Bullpen Report: September 13, 2020

The 2020 version of Bullpen Report includes six different sections, as well as the closer chart, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

  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.
  6. Reliever On The Rise: Non-closer who is quickly moving up the depth chart based on potential and recent performance.

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

Mark Melancon, ATL: 3 consecutive days; 21 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

Shane Greene has also pitched three straight days, so Chris Martin could be the most likely candidate for a save chance on Sunday.

Greg Holland, KCR: Back-to-back days; 4 of last 5 days; 16 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

The Royals’ late-inning alternatives to Holland, including Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow, and Jesse Hahn, have also had heavy workloads over the past few days. It’s possible that Holland is available again on Sunday.

Josh Hader, MIL: Back-to-back days; 26 pitches on Saturday. | RosterResource

If Hader isn’t available on Sunday, Devin Williams is the most likely candidate for a save chance.


Injury News

Wade Davis, COL: Activated from 10-Day IL. | RosterResource

Since Davis went on the Injured List early in the season, Daniel Bard has taken over as the Rockies’ closer and does not seem like he’ll be giving it up anytime soon. But given the shaky state of the Rockies’ bullpen outside of Bard, the return of Davis could help. Of course, he’ll have to prove that he can be trusted in a high-leverage role. Based on Saturday’s game, manager Bud Black isn’t in a hurry to use him with the game on the line. He went with four different relievers not named Wade Davis with the game tied at two from the seventh inning until they lost to the Angels in the 11th inning.

Tanner Rainey, WSN: Unavailable due to forearm tightness. | RosterResource

I mentioned Daniel Hudson in yesterday’s “Losing A Grip” section with Rainey as a logical candidate to get an early audition for the team’s closer job for 2021. But it sounds like a very slim possibility at this point.


Outlier Saves

Matt Andriese, LAA | RosterResource

The Angels’ co-closers Felix Peña and Ty Buttrey, as well as “should-be closer” Mike Mayers had already pitched when the Angels took a 5-2 lead over the Rockies in the top of the 11th inning. Andriese retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 11th to close out the victory and pick up his first save of 2020.


Committee Clarity

Craig Kimbrel and Jeremy Jeffress, CHC | RosterResource

Jeffress had pitched three of four days, so it wasn’t a surprise to see Kimbrel get the call in the ninth with the Cubs leading the Brewers by two runs. He didn’t make things easy, of course, allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning, but he retired the next three batters to secure the win and pick up his second save.

Since Kimbrel seemingly pitched himself out of the closer committee after a terrible outing on August 29, Jeffress has been the Cubs’ primary closer with Rowan Wick working as a setup man. But during that time, Kimbrel had pitched four consecutive scoreless outings with no walks and eight strikeouts. Therefore, his fifth consecutive scoreless outing that resulted in a save on Saturday could have much more significance than “he was just giving Jeffress a day off.”

The 32-year-old has not allowed a run in ten of his last 11 appearances, making it very likely that he’s back in manager David Ross’ circle of trust. If that’s the case, expect more save chances going forward.

Brandon Workman and Héctor Neris, PHI | RosterResource

In his first appearance since I mentioned that he could be in danger of losing the closer’s job to Neris, Workman was, in fact, used in a non-save situation. With the Phillies up 7-4 in the seventh, Workman was brought in with a man on second and one out. That inherited runner eventually scored on an infield single. After the Phillies extended their lead to 12-5 in the top of the eighth, Workman allowed a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth and was removed after a one-out single.

There was no save situation in the ninth, but it’s likely that Neris would’ve gotten the call if there was.

The question is whether “mix things up” was meant for Saturday’s game only or if there would be a closer committee going forward. After another shaky outing from Workman, however, it might not matter what Joe Girardi had in mind. He might just give the job back to Neris now.

Diego Castillo and Nick Anderson, TBR | RosterResource

Nothing too out of the ordinary for the Rays as of late. On most days, either Anderson or Castillo will be the closer. On Saturday versus the Red Sox, Anderson pitched a scoreless eighth with the team up 5-4. Castillo closed things out in the ninth (2 K) for his fourth save of the season.

