Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/16

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


  • The following teams have a scheduled day off on Monday: BOS, TB, TOR, BAL, KC, OAK, HOU, MIA, PHI, PIT, MIL, STL. So they may be a little more aggressive with the late-inning options today, knowing they will be able to give them a day off tomorrow.


Injuries and Transactions


  • Hunter Strickland was traded to the Angels yesterday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Strickland is the latest veteran reliever to join the Angels bullpen and given the lack of depth there, could find himself in a high leverage role right away.
  • Amir Garrett is available to be reinstated from his suspension today as the Reds’ closer situation remains murkier than ever.


  • The Padres may shift Dinelson Lamet into the bullpen, which makes sense given he can only pitch two innings and a time, and the team will be without Drew Pomeranz for a bit.  Perhaps Lamet can still be of some value after all in leagues that count holds.
  • Arizona placed Chris Devenski on the 60-day IL yesterday with a UCL sprain and he could very likely be out for the year. The team also placed J.B. Bukauskas on the IL with a flexor strain, as that bullpen continues to search for answers.


  • The Red Sox placed Garrett Whitlock on the IL as he was experiencing side effects from getting the Covid vaccine. He should be back either today or tomorrow.
  • David Phelps was moved to the 60 day IL, so don’t expect him back in the Blue Jays bullpen until July at this point.


  • Enoli Paredes was reinstated from the IL today and could figure back into some setup work in due time. He was struggling before being placed on the IL but has flashed the stuff to become a dominant late-inning reliever.
  • The Cubs placed Alec Mills on the IL with a lower back strain. Mills had been working as a long/bulk reliever but hasn’t been fantasy relevant this season.


Yesterday’s Performances


  • The Twins’ closer situation took a turn yesterday as Hansel Robles earned his first save of the season while Alex Colomé worked a clean 8th to earn the win. With Taylor Rogers’s recent struggles, don’t be surprised if we see these two in more situations like this moving forward but I wouldn’t rule Rogers out just yet.
  • Michael Fulmer pitched in the 9th (and 10th) yesterday of a tie game and could be looking at more save chances given Gregory Soto’s inconsistencies. Fulmer has been great this season when coming out of the bullpen and may just be the Tigers’ best reliever option at this point.


  • After a string of promising outings, Jake McGee was charged with the loss for the Giants after allowing three hits and two earned runs over .2 innings last night. McGee should be down today after pitching the past two days, but even so, I’d expect more save chances for Tyler Rogers in the near future.
  • Will Smith has bounced back nicely the past two days after his disastrous outing Thursday. However, he’s pitched the past three days so expect him to get the day off. Chris Martin could get a save chance if one should arise for the Braves today.


  • Walks continue to be an issue for Lucas Sims who coughed up a two-run lead for the Reds in the bottom of the 11th yesterday after allowing three walks. Heath Hembree came into the 12th and picked up a save but it remains to be seen who will get saves moving forward. There are five relievers in the mix for saves there so it’s anyone’s guess at this point.
  • Yusmeiro Petit allowed his first runs since April 12th yesterday, snapping a 17.1 inning scoreless streak as he allowed 3 earned runs after uncharacteristically walking two hitters before Jake Diekman allowed a game-winning home run to Miguel Sano. The poor day for the two Athletic relievers could breathe some life into Lou Trivino’s late-inning prospects as Trivino has had a rough May to date (9.53 ERA, 2.47 WHIP, 5/6 K/BB rate).


  • Craig Kimbrel suffered his second-blown save of the season yesterday for the Cubs, allowing two runs to score in the bottom of the 10th against the Tigers. There should be no concern here, but Kimbrel is likely to get the day off meaning Andrew Chafin may be in line for a save opportunity today.
  • Ryan Pressly worked a clean 9th inning yesterday for the Astros to earn his seventh save of the season. Ryne Stanek made things interesting in the 8th however, as he allowed two hits and two walks, and a home run before departing after only getting one out. Stanek has been great all season, but yesterday ballooned his ERA to 3.78.


  • The Blue Jays seem committed to using Tyler Chatwood as their 8th inning option with Jordan Romano as the closer for now. It remains to be seen how Rafael Dolis’s impending return will affect things, but his return should make for a nice late-inning trio whatever the exact usage may be.
  • Daniel Bard worked a scoreless 9th in a tie game yesterday but still had to work his way around trouble as he allowed two hits. He continues to act as the Rockies closer despite a 6.14 ERA, but his job security is certainly thin at this point. However, he is likely out today after pitching in back-to-back games.


  • Richard Rodríguez picked up a win yesterday for the Pirates after working a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants. Rodríguez’s ERA sits at a sparkling .53 but he could wind up getting Sunday off after he pitched the past two days.
  • The Dodgers will be going with a bullpen game against the Marlins today, so for those of you in deep leagues looking to stream a win, I’d consider someone in the Dodgers bullpen. Jimmy Nelson will start and likely go one or two innings and based on recent usage, I’d expect to see either Mitch White or Alex Vesia follow, perhaps even both.



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Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

2 responses to “Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/16”

  1. Jack says:

    To be fair for Sims – two of the three walks were the auto-IBB type – 2 innings 3 k’s, 1 “True” BB is not that bad

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