Bullpen Report: September 17, 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.

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

Ryan Pressly, HOU: Back-to-back days; 22 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Enoli Paredes and Josh James are likely candidates for a save chance on Thursday.

Héctor Neris, PHI: 3 consecutive days; 17 pitches on Wednesday. | RosterResource

Brandon Workman is a likely candidate for a save chance on Thursday.


Injury News

Ken Giles, TOR: Placed on 10-Day IL (strained flexor). | RosterResource

Giles’ comeback attempt is over after just two appearances, each of which he allowed a solo homer in one inning of work. It was worth a shot for Giles to rehab and try to contribute throughout the playoffs. If he does require Tommy John surgery, he would’ve been unlikely to pitch in 2021 whether he had the surgery in August or after the season.

As things stand, the Blue Jays will continue to roll with Anthony Bass and Rafael Dolis in the late innings and hope that Jordan Romano can return to health in time for the postseason.


Outlier Saves

Pedro Báez, LAD | RosterResource

Kenley Jansen was unavailable after throwing 28 pitches on Tuesday, so the chances were good that Baez would be used in a save situation on Wednesday. He was almost not needed, though. Rookie left-hander Victor González was two outs away from his first MLB save — it would’ve been a five-out save — but Baez got the call after a hit batter put the tying run on deck. After allowing an RBI single, Baez closed out the 7-5 win to pick up his second save.

Kyle McGowin, WSN | RosterResource

Daniel Hudson couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead over the Rays in the ninth, allowing a game-tying homer to Brandon Lowe. It was Hudson’s fifth blown save. Without any intriguing options to replace him — Tanner Rainey, the team’s leading candidate to close in 2021, is on the Injured List — is it really even worth discussing? At the time, maybe no. An inning later, however, maybe so.

After the Nationals took a 4-2 lead in the top of the tenth, McGowin was brought in for the save chance. He struck out all three batters he faced to pick up his second career MLB save. The 28-year-old has only pitched 6.2 innings in 2020, but he’s yet to give up a run. He’s only allowed one hit and two walks to go along with 12 strikeouts. I’m guessing this won’t be his last save chance of 2020.


Committee Clarity

Cesar Valdez, BAL | RosterResource

When Hunter Harvey and Tanner Scott, seemingly the Orioles’ most likely candidates for a save chance, pitched the seventh and eighth innings with their team leading 5-1 over the Braves, it was clear they were planning on going a different direction to close out Wednesday’s game. While the Braves never cut into that lead to make it a save situation, it’s likely that Valdez was going to pitch the ninth inning either way.

The 35-year-old journeyman, who had previous stints in the major leagues back in 2010 and 2017, came into Wednesday’s game with a 0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings with two walks and ten strikeouts. His ERA remains at 0.00 after he pitched a scoreless inning to close out the Braves.


Losing A Grip



Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 9/16/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Stefan Crichton Junior Guerra Hector Rondon
ATL Mark Melancon Shane Greene Chris Martin
BAL Cesar Valdez Hunter Harvey Tanner Scott
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 Josh James 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 Ryan Helsley 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 Julian Merryweather Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Wander Suero Kyle McGowin Tanner Rainey

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