Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream – 9/22

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

 

  • All 30 teams were in action across Major League Baseball yesterday. However, there were only three saves recorded across 15 matchups. Two games did go to extra innings – the Orioles against the Phillies and the Dodgers clash with the Rockies. Check our depth charts below for any warning indicators about relievers who may be given the day off.
  • The best option to vulture a win today comes from the Toronto Blue Jays, who will roll out Julian Merryweather as an opener in their tilt with the Rays. After Hyun-Jin Ryu hit the injured list at the weekend, the Blue Jays will look to a combination of relievers to get them through this outing. Former starter Ross Stripling last pitched on Friday and could be the first option to complete multiple innings in relief of Merryweather. He is worth a speculative add for a win.

 

Transaction Notes

 

  • The Red Sox placed Rule-5 sensation Garrett Whitlock, on the 10-day injured list with a right pectoral strain. Whitlock has been sensational this season, picking up eight wins in relief while boasting a 1.99 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He also has a healthy 79 strikeouts across 72 1/3 frames. He will be badly missed in that bullpen for the time being. Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Worcester Red Sox in a corresponding move.
  • The Diamondbacks sent bulk reliever Jake Faria outright to Triple-A Reno Aces and recalled Caleb Smith to the roster. Smith returns after serving a 10-day suspension for the use of a foreign substance in a game.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

  • Dominant young Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase notched his 24th save of the season yesterday in the 4-1 win over the Royals. After another stellar outing from Cal Quantrill, Clase breezed through the ninth inning, striking out two in a scoreless frame. Sensationally, Clase has allowed just one run in his last 28 1/3 innings pitched, and even more miraculously, he’s walked just one batter during that stretch!
  • After losing the first game in the series to the Rays, the Blue Jays tightened their grip on a wildcard spot by edging Tampa Bay 4-2 yesterday. Jordan Romano preserved the win for rookie Alek Manoah, but it wasn’t without drama. He looked to be in for a comfortable outing after striking out Brett Phillips and Brandon Lowe to start the inning, but the closer then walked the next three batters in succession to load the bases. Joey Wendle harmlessly flied out to left field to let Romano off the hook. It was Romano’s 20th save of the campaign.

 

  • Seizing the day in Detroit after Gregory Soto hit the injured list, Tigers closer Michael Fulmer earned his 11th save of the season against the White Sox. Yesterday was Fulmer’s third save in a week since being elevated to the closer role, and he could see the rest of the team’s save opportunities down the stretch.
  • Phillies closer Ian Kennedy picked up his third win of the 2021 campaign allowing just one unearned run over two innings in the game against the Orioles, which went to extras. After a scoreless ninth, Kennedy marched back out for the 10th and allowed the inherited runner to score after an RBI single from Austin Hays. In the bottom of the inning, J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off triple to hand Kennedy and the Phillies the win.

 

  • Giovanny Gallegos got out of a jam in the ninth inning to earn his 11th save of the season for the Cardinals, who won their 10th game in a row to stay four games ahead of the Reds in the hunt for the second wildcard spot in the National League. Gallegos ultimately allowed three baserunners in the inning but escaped after Manny Pina and Pablo Reyes both flied out to end the contest.
  • Manny Machado hit a bullet off Tyler Rogers that ended up being a double play, handing the Giants a pivotal 6-5 win over the Padres. In the top of the ninth inning, MLB saves leader Mark Melancon took the loss after allowing a run on three hits to give the Giants a one-run lead. Rogers was unconvincing but still got the job done for his 13th save of the season.

 

  • The Mariners drew level with the Athletics in the wildcard race in the American League as Drew Steckenrider closed the door on Oakland in the ninth inning. Steckenrider now has 10 saves for the year and boasts a 2.20 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 54 strikeouts over 61 1/3 innings. The veteran has certainly got the job done when called upon in Seattle.
  • Kenley Jansen picked up a pivotal win for the Dodgers as they overcame the Rockies 5-4 in extra innings. Despite walking two batters, Jansen benefitted from the Dodgers sending the ghost-runner home in the top of the tenth inning as Alex Vesia recorded his first save of the season to give the Dodgers a precious win. Brusdar Graterol got the first two outs of the inning, but after he walked Ryan McMahon, Vesia was called upon to nullify the threat of pinch-hitter Colton Welker.

 

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