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!
- Thanks to a rainout on Tuesday in Cleveland, we had a “full” 15-game slate yesterday despite the Dodgers and Giants having the day off. A combination of near-rainouts and actual blowouts, however, kept many high-leverage arms out of action. Alex Reyes, Raisel Iglesias, and Lou Trivino were the only regular closers who picked up saves.
- Today’s schedule is somewhat cramped by Thursday standards and gives just four teams the day off: the Orioles, Rays, Tigers, and Cubs are the only teams out of action.
- Cardinals closer Alex Reyes picked up his 20th save of the year last night in a 7–4 win over the Diamondbacks. Reyes struck out one and allowed one hit, and his clean outing keeps his ERA under 1.00 on the year. He’ll likely be off tomorrow after throwing on back-to-back days, and Giovanny Gallegos is the likely replacement against the Rockies in Coors.
- Matt Barnes inexplicably pitched the ninth of a four-run win over the Royals, his third appearance in a row. The Red Sox led by at least three runs from the fifth inning on, so there it wasn’t as if Alex Cora thought he’d had a one-run lead to protect when Barnes started warming either. Regardless, Barnes struck out two and allowed just one hit in a clean non-save situation. He should almost certainly be off tomorrow, and Adam Ottovino is rested for that chance in the last game of their series against Kansas City.
- The Yankees led the Angels 8–4 when Aroldis Chapman came into the game in the top of the 9th inning. He left with the game tied, which technically does not constitute a blown save, as he did not enter the game in a save situation. Chapman walked three batters and recorded one forceout before a Jared Walsh grand slam cleared the bases. Lucas Luetge then allowed three more runs to score on a walk and three hits. Chapman’s poor June ends with an 11.42 ERA, a .500 OBP against, and a 22% strikeout rate.
- Raisel Iglesias took the mound in the bottom of the 9th in the Bronx and picked up his 15th save of the year. He did so on just nine pitches, forcing two groundouts before striking out Rougned Odor to end the game.
- The Oakland A’s turned to Lou Trivino to close out their 3–1 victory over the Texas Rangers. Trivino, who now has 13 saves on the year, now has twice as many saves as his left-handed counterpart Jake Diekman, which does provide more evidence as to who we should nominally call the closer there.
- The bullpen situation in Baltimore has been far less clear even than Oakland, and manager Brandon Hyde continued that by handing the ball off to Cole Sulser for the ninth inning of their last game of a series sweep against the Astros. Sulser joins Adam Plutko and Dillon Tate in recording saves in the last three nights for Baltimore, but he stands out as the most capable high-leverage arm going forward. It’s worth watching how Paul Fry, Hunter Harvey, and Tanner Scott also find roles in what has been a shapeless bullpen of late.
- Tim Hill closed the door for the San Diego Padres last night after a final frame in which he gave up just one hit. But Mark Melancon should have no worries about his role just yet — Hill only pitched the fifth inning. A lengthy rain delay forced the game to be called, giving Hill his first save of the year.