Bullpen Report: May 9, 2022

The 2022 version of 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

Jorge López, BAL: 25 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Dillon Tate, who earned the save in game two on Sunday after López pitched in game one, should be available for closing again on Monday if needed.

Emmanuel Clase, CLE: Four of the last five days; nine pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Clase only threw six pitches on Saturday, so this weekend’s efficiency means he may well be available on Monday. If not, Trevor Stephan, Anthony Gose and Bryan Shaw are all closing options.

Joe Barlow, TEX: 24 pitches on Sunday. | RosterResource

Top setup men Matt Bush and Brock Burke should both be available on Monday.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

•Dillon Tate, BAL | RosterResource

After Jorge López spent 25 pitches in game one Sunday’s doubleheader, he was down in game two, which led to Tate stepping in as closer with the Orioles holding a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Tate gave up a hit but still only needed ten pitches total (nine strikes) to pick up his first save of the year.

Tate has settled in nicely as López’s top setup man, with a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings, with 12 strikeouts to just two walks.

Bennett Sousa, CHW | RosterResource

Liam Hendriks hates days off as much as any reliever in baseball, but the line has to be drawn somewhere, and five appearances in six days appears to be the line for him. The White Sox had to piece together the final three innings of Sunday’s game with Kendall Graveman apparently unavailable and Aaron Bummer ticketed for the IL with a sore knee, with José Ruiz starting the ninth. But with lefty Jackie Bradley Jr. due up, Tony La Russa elected to make the move for the same-sided Sousa, forcing Alex Cora to make a move of his own for righty Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki flew out on a 2-1 count with the tying run in scoring position, which earned Sousa his first career save.

The 27-year-old rookie hasn’t been great to start his career, with five runs allowed in 9.1 innings, but he could nonetheless be the top lefty in the White Sox bullpen in Bummer’s absence.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat

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7 days ago

Bender and Robles both used in the 6 th yesterday. Mia should be a committee. Is Strahm given the next shot in Bos (pitched the 9th down 1 after others had already thrown)?