Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/28

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 all 30 teams in action and there were 10 saves recorded in what proved to be a nail-biting slate of games. We have a full schedule of games today too. Yay!
  • Ryan Weathers starts once again for the Padres against the Diamondbacks after pitching 5 innings in his last (fantastic) start against the Dodgers. It was the first time Weathers went beyond 3.2 innings in 5 outings this season. It could be a stretch to ask the young man to do it again today. The Padres have been mixing it up in the bullpen so it is difficult to predict where someone may vulture a win. After Pierce Johnson pitched yesterday, Nick Ramirez or Tim Hill could get the nod.
  • Johan Oviedo is also making his second spot start for the Cardinals today. Daniel Ponce de Leon is likely to piggyback off Oviedo and is a nice start for a win in relief.


Roster moves:

  • The Yankees traded for Giants reliever Wandy Peralta yesterday as they desperately seek to relieve pressure on their bewildered rotation. Peralta will provide much-needed experience and another high-leverage option for the Yankees.
  • The Dodgers lost both Mitch White and Victor Gonzalez to the injured list. Youngster Garret Cleavinger was called up to provide cover.


  • The Chicago Cubs welcome back Ryan Tepera from a two-game suspension after threw behind Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff at the weekend.
  • A’s manager Bob Melvin stated that Mike Fiers would head to the bullpen after being activated from the injured list. He would be a prime candidate to earn a win in long relief in the upcoming week.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Alex Reyes has a firm grip on the closer role for the Cardinals after notching his 6th save of the young season by disposing of Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, and Didi Gregorius in an impressive 9th inning.
  • Josh Hader was his imposing self on the way to recording his 5th save for the Brewers this season – he threw 9 of his 13 pitches for strikes and struck out Chad Wallach to end the game in majestic fashion.


  • That man Matt Barnes just keeps on impressing for the Red Sox. He nabbed his 2nd save in 3 days with a dominant display, needing just 10 pitches to strike out Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis while getting Michael Conforto to flyout on an 0-2 pitch.
  • Astros iron man Ryan Pressly threw all 11 of his pitches for strikes to get the save for the second consecutive day. Pressly now sports a healthy 2-0 record with three saves and a 0.90 ERA through 1o innings pitched.


  • Rays closer Diego Castillo gave up a 454 ft. bomb to Sean Murphy but held on to see out the game 4-3. Castillo is a wild man, sure, but he now has 5 saves on the season and will be the Rays preferred option in tight games against top opposition as he was today.
  • It looks like Sean Doolittle has taken over the closer role for the Reds after the woes experienced by Amir Garrett so far this season. Going to the veteran in the 9th inning against the Dodgers shows true faith from Reds manager, David Bell. Doolittle threw 9 of his 12 pitches for strikes and saw off Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy to earn his first save of the season.


  • The Pirates quietly improved to 12-11 on the year thanks to another commanding showing from closer Richard Rodríguez, who now has 4 saves and has allowed just one hit and one walk through 10.1 innings so far this year. Impressive.
  • After Emmanuel Clase pitched on back-to-back nights, James Karinchak was called upon for his second save opportunity of the season with a 3-run lead going into the 9th inning against the Twins. The unorthodox Karinchak struck out slugger Nelson Cruz to end the 8th inning before pitching a clean 9th to register his 2nd save. The closer situation in Cleveland is still very much a committee approach.


  • Despite throwing 26 pitches on Monday, Gregory Soto came on in the 9th for the Tigers to earn the save. He will likely be unavailable to pitch today. Bryan Garcia is likely to get a chance if things play out in the right way for Detroit today.
  • It’s been a mixed bag so far this year for Rockies closer Daniel Bard, 2 saves and 2 blown saves – the second came yesterday after he allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Brandon Crawford, whilst protecting a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th. He did earn the win, however, after Giants reliever Gregory Soto gave up back-to-back homers in the top of the 10th inning to hand the Rockies a win. Bard gave way to veteran Carlos Estevez, who gave up a hit and a run but still managed to earn the save.


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

2 responses to “Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/28”

  1. Dave says:

    Why isn’t Jordan Romano listed anywhere on the Bluejays’ depth chart? Is he injured again, sent down, or a cooked goose (I didn’t see anything in the notes)? Thanks

  2. BB says:

    Not sure the Reds have necessarily anointed Doolittle, since both Sims and Antone were unavailable Tuesday after high pitch counts Monday. Will be interesting to see how the situation plays out, likely a committee for now.

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