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
- There were just ten games on Monday across major league baseball meaning ten teams enjoyed a scheduled off – TBR, BOS, NYY, CHW, LAA, OAK, ATL, MIA, NYM, and CHC will all go into today’s games with a refreshed bullpen.
- Atlanta designated struggling lefty Lucas Luetge for assignment along with former Giants arm Dereck Rodríguez. The moves were to make way for trading for Rockies high leverage man Pierce Johnson, who arrives for a couple of minor league prospects, and Rangers lefty Taylor Hearn.
- The Tigers sent bulk reliever Mason Englert to the 15-day injured list due to left hip tightness. Zach Logue will assume long relief duties after being recalled from the Toledo Mud Hens.
TOR 6 – LAD 3 (11)
SV: Jordan Romano (28)
- Further establishing himself as an elite fantasy asset for saves, Jordan Romano retired the Dodgers on nine pitches to lock down his second save in as many days in the bottom of the 11th inning. Romano has failed to give up a run in six of his last seven appearances, boasting a 2.83 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 50:14 K:BB through 41 and a third innings in 2023.
- Phil Bickford had a disaster on the mound, giving up a single, a double, and two walks after a Chris Taylor throwing error allowed the Blue Jays to take the upper hand in extra innings. Daulton Varsho did the damage with a liner with the bases loaded to bring home two runs before Bickford walked in a run to compound a miserable outing.
BAL 3 – PHI 2
HD: Danny Coulombe (18)
SV: Cionel Pérez (1)
- Benefitting from the absence of Félix Bautista and Yennier Cano, who have both pitched in four of the Orioles’ last five games, Cionel Pérez was given the ball in the ninth and worked around a hit and a walk to record his first save of the season. The southpaw now boasts a 1.93 ERA over his last nine innings. It is unlikely he sees regular save opportunities, however.
- Closer Craig Kimbrel took the loss a day after blowing a save against the Orioles. Kimbrel walked Gunnar Henderson and then gave up a double to Colton Cowser, which turned out to be the winning run. Still, Kimbrel has converted 5 of 6 save opportunities in his last 10 appearances and has an impressive 0.90 ERA to boot.
KCR 5 – CLE 3
HD: Carlos Hernández (8)
SV: Scott Barlow (12)
- Scott Barlow bounced back from a number of recent ugly outings to record his 12th save of the season and lengthen the leash a little from the impressive Carlos Hernández, who pitched a clean eighth inning to earn his eighth hold of the season for the Royals. Barlow allowed singles to Andrés Giménez and Will Brennan before escaping the jam forcing two outs.
- Daniel Norris pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Logan Allen, but it wasn’t enough to factor into the game in a meaningful way.
STL 10 – ARI 6
- Giovanny Gallegos benefitted from a meltdown in the Diamondbacks bullpen to earn his second win of the year despite allowing a double to the first batter he faced to give Arizona a lead in the bottom of the seventh. Gallegos bounced back to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, striking out Corbin Carroll with two runners on base. It wasn’t convincing but he remains as a viable option in the late innings for the Cardinals.
- Andrew Chafin blew his second successive save opportunity by giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. At the weak end of a trio of closers in Arizona, Chafin has gone downhill recently and has seen just two save opportunities in the past month, both of which he has failed to convert. Scott McGough is the better long play here.
TEX 9 – HOU 10
- A barnstorming game at Minute Maid Park went bonkers in the seventh inning as both teams tee’d off on the bullpen. Recently acquired Aroldis Chapman gave up a three-run homer to Chas McCormick after the Rangers scored three runs in the top of the inning to take the lead. Alex Speas then walked two batters and gave up a game-winning single to Yanier Diaz to hand the Astros a memorable win. Yikes!
- The Astros had their problems too, with Phil Maton giving up three runs on two hits with two walks. Houston sent out its big guns in the late innings with Ryne Stanek, Bryan Abreu, and Ryan Pressly all dominating and doing enough for the offensive to earn the win.
The best of the rest…
- The Twins continued their impressive run with a walk-off single from Carlos Correa in the bottom of the tenth after Kolten Wong smashed a two-run homer off Griffin Jax to seemingly give the Mariners the advantage in the top of the ninth. However, Andrés Muñoz allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Kiriloff and Max Kepler to allow Minnesota back into the contest. Paul Sewald gave up two singles to give up the game for the Mariners.
- Alexis Díaz picked up a rare loss, his second of the season, after entering a tied game in the bottom of the ninth against the Brewers. Diaz gave up a walk before back-to-back singles allowed Blake Perkins to score the winning run. Diaz failed to record an out on a rare off-day for one of the game’s best ninth-inning arms.
- A two-run bomb by Zack Short off Ryan Walker was enough the extend the Tigers’ lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning. Jason Foley was sent out to close out the game in a non-save situation and struck out two in another dominant performance. He is hot on the heels of Alex Lange for save opportunities.
- 12 runs in the last three innings saw the Rockies overcome the Nationals 10-6. Rico Garcia and Corey Abbott were hit hard, Gavin Hollowell and Matt Koch likewise for the Rockies. These bullpens are a disaster.
- Colin Holderman pitched in a non-save situation in the ninth to preserve a four-run lead and ensure the Pirates upset the Padres 8-4. The Pirates bullpen kept the Padres quiet in relief of Quinn Priester, who earned his first win of the season against Yu Darvish.
Bullpen Depth Charts