Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/17

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:

  • Six teams were off Friday due to weather postponements, giving TOR, KC, COL, BOS, CWS an extra day off this week and NYM a second straight day off after their postponed game on Thursday as well. Look for the majority of these bullpens to be fully rested and ready to go for the remainder of the weekend.


Injuries and transactions:

  • Drew Pomeranz, who had reportedly been dealing with some left shoulder issue, recorded two outs in the 8th inning for the Padres on Friday. Along with Mark Melancon, who pitched 2 innings of relief in the same game, Pomeranz may be the beneficiary of an extra day’s rest this weekend.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Brad Hand pitched his second straight day, allowing one hit and recording one strikeout in the top of the ninth inning for the Nationals. Hand and Washington would go on to win thanks to a walk-off solo shot courtesy of recently returned Kyle Schwarber. Both Hand and Daniel Hudson have been used in two straight days, which may give way to Tanner Rainey entering the ninth if needed on Saturday.
  • Yimi Garcia recorded his 3rd save of the season, pitching a one-hit ninth inning for the Marlins. In an attempt to show not all hope is lost, Anthony Bass pitched a perfect eighth inning to set up Garcia on his way to his first recorded win on the season.


  • Cesar Valdez notched his third save on the year for the Orioles, allowing just one hit and grabbing a strikeout in the process. Valdez threw 20 pitches, 18 of them changeups which induced three whiffs on 12 swings.
  • Devin Williams continued his shaky start to the 2021 season, giving up a two-run home run to Gregory Polanco in the eighth inning in a losing effort in Milwaukee. Williams hadn’t pitched since Monday so this was probably just a way to get him some work, but the results weren’t expected regardless of the time he was used.


  • Willians Astudillo fans can be happy to learn he found his way into a game at yet another position. Astudillo was asked to pitch the final inning for Twins as they saw themselves down seven runs. Astudillo only needed seven pitches to get through the perfect inning.
  • Lou Trivino notched his second save of the season. Jake Diekman played the role of setup man, striking out the side in the 8th inning which started with lefty Akil Baddoo.


  • After collecting his first save of his career on Thursday, David Price got his first win of the season on Friday as he was what seemed to be the last bullpen piece standing in the 12 inning outing against the Padres. A total of 17 players were used on the mound between the two teams, including former two-way player Jake Cronenworth who started the game at second base but moved to the mound in the bottom of the 12th inning after Tim Hill had already allowed three runs to score in the inning. Joe Musgrove also came into the game, but was placed in left field instead and actually got a putout after catching a sacrifice fly off the bat of fellow pitcher David Price. Interesting to note, Mookie Betts, who started the inning as the inherited runner on second base also ended the inning with a strikeout.
  • Mark Melancon threw 23 pitches through two innings in the contest and may get the day off Saturday as the Padres hope Yu Darvish can go the distance Saturday to give as much of their bullpen some rest.


  • Corey Knebel and Kenley Jansen combined to allow three runs to score across the eighth and ninth innings, ultimately sending the game into extra innings.
  • Ryne Stanek was credited with the loss Friday partially thanks to the pair of walks he gave up in the bottom of the 9th and partially thanks to the walk-off single hit off Ryan Pressly’s who came in to try and clean up the mess. Anthony Misiewicz got the win for Seattle after pitching a two strikeout top of the ninth.


  • After blowing his shot at a save on Thursday, A.J. Minter was back in the setup role, netting his third hold of the season while recording the final two outs of the eighth inning by way of strikeouts. Will Smith got his 3rd save of the year but made it interesting as he alternated strikeouts and walks to the first four batters and then walked Kris Bryant to load the bases before finally striking out Joc Pederson to end the self-induced threat.


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)

Adam Howe

Adam resides in Indianapolis after spending the better part of a decade in Oakland, CA and growing up in Massachusetts. He co-hosts the On The Wire podcast with Kevin Hasting, analyzing your weekly FAAB options before your bid deadlines every Sunday.

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