Bullpen Report: September 25, 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

Brad Hand, CLE: Back-to-back days; 4 of last 5 days; 15 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

The Indians will likely try to stay away from Hand for a third consecutive day, but I wouldn’t rule him out. They head into the weekend series versus the Pirates within two games of the division-leading Twins and one game behind the White Sox, who are ahead in the Wild Card race.

Nick Wittgren and James Karinchak would be likely candidates for a save chance if Hand is not available on Friday.

Daniel Bard, COL: 27 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Mychal Givens is a likely candidate for a save chance on Friday.

Brandon Kintzler, MIA: 29 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Yimi García and Brad Boxberger are likely candidates for a save chance on Friday.

Rafael Dolis, TOR: 28 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

After locking down the eighth seed in the playoffs on Thursday, the Blue Jays aren’t likely to use Dolis again on Friday after he recorded a four-out save in his first appearance since he was removed with knee discomfort on September 18.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if one of the team’s rookie fireballers — Thomas Hatch, Patrick Murphy, Nate Pearson — got a save chance on Friday.


Injury News

Aaron Bummer, CHW: Activated from 10-Day IL. | RosterResource

Not only do the White Sox have the hardest-throwing pitcher in baseball available out of their bullpen — rookie Garrett Crochet’s fastball has averaged 100.2 MPH over his first four big league appearances  — the return of Bummer should also give them a huge boost heading into the final weekend of the season.

The 27-year-old lefty, who missed a month-and-a-half with a biceps injury, pitched a scoreless inning in his return on Thursday. After a breakout season in 2019, Bummer had continued where he left off with only one run allowed and twelve strikeouts over his first 7.1 innings before landing on the Injured List.

Greg Holland, KCR: Unavailable on Thursday due to oblique injury. | RosterResource

This explains why Jake Newberry got a four-out save on Thursday. Holland’s season could be over.

At age 34, Holland has put himself in very good position heading into free agency after posting a 1.91 ERA with six saves in 28 appearances. The Royals could try to re-sign him, especially if they’re not convinced that Scott Barlow or Josh Staumont would be capable enough in the closer’s role.


Outlier Saves

Jairo Díaz, COL | RosterResource

After allowing 14 earned runs over his first 13.1 innings, it’s surprising that Diaz was not designated for assignment weeks ago. But the Rockies showed faith in the 29-year-old, who responded with 4.1 consecutive scoreless innings.

He gave up three earned runs on Tuesday, however, to push his ERA back over 8.00. But the Rockies just won’t give up on Diaz, who got an extra-inning save chance on Thursday after the team took a 5-4 lead over the Giants in the 11th inning. He pitched a scoreless inning for his fourth save.


Committee Clarity



Losing A Grip



Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 9/24/2020
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 Duane Underwood Jr. Rowan Wick
CWS Alex Colome Aaron Bummer Codi Heuer
CIN Raisel Iglesias Archie Bradley Amir Garrett
CLE Brad Hand James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
COL Daniel Bard Mychal Givens Tyler Kinley
DET Bryan Garcia Gregory Soto Buck Farmer
HOU Ryan Pressly Josh James Enoli Paredes Roberto Osuna
KC Greg Holland Josh Staumont Scott Barlow
LAA Mike Mayers Felix Peña Matt Andriese
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 David Phelps Blake Parker David Robertson
PIT Richard Rodriguez Nik Turley Chris Stratton Keone Kela
STL Giovanny Gallegos Andrew Miller Ryan Helsley
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 A.J. Cole Jordan Romano
WSH Daniel Hudson Wander Suero Kyle McGowin Tanner Rainey

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3 years ago

The St. Louis closer situation continues to be very unpredictable….however, it appears that Miller has the upper hand. Thursday, Gallegos on in the 6th. He had the best outcome of everyone who followed (runs, hits, etc): Cabrera, Reyes, Miller. Maybe they’re just inching him back into higher leverage. As someone who owns Gallegos and Reyes, it is a total maddening crapshoot. And I could win if I could eke out 2-3 saves over the remaining 3 games.