Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 6/9

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

 

  • After only six teams (BOS, MIA, KC, LAA, CHC, and SD) played on Monday, we had all 30 teams in action on a busy Tuesday across baseball.
  • The best bet to vulture a win today could come from the Dodgers bullpen as Tony Gonsolin returns from the injured list to start his first game of the year. Gonsolin didn’t throw over 60 pitches in his three rehab starts in the minors and failed to go four innings in each game. Mitch White is a solid bet to follow Gonsolin out of the bullpen. The other option is Cleveland’s Phil Maton, who will once again piggyback off J.C. Mejia in the matchup with the Cardinals.

 

Transactions/Injuries

 

  • The Cubs activated Alec Mills from the injured list after three weeks out with a back problem. He is expected to serve out of the bullpen going forward, however, the injury to Adbert Alzolay could change that. A spot starter in the past, Mills has picked up two wins in relief of starters this season and should be monitored considering the strong performances from the ball club so far this season.
  • The neck strain that sent Phillies veteran Brandon Kintzler to the injured list yesterday probably saved him from being designated for assignment. It just hasn’t worked out with the Phillies this season. He goes to the IL with a nasty 8.50 ERA over 20 appearances.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • There were only 4 recorded saves across the 15 games yesterday. Amongst them was Dodgers veteran closer Kenley Jansen, who entered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against the Pirates after Nate Jones had allowed two home runs while protecting a four-run lead.  Jansen struck out Phillip Evans with a nasty 95mph cutter to register the one-out save, his 13th of the season.
  • A’s closer Lou Trivino, who has converted his last four save opportunities, made light work of the middle of the Diamondbacks lineup to notch his ninth save of the season. Trivino looks to be preferred to Jake Diekman as Oakland’s go-to guy in the ninth inning as it stands.

 

  • Rays closer Diego Castillo continued his impressive run since returning from the injured list by blanking the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the year. Castillo has two wins and three saves over his last six outings and now totals 32 strikeouts in 22 frames. More impressive for the often erratic Castillo is his steady 1.10 WHIP. He is only 79% rostered in Yahoo! leagues so check that waiver wire for some great value. It is worth noting that J.P. Feyereisen came in and walked three batters, recording only one out in a setup role.
  • The last save of the day came from an unexpected source—Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero. With Michael Fulmer sent to the injured list on Sunday, Cisnero could be the primary beneficiary on the back of this outing. He pitched around a leadoff walk and a wild pitch to close the door on the Mariners and protect a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, which included impressive strikeouts of J.P. Crawford and Mitch Haniger. Gregory Soto is the other name in the mix for saves in Detroit.

 

  • Garrett Crochet picked up a win in relief for the White Sox to move to 2-2 on the season. The young leftie is highly touted as a starter for years to come but is gaining valuable experience in a high-leverage role in Chicago. Crochet struck out Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in a clean eighth inning yesterday—he now sports a solid 0.49 ERA with 22 Ks in just 18 innings in his sophomore campaign.
  • Holding a one-run lead going into the top of the eighth inning against the Braves, the Phillies bullpen fell apart allowing five runs in the inning. First, Connor Brogdon gave up a home run to Austin Riley before walking Dansby Swanson and allowing a single to Abraham Almonte. Sam Coonrod was called upon to clean up the mess but allowed two hits and two runs to take the game away from Philadelphia. With Kintzler on the IL and the unreliability of both Archie Bradley and José Alvarado, it’s a situation that should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Only Héctor Neris offers any production right now.

 

  • Twins reliever Taylor Rogers had hoped to be a save-machine in Minnesota this year, however, nothing could be further from the truth after another disappointing appearance against the Yankees yesterday. Entering the tied 3-3 game in the top of the eighth inning, Rogers allowed back-to-back singles from pinch hitter Clint Frazier and the struggling Miguel Andujar to hand the advantage to the Yankees. They went on to add two runs on three hits off Rogers, whose messy inning only harms his chances of further save opportunities. Hansel Robles still remains the better option for the Twins.
  • Jonathan Loáisiga picked up his fifth win of the year, benefitting from Rogers’ indiscretions. The young gun has been mightily impressive in a mediocre bullpen this season, working his way into a key role behind closer Aroldis Chapman in the later innings. Loaisiga doesn’t rack up the strikeouts, which hurts his fantasy value, but he more than makes up for it with consistency and results when it counts. He is a great option for wins going forward at only 23% rostered in Yahoo! leagues.

 

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Benjamin Haller

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