Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/20

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!

 

Notes

 

Schedule notes:

  • Only 14 out of 30 teams played yesterday, meaning most bullpens should be fresh and ready to roll without restrictions.
  • Today’s slate features all 30 teams, including an extra game as the Twins and Athletics play a double-header to make up for yesterday’s postponement.
  • Nick Neidert gets the start for the Marlins at home against the Orioles tonight. Neidert failed to make it through five innings in either of his first two starts this year, so this could be an opportunity to vulture a win in a favorable matchup.

 

Injury news:

  • José Alvarado was placed on the COVID-19 IL. It is unclear if Alvarado actually tested positive, but he can be activated off the IL as soon as he clears protocol.

 

Yesterday’s performances:

  • In an 11-4 blowout win over the White Sox, Garrett Whitlock relieved Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi and finished the game with 2.2 perfect innings. Whitlock once again looked dominant, striking out two batters while forcing six groundouts against the eight batters he faced. The 24-year-old rookie has now pitched nine scoreless innings on the season, allowing just three hits while striking out 11 and not giving up any free passes.
  • With the game already well out of hand, the White Sox turned the ball over to two position players to pitch the final two innings of their blowout loss. Yermín Mercedes gave up three hits, two walks, and a run, but Danny Mendick pitched a scoreless inning, striking out Franchy Cordero in the process.

 

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon settled in for two shutout innings at the end of a 12-5 victory, after allowing a combined nine earned runs across his previous 2.1 innings pitched. The only base runner reached from being hit by a pitch, on an otherwise extremely encouraging bounce-back performance.
  • With Jake McGee on the IL due to vaccine side effects, it was Wandy Peralta who pitched the ninth inning to record his second save of the season. Tyler Rogers got the save the night before, hinting at a possible timeshare in the ninth should McGee ever go down with an injury, but the Giants closer will almost certainly be back on the mound in the next day or two. Also noteworthy was Camilo Doval pitching another scoreless inning after making a successful Major League debut just two days ago. The 23-year-old has electric stuff with a fastball that can hit 100, making him an intriguing name to keep an eye on down the road.

 

  • Trailing by three, Wade Davis came in and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. The veteran has now allowed a run in three straight appearances, reducing the likelihood that Mike Matheny turns to him for a save opportunity in a bullpen that has already seen six saves go to five different relievers.
  • Ian Kennedy pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels to secure his fourth save of the season. He made things interesting, serving up back-to-back two out singles to bring the winning run to the plate, but worked out of the jam for his third scoreless appearance in a row. Largely due to a lack of better options, Kennedy appears fully locked into the closer role for the time being.

 

  • David Price worked around a walk to pitched a scoreless sixth inning in an eventual one-run loss to the Mariners. Since opening the year with back-to-back rocky performances in his first season as a reliever, Price has bounced back to make four straight scoreless appearances that included a win and a save.
  • Rafael Montero was back on the mound in the ninth inning last night, working around a walk and a hit by pitch to record his third save of the season. Montero’s previous save had come on the 11th, while Kendall Graveman and Kenyan Middleton had combined for three saves since then. Graveman entered the game with one out in the seventh, recording five outs without allowing a baserunner before handing the ball over to Montero for the ninth. Scott Servais seems perfectly content with playing the matchups down the stretch each night, though Montero should still be the slightly preferred option for saves at this point. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring.

 

  • Coming on to protect a 3-1 lead against the heart of the Padres order, Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his second save of the year. He struck out one and walked one, and he has now struck out nine batters in 4.2 dominant, hitless innings this season. Brent Suter worked a scoreless eighth after giving up runs in each of his previous two appearances.
  • Drew Pomeranz gave up his first run of the year, a solo shot to Tyrone Taylor in the eighth that extended the Brewers lead to 3-1. He came back to strike out two, his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the season in just 5.2 innings pitched.

 

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

 

Photo by Kent Kanouse/Flickr | Adapted by Justin Redler (@reldernitsuj on Twitter)

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 has previously written for Cover The Spread 365.

  • Avatar JM says:

    What about JB Bukauskas in Arizona? Any chance he takes the closer role?
    P.s. love your work, keep it up, thanks

    • Kyle Frank Kyle Frank says:

      Appreciate the love, JM! I really like Bukauskas, but I honestly don’t see an immediate change coming. It’s just hard to envision a guy who’s never pitched at the major league level before jumping right into a closer role in the first week or month of his career. I could definitely see the move being made a little later into the season if he pitches well. Hopefully I’m wrong though and the change is made in the next few days, because he’s definitely the most intriguing option!

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