Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 4/19/24 Depth Chart

Breakdowns of key bullpen usage from yesterday's slate of games.

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


  • Another Thursday, another compact set of contests with only five games being played. At least there weren’t any rainouts!
  • Aroldis Chapman has been suspended for two games, pending appeal, for his interaction with an umpire on Monday. Chapman hasn’t pitched in a few days and we’ll have to wait and see if he appeals to know when he starts his suspension. In his place, Colin Holderman should slot up into his old seat.
  • The Astros sent Forrest Whitley back down the Space Cowboys after only one appearance in which he allowed one hit, one walk, and hit a batter.
  • Cam Booser will be joining the Red Sox in Pittsburgh. It’s been a long road for Booser to the majors. Joe Jacques was optioned to AAA Worchester to make room.
  • Texas transferred Brock Burke from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL.


Yesterday’s Performances

TBR 2 – LAA 1

HD: Garrett Cleavinger (2), Phil Maton (6)

SV: Colin Poche (2)

  • With Pete Fairbanks having gone in back-to-back games, and yesterday’s appearance being particularly bad, it gave someone else in the Rays bullpen a chance at a save, and Colin Poche‘d it. Poche did make it a little interesting by allowing two hits in a one-run game but managed to get a ground out to secure his second save of the season. Garrett Cleavinger and Phil Maton pitched ahead of Poche, both throwing scoreless innings to earn holds.
  • In a close game, the Angels deployed both of their setup men in Luis García and Matt Moore. They both did their job, turning in scoreless appearances, but Los Angeles never managed to flip the score in their favor.


CLE 5 – BOS 4

HD: Tim Herrin (2), Hunter Gaddis (4)

SV: Emmanuel Clase (5)

  • Cleveland’s ever reliable bullpen threw three perfect innings of relief (if you exclude Cade Smith’s rough third of an inning). Tim Herrin and Hunter Gaddis stopped the damage in the seventh and eighth respectively, both throwing hitless/scoreless innings, and Emmanuel Clase spun a soggy, scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save of the season. It seems like no matter the arms, the Guardians know how to stock a bullpen year after year.
  • The Red Sox finished up their homestand with a bullpen game! Is there a universal way to indicate an exclamation point is sarcastic? Brennan Bernardino was the opener in this one, going two strong innings without a hit and only one walk to blemish his line, doing his job very well. Following him was Cooper Criswell who had originally been penciled in as the starter and instead worked as the bulk reliever … didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. Criswell pitched only slightly longer than Bernardino and allowed a run in all three innings he pitched in. Joe Jacques then allowed another run in his 1.2 innings to give the Guardians a lead (Jacques was later option to Worchester). Being a one-run game, Boston stuck with some higher leverage relievers to end the game and the bright spot, once again, was Justin Slaten with two more scoreless innings of work. He was followed by Chris Martin who also had his second straight scoreless inning to help wash away that four-run disaster from last week.


TEX 9 – DET 7

HD: None

SV: Kirby Yates (2)

  • Everything went upside down in this matchup with both starters failing to go four innings. Jack Leiter made his MLB debut, but promptly allowed seven earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. The Rangers turned to José Ureña to eat some middle innings and managed to avoid a boatload of trouble. Ureña threw three scoreless innings and shook off his previous two appearances, where he had been charged with the loss in both. After that, Texas turned to ousted closer José Leclerc for some high leverage, albeit non-save, work. Leclerc got through his inning of work unscathed in terms of runs but walked two batters. This is Leclerc’s second straight high-leverage appearance, so he is clearly still in the mix even though he is no longer the closer. That duty falls to Kirby Yates, who locked down his second save of the season in as many chances and has yet to allow a run in his 8.2 innings of work this season.
  • While the Rangers got 3.2 innings of work from their starter, Kenta Maeda only made it through 2.2 innings, allowing six runs, before getting the hook for Alex Faedo. Faedo allowed one unearned run on one hit in the first 2.1 innings of relief, in what would end up being 6.1 total relief innings for the Tigers. Tyler Holton and Alex Lange combined for two scoreless innings of relief to keep the game tied. Shelby Miller ended up being saddled with the loss, allowing the go-ahead unearned run on one hit thanks to some fancy baserunning from Leody Taveras poor fielding from Gio UrshelaThat wasn’t the end of the scoring, as Andrew Chafin allowed a run of his own in the ninth on two hits and a walk.


ARI 0 – SFG 5

HD: Tyler Rogers (4)

SV: None

  • You can’t really beat having your bullpen only have to throw 23 pitches on a travel day (ok, yes… a complete game shutout very clearly is better). Tyler Rogers worked the eighth in relief of starter Logan Webb and earned his fourth hold of the season. After the Giants scored four in the bottom of the eighth it was no longer a save situation, so Ryan Walker got some work and struck out the side on only 13 pitches!
  • Ryne Nelson took a comeback off his throwing elbow and had to leave after two IP, so the bullpen turned to Logan Allen (now there are 2 of them!) for some bulk work in his first appearance of the season, and he delivered 4.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out three. Unfortunately, the pitching for San Francisco was even better and didn’t allow any runs, so Allen was saddled with the loss. Bryce Jarvis and Kyle Nelson then combined to allow four runs (one earned) to put the game further out of reach.


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: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Closing Time: Ranking the Top 30 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues

Josh Mockensturm

Josh is an Ohio Born, North Carolina residing Boston Red Sox fan thanks to his mom (and her love of Wade Boggs). If he's not watching or reading about baseball, he's probably watching a movie, reading a book, or making a dumb spreadsheet about Baseball, movies, or books.

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