Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/27

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 saw 22 teams take the field, with the following eight teams getting the day off: Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Padres, and Diamondbacks. These teams should have completely fresh bullpens as a result. 
  • Trent Thornton will get the start for the Blue Jays tonight, but likely won’t pitch more than two or three innings as Toronto goes with a bullpen game to open the series. Someone like Tommy Milone could enter the game as the first reliever and could have a nice opportunity to pick up a win.


Roster moves:

  • Nick Wittgren was placed on the paternity list, after his wife gave birth to a baby boy yesterday morning. He’ll likely miss the next two games against Minnesota before returning for the weekend series against the White Sox.
  • David Price was put on the 10-day IL with a grade 2 right hamstring strain. Dave Roberts said Price is likely to be out at least a few weeks. With as much depth as the Dodgers have, they will likely be very cautious with the veteran as he works his way back.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Josh Staumont pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Tigers to pick up his second save of the season. That’s two straight saves for Staumont, as the Royals continue to mix and match every reliever in their bullpen for each save opportunity. Staumont has been the most effective of the bunch however, allowing just one earned run through 12 innings this season. Scott Barlow and Greg Holland, the other two most likely save candidates for Kansas City, pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.
  • Emmanuel Clase picked up his second win of the season, pitching a perfect 10th inning in a tied ballgame against the Twins. The talented 23-year-old has now pitched 10.1 innings on the year without allowing an earned run.


  • Alex Colomé ended up with the loss for Minnesota, giving up a leadoff two-run homer to Jordan Luplow in the bottom of the tenth. Colomé has now blown up in four of his last five appearances, and he is making it easier and easier for Rocco Baldelli to turn to Taylor Rogers in future save opportunities.
  • With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, César Valdez entered the game to try and get a four-out save. Despite giving up a single, Aaron Judge was gunned down trying to get to third base on the play, allowing Baltimore to escape the jam. Valdez then had no trouble in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 inning to collect his fifth save of the year. He now has an impressive 0.84 ERA through 10.2 innings of work as the Orioles closer.


  • Protecting a one-run lead, Will Smith got through the heart of the Cubs order to lock down his fifth save of the season. A.J. Minter worked a scoreless eighth inning, his fourth straight appearance without giving up a run.
  • Despite Jake Diekman recording the save in each of Oakland’s previous two opportunities, it was Lou Trivino who got the call last night. Trivino worked around a hit and a walk to convert his third save of the season, and his first since April 16th. Diekman pitched the eighth, and he also allowed a hit and a walk before completing a scoreless inning. This situation is looking more and more like a full-on timeshare in the absence of Trevor Rosenthal.


  • Coming on in relief of Zack Wheeler, who gave up a leadoff walk to start the ninth, Héctor Neris protected the lead to pick up his fourth save, even if he did make the situation a little dicey. Neris immediately gave up a single that put the tying run on base, then allowing Wheeler’s walked batter to score on a groundout. With two outs, Nolan Arenado almost got the best of him with what would have been a walk-off homer, but the ball died just before the wall for the final out of the ballgame. Neris has now pitched in three of the last four days, so it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if he was not available to pitch tonight.
  • Protecting a three-run lead, Ryan Pressly worked a scoreless ninth inning to beat the Mariners 5-2. Though it was just his second save of the young season, Pressly remains locked into the ninth inning role for Houston, now owning a strong 0.90 ERA across ten innings.


  • Pitching the final three innings of a game that ended in ten, Tejay Antone got his first win of the season. Antone was brilliant, holding the Dodgers without a hit for the final three frames of the ballgame. Interestingly, presumed closer and setup man, Amir Garrett and Lucas Sims, combined to pitch the sixth and seventh innings. Sims struck out the side in a perfect sixth, before picking up the first two outs of the seventh inning, while walking a batter. Garrett then entered the contest and immediately gave up a two-run blast to Corey Seager. Garrett has now given up ten earned runs in 6.1 innings on the season, including five in his last 2.1 innings. Having blown up in three of his last four appearances, Garrett would seem unlikely to hold onto the closer role for much longer.
  • Entering a tied ballgame in the tenth, Kenley Jansen served up a leadoff two-run homer to Jesse Winker to pick up the eventual loss. Overall, Jansen has still been solid with a 2.61 ERA, but he has proven time and time again that he, for whatever reason, is ineffective when pitching in a 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

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Kyle Frank

Kyle studied finance and sport management at UMass Amherst, and he is a die hard Red Sox fan, despite both of his parents rooting for the Yankees. He can also be found writing about the NBA on Fantrax.

3 responses to “Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/27”

  1. Ryan says:

    If you had to pick up Joely Rodriguez or Dylan Floro in hope that one were to become the closer, who would you choose? I’m in a 16-team dynasty league and options are pretty thin. Do get some points for holds but way more for saves, love the work!

    • Kyle Frank says:

      I’d have to go with Rodriguez there. After a rusty first outing, he’s looked terrific in his last two appearances. I like him a little better than Floro, but I also am more confident in Ian Kennedy giving up the closer role before Garcia would. Miami also still has Bass, who hasn’t given up a run since April 8th, and could get another crack at the ninth inning role down the road if he keeps pitching this way. Texas’ bullpen has fewer options, and Rodriguez could definitely get the first crack at the job if/when Kennedy falters.

      • Ryan says:

        Appreciate the response, I definitely was leaning Rodriguez as I would agree I think MIA has better bullpen arms than TEX!

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