Bullpen Report: September 4, 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

Felix Peña, LAA: Back-to-back days; 4 of last 5 days; 9 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Peña appears to be gaining traction in the Angels’ closer battle, but he might have to take a day off on Friday. Ty Buttrey, Cam Bedrosian, and Mike Mayers could all be in the mix for a save chance.

Edwin Díaz, NYM: 32 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

An overworked bullpen might have to go back to Diaz again after he threw 32 pitches on Thursday. If they want a fresh reliever to close out the game on Friday — Miguel Castro, Jeurys Familia, and Justin Wilson all had high pitch counts on Thursday — Brad Brach might be the most likely candidate.

Daniel Hudson, WSN: 28 pitches on Thursday. | RosterResource

Tanner Rainey has gone back-to-back days, but only 31 pitches total. He should be available for a save chance on Friday, as well as Sean Doolittle.


Injury News



Outlier Saves



Committee Clarity

•Felix Peña and Ty Buttrey, LAA | RosterResource

As mentioned in yesterday’s “Losing A Grip”, Buttrey’s hold on the closer’s job could be loosening despite pitching decently over the past month. Quite simply, he probably hasn’t established himself as the team’s closer of 2021 while Peña and Mayers have earned an opportunity to prove that they can be.

On Thursday, the 30-year-old Peña pitched a perfect inning against the heart of the Padres’ batting order to close out a 2-0 win and earn his second career MLB save. His numbers have been terrific all season (19.1 IP, 4 ER, 14 H, 4 BB, 23 K), while Mayers has been nearly perfect since allowing four runs in his third appearance. Over his last 10 innings of work, he’s allowed just one earned run while striking out 15. Both pitchers are under team control through the 2023 season.


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 — 9/3/2020
Team Closer First Up Second Up Injured List
ARI Junior Guerra Kevin Ginkel Stefan Crichton
ATL Mark Melancon Will Smith Shane Greene
BAL Hunter Harvey Tanner Scott Travis Lakins Sr.
BOS Matt Barnes Austin Brice Josh Taylor
CHC Jeremy Jeffress Rowan Wick Craig Kimbrel
CWS Alex Colome Evan Marshall Matt Foster Aaron Bummer
CIN Raisel Iglesias Archie Bradley Amir Garrett
CLE Brad Hand James Karinchak Nick Wittgren
COL Daniel Bard Carlos Estevez Mychal Givens Wade Davis
DET Gregory Soto Buck Farmer Jose Cisnero
HOU Ryan Pressly Blake Taylor Enoli Paredes Roberto Osuna
KC Greg Holland Josh Staumont Scott Barlow
LAA Felix Peña Mike Mayers Ty Buttrey
LAD Kenley Jansen Blake Treinen Caleb Ferguson
MIA Brandon Kintzler Brad Boxberger Richard Bleier
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 Brandon Workman David Phelps Hector Neris David Robertson
PIT Richard Rodriguez Nik Turley Chris Stratton Keone Kela
STL Giovanny Gallegos Ryan Helsley Alex Reyes
SD Trevor Rosenthal Drew Pomeranz Matt Strahm Emilio Pagan
SF Tyler Rogers Tony Watson Sam Coonrod Reyes Moronta
SEA Yoshihisa Hirano Anthony Misiewicz Joey Gerber
TB Diego Castillo Pete Fairbanks John Curtiss Nick Anderson
TEX Rafael Montero Jonathan Hernandez Joely Rodriguez Jose LeClerc
TOR Anthony Bass Rafael Dolis A.J. Cole Ken Giles
WSH Daniel Hudson Tanner Rainey Sean Doolittle

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