Welcome back to the latest edition of our Reliever Ranks series! 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 looking to stream saves or wins. This series runs seven days a week, so check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!
Transaction and Schedule Notes
- All 30 teams were in action on Sunday, with no double-headers.
- Twelve teams had the day off on Monday (BAL, NYY, TOR, MIN, HOU, LAA, SEA, WSN, CHC, CIN, MIL, and LAD), while the Tigers and Royals played a double-header, with the first game making up a rain-out from April.
- San Diego sent Dinelson Lamet back down to AAA, replacing him in their bullpen with Reiss Knehr.
- St. Louis optioned Zack Thompson back to AAA to make room for the return of T.J. McFarland from the Covid IL.
BOS 5 – TB 10
- Josh Fleming returned to the Rays and promptly was torched for four runs off six hits and two walks through three innings of work. Luke Bard followed Fleming, completing the next three innings and being credited with his first blown save after finally giving up a run to allow the Red Sox to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning. Bard would back his way into the win however after Tampa’s bats came alive in the sixth. Bard, Colin Poche, and Jason Adam would combine to keep Boston’s bats silent through the final four innings, providing Poche with his tenth hold in the process.
DET 1 – KC 3 (Game 1)
- The Barlow that still has a closer position picked up his 14th save of the season in the early game of the Detroit/Kansas City double header on Monday. Taylor Clarke picked up his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a one hit scoreless eighth inning, setting up Scott Barlow to close out the ninth. The outing marks Clarke’s second in as many days and Barlow’s first since Friday, and considering he only needed 6 pitches to complete the inning it should be safe to assume he’ll be available on Tuesday if needed, unless…..
DET 3 – KC 7 (Game 2)
- Kansas City’s bullpen sure got their work in on Monday, thanks in part to the double header and also in part to their game 2 starter Daniel Lynch only throwing four innings to start the game. Luckily they were up to the task, combining for five innings of scoreless baseball, scattering five hits and without issuing a single walk. Angel Zerpa took home the win, while Dylan Coleman recorded his 6th hold. Apparently the Royals didn’t think the six pitches thrown by Scott Barlow in game 1 was enough, so they trotted him back out to the mound to close out game 2. Barlow would go on to throw just 13 more to close out the four run victory, still keeping the door open for his availability on Tuesday.
PIT5 – MIA 1
- Pittsburg’s Yerry De Los Santos put up his third save of the season after recording the final out of the eighth inning and then then being allowed to finish off the ninth after his team provided extra security in the form of two extra runs in the top of the inning. De Los Santos struck out four of the five batters he faced, with the lone baserunner allowed coming from a Jesús Sánchez lead off walk in the ninth. With a good part of the Pirates’ late inning options being worked pretty hard over the weekend, this was a nice opportunity for De Los Santos to shine. Expect David Bednar back in the closer role as soon as Tuesday if needed.
CWS 4 – CLE 8
- Emmanuel Clase threw a perfect ninth inning for the Guardians on Monday, needing just seven pitches to finish off the four run win for his team. Clase hadn’t pitched in a game since Wednesday, so this was just an opportunity to get some work in for the Cleveland closer, despite the non-save situation. Trevor Stephan collected his fourth hold after pitching two perfect innings prior to Clase closing things out.
PHI 1 – STL 6
- Both the Philadelphia and St. Louis bullpen’s were mostly spared on Tuesday, despite the difference in scoring, thanks to starters Aaron Nola and Myles Mikolas getting through at least the first seven innings. Génesis Cabrera and Junior Fernández finished off the Phillies to clinch the win for Mikolas, while Michael Kelly was the only reliever used by the Phillies in the loss, giving up the only run off a reliever in this game from a Lars Nootbar lead off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
NYM 4 – ATL 1
- Edwin Díaz picked up his 19th save of the year, striking out the side of the ninth in his perfect inning. Adam Ottavino set up Diaz nicely, pitching around two hits and striking out one of his own, good for his 12th hold of the season. The outing did mark his third straight day on the mound for Diaz so, despite combining for just 28 pitches thrown across the three games, it should be expected to see someone like Drew Smith or Seth Lugo in the final inning on Tuesday.
OAK 8 – TEX 10
- Brett Martin picked up his third save since Joe Barlow was removed from the closer role in Texas. Martin struck out two and pitched around a hit and a walk to close things out. Jose LeClerc was the first man up, pitching two perfect innings of relief through the sixth and seventh innings. Kolby Allard returned to the ranger’s bullpen and made a strong case to be sent back down in no time, allowing five earned runs off four hits, two of which were home runs, and recording just one out before being removed in favor of Garrett Richards. Dennis Santana would collect the final out of the inning, good for his 15th hold of the season. Martin and Santana have seen time on the mound in three of the past four days and very well may make way for Matt Moore, Matt Bush, or Brock Burke to push through for a ninth inning opportunity.
SD 6 – COL 5
- Taylor Rogers recorded his 24th save of the season, despite giving up two earned runs off three hits on Tuesday. This coming on the heals of Roger’s blown save in his last outing on Thursday. Despite the struggles, Rogers’ role should be considered safe in San Diego, but expect a day of rest on Tuesday, especially as he needed 25 pitches to record his three outs on Monday.
ARI 4 – SF 3
- Mark Melancon recorded his first save since June 3rd, good for his 12th of the season. Noé Ramirez and Joe Mantiply combined to set up Melancon by recording the three outs of the eighth inning, each taking home a hold for their trouble.
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