Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/29

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:

  • All 30 teams were scheduled to play yesterday, but rain in Chicago forced the White Sox and Tigers to postpone their game. They’ll make it up today as a seven-inning doubleheader.
  • 12 teams have the day off: TOR, CLE, KCR, MIN, LAA, MIA, NYM, WAS, CIN, PIT, SDP, and SFG. Several of the teams playing today will have an off day on Monday, but some are currently in the middle of two-week or longer stretches of consecutive games. The Texas Rangers are currently six games into a 19 day stretch of consecutive games, and there are other teams in similar predicaments, so betting on back-to-back appearances for relievers who aren’t getting some rest today should be considered risky.


Roster moves:

  • The Tampa Bay Rays are calling up left-handed prospect arm Shane McClanahan for his regular-season debut. He’ll be starting against the Athletics, but we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that his action will be limited, so Luis Patiño could be a smart play as a potential follower. 31-year-old reliever Louis Head, who recently made his MLB debut after being drafted in 2012, was optioned in a corresponding move.
  • One day after Zack Godley was recalled from the Brewers’ alternate training site, he was placed on 10-day IL with finger discomfort. Eric Lauer was called up and is slated to start today. After Godley only completed three innings, the back end of the Brewers’ bullpen saw quite a bit of work, so it’s unclear who the longman would be if Lauer is on a pitch count.
  • Cleveland’s Logan Allen was optioned after his start, and right-handed prospect Nick Sandlin was called up in his place. Sandlin has posted a strikeout rate above 30% in every stop in the minors until AAA, where he notched a 29.7% rate, probably one called strike away from topping 30%. He’s an arm to watch in the holds conversation, but as always with relievers like him, walks could be an issue.
  • Lance Lynn will be activated by the White Sox on Saturday, making a corresponding move imminent. The team is currently carrying several relievers with three options, including Codi Heuer and Matt Foster, though recent free-agent acquisition Alex McRae could also be the man sent down.
  • The Dodgers activated Victor González from the injured list after he experienced mild side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. He didn’t see any game action after Clayton Kershaw went seven innings against the Reds, but he should slide back into the pseudo-LOOGY role that’s seen him pick up seven holds so far, tied for third in the league.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Josh Staumont picked up his third save in five days for the Royals, all but cementing his role as the closer for Mike Matheny’s Royals. Staumont’s peripherals aren’t as clean as his 0.75 ERA and 0.60 WHIP, but the trends have been positive as the season’s gone on — his 22% strikeout rate looks like a remnant of his underwhelming first two weeks, and since then he’s looked more like his dominant 2020 self.
  • Diego Castillo struck out one and allowed a hit while picking up a two-out save for the Rays. Castillo has six of the teams’ nine saves so far, and although he has blown two saves this year, he’s also appeared outside of the ninth inning just twice. Ladies and Gentlemen, Tampa Bay has a closer.
  • Raisel Iglesias picked up his fourth save of the year for the Angels, but the star of the night was arguably Chris Rodriguez. After Alex Cobb only completed two innings. Rodriguez completed 3 1/3, striking out only one but allowing just two baserunners. The Angels’ bullpen allowed just two hits in total.
  • Matt Barnes continued his torrid start to 21, picking up his 6th save and striking out the side to seal a two-hit 1-0 win over the Mets. He’s pitched two in a row, though, so expect him to be off — and Adam Ottavino to be the closer for the day — in Boston’s series opener against the Rangers.
  • Héctor Neris picked up his fifth save for the Phillies in a strong game for the team’s bullpen overall. Vince Velasquez got the call as the starter, but at this point manager Joe Girardi is not trusting him more than roughly twice through the order, so Brandon Kintzler was given the chance to notch a win after entering with one out in the fifth.
  • Génesis Cabrera’s performance was arguably the biggest story during the Phillies-Cardinals game. Cabrera’s command completely let him down, and he hit two consecutive batters. Bryce Harper had to be removed from the game after taking a 97 mph fastball to the face.
  • Ryne Stanek picked up his first save of the year for the Astros on a Ryan Pressly off day. Expect Stanek to slide back into his setup role long-term.
  • Stanek’s save came after Seattle’s Rafael Montero blew a one-run lead in the 8th, which could be read as a sign that Kendall Gravemanyes, that Kendall Graveman — should be considered Seattle’s proper closer. Montero has managed just a 19.6% strikeout rate in this young year, but what’s more worrying is that he has just two total K’s in his last 7 appearances.
  • The Blue Jays’ Jordan Romano saw action last night for the first time since returning from the injured list, striking out one and retiring all three batters he faced. Toronto has the day off today, so we shouldn’t read anything into Romano’s role based on him appearing in the 8th inning of a game that was out of hand by that point. It’s reasonable, though, to assume that he’ll be splitting save chances with Rafael Dolis based on availability and matchups.
  • The San Diego bullpen pitched in to throw eight innings after Ryan Weathers exited the game with forearm tightness. Indicative of how fickle wins are, the official scorer gave Aaron Northcraft the win for having been in the game in the half-inning before the team took the lead despite himself giving up a run. Pierce Johnson and Craig Stammen were the only relievers not to appear in this game, but with the team having the day off, it’s doubtful that this will affect anyone’s availability going into the weekend.


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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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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