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!
- Yesterday’s slate featured all 30 teams and yielded only 4 saves across the board. There are plenty of fresh bullpens out there, so all touted and veteran high-leverage guys should be started.
- Teams off today include the Royals, Brewers, Angels, Reds, Giants, and Pirates, which means establish closers Josh Hader, Raisel Iglesias, Jake McGee, and Richard Rodríguez will all have the day off. Plan your rosters accordingly.
- Orioles starter Matt Harvey is set to pitch on just three days rest today; however, there is little to admire in the bullpen in Baltimore right now. Best to stay clear of that situation. The better bet is with the San Diego Padres, who will once again go with Dinelson Lamet in today’s matchup against the Cubs. Nabil Crismatt and Austin Adams are favorites to follow Lamet after the first three innings, and both are a viable streaming option if you are in need of a win. Cleveland announced that JC Mejia will start in place of Eli Morgan today – Mejia has been acting as a starter in the minor leagues, but Trevor Stephan is primed to follow him out of the bullpen in the matchup against the White Sox. So, there are a few options, even if none of them are particularly nailed on.
- After a rough outing on Monday night, Cleveland’s young closer James Karinchak was sent out in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead against the White Sox but made a mess of things. Karinchak allowed four hits and a walk, allowing two earned runs and loading the bases for Jose Abreu with two outs. Abreu grounded out to let Karinchak off the hook and credit him with his seventh save of the season. Emmanuel Clase did not pitch yesterday and will be first in line for a save opportunity for today’s game.
- Jordan Romano pitched around two hits and a walk in the ninth inning to close out the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win over the Marlins. It wasn’t a save situation but the fact that Romano was rolled out a day after earning a save shows that the Blue Jays think he is their go-to guy when the game is on the line. Rafael Dolis struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect eighth inning.
- In an entertaining back-and-forth contest between both the high-flying Cubs and Padres, Craig Kimbrel notched yet another save as he reestablishes himself as one of the game’s best closers. Kimbrel struck out Wil Myers, Tupucita Marcano, and Victor Caratini, needing just 13 pitches to earn his 13th save of the season. He has a whopping 39 strikeouts through 22 frames.
- Make that save number 16 for Cardinals closer Alex Reyes, who closed the door on the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth to close out his team’s 3-2 victory. He needed a wonderful catch from Tyler O’Neill to retire Mookie Betts with two runners on base to end the game. Reyes’ stellar year continues, and he now has 40 strikeouts on the year, sitting one behind Padres closer Mark Melancon for the MLB lead in saves. Giovanny Gallegos was credited with the win despite giving up a two-run home run to Matt Beaty in the bottom of the seventh inning to allow the Dodgers to draw level.
- There could be a new name to watch in Baltimore for the closer’s role – Cole Sulser was called upon to earn his first save of the year for the Orioles, who stopped a miserable 14-game losing streak by beating the Twins 7-4. Presumptive closer César Valdez came in with one out in the eighth inning and immediately gave up a home run to Willians Astudillo. Sulser wasn’t particularly impressive, giving up a walk and a double to make things interesting, but nonetheless, he should be an intriguing option if you are in need of saves in your league.
- Andrew Kittredge recorded his first loss of the season for the Rays in extra innings against the Yankees. Kittredge was 4-0 going into the game and was called upon in the bottom of the 11th inning. He gave up a two-out homer to Clint Frazier to take the loss. Kittredge has been a good bet to vulture wins out of the bullpen this year but isn’t really in the mix for saves in Tampa Bay.
- Setup man Trevor May blew a save and took the loss in extra innings after Edwin Díaz blew his first save of the season in the Mets’ 6-5 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Diaz allowed three hits in a messy outing against a struggling lineup, the run coming courtesy of a Josh Rojas single. A James McCann double put the Mets ahead going into the bottom of the 10th inning, but May walked Pavin Smith before giving up a double to Josh Reddick to hand the win to Arizona.
- The other game to go to extras was the basement battle between the Rockies and the Rangers – Carlos Estevez was charged with a blown save after giving up a run in the eighth inning before closers Daniel Bard and Ian Kennedy pitched clean ninth’s respectively. Brett Martin walked two and gave up a run in the 11th inning to hand the win to Mychal Givens. Not much to shout about here!