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!
- Only Cleveland and the Royals had the day off on Tuesday. We already know the committee approach Cleveland has adopted with Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak, and Nick Wittgren all slated to see closing duties, but it was interesting that the Royals opted for Jesse Hahn to notch the save in Monday’s series opener rather than Greg Holland. That is something to watch out for when they resume the series today.
- The Astros and the Angels are the only two teams without a game, and with their closing duties set, there may be an opportunity to stream another reliever in their place to pick up an extra hold or save. Ryan Pressly made his second appearance of 2021 for the Astros in relief of Zack Greinke yesterday and picked up a win after 2 dominant innings. Angels closer, Raisel Iglesias, recorded his first loss after giving up a long ball to Carlos Correa at the top of the 9th. Iglesias is locked in as the Angels closer, so this shouldn’t affect anything at all.
- The Braves and the Nationals play a doubleheader, so it is a good day to think about those Next In Line columns below.
- The Rays and the Red Sox went 12 innings yesterday and used 11 pitchers in relief between them, so that is something to keep in mind today. Diego Castillo gave up a bomb to Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez in the 9th to blow the save opportunity, and Jeffrey Springs also gave up a run to blow a second save in the 11th. The awkward, unorthodox Phillips Valdez notched the win for Boston, but closer Matt Barnes did pitch 2 innings and will likely be unavailable today.
- The Rockies and the Diamondbacks went 13 innings and also used 13 relievers as the D-backs scored 3 runs in the top of the 13th to seal a 10-8 win. Presumptive closer Chris Devenski and Yoan Lopez both blew save opportunities, and it was down to veteran Brad Peacock to come in and throw 3 innings to record the win. Daniel Bard and Mychal Givens also pitched single innings. Both these bullpens offer low fantasy output.
- Mark Melancon is currently leading baseball in saves after notching his third of the season in the Padres 3-1 win over the Giants. Emilio Pagan pitched the 8th, and former Pirates closer Keone Kela picked up the win after a clean 7th in relief of Yu Darvish. All 3 didn’t give up a hit or a walk.
- Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero was credited with a blown save after giving up a home run to Byron Buxton in the 8th inning whilst holding a 3-2 lead against the Twins. Presumptive closer Gregory Soto came in for the 9th inning and notched the win in extras allowing just 1 hit across 2 impressive frames. If available in your leagues, it is a good time to pick up Soto. Michael Fulmer was credited with his second hold of the season, posting 4 strikeouts over 2 innings in middle relief.
- A.J. Minter was also credited with a blown save after giving up 3 hits and a walk in the 8th with the Braves ahead 4-3. Daniel Hudson pitched a solid 9th inning for the Nats, allowing a walk, and picked up the win when Braves closer Will Smith failed to record an out, giving up a hit to Victor Robles and hitting Trea Turner with a wild slider before Juan Soto hit a walk-off line drive to center field. The Nationals lost Brad Hand earlier in the week, and the situation at the back of the bullpen is murky at best.
- Alex Reyes picked up his second save in as many games, allowing just a walk in 1.1 innings of work against the Marlins. Giovanny Gallegos also notched his second hold of the season too. The Cardinals bullpen looks to be one of the strongest in baseball, and even though the roles look set, there is a host of talent that could see saves going forward, including Jordan Hicks.
- Despiting snagging their first win of the season, the Mets bullpen has been disastrous so far, allowing 11 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings of work. Jeurys Familia gave up 2 runs in the 9th inning to make things interesting against the Phillies after Trevor May posted a mixed-bag of 2 hits and 2 Ks in the 8th. We have yet to see Edwin Diaz over the first couple of games, so he will be a strong candidate to get some work today.
- The first save of the season for Ian Kennedy helped the Rangers overcome the Blue Jays. Matt Bush also notched a hold as Taylor Hearn gave up 2 runs over 2 innings in relief of starter Dane Dunning. This is still an uninspiring bullpen for saves, holds, and wins in relief.
- Brent Suter went 3 strong innings on the back of Freddy Peralta‘s first win of the season as a starter for the Brewers.
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