Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 7/30

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


  • Eight teams had the day off Thursday (CLE, MIN, HOU, SEA, TEX, MIA, STL, and ARI), giving their bullpens some added rest going into the weekend.
  • 14 teams have a built-in rest day coming up on Monday and so may feel the ability to be more aggressive with their high leverage bullpen options through the weekend: SD, LAD, COL, STL, CIN, CHC, ATL, OAK, HOU, MIN, KC, DET, CWS, BOS


Transaction and Injury Notes




  • Colorado recalled Jose Mujica from AAA-Albuquerque.
  • Boston designated Brandon Workman for assignment.


Yesterday’s Performances

With a flurry of trades involving high leverage bullpen pieces made yesterday, we can simply speculate on the new hierarchies being created across the league. Bear with us as we try to make our best-educated guesses on how they will all shake out.

  • Diego Castillo appears to be the new strong man in Seattle after the departure of clubhouse favorite Kendall Graveman, though there’s no guarantee Paul Sewald and even Drew Steckenrider won’t continue to see some time in the ninth (there’s also no guarantee Sewald and Steckenrider aren’t moved by end of the day today).
  • Nick Anderson may actually find a way to nab his old closer role in Tampa once he returns from his rehab assignments, but for now, let’s throw a dart—it landed on Andrew Kittredge, who has looked the best of the remaining Tampa bullpen arms, giving up just one earned run through 11.1 IP in July.


  • The Jays made it apparent at the beginning of the season that they preferred to use Jordan Romano in high leverage positions, just not always at the end of games, and so Brad Hand should be expected to move into the closer position for Toronto. This also could turn into a lefty-righty matchup committee quickly, so we’ll keep a tight eye on the situation through the weekend. Don’t go dropping Romano from your saves-only fantasy rosters just yet.
  • Craig Kimbrel is still the closer for the Cubs, for now, but keep an eye out for Rowan Wick who is currently on a rehab assignment at AAA-Iowa and could slide back into the role he had for a portion of last season once he returns.

Here’s how the actual bullpen performances turned out on Thursday…

  • Kyle Finnegan struck out two as he finished off the Phillies in perfect fashion on his way to record his first career save, closing out the first game of their Washington’s doubleheader on Thursday. Finnegan has seemingly put himself in the drivers’ seat to take over the closer role for the Nationals after the trade of Brad Hand. Tanner Rainey returned from the IL but blew a save opportunity of his own upon his return in the second game of the doubleheader, allowing the first three batters he faced to reach base and allowing three runs to score, two of which were inherited runners and were ultimately credited to Wander Suero, who still walked away with a hold.
  • The Phillies bullpen was spared in game one after Zach Wheeler went the full seven innings, but they were forced to use seven pitchers through eight innings in the second game, with Ranger Suárez taking home the win after striking out two and pitching around two hits and a walk in the final inning.


  • Will Smith, the pitcher, picked up his 21st save of the season after allowing just one hit and striking out one in his scoreless ninth inning appearance for Atlanta.
  • Both Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee pitched perfect innings of relief for the Giants on Thursday. Rogers came in for the eighth and struck out all three batters, while McGee dispensed of all three batters he faced in the ninth by way of his defense. Both pitchers should be available Friday if needed.


  • Mike Mayers pitched a perfect final inning for the Angels in their 5-0 loss to the Athletics on Thursday. Joe Maddon mentioned that Mayers would not be used in high leverage situations for a time being to get himself right again, so don’t expect Mayers to be thrust into a closer position if there’s a shake-up in Anaheim later today.
  • Mark Melancon keeps getting saves for the Padres, recording his 32nd of the year on Thursday. The outing marks his second in the past three days, but Melancon should be available through the weekend if needed, especially with San Diego having two built-in rest days scheduled next week.


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Adam Howe

Adam resides in Indianapolis after spending the better part of a decade in Oakland, CA and growing up in Massachusetts. He co-hosts the On The Wire podcast with Kevin Hasting, analyzing your weekly FAAB options before your bid deadlines every Sunday.

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