Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/10/24 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 short schedule with only 14 teams in action.
  • Josh Sborz was placed on the 15-day injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. Jacob Latz should see more time in hold situations with Sborz out for Texas.
  • The Yankees sent Ron Marinaccio to AAA Scranton/Wilkes/Barre after the game on Thursday to make room for Nick Burdi.


Yesterday’s Performances

MIN 11 – SEA 1

HD: None

SV: None

  • This one was a blowout from inning one, and it never got any closer. Kody Funderburk  was the first out of the pen for the Twins, and he threw 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out two while allowing one hit and one walk. Josh Staumont got his first action of the season for his new team, pitching around a hit and a walk to strike out three. Not sure where Staumont will fit in hierarchy-wise, but Minnesota has been one of the hold friendliest teams, so seeing him strike out three should make him someone to watch, especially if other high-leverage arms falter.
  • Logan Gilbert allowed five runs in the first, and eight runs overall in his four innings of work to put the Mariners behind from the jump. With a seven-run deficit, Seattle turned to Eduard Bazardo and Tyson Miller to maybe try to keep things close. I guess if you are down by seven, one more run is kind of a drop in the bucket? Oh, they BOTH allowed one run. Ooooh, Miller actually allowed two runs, but only one was earned. Yeah … well, Bazardo struck out half the batters he faced, so that’s something! Neither of these guys is really anyone to chase for saves, holds, wins, or [niche relief stat].


ARI 5 – CIN 4

HD: Logan Allen (1)

SV: Paul Sewald (1)


COL 9 – SFG 1

HD: None

SV: None

  • Here’s a wild stat for you: all three pitchers who appeared in this game for the Rockies have an ERA under 4.00. In fact, the bullpen arms, Victor Vodnik and Jalen Beeks both have ERAs under 3.00! Not what you usually expect for guys who spend half their time in Coors, but things have yet to really warm up there juuuust yet. That being said, Vodnik and Beeks have been standout arms for the Rockies thus far. Perhaps they’ll get a chance at some higher leverage situation, since the High Leverage guys for Colorado all sport ERAs north of 5.00. And I get it, pointing to ERA is pretty basic, but at the end of the day being a reliever is about harm reduction. So, you want to close some games? First, do no harm.
  • Speaking of harm reduction, Luke Jackson gets the “Do No Harm” award for the Giants, as he was the only pitcher who did not allow at least one run for San Francisco! After Keaton Winn spotted the Rockies seven runs in the fourth inning, Randy Rodríguez got the call as the long relief arm to eat some innings. He managed to only allow one run in his 2.1 innings while striking out four. For some unknown reason, Taylor Rogers got the eighth inning despite being nowhere near a hold situation and having pitched on Wednesday. Perhaps due to this confusion, he allowed a run on two hits. On the plus side, he did strike out three.


MIL 7 – STL 1

HD: None

SV: None

  • Tobias Myers pitched solidly for the Brewers, only allowing one run but failed to make it past the fourth inning. Milwaukee deployed their long arms to get through the night, with Jared Koenig starting things off with two scoreless innings and eventually scoring the win, his fourth of the season. Hoby Milner followed with a scoreless inning of his own before giving way to Thyago Vieira for two more scoreless innings. These innings are crucial to ensuring the high-leverage guys, Megill, Payamps, and Hudson, are rested and ready to go this weekend should the need arise especially after both Joel Payamps and Bryan Hudson threw over 20 pitches apiece the night before.
  • Milwaukee jumped all over Sonny Gray, so the Cardinals turned to their end of bench relievers to get some work. Nick Robertson got the ball first.


CHW 3 – CLE 2

HD: Jordan Leasure (5), John Brebbia (4)

SV: Michael Kopech (4)

  • Don’t look now, but the White Sox have won two in a row for the second time in a week, and Michael Kopech got a save in both games. This brings Chicago’s win total up to… 10. Jordan Leasure was the first reliever out of the gate in the seventh inning and he continued his solid rookie campaign with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. The pre-season “favorite” for saves, John Brebbia, got the eighth started but he did not finish it. Brebbia did manage a pinky hold (I guess I’m making this a thing) just barely holding on to the lead while allowing two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings before giving way to Kopech, who delivered a nice 1.1 innings of scoreless work with one hit and one K.
  • Like most of the games tonight, the bullpen for Cleveland did their job admirably. Cade Smith threw 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of starter Ben LivelyAfter Smith, Tim Herrin threw a clean and scoreless eighth, striking out two.


KCR 10 – LAA 4

HD: None

SV: None

  • Saving the last for last… that’s how the saying goes, right? Daniel Lynch IV was back in the bullpen for this one and he threw two perfect innings to keep that shiny new 2024 ERA at 0.00. Matt Sauer threw the ninth after Lynch and allowed a run, but the game wasn’t close at that point for it to make much of a difference.
  • The Angels! I’m surprised Disney hasn’t tried to do a reboot of Angels in the Outfield with the way things go for this team. Los Angeles was giving out runs like they were Oprah. Starter Reid Detmers had six to spare, while relievers Amir Garrett and José Suarez chipped in two apiece. On the bright side, the Angels did strike out 13 batters! So that’s something!


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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