We will always include a link to the closer depth chart at the bottom of the Bullpen report each day. It is also accessible from the RosterResource drop-down menu and from any RosterResource page. Please let us know what you think.
- Notable workloads: Primary closures or valuable members of a closure committee who have been deemed unavailable or likely unavailable for the current day due to recent workload.
- Injury News
- Aberrant savings: Explanation for a no-one who won a save the day before.
- Committee clarity: Notes on a select committee that clarify the position of a pitcher in the group.
- Losing a hold: Farms in difficulty that could be in the hot seat.
The “RosterResource” link will take you to the RosterResource depth chart of the corresponding team, which will give you a better picture of the complete pen and the results of the previous six days (number of throws, save, wait, win, loss, save failure).
• Alex Colomé, MIN: Three of the last four days; 18 sites on Sunday. | RosterRessource
Tyler Duffey and Caleb Thielbar are the most likely replacements if Colomé needs a day.
• Marc Melançon, SDP: 24 pitches on Sunday; 16 sites on Saturday. | RosterResource
Emilio Pagán and Drew Pomeranz are the best bets to replace veteran Melancon.
• Lucas Sims, GIN: Activated from the 10-day IL (elbow sprain) on Sunday. | RosterRessource
• Brad Brach, GIN: Placed on the 10 day IL (shoulder impact) on Sunday. | RosterResource
Sims returns after more than a month on the injured list, having made his last big-league appearance on June 22. It was an odd season for the right-hander, who walked 12% of batters against a 5.02 ERA, but also knocked out 35% of opponents on strikes, which explains an xERA of 3.26. Sims has seven saves on the season and should factor in the mix for saves, although Mychal Givens has a lot of helium and looks like the best option right now.
As for Brach, it turns out that a hesitant shoulder could well explain some of his recent struggles. Brach has conceded eight points in his last five appearances before hitting the touchdown, removing only one of the 22 hitters he has faced. Brach had pitched pretty well before the recent explosion, so he and the Reds are certainly hoping that some recovery time will reset it.
• Richard Lovelady, KCR | RosterResource
The Royals sent Scott Barlow to the pitch with two strikeouts in the eighth inning, presumably hoping to secure four strikeouts from one of their closest to seal a victory. But the Cardinals offense and rain got in the way, as the Redbirds tied Barlow’s score before the rain fell and stayed for two hours. At this point, the Royals couldn’t send Barlow back there even after taking the lead, so Lovelady was brought in. He retired the team for a very unexpected first stop, but one that he will surely never forget.
•Chris Martin, ATL | Roster resource
Will Smith has been working hard lately, having kicked off Saturday, Thursday and Wednesday, taking a well-deserved day off Sunday after failing to convert a stoppage and suffering loss on his last outing. Luke Jackson and Tyler Matzek are probably both ahead of Martin in the pecking order, but they had also worked three or four days and were apparently not available. So that left Richard Rodríguez and Martin as the two picks, but Rodríguez was ultimately needed as a “firefighter,” registering four strikeouts between the seventh and eighth before handing the ball over to Martin in the ninth. Martin didn’t make it easy, throwing 18 shots and allowing a run, but he eventually made his first save of the year. Martin is having an enigmatic season, with his generally minuscule walk rate (3%) but a career-low strikeout rate of 17%.
• Zack Littell, SFG | RosterResource
It’s been a whirlwind of a few days for Littell, who was brought down from Triple-A on Saturday, pitched a scoreless inning the same day, then was put back into action on Sunday to pitch two innings against the NL Central Brewers. . Littell made Sunday’s task easier than it was, facing a minimum of six batters over his two innings, wiping out his only walk with a double ball. It was Littell’s first career save, and it might not be his last if he continues to pitch like he did this weekend.
• Emmanuel class, CLE | RosterResource
Clase won his 16th stoppage of the season on Sunday and started again after James Karinchak. Clase widened their lead over Karinchak to five saves, those five saves given that Karinchak won his last on July 21, tying the two right-hangers at 11 each. Clase’s ERA (1.75) is half that of Karinchak (3.51) and Karinchak appears to be relegated to a preparation role for the time being.
• Dons Mychal, CIN | RosterResource
Sunday’s perfect outing makes two consecutive saves for the Reds belonging to Givens, who haven’t scored since the Reds acquired him. Even with Lucas Sims out of the IL and Tejay Antone set to return soon, it does look like Givens – whose ERA now stands at an excellent 2.27 – is the top pick for Cincinnati saves right now. . Nonetheless, David Bell isn’t the type to anoint a closer one very often, so Amir Garrett, Sims, Michael Lorenzen and ultimately Antone are in the mix.
Losing a hold
•Heath Hembree, GIN | RosterResource
Hembree threw 34 pitches on Tuesday and, as such, is unlikely to be available on Wednesday. So we won’t have a good idea of the situation closer to Cincinnati, no matter what. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Hembree has allowed six points while recording just nine strikeouts in his last four appearances, increasing his ERA from 4.33 to 5.40. Hembree may miss the bats with the best of them (40% strikeout rate), but the home run he gave Jorge Polanco on Tuesday was the tenth he allowed in under 40 innings, and a such a propensity to dingers is not viable in a rapprochement.
The Reds revamped their enclosure at the deadline, acquiring Mychal Givens, Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa to help a besieged group, and one of the three could replace Hembree. Michael Lorenzen and Brad Brach are also possibilities, and Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone are expected to leave IL this month.
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