Rafael Dolis and Anthony Bass, TOR | RosterResource

The return of Ken Giles and how soon he can regain his job as the closer has been the big story surrounding the Blue Jays’ bullpen over the past few days. In the meantime, Dolis has quietly appeared to surpass Bass as the current closer. The 32-year-old picked up his fourth save on Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Mets. He lowered his ERA to 1.69 and has not allowed an earned run over his last 13.2 innings pitched.

The possibility that Giles could take the job back from Bass was realistic. Taking it back from Dolis? Maybe not so much.


Losing A Grip



Reliever On The Rise

Early in the season, picking out a “Reliever On The Rise” was a simple task with several options to choose from each day. Not so much over the last few weeks, though. Most of the breakout relievers have already been identified. As a result, this section will highlight a pitcher or two only once per week through the end of the season.


Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 9/12/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Junior Guerra Stefan Crichton Hector Rondon
ATL Mark Melancon Shane Greene Chris Martin
BAL Hunter Harvey Tanner Scott Travis Lakins Sr.
BOS Matt Barnes Ryan Brasier Phillips Valdez
CHC Jeremy Jeffress Craig Kimbrel Rowan Wick
CWS Alex Colome Evan Marshall Codi Heuer Aaron Bummer
CIN Raisel Iglesias Archie Bradley Amir Garrett
CLE Brad Hand Nick Wittgren James Karinchak
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Carlos Estevez
DET Bryan Garcia Gregory Soto Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Enoli Paredes Brad Peacock Roberto Osuna
KC Greg Holland Josh Staumont Scott Barlow
LAA Felix Peña Ty Buttrey Mike Mayers
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Pedro Baez
MIA Brandon Kintzler Brad Boxberger Yimi Garcia
MIL Josh Hader Devin Williams Freddy Peralta
MIN Taylor Rogers Sergio Romo Trevor May
NYM Edwin Diaz Justin Wilson Miguel Castro Dellin Betances
NYY Aroldis Chapman Zack Britton Adam Ottavino
OAK Liam Hendriks Joakim Soria Jake Diekman
PHI Hector Neris Brandon Workman David Phelps David Robertson
PIT Richard Rodriguez Nik Turley Chris Stratton Keone Kela
STL Andrew Miller John Gant Alex Reyes Giovanny Gallegos
SD Trevor Rosenthal Drew Pomeranz Emilio Pagan
SF Tyler Rogers Tony Watson Sam Coonrod Reyes Moronta
SEA Yoshihisa Hirano Kendall Graveman Yohan Ramirez
TB Nick Anderson Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks
TEX Rafael Montero Jonathan Hernandez Jesse Chavez Jose LeClerc
TOR Rafael Dolis Anthony Bass Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey Will Harris Sean Doolittle

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RE:Rays. That game was a classic example of how sabermetrics says you should deploy relievers – use your best against their best and don’t wait for the 9th. Anderson was brought in in the 8th to face the heart of the lineup – Devers, Bogaerts and Martinez.

I agree – it seems like it’s going to be either Anderson or Castillo going forward but you can’t discount the possibility that they use both those guys in earlier innings with the idea of “Look, let’s just get this thing to the 9th with a lead and we’ll figure it out”


I was going to say exactly what you said but you beat me to it. Anderson facing Devers Bogaerts and JD, Castillo facing scrubs. As an Anderson owner, I honestly don’t have a problem with that
The one thing you didn’t say is this is the 3rd time Kevin Cash has done that this season. In Mid-August, Cash brought Anderson in the 8th yo face the Yankees 3 4 5 on back to back days, and then followed him with Chaz Roe. Roe got the save cleanly on the first night, but on the second night, he struggled, and eventually was replaced by Jalen Beeks who shut the door.


Yep, been holding Anderson all season – even if he isn’t getting saves I like him just for the ratios. I am now rostering both Castillo and Anderson figuring one will get the save and both will help ratios since I’m in a weird league that includes k/9 with the usual 5 and both are strong across the board.