Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/14/24 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


  • There were 13 games on Monday with the Nationals and White Sox game postponed.
  • Shelby Miller was placed on the injured list with unar nerve inflammation and the Tigers called up bulk reliever Beau Brieske to take his place in a low-leverage role.
  • Another team losing a key bullpen piece was the Cubs with the news that Adbert Alzolay hit the injured list with a forearm strain. José Cuas takes his place in the middle innings.
  • A.J. Puk was reinstated by the Marlins from the injured list and the expectation is he will compete for the closer role in what has been so far an uninspiring Miami bullpen.


Yesterday’s Performances


MIA 5 – DET 6

SV: Jason Foley (10)

  • After coming into the season with just seven career saves, Jason Foley notched his 10th of the season in 11 attempts by closing out this one after the Tigers put up three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead. Foley struck out Tristan Gray and Jazz Chisholm Jr. to move his ERA to an impressive 2.20 in 17 outings. Alex Faedo earned another win in relief.


TBR 5 – BOS 3

HD: Kevin Kelly (3), Garrett Cleavinger (4)

SV: Jason Adam (3)

  • With Pete Fairbanks suffering from a cut on his finger over the weekend, Jason Adam stepped in admirably once again to close out the Red Sox in the ninth. He allowed a lead-off walk but struck out three hitters in a row in dominant fashion. Kevin Kelly was also brilliant in two scoreless frames after Zach Eflin was removed after the fifth inning.


PHI 5 – NYM 4 (F/10)

HD: Jorge López (6), Adam Ottavino (6)

BS: Edwin Diaz (2)

SV: José Alvarado (8)

  • José Alvarado needed just nine pitches to retire the Mets in extra innings to earn his eighth save of the season. Despite not recording a strikeout, more importantly, Alvarado did not allow a hit to prevent the zombie runner from scoring. It’s still a fluid situation in Philly but his 1.06 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 15:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season make Alvarado the frontrunner.
  • An agitated, uncomfortable Edwin Diaz never settled in yesterday and blew the save thanks to a lead off homer, two walks, and a hit by pitch of Alec Bohm that tied the game. The ugly outing ended a positive streak of eight walk-free frames from Diaz.


CHC 0 – ATL 2

HD: Dylan Lee (2)

SV: A.J. Minter (1)

  • Somewhat surprisingly but with a great show of faith, Atlanta trotted out A.J. Minter despite blowing the save the night prior. Minter allowed Cody Bellinger to reach via an infield single then walked Christopher Morel before inducing three outs including a double play ball from the bat of Ian Happ. Closer Raisel Iglesias, who threw 48 pitches late last week, should return today if a save opportunity arises.


PIT 8 – MIL 6

HD: Hunter Stratton (6)

SV: David Bednar (8)

  • Jake Bauers hit a grand slam off Josh Fleming in the seventh inning to nearly erase the Pirates’ five-run lead going into the late innings. Hunter Stratton struck out two in the eighth before David Bednar cleaned up in the ninth with a perfect inning. Bednar struck out the hot Blake Perkins on either side of forcing outs for Willy Adames and Gary Sánchez. Bednar still has a ballooned 8.44 ERA but has pitched well over the past three weeks.


COL 5 – SDP 4

HD: Jake Bird (4), Justin Lawrence (2)

SV: Jalen Beeks (4)

  • From out of nowhere, former Rays arm Jalen Beeks has become the go-to closer for the Rockies in the past week. Beeks did it the hard way by issuing walks to Ha-Seong Kim, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Jake Cronenworth before forcing Manny Machado into a game-ending double-play. Beeks is far from a must-add but he does have four saves in his last five appearances, and. now three saves in the last four days. Heat wave!


KCR 2 – SEA 6

SV: Andrés Muñoz (4)

  • What an outing this was from Seattle’s main man in the bullpen. Andrés Muñoz entered in the top of the eighth inning with two outs and the Mariners up by two runs. He struck out Nelson Velázquez as the tying run at the plate before coming back out for the ninth and retiring all three hitters, two with strikeouts. Elite! Muñoz has seen his role being shared around more this season but he continues to dominate when called upon with 21 strikeouts in 16 outings.


LAD 6 – SFG 4 (F/10)

SV: J.P. Feyereisen (1)

  • In a tight contest that was locked 4-4 through the eighth and ninth innings, J.P. Feyereisen benefitted from Daniel Hudson, Alex Vesia, and Blake Treinen already being used out of the bullpen to record his first save of the season. It was an unlikely outcome and not one that should be relied upon to be repeated. However, with a number of arms on the injured list it could be Feyereisen who may be called upon due to his fifth straight scoreless appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City at the start of the month.


The best of the rest…

  • Closer Jordan Romano was excellent through two innings as the Blue Jays shutout the top of the Orioles order in the ninth and 10th frames to secure a narrow 3-2 win. Yennier Cano had a rough outing and gave up a homer to Daulton Varsho to be charged with a blown save in the eighth.
  • The Guardians scored four runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to overcome the Rangers late. Hunter Gaddis benefitted with the win and moved to 2-1 on the year with eight holds. Gaddis had a rough end to April with three blown saves but has bounced back nicely and boasts a 2.18 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 19:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 20.2 innings for the Guardians. José Leclerc was once again disappointing, giving up a walk and three runs on two hits and only dismissing one batter to take the loss.
  • The Astros jumped on the so-far reliable A’s bullpen to blow out to a 9-2 win when it was much closer for much of this contest. Mitch Spence and young Easton Lucas were the pitchers to be hit hard. For the Astros, there were holds for Rafael Montero, Bryan Abreu, and Ryan Pressly.
  • A mammoth eight-run seventh inning for the Cardinals saw Adam Cimber give up a solo bomb before he and Matt Moore combined for five hits and a walk to take the game away from the hapless Angels. Yikes!
  • Oh dear, a rare rough night for Alexis Díaz came at the wrong time for the Reds as the closer loaded the bases with a hit batter and back-to-back one-out walks before Kevin Newman delivered a walk-off two-run single for the Diamondbacks. Diaz failed to record a strikeout and registered just one out. The ball was never really close to the plate for Diaz in this one.


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Also, if you’re looking for a detailed list or ranking of RPs, check out Rick Graham’s weekly pieces:

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