Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 4/28/24 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


  • The Brewers called up Janson Junk to add to their bullpen depth, optioning Jared Koenig to Jacksonville.
  • The New York Mets sent Tylor Megill on a rehab assignment, building him back up for his season debut in a few weeks. They placed Drew Smith on the IL and called up Dedniel Núñez to take his place in the pen.
  • The Marlins signed left-handed reliever Kent Emanuel from the minors, jettisoning Kyle Tyler into the ether with a DFA.
  • The Dodgers have brought Nabil Crismatt back to the majors, optioning Nick Ramirez to AAA Oklahoma.
  • The Astros reinstated Framber Valdez from the IL and will start the lefty on Sunday in Mexico City against the Rockies. This may be a still-ill that managers will want to avoid.


Yesterday’s Performances


LAD 4 – TOR 2 

HD: Joe Kelly (5), Ryan Brasier (4)

SV: Evan Phillips (8)

  • Tyler Glasnow threw another gem (his fourth quality start of the season) as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to six straight games.
  • Joe Kelly and Ryan Brasier each struck out two Blue Jays in their inning of work, setting up a save situation for Evan Phillips.
  • Phillips struck out the first two batters he faced but then committed a two-base error and allowed an RBI single to Cavan Biggio, surrendering an unearned run before closing out the game for the save.


STL 7 – NYM 4

HD: JoJo Romero (10), Andrew Kittredge (10)

SV: Ryan Helsley (9)

  • Sonny Gray tossed another quality start for the Cardinals, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while ringing up nine strikeouts. JoJo Romero and Andrew Kittredge worked through scoreless innings to set up Helsley for the save chance.
  • Helsley allowed back-to-back one-out singles and walked Brandon Nimmo two batters later to load the bases, but he got Francisco Lindor to pop out to shortstop to end the threat and earn the save.
  • Adrian Houser went just 4.1 innings for the Mets, who were forced to use four different relievers, three of which threw at least 20 pitches.


DET 6 – KC 5

HD: Andrew Chafin (3), Angel Zerpa (3)

SV: Jason Foley (8)

  • Brady Singer pitched another solid outing for the Royals, going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits and three walks but had to settle for the no-decision.
  • Angel Zerpa earned a hold with a scoreless sixth inning but Chris Stratton got blown up for five runs in the seventh as the Tigers took the lead on a three-run Matt Vierling home run.
  • Andrew Chafin tossed a perfect eighth, setting up Foley in the ninth. Foley limped his way to a save, giving up two runs on three hits, but retired Vinnie Pasquantino with the tying run on first to give his team the victory and earn the save.


PIT 4 – SFG 3 (10 inn.)

W: Hunter Stratton (1-0)

SV: David Bednar (5)

  • The Pirates and Giants engaged in a Saturday night pitcher’s duel as Martín Pérez and Jordan Hicks each threw quality starts, going six innings apiece.
  • For the Pirates, Colin Holderman tossed a scoreless seventh before Josh Fleming recorded four outs in the eighth and ninth. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Stratton entered the game, striking out Matt Chapman and retiring Patrick Bailey to force extra innings.
  • In the 10th, Pittsburgh took a 4-1 lead before turning it over to Bednar. Bednar allowed a leadoff two-run home run (that still feels weird to say) to narrow the gap but settled in immediately after, recording three strikeouts to earn the save.
  • Camilo Doval pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Giants to force extra innings, but Taylor Rogers gave up three runs in the 10th as Bryan Reynolds and Ke’Bryan Hayes each took him deep.


SEA 3 – ARZ 1

HD: Ryne Stanek (5)

SV: Andrés Muñoz (4)

  • George Kirby twirled a gem, recording 12 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. He gave up just two hits and a walk to earn the victory and improve to 3-2 on the year.
  • Ryne Stanek came in to work the eighth and surrendered a run on a walk and a hit before turning it over to Andrés Muñoz in the ninth.
  • Munoz worked a perfect ninth inning to close out the game and earn his fourth save of the season and his second in as many appearances.


The Best of the Rest…


  • Cole Irvin tossed seven shutout innings against his former club as the Orioles defeated the Athletics, 7-0.
  • Hunter Greene threw seven innings of one-hit ball against the Texas Rangers, building a large lead before turning it over to the bullpen. Brent Suter worked a scoreless eighth but let up four runs on six hits in the ninth. Alexis Díaz came in to get the last two outs of the game, but it wasn’t quite enough for a save as the Reds came away with an 8-4 victory.
  • Matt Mervis made his pitching debut – yes, you read that right – allowing six earned runs on seven hits as the Red Sox throttled the Cubs, 17-0. Patrick Wisdom came in to get the Cubs out of a ninth-inning jam, recording the final out of the ninth. Meanwhile, Justin Slaten earned the pitching victory in a Red Sox bullpen game, with two scoreless innings.
  • Milwaukee second baseman Owen Miller and Yankees catcher Jose Trevino each got turns on the mound as well, as the Yankees crushed the Brewers, 15-3. Trevino showed off a 53-mph knuckleball to get the last out of the game.


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


Brett Ford

Born and raised in #Birdland. Some days you win, Some days you lose, Some days it rains.

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