Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 5/4

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:

  • The Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox, Astros, Braves, Marlins, Nationals, Reds, and Diamondbacks had a scheduled day off yesterday. The Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, and Rockies also didn’t play due to their games being postponed. As a result, their bullpens should all be completely fresh and ready to roll.
  • Today’s slate features 17 games, with a pair of double-headers in an effort to make up for yesterday’s postponements.
  • Riley Smith draws the start for Arizona tonight in a road start against the Marlins. The 26-year-old hasn’t pitched more than four innings since April 10th, so there is a decent chance he doesn’t make it through five tonight. Whoever enters the game after him, possibly Caleb Smith could therefore have a chance to vulture a win.

 

Roster moves:

  • José Alvarado‘s suspension has been reduced to two games, from the initial three games he was first given. He served the first half of the suspension yesterday, and will be available to pitch again tomorrow, after finishing up the suspension tonight.
  • Miami Marlins reliever Paul Campbell has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for PEDs. The suspension will begin immediately, after the 25-year-old tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

 

  • The Colorado Rockies placed Carlos Estévez on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 30th, with a right middle finger strain.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays placed Anthony Castro on the 10-day IL with a right forearm strain.

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks is headed to the IL with right elbow inflammation.
  • The Los Angeles Angels placed Mike Mayers on the IL without an injury designation, and he will likely return within a few days.

 

Yesterday’s performances:

  • Coming on to protect a lead in the eighth inning, Héctor Neris completed a five-out save for his sixth of the year. Neris cleaned up an eighth-inning mess created by Connor Brogdon, who was charged with two earned runs, and then went on to get all three outs in the ninth by way of strikeout. He did end up throwing 40 pitches however, and will almost certainly be unavailable to pitch tonight. With José Alvarado suspended for another game, Sam Coonrod is likely the favorite for a save, should the opportunity arise.
  • Entering the ninth inning with a three-run lead, Taylor Rogers came in to pick up his second save in as many chances. He was fortunate to have a three-run lead, as he gave up a two-run bomb to Joey Gallo before finishing off the Rangers with a game-ending strikeout of Adolis García. The runs were the first two earned runs allowed by Rogers this year, who now seems firmly entrenched as the Twins closer after Alex Colomé did everything in his power to lose the job.

 

  • Alex Reyes worked around a pair of walks to protect a one-run lead in the ninth and beat the Mets 6-5. The 26-year-old has had his share of dicey appearances thus far, with just eight strikeouts to 12 walks in 14.1 innings, but he has yet to allow a run and is already up to eight saves on the year. Giovanny Gallegos pitched a perfect eighth inning for his sixth straight scoreless outing.
  • Coming on to protect a two-run lead in the ninth, Emmanuel Clase worked around a two-out single to pick up his sixth save of the season. He has now pitched 13.1 shutout innings and looks to be one of the most dominant closers in the league thus far. James Karinchak worked an inning and a third and gave up his first earned run of the season, a home run to Hunter Dozier.

 

  • Entering the game down two, Raisel Iglesias served up a two-run shot to Manuel Margot that extended the Rays lead to four. Iglesias has had a rollercoaster of a season thus far, and he continues to pitch especially poorly in non-save situations.
  • After Lou Trivino picked up each of the last three saves for Oakland, it was Jake Diekman who got the call to close out the game in this one. He struck out two in a dominant ninth to end the game, while Trivino gave up a run in the eighth. That now gives Diekman three saves for the year compared to Trivino’s five, as they continue to share ninth inning duties, with Trivino still serving as the slight favorite for save chances.

 

  • César Valdez struck out two on his way to a perfect ninth inning and his seventh save of the young season. The 36-year-old lowered his season ERA to 1.32, as he continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises in all of baseball.
  • The San Diego Padres combined for a four-hit shutout in a bullpen game that saw six different pitchers throw at least an inning. Miguel Diaz opened the game with a strong three innings, his first Major League appearance since 2019. They then turned things over to the bullpen, which finished off the game with just one hit allowed in the final four innings. Mark Melancon picked up his league-leading tenth save of the season, dropping his ERA to a terrific 0.64 in the process.

 

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.

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