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Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 9/2

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!

 

Notes

 

Schedule Notes

 

  • Today is a massive scheduled day off: just eight games are on the docket today. BAL, NYY, TOR, CHW, MIN, HOU, LAA, SEA, TEX, CIN, STL, ARI, LAP, and SD are off — and that includes the Mets/Marlins and Phillies/Nationals makeup games being played today.
  • Today’s relief streaming picks are extremely limited by the schedule, but if you’re feeling like taking a calculated risk, the Rockies are an intriguing option. They’re hosting Atlanta’s white-hot offense, but Colorado’s home/road splits always provide a source for subtle opportunities if you’re looking to stream for a win. Chi Chi Gonzalez will act as an opener, so recent expanded-rosters callup Antonio Santos could get a shot at a win. There’s also a chance that you can stream their closer right now — Carlos Estévez should get any save chances they create tonight.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • Adam Ottavino struck out two and picked up his 11th save of the year last night in Boston’s 3–2 win over the Rays. He and Garrett Whitlock combined to strike out as many batters (three) as Chris Sale last night, but they managed to get things done, thanks in no small part to an unorthodox final frame from opposing closer-of-the-night Pete Fairbanks, who allowed a run while giving up three hits and striking out three. With Matt Barnes still on the COVID-19 IL, Ottavino is making his case to save games down the stretch as Boston aims to secure a potential Wild Card game against Ottavino’s most recent former team.
  • On the other side of ace day in the AL East, Aroldis Chapman did not come close to matching Gerrit Cole’s 15 strikeouts. He did, however, pitch a 1-2-3 final frame to pick up his 25th save on the year. Yankees fans will have to take what they can get.

 

  • Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano picked up his fifth save in six appearances last night, helping his team to a 5–4 win over the Orioles. Romano struck out both Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle in the process, earning his save against the top of the Baltimore lineup. The Orioles and Blue Jays will see plenty of each other over the next several weeks, which should continue to help Romano’s stock rise heading into next season.
  • Liam Hendriks picked up his second save in two nights against Pirates, pushing his total to 31 on the year. Coming into the game win the 8th, Hendriks allowed a single that scored a runner that Ryan Tepera left on base, but did not allow any other baserunners over 1.2 innings. Hendriks would have the day off today if his team didn’t, but he’ll likely be available Friday for their action against the Royals.

 

  • Gregory Soto picked up his 17th save of the year while striking out two to earn the Tigers an 8–6 win over the A’s. Detroit sits eight games under .500 on the year, but two games over .500 since the end of April. A top-half closer role and a top-tier pitcher’s park is usually enough to make a closer worth caring about, but Soto’s performance has itself been decent enough that his most-of-the-timeshare role is worth caring about. ERA estimators peg him as high-3’s rather than as a 3.16 ERA guy, but he’s still more than worth caring about.
  • St. Louis dropped the surest sign yet that Alex Reyesstint as the uncontested closer is over last night. In their first of two games, Giovanny Gallegos picked up the save in a tight 5–4 game against the Reds. Then, in the second game of their doubleheader, Reyes pitched the 7th with a 10-run lead. Gallegos has long had the stuff to be an above-average closer — he’s been excellent in a potentially more important late-inning high leverage role — but with Reyes struggling lately, he’s been given more chances at the headlining role. Last night’s save was his fourth on the year, but his second in three days.

 

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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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