Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/15

Which relievers might be in line to vulture a save or win today?

Welcome back to our Relievers to Stream for Wins and Saves series! This will bring you up-to-date bullpen depth charts every morning for the day’s games and makes for a great tool for those of you looking to stream saves or wins. This series runs seven days a week, so be sure to check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!




Schedule notes:

  • 8 teams are off today: NYY, HOU, LAA, CHC, CIN, MIL, STL, and SFG. After today, everyone plays the full weekend, with no off days until Monday. Teams will look for opportunities to rest eventually — it’s just a question of whether that day is today.
  • After several rainy days in Baltimore, the Orioles and Mariners will play a doubleheader. Both bullpens could easily be overworked this weekend, so make sure to pay attention to who goes and how often early on.


Injuries and transactions:

  • Houston placed five players on the COVID IL yesterday. While this mess is hitters-only for now, the possibility of more cases or some game cancellations can’t be ruled out. The team has the day off today — presumably, we’ll learn more soon.
  • With Alex Wood healthy again, the Giants sent Logan Webb to the bullpen. He pitched one inning in relief last night, retiring the side with just 11 pitches. It’s worth watching whether he turns into a swingman or someone trusted more often in medium-leverage positions.
  • Josh Staumont was activated from the COVID IL after one day and pitched two innings, picking up a hold.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • With Jordan Romano presumably off, Toronto handed Rafael Dolis a chance yesterday. He notched the win after Bo Bichette walked off Chad Green in the bottom of the 9th. Romano would be the favorite to slide into the first-choice closer role with Julian Merryweather on the IL with an oblique injury, but more likely is that the team plays the matchups and spreads chances around.
  • While the Red Sox have now won nine in a row, Matt Barnes picked up just his second save of the year yesterday, striking out two along the way. Barnes has struck out 14 batters through 7 innings and allowed two walks and no hits. Both his stock and the value of the Boston closer role itself are rising. Having pitched two in a row, he’s likely off tonight, opening the door for Adam Ottavino to pick up a save if they can make it to 10 wins in a row.
  • In San Francisco, Jake McGee picked up his sixth save for the Giants while striking out one. He also surrendered his first hit of the season, a single to Joey Votto.  The Giants have won just two games without McGee picking up a save so far this season, so don’t develop any unnecessarily high expectations about how many he’ll pick up for the rest of the year, but his near-40% strikeout rate over the past two years does paint him as someone deserving of Gabe Kapler’s trust.
  • The Tigers nearly blew their win over the Astros in the 9th. With the team up three, José Cisneros was given the first chance at the save and loaded the bases; Bryan Garcia walked in a run but struck out Kyle Tucker with the bases loaded to end the game. Co-closer Gregory Soto pitched a rocky 8th, loading the bases before inducing an inning-ending double play. Garcia has pitched two in a row, so Soto should have a better chance at getting the nod should the Tigers have a save opportunity today.
  • Edwin Díaz threw 11 pitches in a non-save situation and has now pitched two games in a row. If he’s off, Trevor May likely slides into the closer role for the last game of the Mets’ series against the Phillies.
  • Yimi Garcia picked up his second save for the Marlins since taking over the closer role, this time pitching a clean 10th inning. Miami elected to give John Curtiss the nod in the 9th with the game tied, giving him his second win in two games. With Garcia’s role starting to look settled, it’s worth watching who settles into specific roles behind him.
  • On the other side of Miami’s win, Will Smith struck out the side in the 9th for Atlanta. Tyler Matzek allowed the extra runner to score in the 10th, setting up Curtiss and Garcia for the win and save, respectively. Smith continues to shine early in the year, even though the saves chances haven’t been plentiful. It’s very possible that he locks up the 9th-inning role before Chris Martin has a chance to challenge him for it.
  • In the last game of the night, Kenley Jansen struck out the side to record his third save. Seeing his stuff getting whiffs is a great sign, even if it is a Rocky Road situation. The scorer interestingly decided to award Corey Knebel the win for his effort in the 8th despite the Dodgers taking the lead in the third inning. With Dustin May not finishing the 5th inning, that choice is up to them, though.


Bullpen Depth Charts


Green = long/bulk reliever expected to pitch after starter
Yellow = closer pitched previous day or twice in three days
Red = closer has pitched back to back days and likely is off


Photo by Kent Kanouse/Flickr | Adapted by Justin Redler (@reldernitsuj on Twitter)

Alexander Chase

When he's not writing about baseball (and sometimes when he is), Alexander Chase teaches test prep and elementary through high school math. He loves Shohei Ohtani, Camden Yards, and the extra-innings ghost runner rule. Don't you?

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