Bullpen Report: September 25, 2022

The 2022 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

Emmanuel Clase, CLE: Three of the last four days; 20 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

James Karinchak has worked three-of-four as well, so Trevor Stephan is the likeliest closer on Saturday if neither Clase nor Karinchak is available.

Scott Barlow, KCR: Three of the last four days; 18 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Dylan Coleman is in the same boat as Barlow, so if neither arm is available a save could fall to Amir Garrett, Jose Cuas, or Brad Keller.

Daniel Bard, COL: 26 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Carlos Estevez threw 46 pitches between Thursday and Friday, so he’s almost definitely not available Saturday. Dinelson Lamet and Justin Lawrence are the two likeliest closers.

Dylan Floro, MIA: Three of the last four days; 10 pitches on Friday. | RosterResource

Lefty setup men Tanner Scott and Steven Okert both went unused on Friday and should be well-rested.

Injury News


Outlier Saves

Erich Uelmen, CHC | RosterResource

The Cubs have generally turned to Brandon Hughes and Rowan Wick with ninth-inning leads (lately Hughes), but decided to give Uelmen the opportunity on Friday even though Wick hasn’t pitched since Monday (Hughes turned his ankle on a pitch on Thursday and may well have been unavailable). The rookie righty bent but didn’t break, walking two and allowing a hit but stranding the bases loaded to maintain the Cubs’ one-run lead and earn his first career save.

Uelmen will probably stick in the middle innings moving forward, as he’s got a 4.56 ERA in his first 23.2 innings of MLB action, including ten walks.

Committee Clarity


Losing A Grip

Craig Kimbrel, LAD | RosterResource

After a season full of ups and downs (mostly downs), Kimbrel’s grip is finally gone, with manager Dave Roberts removing Kimbrel from the closer’s role, effective Friday. The Dodgers won’t have a set closer and will instead rely on matchups in the ninth as Kimbrel will pitch in a variety of roles. Kimbrel’s ERA stands at 4.14, and he’s struck out under 30% of opponents for the first time in his career. He turns 35 next May and might simply be in the decline stage of his career at this point.

As for who factors in to the ninth inning mix, the Dodgers have gotten excellent performances from Evan Phillips and Alex Vesia, and Brusdar Graterol’s potential is tantalizing, plus he’s pitched well when healthy. Caleb Ferguson serves as a second lefty option to Vesia.

Not Very Stable
Hot Seat
Bullpen Report — 9/24/2022
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Ian Kennedy Joe Mantiply Mark Melancon
ATL Kenley Jansen Raisel Iglesias A.J. Minter
BAL Felix Bautista Dillon Tate Cionel Perez
BOS John Schreiber Matt Barnes Matt Strahm Tanner Houck
CHC Brandon Hughes Rowan Wick Mark Leiter Jr.
CWS Liam Hendriks Kendall Graveman Jake Diekman Joe Kelly (FamMed)
CIN Alexis Diaz Hunter Strickland Ian Gibaut Jeff Hoffman
CLE Emmanuel Clase James Karinchak Trevor Stephan
COL Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Dinelson Lamet Lucas Gilbreath
DET Gregory Soto Andrew Chafin Joe Jimenez
HOU Ryan Pressly Rafael Montero Hector Neris
KC Scott Barlow Dylan Coleman Amir Garrett Taylor Clarke
LAA Jimmy Herget Ryan Tepera Jose Quijada
LAD Evan Phillips Alex Vesia Brusdar Graterol
MIA Dylan Floro Tanner Scott Steven Okert Anthony Bender
MIL Devin Williams Matt Bush Taylor Rogers Trevor Rosenthal
MIN Jorge Lopez Jhoan Duran Michael Fulmer
NYM Edwin Diaz Adam Ottavino Seth Lugo
NYY Clay Holmes Jonathan Loaisiga Scott Effross Wandy Peralta
OAK Domingo Acevedo AJ Puk Tyler Cyr Zach Jackson
PHI David Robertson Seranthony Dominguez Jose Alvarado
PIT David Bednar Wil Crowe Duane Underwood Jr.
STL Ryan Helsley Giovanny Gallegos Andre Pallante Jordan Hicks
SD Josh Hader Nick Martinez Robert Suarez Drew Pomeranz
SF Camilo Doval John Brebbia Tyler Rogers Dominic Leone
SEA Paul Sewald Andres Muñoz Erik Swanson
TB Pete Fairbanks Jason Adam Colin Poche Andrew Kittredge
TEX Jose Leclerc Jonathan Hernandez Matt Moore
TOR Jordan Romano Yimi Garcia Anthony Bass
WSH Kyle Finnegan Carl Edwards Jr. Hunter Harvey Tanner Rainey

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1 year ago

so you’re thinking Kenley Jansen is stable now? I need to pick up 1 closer in a salary cap league.