Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/12

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


  • A full slate of games yesterday provided a much-needed fix for baseball fans after only 5 games were played on Monday. Many bullpens remain rested.
  • Note that the Giants and Rangers are not scheduled to play today. However, the Rockies and the Padres will play a doubleheader, so there is potential for setup men like Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan to pick up saves. The Rockies bullpen is less promising, and even closer Daniel Bard has been unreliable at best. We don’t recommend any streaming options for Colorado.


  • You should be looking to add Rays’ lefty Ryan Yarbrough, who will once again follow Collin McHugh against the Yankees after he recorded a win last time out.
  • Yarbrough joins A’s long reliever Deolis Guerra as a recommended streamer for a win in relief. Guerra is likely to piggyback off spot-starter James Kaprielian, who made one start for the Las Vegas Aviators before joining the big club. 


Yesterday’s Performances


  • Jake McGee recorded his third save in five days for the Giants in a 4-2 win against the Rangers. McGee now has 10 saves on the season for San Francisco, who have gazumped the Padres and the Dodgers to sit gloriously atop the NL West.
  • Emmanuel Clase put a rocky outing against the Reds behind him by notching the save against the Cubs yesterday. Clase gave up three runs without recording an out in a loss on Friday, and things looked dicey when he gave up back-to-back singles to bring the tying run to the plate with only one out in the 9th. However, he forced Matt Duffy to ground into a double play to end the game. James Karinchak retired four of the five batters he faced in relief of starter Shane Bieber to earn yet another hold.


  • Aroldis Chapman has now struck out 30 batters over 14 innings this season and is yet to allow an earned run. He picked up his 8th save in yesterday’s 3-1 win against the Rays. The Yankees have won 8 out of their last 10 contests and look to be gaining momentum in the race to catch the Red Sox in the AL East.
  • Kenley Jansen was quickly prepared for a save opportunity after Gavin Lux hit a three-run go-ahead home run against Mariners reliever Rafael Montero in the bottom of the 8th. Jansen was perfect, striking out Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis before forcing Kyle Seager to pop up to end the game. Montero was charged with the blown save, solidifying the permanent closer role for Kendall Graveman in Seattle.


  • Jordan Romano finally picked up his first save of the season in the Blue Jays 5-3 win over the Braves. Romano was slated for save opportunities at the start of the year, but injuries have prevented him from being a factor late in games until now. With Rafael Dolis on the injured list, it was Romano who was called upon to close the game out. He allowed a hit and a walk but forced Ehire Adrianza into a flyout with two runners on base.
  • Gregory Soto, Alex Reyes, and Jeurys Familia all recorded wins thanks to late-innings explosions from their team’s offenses. Soto watched Jose Cisnero give up 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning before entering the game to recorded the final out. Soto was smiling when Royals reliever Scott Barlow allowed base runners on a hit-by-pitch and a walk, allowing Robbie Grossman to hit a single to walk it off for the Tigers.


  • Reyes pitched the 10th and 11th inning, striking out five as well as allowing three walks as the Cardinals went deep into extras against the Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill smashed home runs against Brad Boxberger to hand Reyes the win, but it is unlikely both he and Giovanny Gallegos will be available to pitch after throwing 28 and 27 pitches, respectively. Ryan Helsley is next in line for a save opportunity.
  • Familia has been the rock in the Mets bullpen so far this year and was the beneficiary of a rare poor outing by Orioles closer César Valdez yesterday. Valdez blew the save by allowing three of the first four batters he faced to single. Patrick Mazeika reached on a fielder’s choice to bring Jonathan Villar home in the bottom of the 9th to win it for the Mets.


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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