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.
- 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.
- Injury News
- Outlier Saves: Explanation for a non-closer earning a save during the previous day.
- Committee Clarity: Notes on a closer committee that clarify a pitcher’s standing in the group.
- 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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
Losing A Grip
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.