Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 9/21

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

 

  • The following eight teams had a scheduled day off yesterday: BOS, MIN, NYM, CHC, SD, LAD, COL, SF. As a result, they should all have completely fresh bullpens entering today’s action.
  • The best option to vulture a win today comes from the Philadelphia Phillies, as they are going with a bullpen game against the Baltimore Orioles. Philly should be a heavy favorite to win this one, especially because losing two in a row to Baltimore would be simply inexcusable for a team fighting for a spot in the playoffs. Ramón Rosso and Bailey Falter are two guys who appear likely to pitch in the early part of this game, making them solid candidates to pick up a win.

 

Transaction Notes

 

  • The Rays placed Andrew Kittredge on the 10-day IL, retroactive to September 18th, with neck tightness. Kittredge has been excellent this season with a 1.55 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, so the Rays will likely be cautious as they hope to have him fully healthy in time for the postseason.
  • The Indians purchased the contract of Anthony Gose from Triple-A Columbus. Gose last played in the big leagues in 2016, as an outfielder, so it’ll be very interesting to see how he fares this time around as a reliever. J.C. Mejía was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

 

  • The Cardinals designated Daniel Ponce de Leon for assignment. He pitched to a disappointing 6.21 ERA in 24 total appearances this season. Brandon Waddell will take his place on the roster.
  • The Angels activated Austin Warren from the COVID-19 IL. He has a terrific 1.69 ERA across 16 innings this season.
  • The Astros placed Ryne Stanek on the paternity leave list. He will presumably return some time this weekend. The team also recalled Brandon Bielak from Triple-A Sugar Land.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • With Michael Fulmer and Kyle Funkhouser both overworked of late, it was Alex Lange who pitched the ninth to pick up the first save of his career. The 25-year-old rookie now has a 4.26 ERA on the year, but has been much better of late with six straight scoreless appearances, including the last four without allowing a single batter to reach base. That said, he seems unlikely to see any more save opportunities over the season’s final two weeks.
  • Dylan Floro picked up his sixth win of the season in extras last night, working his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th by inducing an inning-ending double play. Despite pitching for a Marlins team that sits 22 games below .500, Floro has been excellent for fantasy teams, collecting seven saves and two wins since August 25th.

 

  • Entering the ninth with a 4-3 lead, Aroldis Chapman worked a dominant 1-2-3 inning for his 28th save of the season, striking out two in the outing. After looking a bit shaky earlier in the month, Chapman has rebounded nicely with three straight perfect appearances, striking out six of the last eight batters he’s faced. The Yankees will likely be using their hard-throwing closer as often as possible down the stretch, as they continue to battle for a wildcard berth.
  • Protecting a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth, Tyler Wells earned his third save of the month with a 1-2-3 inning against the heart of Philadelphia’s lineup. Wells got Harper, Realmuto, and McCutchen in order to finish this one off, a much-needed bounce-back performance after taking two consecutive losses by allowing six earned runs in 1.2 innings. Cole Sulser, Baltimore’s current saves leader for the year, recorded the final out of the seventh and came back out for a perfect eighth. The two of them could both see save chances down the stretch, but with their season wrapping up against Boston and Toronto, the 48-win Orioles might not see many more opportunities.

 

  • With the bases loaded and two outs in a 6-4 game, Dietrich Enns entered the game to strike out Breyvic Valera and pick up the second save of his career. David Robertson started the ninth inning, but was yanked after allowing a double, homer, and walk without recording an out. Then JT Chargois got two outs, but also gave up two more baserunners to load the bases, leading to Enns entering the ballgame. With Andrew Kittredge hitting the IL, and Nick Anderson still being eased into high leverage situations, the Rays appear ready to employ even more of a closer-by-committee than usual across these final two weeks.
  • Scott Barlow finished off the final frame of a two-win day for the Royals, collecting his 14th save of the year, despite serving up a solo shot to Bobby Bradley. The run was the first against Barlow in September, as he has been almost automatic of late. Last night was also Barlow’s third multi-strikeout inning in the last two weeks, after previously achieving the feat just twice since August 1st.

 

  • With Giovanny Gallegos unavailable after picking up saves in back-to-back games, Luís García got the call, working a 1-2-3 inning to earn his first save of the season. García has been phenomenal this year, with just two runs allowed in his last 26.2 innings dating back to July 28th. However, he would seem highly unlikely to see another save chance before the season comes to an end.
  • Entering the bottom of the eighth inning with two on and one out, Paul Sewald worked out of trouble with two strikeouts, going on to retire the side in order in the ninth inning as well. It’s the ninth save of the year for Sewald, who has made three straight scoreless appearances after giving up runs in three straight prior. Sewald and Drew Steckenrider appear likely to continue splitting save chances down the stretch.

 

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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.

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