Evan Phillips returns to fireman role

May 23, 2023

Los Angeles Dodgers – We’re back to committee mode in Los Angeles, as Evan Phillips was used in the 5th(!) inning of a tight game against Atlanta. Four other relievers combined to finish the game, which ended with a 4-out save from Brusdar Graterol, who is likely the lead beneficiary of Phillips’ fireman usage.

Updated hierarchy: *Phillips | Graterol | Ferguson.
* = closer-by-committee

Detroit Tigers – Jose Cisnero picked up his first save of the season, pitching the bottom of the 10th after the Tigers scored 3 runs in the top half. Alex Lange had already pitched 2 innings to keep the game tied.

Hierarchy remains: Lange | Foley | Cisnero.

San Francisco Giants – Camilo Doval got the day off on Monday, and with Tyler Rogers coming on in a tight spot in the 8th, Scott Alexander got his first save of the year. We don’t think Alexander has surpassed John Brebbia — who served as Monday’s opener — on this hierarchy yet, but their stats are similar and Alexander is a lefty, which could afford him some beneficial late-game matchups.

Hierarchy remains: Doval | Ty. Rogers | Brebbia.


1. Jason Foley – Alex Lange is likely down today after pitching two innings last night.
2. Aroldis Chapman – Scott Barlow is likely off as well, having thrown 36 pitches last night.
3. Lucas Sims – Likewise for Alexis Diaz, who threw 34 pitches last night.
4. Colin Holderman – David Bednar has gone two of the last three, throwing 46 pitches total.
5. Giovanny Gallegos – Same for Ryan Helsley, whose pitch total over the last three days is 49.

1. Miguel Castro – If Andrew Chafin goes tonight, it’s back to back and three of four.
2. Justin Lawrence – Same for Pierce Johnson.
3. Jason Adam – If Pete Fairbanks goes today, it’s back to back.
4. Trevor Stephan – Same for Emmanuel Clase…
5. Brusdar Graterol – …and Evan Phillips.
6. Matt Moore – If Carlos Estevez goes tonight, it’s four of the last six.
7. Hunter Harvey – If Kyle Finnegan goes tonight, it’s three of the last four.
8. Tyler Rogers – Same for Camilo Doval.