Bullpen Report: May 31, 2021

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  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).

Notable Workloads

Liam Hendriks, CHW: 13 pitches on Sunday; 31 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Hendriks never seems to want a day off, but if he’s given one anyway and a save chance pops up, Aaron Bummer, Codi Heuer and Garrett Crochet are the best bets to substitute.

Greg Holland, KCR: 13 pitches on Sunday; 18 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource
Scott Barlow, KCR: 29 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource
Kyle Zimmer, KCR: 32 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

It’s plausible that at least one or even all three Royals righties are available Monday, but if not they’ll have to get by with Jake Brentz, Wade Davis and Jakob Junis in the late innings.

Diego Castillo, TBR: 27 pitches on Sunday; 11 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

The Rays would have to go elsewhere in their closer committee on Monday if needed. J.P. Feyereisen, Pete Fairbanks and Andrew Kittredge are all options.

Richard Rodríguez, PIT: 35 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Kyle Crick, David Bednar, Chris Stratton and Sam Howard are all options to fill in with Rodríguez surely out of action Monday.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

Riley Smith, ARI  | RosterResource

Smith went old-school for his first career save, piggybacking off of Matt Peacock’s six solid innings for three of his own. Smith held the Cardinals scoreless, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out four. The Diamondbacks just snapped a 12-game losing streak with Sunday’s win, so their closing situation remains murky, but Smith isn’t a part of it. Stefan Crichton, Joakim Soria, Taylor Clarke and Alex Young are the likeliest to get the Snakes’ next traditional save chance.

Committee Clarity

•Greg Holland, KCR | RosterResource

Sunday presented the first save chance for the Royals since Josh Staumont was placed on the IL, and it was the most seasoned veteran of the bunch given the first crack. Holland hasn’t been great this season, with far too many walks (over 15% of batters faced) and four homers allowed. But he retired all three batters faced on Sunday for his third save of the year.

Scott Barlow and Kyle Zimmer have been better than Holland this year and both pitched well on Sunday, so they could be factors in the ninth as well. Jake Brentz is the top lefty option for a situational ninth inning matchup.

Keynan Middleton, SEA | RosterResource

Nothing dramatic here, with Middleton throwing five pitches (all strikes) to retire the Rangers in order and earn his fourth save of the season. He should continue to trade opportunities with Rafael Montero (who earned the save on Saturday) until Kendall Graveman is off the COVID-related IL, which he’s on for undisclosed reasons.

Jake McGee, SFG | RosterResource

As he often has this season, McGee made things interesting in the ninth, allowing a runner to reach on his own error before giving up a home run to Albert Pujols that brought the Dodgers within one. But McGee righted the ship from there, ultimately picking up his 12th save of the season. He hasn’t been particularly good this year but he probably isn’t “Losing A Grip” just yet, and should continue to split save opportunities with Tyler Rogers while entering the game in earlier innings at times.

Losing A Grip


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Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/30/2021
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 Cole Sulser Hunter Harvey
BOS Matt Barnes Adam Ottavino Darwinzon Hernandez
CHC Craig Kimbrel Ryan Tepera Andrew Chafin 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 Carlos Estevez Mychal Givens
DET Michael Fulmer Gregory Soto Daniel Norris
HOU Ryan Pressly Ryne Stanek Brooks Raley
KC Greg Holland Scott Barlow Kyle Zimmer Josh Staumont
LAA Raisel Iglesias Mike Mayers Steve Cishek
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 Kyle Crick David Bednar
STL Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera
SD Mark Melancon Emilio Pagan Austin Adams Drew Pomeranz
SF Jake McGee Tyler Rogers Zack Littell Caleb Baragar
SEA Keynan Middleton Rafael Montero Anthony Misiewicz Kendall Graveman
TB Diego Castillo J.P. Feyereisen Pete Fairbanks
TEX Ian Kennedy Josh Sborz Joely Rodriguez Matt Bush
TOR Jordan Romano Tyler Chatwood Rafael Dolis
WSH Brad Hand Daniel Hudson Wander Suero

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2 years ago

Do you guys think Luzardo (if he excels) will stay in the bullpen, hopefully in high-leverage situations? Or do you believe he will go back into the rotation?

Turd Furgeson
2 years ago
Reply to  Ecofolux

I’d expect him to move back into rotation next time Irvin struggles. Irvin hasn’t been as good last 4 starts w/. 7era nearly 2whip. A’s won’t face any tough lineups for the next 2 turns. Maybe Irvin can squeak by but only a matter of time. The broken dream of AJ Puk is also expected back & will probably be in the pen filling similar role to Luzardo.