Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 7/20

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 following teams had a scheduled day off yesterday: NYY, KCR, SEA, PHI, MIL, COL. Additionally, the game between the Padres and Braves was postponed. As a result, all eight of these teams should have completely fresh bullpens for their games today.
  • The best chance to vulture a win today comes from the Mets who are rolling with Robert Stock as their starting pitcher against the Reds. Stock has made two spot starts this season, one with the Cubs, and one with the Mets. He pitched four innings in each of them. On top of that, he pitched an inning in a Triple-A game on Sunday, so the odds of him making it to five innings are extremely low. Drew Smith could be an option to enter the game in relief of Stock, and is therefore someone to watch for a sneaky win.

 

Transaction and Injury Notes

 

  • The Dodgers are adding pitching prospect Josiah Gray to the team’s active roster with the intention of him pitching tonight, likely in a long relief role. The team also activated Victor González from the 10-day IL.
  • The Pirates designated Kyle Crick for assignment. While not pitching great this year with a 4.44 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, the move still comes as a bit of a surprise.
  • The Mets transferred Corey Oswalt to the 60-day IL.

 

  • The Reds placed Michael Lorenzen on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain. It’s a tough break for Lorenzen, who had just returned from a shoulder injury on Friday.
  • The White Sox optioned Matt Foster to Triple-A Charlotte.
  • The Astros placed Andre Scrubb on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • Entering the game in the bottom of the eighth in the first half of a double-header, Hansel Robles worked around a ground-rule double to pick up his tenth save of the season. The opening runner on second scored on the double, but Robles and the Twins were able to escape with the win after putting up two runs of their own in the top half of the inning. With six straight scoreless innings that have brought his season ERA down from 4.50 to 3.86, Robles is clearly the preferred option for saves in Minnesota over Taylor Rogers, who pitched a scoreless sixth inning in this one. Tyler Duffey picked up his second win of the month with a scoreless seventh inning to keep things tied up at the time.
  • Bouncing back in the second game of their double-header, the White Sox took game two with a 5-3 victory over the Twins. Aaron Bummer walked away with a lucky win, as he threw a 1-2-3 top of the seventh with his team down a run. A walk-off three-run homer by exciting rookie Gavin Sheets got Bummer his second win of the season.

 

  • Trevor May got the last two outs of an 11-inning affair against the Reds to pick up his second save in as many days, after Edwin Díaz blew another one. It’s now his third straight blown save, as his ERA has jumped from 2.86 to 4.30. After pitching so well for most of the year, it would seem unlikely that he has already lost his job as the Mets closer, but one more hiccup could be the nail in the coffin for Díaz. May would seem to be the next in line should the team choose to demote Díaz.
  • Protecting a one-run lead in the ninth, Ryan Pressly worked around a leadoff walk to earn his 17th save of the season. He has now thrown 16 straight scoreless innings with a 25:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. With his ERA down to 1.38 on the season, the 32-year-old has been one of the best relievers in baseball this season.

 

  • Coming in to pitch the final two frames of the ballgame, Lou Trivino collected his 15th save of the season, despite giving up a run in the ninth. It was just his second run allowed since May 5th, as his ERA has dropped all the way from 4.15 to 1.96 over the past two months.
  • Entering the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead over the Pirates, Joakim Soria worked around two singles to escape with his fifth save of the year. Pitching for a third straight day, Soria’s endurance was certainly tested with it taking 23 pitches to finish this one off, but he was able to get the job done in the end. Almost certainly unavailable for tonight’s game, look for Noé Ramírez to work the ninth should another save opportunity present itself.

 

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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 can also be found writing about the NBA on Fantrax.

  • Avatar Jayson says:

    I may sound a bit repetitive, but I will once again point at my worries towards Edwin Diaz.
    Since the crackdown he has been a disaster! There definitely are issues against some batters since he was prevented from using sticky stuff to pitch. I mean it’s clearly visible…
    I think Diaz doesn’t own any safety net in the hierarchy with the Mets since he never was able to be the top high-end closer the Mets paid for when they got him from the Mariners. This season before the crackdown he looked like he was eventually becoming this guy, but since the crackdown he looks even more terrible than 2 seasons ago when he arrived in NY.
    I’m not saying he’s going to lose his closer duty with the Mets. But the only reason he still is the closer of the Mets is because there isn’t anybody else to challenge him. Trevor May is a backup at best and useful in other leverage situations for the Mets. And Seth Lugo has been all but awesome since he came back from his injury. Diaz may remain the closer or force the Mets to enter into a committee, but the problem is that Diaz definitely looks like he can close the season with an ERA > 6.00 and a WHIP > 1.35. And all that with a BS number bigger than 10.
    So based on his draft average price and the lack of safety he’s providing more and more, I’m thinking more and more than Diaz will soon be a below average closer in terms of value unless you’re in a league of over 12 managers with saves only and not saves + holds.

    • Kyle Frank Kyle Frank says:

      I agree that he has been something of a disaster since the crackdown, but I wouldn’t yet go so far as to say he will finish with an ERA above 6.00. At this point, draft price is a sunk cost and it shouldn’t even be a consideration this far into the season. Also, being that “saves”, and not “saves + holds” is the yahoo default, that is how I evaluate the value of these pitchers. I do agree that he carries much less value in saves + holds leagues, but for saves only leagues, I am giving him a bit more time to right the ship and hopefully adjust to life after the crackdown before I go into panic mode. But yes, I am growing increasingly worried!

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