Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/6

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 Mets/Cardinals doubleheader and no postponements meant 16 games yesterday. There were a combined 10 saves in those games, and 29 of 30 bullpens saw action — only the Orioles’ relief arms go the day off. They can thank John Means and the Seattle hitters for that.
  • 10 games today means a third of the league gets a day off: BAL, CHW, SEA, CHC, CIN, PIT, COL, LAD, SD, and SF. That’s two full days off in a row for the Baltimore bullpen! Most teams get another day off on Monday, when there are only six games, but Boston, Houston, and Miami won’t get a rest day until 5/17, and Arizona won’t have one until 5/24. Of course, May is rainout season, so chances are that won’t quite be the case.
  • The Rays will be pairing up Josh Fleming and Collin McHugh today, though that combination does lend itself to some risk — McHugh just activated from the IL earlier than expected because of the injury to Michael Wacha, and he hasn’t had a chance to make a tuneup start as the team had hoped for. Pete Fairbanks is also the only reliever who didn’t pitch yesterday.


Roster moves:


Yesterday’s performances:

  • Daniel Bard picked up his third save for the Rockies, but he did allow an unearned run in the process. That run did come after an errant throw on a double steal, though.
  • Cardinals closer Alex Reyes had one strikeout en route to his ninth save of the season during the first game against the Mets. Giovanny Gallegos picked up his sixth hold of the year in the sixth. Most of the rest of the teams’ bullpen appeared in the second game, a 7-1 loss, so don’t bet against Reyes or Gallegos pitching again today.
  • Atlanta’s Will Smith notched his sixth save of the year against the Nats, striking out pinch-hitter Juan Soto in the process. Josh Tomlin put the team in trouble and created that save chance after giving up a two-run shot to Trea Turner in the 8th, forcing A.J. Minter into action on his second day in a row to pick up his seventh hold of the year.
  • For the Nats, Kyle Finnegan sat down Austin RileyDansby Swanson, and William Contreras on nine pitches in the sixth, picking up just the fifth immaculate inning in Nats history. The last was by Stephen Strasburg on July 3, 2019, and Max Scherzer claims two of the other three, with the last belonging to Jordan Zimmerman.
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out two and closed the door on the Astros to pick up his seventh save of the year. He threw two splitters, both well outside, but the rest of his stuff did its job just fine.
  • The Phillies’ José Alvarado vultured a save in his first game back from suspension. Héctor Neris was still off after throwing 40 pitches on Monday.
  • Matt Barnes, pitching his second day in a row, had 3 ks in 9th in a non-save situation. He should now have an off day, as will typical setup man Adam Ottavino, so Darwinzon Hernandez could be the man in line to vulture a save.
  • Former Tigers starter Michael Fulmer picked up his first career save in the bottom of the 10th in a win over the Red Sox. Gregory Soto, the team’s seeming “9th inning guy” got the win but did allow two runs, 1 earned.
  • Kenley Jansen’s line (1 unearned run, 3 BB) might suggest some command issues, but it only tells part of the story: the run was from a ghost runner, and two of the walks were intentional. The Cubs had the winning run on 3rd with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Jansen induced a double play and the Dodgers stayed alive, only for Garrett Cleavinger to blow the game after picking up two strikeouts in the bottom of the 11th.
  • Texas closer Ian Kennedy struck out three and picked up his second save in two nights, his ninth of the year. Some combination of Josh Sborz and Brett de Geus could be the next man up after Joely Rodríguez also went back-to-back.
  • Cleveland gave James Karinchak the chance to pick up his third save of the year, and he closed the door on the Royals in Kansas City, picking up two strikeouts. Nick Wittgren struck out three to pick up his second win in two nights.
  • The Padres’ Mark Melancon is up to eleven saves on the year after a video-review filled ninth against the Pirates: first, the Padres challenged the call on a Kevin Newman single that could have (but was not) the last out of the game, and then what was a Phillip Evans single was overturned on review.
  • Ryan Yarbrough got the win after Andrew Kittredge opened the game for the Rays, as expertly predicted by Benjamin Haller yesterday. Jeffrey Springs got a four-out save, converting the first chance handed out since Diego Castillo’s IL move. As mentioned earlier, Pete Fairbanks is the only arm of the late-inning rotation who didn’t pitch yesterday, so he’s likely in line for some work tonight, though which inning is anyone’s guess. Whether Kevin Cash settles on a new closer or not in the next week or so is worth watching.



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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