Bullpen Report: May 8, 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: 24 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Clay Holmes and Wandy Peralta would be pitching a third straight day on Monday, so that could leave Ian Hamilton or Jimmy Cordero closing on Monday.

Jason Adam, TBR: Three of the last four days; 17 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Colin Poche or Kevin Kelly could close Monday, with Ryan Thompson likely unavailable after 27 pitches Sunday.

Adbert Alzolay, CHC: 37 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Co-closer Mark Leiter Jr. went two innings on Sunday, but on just 21 pitches, so he should be available Monday.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

•Justin Topa, SEA | RosterResource

Closer Paul Sewald was used in a non-save situation on Saturday, and it’s good he was, since he gave up two runs, still two too few for the Astros to tie the game. Regardless, he was out of action Sunday after those 20 pitches, giving way to Topa. He gave up a leadoff single that was quickly erased by a double play before striking out Kyle Tucker to end the game for his first career save. Acquired from the Brewers in the offseason, Topa didn’t even make the Mariners’ Opening Day roster but has emerged as as key log in the M’s pen with Andrés Muñoz hurt, allowing just two runs in 14 innings.

Andrew Nardi, MIA | RosterResource

The Marlins played a wild game against the Cubs on Sunday, this year’s longest in terms of innings, playing 14 before pulling out the win. Miami had gotten two blown saves in the game already (Dylan Floro and Steven Okert) before the lefty Nardi was able to lock it down against the bottom of the Cubs’ order in the ninth for his first career save. A.J. Puk should continue to be the guy in normal circumstances.

Matt Strahm, PHI | RosterResource

Rob Thomson elected to use his closer (maybe not designated but the guy who’s gotten the most opportunities) José Alvarado in the seventh inning with a three-run lead against the middle of the Red Sox’s order with multiple lefties due up. That decision worked out nicely, as Alvarado made it through that part of the order with no problem before turning the ball over to Strahm in the eighth. The Phillies expanded their lead to five in the bottom of the eighth, and Strahm stayed on to shut the door. He started the year in the Phillies’ rotation and pitched quite well, but was moved back to the bullpen as his innings have risen and Ranger Suárez is due off the IL shortly. Strahm should continue to play a key role in the bullpen even if he’s not earning saves.

Hunter Harvey, WSN | RosterResource

Kyle Finnegan had a tough day at the yard on Saturday, recording just one out and allowing three runs to blow the save and “earn” himself a loss. He threw only 17 pitches, but that had been his fourth appearance in five days, so the Nationals gave Harvey the ball in the ninth on Sunday. Harvey issued a walk and nothing else in the ninth, earning his first career save, just 176 behind his dad, Bryan. Harvey’s been Washington’s best reliever this year, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 3.23 FIP, though he’s walked seven in his 15.2 innings. He might be the closer before long.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 5/7/2023
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Andrew Chafin Miguel Castro Scott McGough
ATL Raisel Iglesias A.J. Minter Nick Anderson
BAL Felix Bautista Yennier Cano Bryan Baker Dillon Tate
BOS Kenley Jansen Chris Martin John Schreiber
CHC Mark Leiter Jr. Adbert Alzolay Michael Fulmer
CWS Keynan Middleton Reynaldo Lopez Kendall Graveman Liam Hendriks
CIN Alexis Diaz Lucas Sims Derek Law
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan
COL Pierce Johnson Justin Lawrence Brent Suter
DET Alex Lange Jason Foley Will Vest
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Bryan Abreu
KC Scott Barlow Aroldis Chapman Taylor Clarke
LAA Carlos Estevez Matt Moore Ryan Tepera Jose Quijada
LAD Evan Phillips Brusdar Graterol Caleb Ferguson Daniel Hudson
MIA AJ Puk Dylan Floro Tanner Scott Anthony Bender
MIL Devin Williams Peter Strzelecki Bryse Wilson Matt Bush
MIN Jhoan Duran Jorge Lopez Griffin Jax
NYM David Robertson Adam Ottavino Drew Smith Edwin Diaz
NYY Michael King Clay Holmes Ian Hamilton Jonathan Loaisiga
OAK Zach Jackson Sam Moll Austin Pruitt Trevor May
PHI Jose Alvarado Craig Kimbrel Seranthony Dominguez
PIT David Bednar Colin Holderman Robert Stephenson
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Genesis Cabrera
SD Josh Hader Nick Martinez Luis Garcia Robert Suarez
SF Camilo Doval Tyler Rogers John Brebbia
SEA Paul Sewald Justin Topa Trevor Gott Andres Muñoz
TB Jason Adam Colin Poche Ryan Thompson Pete Fairbanks
TEX Will Smith Jonathan Hernandez Brock Burke
TOR Jordan Romano Erik Swanson Yimi Garcia Chad Green
WSH Kyle Finnegan Hunter Harvey Carl Edwards Jr. Tanner Rainey

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