Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/25

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 had a scheduled day off yesterday: BOS, NYY, KC, TEX, HOU, LAA, WAS, ATL, PIT, CHC, CIN, LAD, SF, ARI. As a result, they should all have fresh bullpens for tonight’s full slate of games.
  • Cody Ponce will make his first start of the season with the Pirates this season, after pitching in Triple-A following a forearm injury. Ponce has only thrown 11.2 innings across three starts in the minors thus far, so he almost certainly won’t make it through five. Therefore, the first man out of the bullpen, possibly Duane Underwood Jr., could potentially vulture a win, though the matchup is not the best.


Injuries and Transactions


  • Seth Lugo is expected to be activated from the 60-day IL by the Mets. He will be returning when immediately eligible, after missing the start of the season while he recovered from a February surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow.
  • The Reds sent Carson Fulmer outright to Triple-A Louisville. He had a 6.66 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 25.2 innings this season.
  • The Royals optioned Jake Newberry to Triple-A Omaha. He had a 16.62 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in just 4.1 innings on the year.
  • The Giants recalled Sam Selman from Triple-A Sacramento, following a move that put Matt Wisler on the bereavement list. Selman has a 5.14 ERA in the big leagues so far this year.


Yesterday’s Performances


  • Despite giving up two runs (one earned) in two innings of work, Jeffrey Springs picked up his fourth win of the season in an 11-inning thriller against the Blue Jays. Springs struck out the side in a perfect ninth to keep the game knotted at five runs, but then gave up a leadoff two-run homer to Marcus Semien in the 10th that re-tied the game. After exploding for seven runs in the 11th, Andrew Kittredge finished the game off for the Rays. Kittredge has now made six straight appearances without giving up an earned run to lower his ERA down to 1.17.
  • The Blue Jays bullpen imploded in extras. After giving up a run in his first appearance back from the IL on Saturday, Anthony Castro gave up two runs (one earned) in the 10th to give the Rays a temporary lead. Then in the 11th, Joel Payamps and Tim Mayza blew up, combining to allow seven total runs in the inning. Payamps was saddled with the loss, but it was a very forgettable performance by all three Toronto relievers.


  • After entering the ninth inning with a 9-2 lead, Dylan Floro was needed to pick up a one-out save to finish off the Phillies 9-6. Shawn Morimando, appearing in his first big league game since 2016, gave up four runs before being pulled with the tying run on deck. As a result, Floro was able to collect the first save of his career. That said, Yimi García is still locked in as the Marlins closer, owning a stellar 1.37 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.
  • Brandon Kintzler allowed four earned runs while only recording one out before being yanked from the ball game in the seventh inning. What was only a two-run deficit became a much larger gap, as Kintzler’s ERA jumped from an already underwhelming 6.00 to a hideous 8.22. The veteran’s days in Philly could be numbered if he doesn’t turn things around quickly.


  • Coming in to protect a one-run lead, Emmanuel Clase worked out of a bases loaded jam to earn his eighth save of the season, but just his first in nearly two weeks. James Karinchak had seemingly taken over the closer role prior to tonight’s game, but he was likely unavailable after pitching back-to-back days. As a result, Karinchak should remain the favorite for saves in Cleveland’s bullpen, but Clase is more than deserving of a share of the closer role with his 0.83 ERA.
  • Entering the ninth with a 3-2 lead after a solo shot and single knocked starter Austin Gomber out of the game, Carlos Estévez retired three straight to finish off the Mets. The save was his second of the season, and it was his second straight strong outing after returning from the IL on Saturday. Pitching to a 2.92 ERA on the season, Estévez seems to be the favorite for saves in Colorado in the event that current closer Daniel Bard falters.


  • After Angel Perdomo gave up a walk, homer, and hit a batter to start the ninth, Josh Hader relieved him to pick up his 11th save of the year. The lefty made things interesting by putting the tying run on base, but worked out of the jam to get the job done, lowering his ERA to 1.02 in the process. With 31 strikeouts in 17.2 innings on the season, Hader continues to be one of the most dominant closers in baseball.
  • Taking a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles bullpen completely fell apart in relief of another excellent John Means performance. Tanner ScottCésar Valdez, and Tyler Wells combined to give up six runs in a disastrous eighth inning and an eventual loss, dropping them to a league-worst 17-30 on the season. With Valdez having now given up six runs in his last five appearances, his time as the team’s closer could be running out soon, especially with another potential replacement in Hunter Harvey on track to come off the IL fairly soon.


  • Relieving Lance Lynn after a strong seven inning start, Michael Kopech struck out three in two scoreless innings to finish off the Cardinals in a 5-1 victory. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.78, and he now has a 13.35 K/9 in 30.1 innings. Despite mainly pitching in a middle relief role, Kopech still carries enough fantasy value as one of the most electric young pitchers in baseball.
  • With Kendall Graveman on the IL for COVID-related absence, it was Keynan Middleton who somewhat surprisingly got the save for the Mariners. Middleton worked a 1-2-3 inning, collecting a pair of strikeouts to end the game without trouble. Rafael Montero, the presumed favorite for a save opportunity, entered the game in the seventh inning, allowing one run when he came back out to try and pitch the eighth as well. It’s anyone’s guess as to which one of them will get the next save chance while Graveman is unavailable.



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Kyle Frank

Kyle studied finance and sport management at UMass Amherst, and he is a die hard Red Sox fan, despite both of his parents rooting for the Yankees. He can also be found writing about the NBA on Fantrax.

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