Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 8/3

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 14 teams had a scheduled day off yesterday: SD, LAD, COL, STL, CIN, CHC, ATL, OAK, HOU, MIN, KC, DET, CWS, BOS. As a result, they should all have completely fresh bullpens heading into tonight’s full slate of games.
  • Nestor Cortes will get the start for the Yankees at home against the Orioles tonight. Cortes has pitched well this season with a 1.93 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 32.2 innings pitched, but he has reached the five inning mark just once all year. As a result, he could create a very intriguing opportunity to vulture a win if he cannot get through five, especially against the AL-worst Orioles. Newly acquired Clay Holmes, who was traded to the Yankees at the deadline, is my pick to enter the game after Cortes, and therefore have the best chance to pick up a win.

 

Transaction and Injury Notes

 

  • The Brewers placed Josh Hader on the COVID-19 IL. Hader tested positive, and will therefore be sidelined for at least the next 10 days.
  • The Mets placed Miguel Castro on the COVID-19 IL after he woke up with symptoms on Monday morning. He has yet to get back his test results, so there is no official word on how much time he will miss.
  • The Diamondbacks optioned Stefan Crichton back down to Triple-A Reno. He made his way back up to the big leagues last week, but gave up four earned runs in one inning across two appearances and will now go back down to try and figure things out again.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • Protecting a three-run lead in the bottom of the 10th, Emmanuel Clase worked a 1-2-3 inning to earn his 14th save of the season. After scuffling in the early part of July, giving up five earned runs in 1.1 innings across three straight appearances, Clase has regained his form to work seven straight games without allowing a run. While James Karinchak, who worked a scoreless seventh inning last night, is certainly a threat to earn some save opportunities, Clase appears to be locked in as the preferred ninth innning option in Cleveland right now.
  • Entering the top of the 10th inning in a tied game, Brad Hand imploded once again, giving up two earned runs (three total) and taking the loss. After allowing a total of 14 runs through July 17th, he has now given up 12 runs in the last two weeks. For a guy trying to challenge Jordan Romano for save opportunities with his new team, this is not the way to do it. Romano pitched a clean ninth inning to keep things tied, lowering his season ERA to 2.41 in the process. He should remain the favorite for saves until further notice.

 

  • With newly-appointed closer Kyle Finnegan likely unavailable after pitching in three of the last four days, the Nationals used Gabe Klobosits and Wander Suero to try and preserve a 3-2 lead. They did not preserve it. The two of them combined to give up five runs in the ninth, as Washington eventually fell to the Phillies 7-5. Neither of these pitchers is fantasy relevant unless Finnegan were to get hurt, in which case both of them could see save chances in the future.
  • Dylan Floro got the final four outs of Monday’s win over the Mets to earn his third save of the season. There was some speculation as to who would take over ninth inning duties in the wake of Yimi García being traded to Houston, with Floro, Anthony Bender, and possibly Anthony Bass being options to close, but the presumed favorite Floro saw the first opportunity in this one. The 30-year-old has been brilliant of late, tossing 15.1 straight scoreless innings, and he would figure to see the bulk of Miami’s save opportunities the rest of the way.

 

  • Protecting a 4-1 lead entering the ninth, Spencer Patton worked a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the first save of his career. Despite a blown save on Saturday, Rangers manager Chris Woodward turned to Patton again in this one, and he was able to get the job done this time. With Ian Kennedy now on the Phillies, Patton could continue to see the bulk of the Rangers save opportunities moving forward if he can perform like he did last night.
  • Entering the ninth inning with the bases loaded and one out after John Axford was ineffective in his first MLB appearance since 2018, Brad Boxberger recorded the final two outs of the game to collect his fourth save of the year. Now owning a 2.64 ERA on the season, Boxberger will continue to be a major part of the Brewers bullpen, but is unlikely to see many more save chances down the stretch.
  • Working the final two innings of an extra-innings contest between the Giants and Diamondbacks, Jarlín García earned his third win since July 9th. With Jake Mcgee and Tyler Rogers both unavailable in this one, García was called upon to work both the ninth and tenth in a tied game at the time, but he got the job done, lowering his ERA to 2.70 on the year.

 

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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.

2 responses to “Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 8/3”

  1. Buctober says:

    I have the opportunity to get either McGee or Clase. I like Clase better but McGee is on the better / should have more opportunities. How would you rank those two going forward? Thanks!

    • Kyle Frank says:

      Well first I’d like to say that if at all possible, I’d try to grab both of them! If you can only go with one however, I’d definitely say McGee is the guy. The Giants keep winning, he’s top five in saves this season and tied for the most in the last month, and he hasn’t given up an earned run since May! Plus, Karinchak is more of a threat to steal opportunities from Clase than Rogers will with McGee in my opinion. McGee is definitely the answer!

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