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Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 8/19

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 an excellent 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!

 

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Schedule Notes

 

  • After a full 15-game slate yesterday, ten teams will have the day off today: BOS, TOR, CLE, ATL, WAS, CHC, PIT, COL, SD, and SF. That’s almost half of the NL off if you’re playing in a pitchers-hitting league.
  • The Dodgers are opting for a bullpen game today, and while betting on which of their arms will be going in the fifth inning is tough, it’s also a good day to bet on their middle relievers to pitch, period. Brusdar Graterol is my win vulture pick just because he’s fresh and the least-rostered of anyone who could be pitching if the lead changes hands late-ish in the game.

 

Transaction and Injury Notes

  • Aroldis Chapman was activated from the 10-day IL after dealing with elbow inflammation. He made his first appearance in a non-save situation, giving up a solo shot to Hunter Renfroe and only picking up two outs before being replaced for the last out of the game.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

  • Lucas Luetge was the beneficiary of that shaky first appearance from Aroldis Chapman, who only left two runners on and the tying run at the plate. Luetge induced a groundout to end the game and picked up his first career save. Don’t read anything about depth charts from this; Chad Green and Jonathan Loaisiga both needed some rest either way.
  • Devin Williams picked up his third save of the year in the Brewers’ 6-4 win over the Cardinals, but his performance wasn’t the story: Alex Reyes blew a save chance in the 9th by allowing a solo shot to Avisail Garcia and then returned to the mound for the 10th inning only for his defense to allow two errors to allow a total of three unearned runs to score. Reyes might be off today, as might Williams and Josh Hader, who have both pitched in back-to-back games. That should make Brad Boxberger an easy one-day pickup option if possible, as the Brewers start Brandon Woodruff while they wrap their series against Jon Lester.

 

  • The Mariners elected to give last night’s save chance to Drew Steckenrider, who has now appeared in back-to-back games and should be off tomorrow. Paul Sewald should also be off, so Diego Castillo should be the go-to arm tonight if there’s a save chance.
  • The Nationals went to Kyle Finnegan for a four-out save last night, his fourth of the year. It was also his second appearance in two days, so he should be off tomorrow. They also seemingly used everyone short of their bullpen catcher last night, though, so Ryne Harper — who blew a lead last night — might be the freshest later-inning option they have available. (4),
  • Tyler Clippard of the surging Arizona Diamondbacks should also get the day off tomorrow after picking up his second save in two nights, bringing his total to four on the year. Taylor Clarke is the best bet to fill in.

 

  • Scott Barlow closed out the Royals’ 3-2 win over the Astros despite officially allowing three hits. Andrew Benintendi threw out Chas McCormick trying to score from second to end the game, sealing what was an altogether shaky performance. Jake Brentz could be back in action tonight after he finally got some rest.
  • Liam Hendriks struck out the side to close out the White Sox’s win over Oakland, pushing his save total to 28. Kimbrel was away mourning his grandfather’s death but is expected to be available tonight.

 

  • The Angels’ “only use the good pitchers” policy worked last night: Raisel Iglesias picked up his 27th save while striking out two after Shohei Ohtani threw eight innings of one-run ball. The two have combined for 205 strikeouts and 40 home runs on the year, though Iglesias hasn’t been quite as helpful in the latter category.
  • Daniel Bard recovered from a three-run game in his previous outing to pick up his 20th save of the year. Of those, 14 have come at Coors Field, and both his WHIP and ERA have been lower at home. He’s also thrown twice as many innings there, driven in no small part by the Rockies’ home/road splits.

 

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Alexander Chase

When he's not writing about baseball (and sometimes when he is), Alexander Chase teaches test prep and elementary through high school math. He loves Shohei Ohtani, Camden Yards, and the extra-innings ghost runner rule. Don't you?

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