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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- On Monday(6/13), ten teams have off: BOS, NYY, TBR, CLE, LAA, OAK, NYM, MIL, COL, and LAD.
- The Rockies and Padres have a doubleheader, and both teams have fairly well-rested bullpens.
- The Seattle Mariners optioned Anthony Misiewicz and recalled Erik Swanson.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers reinstated Craig Kimbrel from the paternity list and he’s expected back in the closer role.
- After losing his arbitration case with the Cincinnati Reds, Lucas Sims signed a one-year deal.
- Shane Baz returns to the Tampa Bay Rays rotation and likely won’t go deep. That’ll put Jalen Beeks in an excellent spot to vulture a win.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw will make his first start after a lengthy IL stint. Likely, he’ll be on a pitch count and the bullpen will be needed. Evan Phillips could be the benefactor of a vultured win.
CHC 1 – NYY 2
- This one took 13 innings to complete with the Yankees winning, and you know the bullpens were taxed. Additionally, the Yankees used six RPs for seven innings. Michael King(1.0 IP, 1 BB) and Clay Holmes(1.0 IP, 1 H) kept the scoreboard empty in the 8th and 9th inning. Following them, Clarke Schmidt(2.0 IP, 1 BB) and Wandy Peralta(1.0 IP) sat them down in order. Finally, Ron Marinaccio(1-0) notched his first win while walking and striking out a batter.
- After an early exit in the third inning for starter Wade Miley, eight RPs were utilized. Rather than list all eight, let’s stick to the most crucial bullpen arms. In the 8th inning, David Robertson(1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) danced around a couple of base runners to escape the inning. Rowan Wick(2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) only labored through 18 pitched in a multi-inning appearance. Unfortunately, Alec Mills(0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB) was charged with the loss.
MIA 7 – HOU 4
- Cole Sulser(1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) earned his first win of the season, but the more important news was Tanner Scott(S, 4) pitching for the third consecutive day. Furthermore, the previous two appearances earned him a save. He’s available in 95% of Yahoo leagues, so grab him quickly as the team trusts him in the 9th inning. However, given Scott’s over-usage, he’ll be unavailable tonight. Anthony Bass would be the top candidate for any save opportunities.
- Houston turned to multi-inning RPs Phil Maton(1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and Bryan Abreu(2.0 IP, 3 K) for most of the work. Hector Neris(1.0 IP, 1 K) also hurled a clean 9th inning after not pitching since Monday.
NYM 7 – LAA 3
- As expected, starter Tylor Megill only went a few innings. That opened the door for David Peterson(2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) to vulture the win. In the 8th inning, Adam Ottavino(0.2 IP) bailed out Joely Rodríguez(0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K). Finally, Edwin Díaz(1.0 IP, 2 K) made easy work of LA, with 7 of his ten pitches going for strikes.
- The Angels spared all the high-leverage RPs, and the only noteworthy appearance came from Jaime Barria(3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K), mowing down batters for the final 11 outs.
SDP 9 – COL 0
- After a six-inning gem by Musgrove, the Padres turned to Craig Stammen(1.0 IP, 1 H), Tim Hill(1.0 IP, 1 K), and Steven Wilson(1.0 IP, 2 K) for the final three innings. The trio allowed only one base runner and preserved the bullpen.
- Colorado was out of this game early as the Padres put up five runs through the first four innings. Furthermore, the bullpen had pitched a lot in the previous three days, and they elected to pitch Ty Blach(2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) for multiple innings. We should expect to see the high-leverage arms used often over the next two days since the Rockies have off Monday.
PHI 7 – ARI 5
- After a few catastrophic appearances, it’s good to see Corey Knebel(S, 11) throw an effective inning in the 9th. Additionally, Connor Brogdon(1.0 IP, 1 K) didn’t have a hard time collecting outs, and in the 7th inning, Seranthony Domínguez(0.2 IP, 1 K) didn’t let things slip away after Brad Hand(0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB) struggled immensely.
- Starter Zac Gallen didn’t have his stuff and failed to make it out of the second inning. This led to a much-needed multi-inning appearance from Edwin Uceta(4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K). Noé Ramirez(1.0 IP, 1 H) also appeared in the 8th inning.
BOS 4 – SEA 3
- Finally! Boston used Tanner Houck(S, 1) in the 9th inning. He allowed one hit but struck out a pair, but this is a terrific sign for the Red Sox pen as they’ve needed someone to close out games. Also, Hansel Robles(1.0 IP, 1 K) earned a hold but pitched on back-to-back nights and will be unavailable for Saturday. Jake Diekman(1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned the W, and Matt Strahm(1.o IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K) notched his fifth hold in an underwhelming performance.
- Seattle used six RPs in this game. Interestingly enough, Penn Murfee(0.2 IP, 1 K) and Andrés Muñoz(1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER) entered the game earlier than usual. Finishing out the 8th and 9th inning, Matt Festa(1.0 IP, 2 K), Roenis Elías(0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 K) Sergio Romo(0.1 IP) didn’t allow anyone to cross home plate.
SFG 7 – LAD 2
- To preserve the Junis win, the Giants went with high-leverage RPs for the final four frames. Jake McGee(1.0 IP, 1 BB) pitched the 7th inning, and Dominic Leone(1.0 IP) hurled the 8th. For the McGee faithful, assuming he might reclaim the closer role, it’s time to move on. Pitching in the 9th inning, Camilo Doval(1.0 IP, 1 K) kept things clean again, and his ERA sits below three.
