Welcome back to our Relievers to Stream for Wins and Saves series! 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 7 days a week, so be sure to check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!
- Tanner Houck starts for the Red Sox on Saturday against Matt Harvey and the Orioles. This is a rare situation where a young starter has a good chance of getting pulled before the end of the 5th even with his team up, making way for a nice vulture win situation for a member of the Boston bullpen. I could see either fellow rookie Garrett Whitlock or Darwinzon Hernandez being the fist called upon, depending on the matchups presented at the time.
- Rich Hill is slated to start the game for the Rays on Saturday but should be replaced by Chris Archer before the 5th inning, putting himself in line to steal a win there as well.
- Aroldis Chapman will finish out his two-day suspension on Saturday. Expect Chad Green to be called upon to close out the game if the save opportunity arises for the Yankees, but Chapman will obviously be the consistent 9th inning choice for New York starting Sunday.
- Tanner Scott was used in the 8th inning for the Orioles, while César Valdez recorded the save against the Red Sox during the season opener makeup game. It’s important to mention that Valdez was seen warming up in the bullpen before Scott and the decision to use Scott in the 8th may have been driven by the lefty Rafael Devers set to lead off the inning for the Red Sox.
- Anthony Bass made his debut for the Marlins and it was one I’m sure he’d like back. After Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless 8th, Bass allowed 4 earned runs on 4 hits, including a Joey Wendle 3-run home run, in the 9th. Credited with the blown save and the loss, Bass did throw 14 of his 15 pitches for strikes, it was just unfortunate they were very hittable strikes.
- On the other side of the ball, Diego Castillo recorded his second save for the Rays in as many games, allowing one hit and striking out one in the process. That’s two in a row for both Castillo and Pete Fairbanks, so who comes up in the 9th for the Rays on Saturday is anybody’s guess.
- Liam Hendriks earned his first save with the White Sox, but it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. With his team up just one run, Hendricks was called upon to get the final out of the 8th inning. Chicago scored 5 insurance runs at the expense of Raisel Iglesias, Steve Cishek, and Alex Claudio in the top of the 9th, giving Hendriks a lot to work with as he returned to close it out, still having originally entered the game in a save situation. After starting the inning strong, Hendriks gave up a single before allowing a 2-run bomb to Shohei Ohtani, followed by a walk to Mike Trout before settling down and ending the game to earn the save. With the homer in his debut, there’s nothing to worry about here.
- With the Athletics down 2 runs going into the 8th they called upon Sergio Romo to keep it that way. He did so, giving up a hit and a walk in the process, but leaving the inning unscathed. After closing the gap and bringing it within one run, Oakland brought in fill-in closer Jake Diekman in the 9th. After intentionally loading the bases, Diekman allowed a 2 run single to Kyle Tucker before getting two straight strikeouts and then making way to J.B. Wendelken, who struggled to get the final out of the inning himself. Diekman was expected to be the ninth-inning option with Trevor Rosenthal on the shelf but keep an eye on Sergio Romo to get a look if Diekman struggles continue in his next outing.
- Ryan Pressley pitched a scoreless 9th in a non-save situation after the Astros scored 3 extra runs in the top of the 9th. Pressley needed just 16 pitches to get through it and should still be available on Saturday if needed.
- Mark Melancon recorded his second save in as many days as a member of the Padres’ bullpen, while Emilio Pagán was credited with the win after his perfect 8th inning performance. That’s two in a row for both relievers, so those rostering Drew Pomeranz from this grouping should hope for some late-inning exposure on Saturday if needed.
- Jake McGee pitched a perfect 9th for the Giants, recording his first save of the season to go along with two strikeouts. As expected, Tyler Rogers set McGee up, pitching a scoreless 8th inning. That makes two in a row for both McGee and Rogers, though McGee combined for just 19 total pitches between his two outings and would be more likely available in a tight spot than Rogers who has thrown 25 pitches.
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