Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 4/6/24 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


  • Friday saw a nearly full slate of games as only the Twins, Guardians, Cardinals, and Marlins were off last night.
  • The Blue Jays have DFA’d Wes Parsons and Paolo Espino will take his place on the 40-man roster. Espino could make his Jays debut this weekend, likely in a multi-inning relief role as the Jays could use a fresh arm right now.


Yesterday’s Performances

DET 5 – OAK 4


HD: Andrew Chafin (2)

SV: Alex Lange (1)

  • Tigers manager A.J. Hinch jokingly apologized to fantasy managers yesterday for his unpredictable bullpen usage. The apology seemed genuine as Lange was back in the ninth-inning role, earning his first save of the season on a quick four-pitch strikeout of Zack Gelof. With high-leverage arms Chafin, Jason Foley, and Shelby Miller recording 34 pitches apiece on back-t0-back days, Lange may take the mound again before the end of the weekend.
  • The A’s had this game tied going into the bottom of the eighth. After allowing a double to Spencer Torkelson, it looked like Lucas Erceg was about to give his team a chance for the win with back-to-back strikeouts, but instead, Gio Urshela drove in the game-winning run with a double of his own.
  • Mason Miller hasn’t pitched since Tuesday so expect him to take the mound over the next two days.


TOR 3 – NYY 0


HD: Génesis Cabrera (1), Trevor Richards (1)

SV: Chad Green (1)

  • Yusei Kikuchi vs Marcus Stroman was the old-school pitcher’s duel we all expected it to be.
  • Caleb Ferguson came in for the top of the seventh and on his second pitch, allowed a pinch-hit home run to Ernie Clement. A rough day for the Yankees bullpen continued as Dennis Santana replaced Ferguson and in the top of the ninth coughed up a pair of singles to Alejandro Kirk and Daulton Varsho before getting pulled. Nick Burdi then immediately allowed both inherited runners to score after going: wild pitch, walk, wild pitch, walk, wild pitch. Oof.
  • The Yankees’ offense didn’t fare much better as they failed to record an extra-base hit all day. Chad Green gave up back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a glimmer of hope before shutting the door.


COL 10 – TB 7


HD: Jake Bird (1), Nick Mears (2)

SV: None.

BS: Colin Poche (1), Jason Adam (1)

  • It was a rough afternoon for closers in this one. Rockies’ closer Justin Lawrence came in for the top of the ninth with the Rockies leading 6-2. Lawrence gave up a double and five consecutive singles before he was lifted for Jalen Beeks. An error from Ryan McMahon on an inherited runner allowed a fourth earned run against Lawrence.
  • The Rays’ bullpen notched not one, but two blown saves! Yet it was Pete Fairbanks who had the roughest day for Tampa Bay. Entering in a save situation in the bottom of the ninth, Fairbanks threw a wild pitch and gave out three consecutive walks before getting the hook without recording an out. After recording a strikeout, Jason Adam would give up a first-pitch walk-off grand slam to McMahon that would add three earned runs to the final boxscore for Fairbanks.


BAL 5 – PIT 2


HD: Danny Coulombe (1), Yennier Cano (1)

SV: Craig Kimbrel (1)

  • The Orioles bullpen was excellent behind a quality start from Grayson Rodriguez as they kept the Pirates off the basepaths to protect the win. This was Kimbrel’s first appearance since Monday and he only threw 13 pitches so he should take the mound again this weekend if another save situation arises.
  • The bullpen was the X-factor in this pitcher’s duel between a pair of young stars. Jared Jones truly went toe-to-toe with Rodriguez last night but Ryan Borucki and Hunter Stratton combined to allow three earned runs on five hits that made all the difference.


SF 3 – SD 2


HD: None.

SV: None.


The best of the rest…

  • In his fourth game of the season, Edwin Díaz finally notched his first save since 2022 in a 3-2 win for the Mets. On the other side of this one, Cincinnati went to Tejay Antone in the ninth inning but he failed to record a strikeout, allowing one walk.
  • The Diamondbacks took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth last night. It all unravelled after an error from rookie shortstop Blaze Alexander allowed Austin Riley to get on base. Kevin Ginkel then gave up a pair of first-pitch doubles to Matt Olson and Jarred Kelenic to take this one to extra innings. Scott McGough came on in the bottom of the 10th for Arizona but a deep single from Travis d’Arnaud allowed the ghost runner to score and gave Atlanta the walk-off win.
  • Chris Martin managed to record both a blown save and a win after allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the seventh. Isaiah Campbell picked up his second hold of the season on three quick groundouts before turning it over to Kenley Jansen in the ninth who notched his third save of the 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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