Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 4/4/24 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


  • Rain washed out two contests on Wednesday, and could yet again factor into some Thursday matchups. Regardless, Thursday is a light slate, with only six games scheduled, including a double-header for the Tigers and Mets, who have yet to play a single game of their series due to terrible Northeast rain.
  • The Orioles won a rain-extended game by walking off the Royals, courtesy of a James McCann single.
  • Connor Brogdon has been DFA’d by the Phillies after a horrendous start to the season. Brogdon was effective in both 2021 and 2022 before a bit of a downturn in 2023.


Yesterday’s Performances

NYY 6 – ARI 5 (11)

W: Clay Holmes (1-0)

SV: Caleb Ferguson (1)

L: Scott McGough (0-1)

  • The Yankees’ bullpen was electric, recording eight strikeouts across 5.2 innings of work. Despite not being credited with a hold, Ian Hamilton still racked up some points, striking out four in 2.2 innings of perfect baseball.
  • Holmes allowed the ghost runners to score in both extra innings he worked, and an Anthony Volpe error eventually came around to score. Holmes has worked with a ton of traffic on the bases this season, yet still owns a 0.00 ERA.
  • Ferguson took over with one out in the bottom of the 11th, earning a two-out save. The last batter he struck out? None other than Scott McGough, who was inserted into the lineup after Arizona lost their DH.
  • Aaron Judge hit his first home run of the season in the fourth, along with the go-ahead double in the top of the 11th.


BAL 4 – KCR 3

W: Yennier Cano (1-0)

HD: James McArthur (1), Angel Zerpa (1)

L, BS: Will Smith (0-2)

  • Both starters were solid, with a great Cole Ragans performance (6.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K) wasted after Kansas City’s bullpen could not hold a lead. Corbin Burnes scattered nine hits and two runs across 5.2 innings, striking out three to earn a no-decision.
  • In a whirlwind bottom of the eighth, Zerpa took the ball from McArthur and allowed both of his inherited runners to score. Gunnar Henderson hit a sac fly before an Adley Rutschman single cut the Kansas City lead to one.
  • With closer Will Smith on the mound with a chance to seal a win, James McCann’s two-out, two-RBI single sent the Baltimore faithful home victorious. Smith has now lost two of his three appearances, ballooning his ERA to 20.25.


LAA 10 – MIA 2

HD:  José Cisnero (1)

SV: Guillo Zuñiga (1)

  • Miami remains winless as A.J. Puk was erratic in four innings before a hapless effort from the bullpen blew this one open. Miami pitchers combined to walk eight batters and hit another for good measure. Yes, it is still early, but this seems like a markedly different Miami team.
  • Cisnero cleaned up the sixth inning, which at 6-2 with two runners on seemed like a ballgame still. He faced one batter, Tim Anderson, and disposed of him on three pitches.
  • Zuniga fired three innings of perfect baseball, striking out one, to earn the non-traditional save. Zuniga has held opponents scoreless in two of his three appearances but does not appear ticketed for high-leverage spots. Then again, this is the Angels.


CIN 4 – PHI 1

HD: Justin Wilson (1), Lucas Sims (1), Fernando Cruz (2)

SV: Alexis Díaz (1)

  • Frankie Montas has been a great addition for Cincinnati, winning his second start as a Red. Montas followed his six shutout innings with 5.2 allowing just a run while striking out five.
  • Once Montas was done, Cincinnati used four relievers to finish the night, ending with a scoreless ninth from Alexis Díaz, in which he struck out two batters.
  • Cruz has now struck out six batters in 3.1 innings, picking up his second hold of the season. Perhaps more high-leverage work is on the way.


PIT 3 – WSH 5

HD:  Robert Garcia (1), Jordan Weems (1), Hunter Harvey (2)

SV: Kyle Finnegan (2)

  • Despite a shaky sixth and beginning to the seventh from Garcia and Weems, Washington managed to win a ballgame, answering both innings that Pittsburgh scored with runs of their own.
  • Harvey pitched 1.2 innings of perfect baseball, recording four of his five outs via the strikeout. Harvey has now struck out six across 3.2 innings this season. Can we see a multi-inning role out of the ex-Oriole?
  • Despite an ERA in the 10s, Finnegan has recorded two saves and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Tonight, Finnegan worked a near-perfect ninth with two strikeouts.


STL 2 – SDP 3

HD:  Tom Cosgrove (2), Wandy Peralta (2)

SV: Robert Suarez (3)

  • San Diego turned the tide in this series, narrowly avoiding a sweep at the hands of visiting St. Louis. Joe Musgrove allowed merely one run in six innings of work, recording seven strikeouts.
  • Tom Cosgrove worked around a walk, striking out two batters in a scoreless seventh, before Wandy Peralta allowed an unearned run to score in the eighth, recording just one out.
  • Suarez earned the five-out save, keeping the Cardinals off the board despite a hit and two walks allowed. Suarez struck out two.


LAD 5 – SFG 4

HD: Joe Kelly (2), Daniel Hudson (2)

SV: Dinelson Lamet (1)

  • Tyler Glasnow turned in a quality start, allowing three runs while striking out seven across six innings of work. Glasnow has now won two of his first three starts with Los Angeles.
  • Dave Roberts called upon two of his trusted setup men in Kelly and Hudson, opting to leave them in their typical roles instead of pushing one to closer duty with Evan Phillips earning a night off.
  • Dinelson Lamet racked up his first career save with a scoreless ninth, striking out two Giants hitters. Lamet is likely to stay out of high-leverage spots, but early returns have been solid after working with the Dodgers PD staff.


BOS 1 – OAK 0

HD: Joely Rodríguez (1), Justin Slaten (1), Chris Martin (2)

SV: Kenley Jansen (2)

  • Rule 5 draft pick Justin Slaten continued to pitch well to start the season, working 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Slaten has also picked up a save in the early going.
  • Chris Martin worked around two hits to complete a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one.
  • Things got a bit shaky in the ninth, with Jansen walking two straight batters with one out. Jansen forced a fielder’s choice before striking out Ryan Noda to end the Oakland threat.
  • The two teams combined for 18 hits yet managed just one run, an Enmanuel Valdez sacrifice fly in the fourth.


COL 8 – CHC 9

W: Adbert Alzolay (1-0)

L: Nick Mears (0-1)

  • Luke Little opened for Chicago with a scoreless top of the first, notching a strikeout.
  • Rookie Ben Brown was tabbed as the bulk pitcher, allowing just one run in four innings and striking out five batters for a no-decision. Brown has now struck out six in his first 5.2 innings.
  • Both bullpens were tagged the rest of the way, before Alzolay stabilized in the ninth, striking out two batters


The best of the rest…


  • Daniel Duarte earned a win, allowing one run in two innings of work. Minnesota used a five-run seventh inning to pull ahead of Milwaukee, earning Duarte his fourth career win.
  • Brock Stewart has picked right back up where he left off in 2023, working a scoreless frame in the same game, striking out two. Stewart has fired three shutout innings with five strikeouts this season.
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


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One response to “Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 4/4/24 Depth Chart”

  1. Jon Dowd says:

    lol, why is Trevor Megill the banner picture for this article?

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