Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 8/24

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 an excellent 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


  • Yesterday’s slate saw just seven games, with the following 14 teams taking the field: TEX, BOS, ARI, PIT, CHW, TOR, NYY, ATL, COL, CHC, KCR, HOU, SEA, and OAK. The rest of the league should have completely fresh bullpens heading into today’s action.
  • The best opportunities to vulture a win both come from the same game. With the Rays taking on the Phillies in Philadelphia, both teams are starting the game with a talented pitcher who has yet to complete five innings in any appearance this season, in Drew Rasmussen and Ranger Suárez, respectively. So take your pick on which team you think will walk away with the victory, and then look to that bullpen to steal a win. Personally, I’m going with the Phillies, and my choice to snag a win is Enyel De Los Santos.


Transaction and Injury Notes


  • The Yankees placed Zack Britton on the 10-day IL with a left elbow sprain, retroactive to August 20th. Britton just hasn’t been able to stay on the field this year, and there is a decent chance that his season could be over after this. The team also activated Clay Holmes from the COVID-19 IL.
  • The Royals placed Jake Brentz on the 10-day IL with a left shoulder impingement. Brentz was having a strong rookie season, posting a 3.15 ERA across 59 appearances. The team also activated Kyle Zimmer from the 10-day IL, after missing close to three weeks with neck spasms.


Yesterday’s Performances


  • Entering the top of the ninth with a 3-1 lead, Matt Barnes blew his sixth save of the season, giving up three singles and a game-tying ground rule double before being pulled from the game. Barnes has been somewhat of a disaster of late, allowing nine earned runs since August 7th, after giving up just one earned run between June 16th and August 6th. The Red Sox were able to pick up the win in extras however, thanks to 2.2 strong innings from Garrett Whitlock, who earned his fifth win of the season while lowering his season ERA to 1.64.
  • Working a 1-2-3 ninth, David Bednar picked up the second save of his career, and his second in the last three days. Now with a 2.44 season ERA and five straight scoreless appearances, Bednar appears to be the preferred choice to close out games for the Pirates down the stretch. Despite lack of a proven track record, he has certainly looked the part of a solid late inning option over the course of this season.


  • Protecting a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Jordan Romano struck out two on his way to a perfect inning and his 12th save of the season. Romano topped 100mph, while extending his scoreless innings streak to seven. With 14 strikeouts in that span, Romano is playing his best baseball as we head into the final stretch of the season.
  • Pitching in a non-save situation, Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 inning in a nice bounceback effort after his first appearance back from the IL didn’t go quite as well. The hard-throwing lefty should be fine moving forward.


  • Entering the bottom of the ninth in a tied game, Daniel Bard served up a walk-off two-run homer to Rafael Ortega, saddling him with his sixth loss of the season. Bard has been one of the most inconsistent closers in baseball this year, but there is still no reason to believe his job is in jeopardy after this one.
  • Entering the game with a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, Lou Trivino imploded, allowing three earned runs before being yanked from the game. Trivino gave up the lead on the first batter, serving up a solo shot to Ty France, only to then give up three more hits that put the Athletics in a two-run deficit. It was the second straight blowup and loss for Trivino, who hadn’t allowed a run to score in ten prior outings.


  • Pitching in the bottom of the ninth, Paul Sewald worked an easy 1-2-3 inning to collect his seventh save of the year. Sewald has looked dominant of late, tossing five straight scoreless innings while taking full control of Seattle’s closing duties in the process. With Diego Castillo’s timetable unknown, Sewald looks poised to finish the season in the ninth inning role.


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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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