- Outside of Phil Bickford(1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K), the Dodgers bullpen wasn’t great last night. However, it wasn’t their high-leverage arms either. They’re off Monday, so expect them to be used heavily in the next two days.
WSH 11 – MIL 5
- The Nationals didn’t need much bullpen work in this one. Steve Cishek(1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) earned his fourth hold and maintained an effective appearance. Additionally, Andres Machado(2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 K) allowed two unearned runs after a pair of errors by Maikel Franco.
- After a subpar performance from starter Aaron Ashby, the bullpen went with Miguel Sánchez(1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). Yikes, he wasn’t very effective either. Down big, Brent Suter(1.0 IP, 2 K) and Luke Barker(1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) finished the final two frames.
CLE 3 – OAK 2
- In a tightly contested game, Cleveland elected not to use the usual high-leverage arms but rather a slew of middle relievers. Nick Sandlin(1.0 IP, 1 BB) and Trevor Stephan(1.0 IP, 1 K) effectively completed the 7th and 8th inning. Finally, Anthony Gose(1.0 IP, 2 K) earned his second win as he was in the right place at the right time.
- In the 9th inning, Dany Jiménez(0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB) had yet another meltdown and was relieved by Sam Moll(0.1 IP 1 H). The wheels have started to fly off for Jiménez, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the team gave the next save opportunity to A.J. Puk. Consider making him an early stash if you’re hurting for saves.
TOR 10 – DET 1
- The bullpen is an afterthought when you put ten runs on the scoreboard, and your SP is cruising. Jeremy Beasley(1.0 IP) was the lone Blue Jays’ RP used in this game.
- Quite a different story for the Tigers, who needed a bounty of RPs to complete this one. Additionally, many were lower-leverage arms, and the only noteworthy appearance came from Will Vest(1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) in the 9th inning.
ATL 4 – PIT 2
- Starter Spencer Strider went past the fifth inning, and no bulk RP was needed. Instead, a multitude of RPs was utilized for shorter durations. First, out of the pen, Dylan Lee(1.0 IP, 2 K) earned his second hold. In the 8th inning, A.J. Minter(0.2 IP) put the fire out but allowed a run to cross; the run was charged to Jackson Stephens(0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 ). Finally, as he’s done 17 times this season, Kenley Jansen(1.0 IP, 1 K) picked up the save. Additionally, Jansen and Minter pitched back-to-back nights, and we could see Will Smith grab a save tonight.
- For the Pirates, Tyler Beede(2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) danced around base runners but didn’t give up any runs. Lastly, Yerry De Los Santos(1.0 IP, 1 K) finished the final frame.
MIN 9 – TBR 4
- In the 5th inning, Minnesota put up a six-spot and never looked back. Griffin Jax(1.0 IP, 3 K) was lights out, and Joe Smith(1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) struggled. Smith pitched the previous night, so perhaps throwing him wasn’t the right call. Closing the festivities, Emilio Pagán(1.0 IP, 1 K) made an appearance in the 9th, but not as the closer.
- Tampa didn’t use any high-leverage RPs in this one. Instead, Ralph Garza Jr.(2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) and Calvin Faucher(1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K) finished the final few frames.
CHW 8 – TEX 3
- Reynaldo López(2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K) effectively opened for Davis Martin(5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). With the game close in hand, the White Sox used Kendall Graveman(1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K) in the 8th inning. At the same time, he wasn’t outstanding but earned the win. Up by five but needing some action, Liam Hendriks(1.0 IP, 1 K) shut it down on 15 pitches.
- This was a full-on bullpen game for Texas, with no pitcher going more than 2.1 innings. Matt Bush(1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), Garrett Richards(2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K), Tyson Miller(2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K), and Dennis Santana(1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K) combined to only allowing two earned runs in seven innings of work. It was all working, right? Wait! John King(0.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) imploded on the mound in a forgettable appearance.
STL 2 – CIN 0
- The Cardinals got a 5.1 IP gem from Andre Pallante(???). Next, serving as the pitcher for the 6th and 7th inning, Génesis Cabrera(1.2 IP, 1 K) mowed down batters quickly. In the 8th inning, Giovanny Gallegos(1.0 IP, 3 BB, 1 K) couldn’t find the strike zone and labored intensely in this outing(33 pitches). Furthermore, Gallegos will likely be unavailable tonight. Finally, in the 9th, Ryan Helsley(1.0 IP, 2 K) threw gas past several batters while on his way to collecting save number four.
KCR 8 – BAL 1
- Thanks to a superb outing from Heasley, the bullpen only needed to pitch a couple of innings. In the 8th, Joel Payamps(0.1 IP) and Taylor Clarke(0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) kept Baltimore off the scoreboard. In the final frame and up big, Albert Abreu(1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) was summonsed to throw strikes and put this one away. He did just that(10 strikes on 14 pitches).
- Baltimore was out of this game early. However, Jorge López(1.0 IP, 2 K) and Dillon Tate(1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) made the most of their appearances and kept the scoreboard clean. Additionally, Austin Voth(1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) made his first appearance as a member of the Orioles.
Bullpen Depth Charts
Also, if you’re looking for a detailed list or ranking of RPs, check out Rick Graham’s weekly pieces:
The Hold Up 6/9: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds
Closing Time 6/7: Ranking the Top 40 Closers
Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/10
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