Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 8/4

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

 

  • We had a full slate of games yesterday, and 7 saves were recorded across the 15 matchups. Many regular closers did not need to be called upon, however, so the majority are fresh and ready to throw today.
  • The best chance of a reliever picking up a win today may be in relief of Carlos Carrasco of the New York Mets. The veteran arm is making his second start back from the injured list after going four strong innings in his first appearance back against the Reds in a no-decision last week. Carrasco is slated to be on a pitch count of around 70-80 pitches. Drew Smith should get the nod as the first call to the bullpen.

 

Transaction and Injury Notes

 

  • The Red Sox lost veteran closer, Matt Barnes, to the COVID-IL, a major blow to their postseason push. Adam Ottavino will be relied upon in the ninth going forward.
  • The Dodgers recalled the electric Brusdar Graterol from Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. It remains to be seen whether Graterol will be used in high-leverage situations for the rest of the season or not.

 

  • The Padres bullpen is the best in the National League, and now it gets lefty Matt Strahm back from the 60-day injured list. Strahm could figure into some long relief win situations. Nabil Crismatt was sent down to make room for Strahm.
  • The Nationals optioned Wander Suero to Triple-A after a dismal outing. In a corresponding move, they recalled Javy Guerra from their affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. Suero was thought to be in line for save opportunities behind Kyle Finnegan, but that is mute now.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • After newly acquired closer Ian Kennedy was used on back-to-back nights by the Phillies, Jose Alvarado pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to record his fourth save of the season in the 5-4 win over the Nationals.
  • Seattle Mariners setup man Paul Sewald continued his excellent season with a perfect eighth inning against the Rays. Recently acquired from the Rays, Diego Castillo backed up Sewald to preserve the 4-2 lead and register his first save as a Seattle Mariner. It was quiet relief for Castillo, who had a bad night for his new ball club, to take the loss against the Rangers at the weekend.

 

  • The Detroit Tigers rolled out closer Gregory Soto to protect a 4-2 lead against the Red Sox yesterday. The enigmatic lefty struck out Rafael Devers with a nasty 101 mph sinker on the outside corner to close out the game. Soto has been good for 14 saves across the year.
  • Dylan Floro was called upon by Marlins manager Don Mattingly for the third night in a row against the Mets. The new go-to closer for Miami looked to preserve a 5-3 lead, but he immediately gave up a lead-off walk to Dominic Smith. Despite a couple of excellent defensive plays from Brian Anderson, James McCann drove in a run with a double with the Mets down to their final strike. Floro forced Brandon Drury into a ground out to end the game in what was a scrappy, tired outing. Still, he got the job done to make it two saves in two days.

 

  • After newly acquired Mychal Givens got out of a loaded bases jam (thanks to two walks) in the eighth inning for the Reds, recently-favored closer Heath Hembree came on to pitch the ninth with a 5-4 lead against the Twins. He gave up back-to-back walks to start the inning, then Jorge Polanco blasted a three-run homer off of his 29th pitch of the inning to give the Twins a 7-5 lead. It was his second blown save in as many opportunities. He is now without a save since July 25. The Reds need to look elsewhere in the ninth.
  • Twins reliever Alex Colome gave up a hit to lead off man Tyler Naquin and then walked Eugenio Suarez but battled back to retire the next three batters he faced to notch the save and benefit from Hembree’s meltdown. Colome is the most experienced arm when it comes to closer duties for the Twins going forward. Don’t expect it to be clean and pretty, though.

 

  • It’s so far, so good for newly-crowned Diamondbacks closer, Tyler Clippard. The veteran fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants yesterday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his second save in as many attempts since being promoted to the closer role. He could be a sneaky diamond-in-the-rough in the run-in for the fantasy playoffs for your team.
  • The Astros will be delighted with their acquisition of Kendall Graveman from the Mariners on deadline day. Despite nailing Will Smith in the torso with a 97 mph heater, Graveman struck out Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger in a scoreless eighth inning to protect a 3-0 lead in the grudge match with the Dodgers. In what will surprise some, it was Ryne Stanek who picked up only his second save of the season by following Graveman in the ninth inning. Dusty Baker clearly went to his best arm early in this one straight after Yordan Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to extend the Astros’ narrow lead to 3-0. Graveman should see the bulk of save opportunities whilst Ryan Pressly is on the IL, however, you can understand why Baker decided to flip the script in this one.

 

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