Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/2

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:

  • We’re out of April and into a more traditional schedule. That means all teams are active Sunday with Mets at Phillies being the lone night game. Each daily episode of Pitcher List’s First Pitch Podcast includes a quick weather report, so make sure to give that a listen. 
  • The following teams are off tomorrow: Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Astros, Braves, Marlins, Nationals, Reds, and Diamondbacks. Managers of these teams may be a bit more aggressive with their bullpens knowing there will be a day of rest coming tomorrow.


Roster moves:

  • The Royals placed Kyle Zimmer on the 10-day IL with a left trapezius strain.
  • The Yankees placed Darren O’Day on the 10-day IL due to a right rotator cuff strain.
  • Dustin May was placed on the IL after feeling a shooting sensation in his arm. He recorded just five outs before exiting, the game went into extra innings and the Dodgers ended up using 10 pitchers. 
  • Tampa Bay activated Cody Reed from the IL. He was recovering from a thumb injury.


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks was removed in the middle of his outing due to tightness in his throwing arm. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said in his postgame press conference “no one’s overly concerned” about Hicks’ health. He topped out at 99.6 mph.
  • The Yankee bullpen created a save opportunity and Aroldis Chapman once again impressed. Justin Wilson gave up a pair of runs in the seventh before Chad Green surrendered a solo homer in the eighth. Chapman preserved the 6-4 victory over Detroit with a perfect inning that included two strikeouts and a top velocity of 101 mph. He has yet to give up a run in nine innings pitched this season.


  • Craig Kimbrel managed to protect a one-run lead despite giving up back-to-back singles to open the ninth inning. He’d only given up one hit all season coming into this appearance. Kimbrel struck out the next two batters en route to his fifth save. He had four called strikes as opposed to just one whiff. The Cubs bullpen combined to throw five shutout innings. Rex Brothers struck out all three batters he faced.
  • Ryan Pressly gave up a run but still managed to nail down his fourth save of the season. His fastball velocity has jumped from 94.6 mph last year to 95.2 so far this season and he sat 96.1 in this outing.


  • Ian Kennedy struck out the side to earn his sixth save for the Rangers. He threw 16 of his 19 pitches for strikes and had a 42 CSW% (three whiffs and five called strikes).
  • Sean Doolittle was the first man out of Cincinnati’s bullpen, entering the sixth inning of a tie ballgame. He allowed an inherited runner to score the go-ahead run. That Cincinnati bullpen is difficult to get a read on, so it’s worth mentioning Heath Hembree struck out three batters and now has seven Ks in 4 2/3 no-hit innings this year for the Reds. Amir Garrett was animated after striking out Anthony Rizzo which eventually resulted in the benches clearing. Garrett has had a rough go of it this season, maybe this was him regaining his edge? Not sure, but he did top out at 97.2 mph and his fastball has been averaging 94.2 mph so far this year.


  • Héctor Neris gave up a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the ninth inning and was saddled with his third loss of the season despite having strong overall numbers (2.13 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 10.7 K/9). 
  • Edwin Díaz struck out two of the three batters he faced on his way to his third save of the season. He touched 100.5 mph in this outing. Trevor May picked up a win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.



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


Featured image by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)

Tom Froemming

Tom is a self-professed bullpen nerd who, in addition to contributing to Pitcher List, serves as the content editor at Twins Daily. You can also find him on both Twitter and YouTube as TFTwins.

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