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!
- 28 teams were in action yesterday as the game between the Rockies and the Cubs fell foul of the weather. Bullpens were busy, so check the chart below for any red flags. Most teams had Monday off, so closers shouldn’t be too restricted going into today’s games.
- The best opportunity to vulture a win today could come with the Marlins. Miami is giving one of its top pitching prospects, Edward Cabrera, his MLB debut against the Nationals today. Cabrera has been fantastic across the minors this year but could be managed carefully until the end of the year. Paul Campbell will likely be called upon if Cabrera runs up a high pitch count.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- The Astros placed reliable reliever Pedro Baez on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness. Young Bryan Abreu was recalled from Triple-A in the corresponding move.
- The Phillies activated high-leverage reliever Sam Coonrod from the 60-day injured list. He should work into the late-innings mix once again.
- After designating Heath Hembree for assignment last week, the Reds let another experienced arm go by designating Sean Doolittle for assignment yesterday. The veteran had posted a disappointing 4.46 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 38 1/3 innings for the Reds as part of his one-year free-agent deal. Doolittle was let go to make room on the roster for Tejay Antone, who was activated from the 10-day injured list.
- Big money White Sox acquisition Liam Hendriks once again pitched more than one inning to earn his 29th save of the campaign yesterday. Hendriks got Michael Kopech out of a jam in the eighth by forcing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. into a double play to end the inning. He then gave up three singles and a run before striking out Josh Palacios and closing out the 5-2 win thanks to a groundout. Hendriks remains second on the saves leaderboard behind Mark Melancon.
- Brewers closer Josh Hader is having a phenomenal August. He shut the door on the Reds yesterday to earn his sixth save in eight outings this month. He now has 27 saves on the season while boasting a 1.58 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 78/16 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings. Elite!
- Matt Barnes, who blew a save on Monday, once again pitched himself into trouble while protecting a three-run lead going into the ninth inning against the Twins. He immediately gave up a homer to Josh Donaldson before walking Luis Arráez and Mitch Garver to bring the tying runs to the plate. Hansel Robles was called upon to save the day (literally), and he did in impressive fashion, striking out two of his former teammates before Jake Cave lined out to end Minnesota’s resistance. It was Robles’ 11th save of the year. Barnes’ leash on the closer role is thinning.
- With Tigers closer Gregory Soto unavailable after throwing 70 pitches across two appearances over the weekend, Michael Fulmer was called upon to preserve a three-run lead with two on and two out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nolan Arenado jumped on Fulmer early to hit a two-run double and bring the Cardinals back to within one run, but Fulmer retired the next four hitters to record a four-out save, his eighth save in total this season. Soto should be available for tonight’s matchup.
- The Mariners continue to dumbfound minds across baseball as they beat the A’s once again on the back of a solid relief appearance from Drew Steckenrider. Steckenrider allowed just two hits over 2 1/3 innings to record his fourth save over the past month. He also has two wins in his last 11 appearances and is locked in for a timeshare of the closer role with Paul Sewald.
- Another popular multi-inning reliever is the Rays presumptive closer, Andrew Kittredge. The veteran struck out four of the last seven batters he faced to earn the save in a 3-1 win over the Phillies. It was Kittredge’s first save since May 9 and only his third of the season.
- David Bednar wasn’t available for the Pirates after being overworked for three of the past four days, so Chris Stratton was called upon in the ninth inning to protect a 4-2 lead over the Diamondbacks. He went 1-2-3 in impressive fashion and looks to be the favorite to be given save chances behind Bednar.
- Once again, it was less than impressive from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen who allowed Wil Myers and Jurickson Profar to reach base in the ninth, protecting a three-run lead against the Padres. Adam Frazier struck out swinging to end the Padres’ resistance, and Jansen walked away with his 28th save of the campaign.