewald Justin Topa Trevor Gott Andres Muñoz
TB Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam Colin Poche
TEX Will Smith Brock Burke Josh Sborz
TOR Jordan Romano Erik Swanson Yimi Garcia Chad Green
WSH Kyle Finnegan Hunter Harvey Carl Edwards Jr. Tanner Rainey

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11 months ago

So, hard to get any read on the Cubs situation. I own both Leiter and Fulmer. Yesterday, Leiter was brought in in a key situation in the 7th and tossed 1.1 innings against the Mets. Fulmer pitched the 9th in a 7-2 game. Perhaps a “tell” on the Cubs’ part that they may be looking for Fulmer to reclaim the closer role. But can’t know for sure until the Cubs (if ever) have a save situation again.