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!
- All 30 teams were in action yesterday and bullpens were relied upon heavily in a busy day of action.
- The best opportunity to vulture a win tonight could come from the Chicago Cubs bullpen as Robert Stock has been called up from Triple-A to start against the Mets. Stock has no real starter experience in the bigs, so look for Tommy Nance to be the bulk reliever to be called upon after Keegan Thompson and Rex Brothers pitched yesterday. The Cubs do come up against Jacob deGrom, however, so temper expectations.
- Aroldis Chapman protected a one-run lead to earn his 13th save of the season after the Yankees came back from trailing 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning against the Blue Jays to win 6-5. Chapman hit 101 mph a couple of times on the gun and pitched a perfect ninth to rejuvenate a disillusioned Yankees franchise. Chapman has converted 13-of-15 save opportunities and boasts 44 strikeouts over 24 1/3 innings in 2021.
- After earning the win the night before, Matt Barnes trotted out in the ninth inning for the Red Sox and struck out two Braves batters to earn his 15th save of the year – Barnes now has 52 punchouts on the season but what is more impressive is his 0.78 WHIP. After blowing a couple of saves last week, confidence has been restored over the last two nights.
- Liam Hendriks keeps racking up the saves for the White Sox—yesterday was his 18th save of the year, and he now sits just one behind saves leader Mark Melancon. Hendriks has appeared in six of the last nine White Sox games, converting all four save opportunities and picking up a win, allowing only two runs across six frames. He did allow back-to-back singles to make things interesting in the ninth with one out and a three-run lead against the Rays, however, he struck out Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle to seal the win for his ball club.
- After Jake McGee earned the save yesterday, Tyler Rogers was called upon to close out the game against the Diamondbacks after Mike Yastrzemski hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Giants an unlikely 9-8 lead. Rogers needed only 10 pitches to retire all three batters he faced. He will continue to mix in for saves with McGee for a team that just keeps winning. He now has nine saves on the year.
- A couple of setup guys took advantage of workload management to earn saves yesterday. The first was A’s veteran Yusmeiro Petit, who spelled Lou Trivino and Jake Diekman (who both pitched the night before) to record just his second save of 2021. Petit gave up a solo home run to Jared Walsh but answered back by retiring the next three hitters to see out the win. Diekman has struggled of late, so keep an eye out for Petit in future high-leverage situations as he is a guy manager Bob Melvin trusts wholeheartedly.
- Blake Treinen picked up the save for the Dodgers as Kenley Jansen was unavailable after pitching on back-to-back nights. The former A’s closer had a rough May but has bounced back in June, allowing just one hit in his last four outings. He is locked in as the next-in-line for the Dodgers behind Jansen.
- Alex Reyes came away with his fourth win of the season in the Cardinals’ narrow 2-1 win over the Marlins. With the game tied at 1-1 going into the ninth inning, Reyes pitched around a leadoff walk to keep the Marlins off the board. Paul Goldschmidt took Marlins closer Yimi García deep for a leadoff walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth to hand Reyes the win. After earning the save the night before, Reyes threw 9-of-10 pitches for strikes and seems entrenched in the closer’s role for the starter-hungry Cardinals pitching staff.
- Reds closer Lucas Sims earned his fourth win of the season too. After pitching two innings in Sunday’s win over the Rockies, Reds manager David Bell called for his preferred high leverage option with the game tied scoreless at the top of the ninth inning. There was some concern after Sims walked Christian Yelich, but he fired back retiring the next three batters in an impressive fashion. With Tejay Antone on the injured list with a forearm injury, it was Heath Hembree called upon, rather than Amir Garrett, to protect a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning. Hembree struck out Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley Jr. before giving up an unearned run on a single to Daniel Robertson. Garrett was brought in, however, after Hembree walked the next batter, Luis Urias. The fiery Reds arm struck out Tim Lopes to earn just his third save of the season.
- With Edwin Díaz overworked by pitching in three of the last four days, recently returned Seth Lugo notched his first save of the season by shutting out the Cubs across the eighth and ninth innings yesterday. Lugo has been thrust straight into the mix for holds and saves for the Mets and looks a good bet to be productive for the remainder of the year. He is still only 10% owned in Yahoo! leagues and is a steal on the waiver wire.
- Gregory Soto worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the Tigers to earn his first save since May 27. José Cisnero had seen the Tigers’ last couple of save opportunities, but he threw 26 pitches on Monday was deemed unavailable yesterday. Soto isn’t likely to be prolific, but he is a decent chance to earn the odd save if you are desperate or in deeper leagues.
- Ryan Pressly came away with his third win of the year to add to his 10 saves for the Astros. The unheralded big man in Houston is quietly putting together a top-tier closer-like season. He has a 2.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 29 Ks over 27 frames. He isn’t going to hit big strikeout numbers which keeps him out of the elite closer conversation, but Pressly is a valuable commodity on an Astros team that will be there or thereabouts come October.
- James Karinchak has struck out eight of the last 10 batters he has faced over his past three appearances. The unorthodox young arm registered his fourth win of the year yesterday and is working beautifully with Emmanuel Clase as a devastating 1-2 punch at the back end of the Cleveland bullpen. Karinchak leads all relievers with 53 strikeouts on the season so far. Tasty! Neither Karinchak and Clase will be available today, however, so look for Nick Wittgren to see a save opportunity if one arises.