Welcome back to the latest edition of our Reliever Ranks series! 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 looking to stream saves or wins. This series runs seven days a week, so check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!
Transaction and Schedule Notes
- After a busy weekend of baseball action, we have just eight games to cover on Monday.
- Teams with scheduled days off are: BAL, NYY, MIN, CLE, CHW, LAA, SEA, ATL, NYM, WSN, ARZ, LAD, SFG, and COL.
- In a surprising move, the Rangers optioned one-time closer Jonathan Hernández to Triple-A Round Rock Express to make room for Spencer Howard on the active roster. Hernández was talked about in the offseason as a potential high-leverage arm but has struggled mightily to a 6.65 ERA over 25 appearances.
- In a bad day for starting pitchers, Jacob deGrom, Max Fried, and Luis Garcia were all transferred from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL so look out for promotions and spot starts for the Mets, Braves, and Astros in the coming week. David Peterson, Michael Soroka, Dylan Dodd, and J.P. France are all in line for adding.
TBR 4 – BOS 1
SV: Jason Adam (9)
- After yet another masterclass from Shane McClanahan, the Rays bullpen did what it does best in holding the Red Sox scoreless for the rest of the way. Jason Adam picked up his second save of the series in dominant fashion with strikeouts of Kiké Hernández and Jarren Duran to end the contest. Colin Poche notched his eighth hold of the year and looks locked into the primary setup role with Pete Fairbanks on the injured list.
- Unheralded reliever Brennan Bernardino continued his excellent year on the mount with another impressive multi-inning relief game. Bernardino has been a surprising bright spot in Boston and boasts a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts through as many innings.
MIL 0 – CIN 2
SV: Alexis Díaz (14)
- Hoby Milner and Trevor Megill polished off the good work left by Julio Teheran, who gave up two runs on six hits through six and a third frames. Milner and Megill combined for three strikeouts and held the Reds scoreless but it wasn’t enough as the Brewers’ offense was abysmal all contest.
- Closer Alexis Díaz slammed the door shut on the Brewers after prospect lefty Andrew Abbott pitched a beauty in his MLB debut. Buck Farmer, Lucas Sims, and then Diaz in the ninth inning held Milwaukee scoreless after Abbott allowed just one hit through six brilliant innings. He did walk four but also struck out six. All eyes on Abbott. Diaz struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
KCR 6 – MIA 9
SV: Dylan Floro (7)
- Mike Mayers and Josh Staumont leaked nine runs over the middle innings to take this game away from the Royals. After pitching well last week, Mayers came back down to earth with a bang as the Royals bullpen could not build on two solid opening frames from Carlos Hernández.
- The most efficient save of the day went to Dylan Floro, who needed just two pitches to close out the Marlins’ 9-6 victory over the Royals. In relief of Steven Okert, Floro forced Bobby Witt Jr. to ground into a double play to notch his second save in back-to-back games. The closer is now entrenched in the ninth inning for the Marlins after converting 7-of-9 opportunities this season.
OAK 4 – PIT 5
SV: Colin Holderman (1)
- Sam Moll gave up a sacrifice fly to Andrew McCutcheon to allow the Pirates to edge ahead in the top of the ninth after the A’s loaded the bases in back-to-back innings but could not take advantage. Richard Lovelady and Shintaro Fujinami combined to walk four batters in a row to erase the a’s two-run advantage in a disastrous bottom of the sixth inning. This bullpen is a complete mess, just like the team.
- After David Bednar pitched in all three games over the weekend, Colin Holderman renamed himself “Colin Saverman” for the night as he picked up his first of the year. He worked into some danger in giving up three hits but Esteury Ruiz was caught stealing and Aledmys Díaz flew out to ensure he got through the inning scoreless. Angel Perdomo picked up the win despite an erratic outing in which he hit Shea Langeliers to load the bases before bouncing back with two outs to keep the scores level.
The Best of the Rest…
- Rangers closer Will Smith picked up his first win of the season after pitching a clean ninth inning in a tied game against the Cardinals. Grant Anderson had blown a two-run lead in the eighth. After Ryan Helsley pitched the bottom of the eighth inning for St. Louis, Génesis Cabrera was given the ball in the bottom of the ninth but gave up two hits and walked a batter to allow Nathaniel Lowe to walk it off for a 4-3 win for Texas.
- The Astros jumped all over the struggling Alek Manoah to put up six runs in the top of the inning before Manoah was pulled. The Blue Jays had to churn through six relievers and eventually lost 11-4. Brandon Bielak threw six and two-thirds to save the Astros’ premier late-innings arms.
- The Phillies overcame the Tigers 8-3 with Aaron Nola dominant in striking out 12 in a spectacular outing. Ironically, he only gave up one hit, a three-run bomb to Nick Maton after he gave up a couple of walks. Seranthony Domínguez and Andrew Vasquez finished up the game holding the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way. Mason Englert threw heavy in relief and will be unavailable for today’s games.
- The Padres blanked the Cubs 5-0 on the back of Blake Snell’s best outing of the season. Snell gave up two hits across six innings with Steven Wilson, Nick Martinez, and Tim Hill pitching scoreless innings in relief to tie up a convincing win for San Diego.
Bullpen Depth Charts
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