Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/21

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

Welcome back to Relievers to Stream for Wins and Saves! 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:

  • Yesterday’s slate of games featured 28 teams, including a doubleheader between the Twins and Athletics. The game between the Tigers and the Pirates was postponed, and the Diamondbacks game against the Reds was suspended in the 8th inning at 5-4, both due to inclement weather. Fun, ’tis the season!
  • The Tigers and the Pirates now play a doubleheader today, which could help Tigers starter Michael Fulmer record his second win of the season after a strong outing against the Astros last time out. The Diamondbacks and Reds will aim to finish up their game too. The Dodgers and the Mariners are the only two teams on a scheduled day off.


Injury news:

  • Dinelson Lamet returns from the injured list to start for the Padres today and he will likely be on a strict pitch count, so look to the Padres bullpen for the win. We also heard from Mets manager Luis Rojas that Jacob deGrom had asked for an extra day of rest before his next start, which will now be on Friday against the Nationals.
  • Bad news for Blue Jays reliever Julian Merryweather, who isn’t expected to rejoin the team when he’s first eligible to return from the injured list. His troublesome oblique will keep him sidelined for much longer than first expected.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Liam Hendriks notched his third save for the Chicago White Sox by recording just one out in the 9th after Codi Heuer pitched himself into trouble after allowing two runs trying to close out the game. Hendriks hasn’t been the “save monster” the fantasy community expected so far this season, so this was a welcome outing that never looked like it was happening for most of the contest.
  • Veteran closers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman both recorded comfortable saves – Jansen pitched a clean 9th inning, striking out two to close the door on the Mariners, and Chapman, despite allowing a walk, also struck out two Braves hitters in his 9th inning to help the Yankees to recover to 6-10.


  • Jake Diekman was the preferred closer instead of Lou Trivino in the second game of the A’s doubleheader with the Twins. After Jesus Luzardo was outstanding through 5.1 innings, Trivino struck out both batters he faced in the 6th to earn the hold, but it was the lefty Diekman who earned the save in impressive fashion, striking out Byron Buxton and Brent Rooker in the top of the 7th.
  • Orioles closer César Valdez notched his fourth save of the season by striking out three of the four batters he faced in the win over the Marlins. Valdez struck out Jesus Aguilar before ringing up Adam Duvall and pinch-hitting pitcher Pablo Lopez in the 9th.


  • Red Sox closer Matt Barnes and Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel backed up their starters (Eduardo Rodriguez and Jake Arrieta respectively) with dominant outings in the 9th to earn saves. Barnes has been a rock in the 9th so far for the 10-6 Red Sox who continue to benefit from a strengthened bullpen. Former Yankee Adam Ottavino recorded his second hold of the year, with Barnes earning his third save. Kimbrel gave up his first hit of the season today, and walked a pair, but never looked in too much danger. He struck out J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo to earn his fourth save of the year.
  • Setup guys Tanner Rainey for the Nationals and Giovanny Gallegos for the Cardinals both registered blown saves in their head-to-head matchup. Gallegos hit Josh Harrison with a pitch and walked three others in a calamitous 8th inning after Rainey had coughed up two runs in the 7th to put the Cardinals ahead. Daniel Hudson pitched a clean 8th to pick up the win and Brad Hand notched his second save since coming off the injured list.


  • Andrew Kittredge now has a 3-0 record after following Rich Hill for the Rays yesterday. Trevor Richards also recorded a save by pitching the last three innings in a 14-7 win, in which Royals reliever Greg Holland was once again hit hard.
  • The late drama of the day came in the contest between the Giants and the Phillies. With the Phillies leading 6-4 in the top of the 8th, Connor Brogdon came on and immediately gave up two home runs – the first was a three-run blast by Alex Dickerson before Wilmer Flores sent a beleaguered Brogdon out of the park once again. Both Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee saw the game out in a crucial yet non-save situation.


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)

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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