Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/16/24 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


  • We got a full day of action in on Wednesday, with plenty of bullpen use and late drama.
  • Not a lot of receivers going back-to-back nights, nor many even going two of three nights, so with just six games for Thursday afternoon, there are plenty of well-rested arms for series openers on Friday!
  • The Brewers activated Taylor Clarke, but immediately optioned him to Triple-A. He’s been removed from the chart for now and is a safe drop in most leagues.


Yesterday’s Performances


TOR 2 – BAL 3 

W: Danny Coulombe (1-0)

L: Jordan Romano (1-1)

H: Génesis Cabrera (3), Yimi García (6), Tim Mayza (7)

  • Adley Rutschman was the walk-off hero for the Orioles on Thursday. The O’s entered the bottom of the ninth trailing the Blue Jays 2-1. Jordan Westburg singled off Romano on a 1-2 count slider which drew up Rutschman. The Baltimore star catcher took a 94 mph fastball to right field, ending the game in dramatic fashion without Romano even recording an out!
  • The Blue Jays used Génesis Cabrera and Tim Mayza for just a single out each in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively. Yimi García was highly effective, he got five outs in just 17 pitches across the seventh and eighth.


MIA 2 – DET 0

SV: Tanner Scott (5)

H: Declan Cronin (1), Andrew Nardi (5), Calvin Faucher (3)

  • The Marlins’ staff held the Tigers scoreless for a second straight game. This time behind Trevor Rogers, who pitched a strong five innings.
  • Declan Cronin has yet to give up a run in May and Thursday was his first hold of the season. Probably not anything to chase in Holds leagues.
  • Tanner Scott pitched for a second straight night. The Marlins are off on Thursday, so expect him to be ready to go for Friday as they open a series against the Mets.


ARI 2 – CIN 1

W: Ryan Thompson (1-1)

L: Fernando Cruz (1-4)

Sv: Paul Sewald (2)

  • Both starters pitched through the seventh, giving up a solo shot as their only score on either side in this one.
  • Fernando Cruz was given the eighth and he allowed his seventh earned run already in May, taking his fourth loss.
  • Paul Sewald pitched effectively, only needing eight pitches to record a clean inning. He didn’t register any strikeouts but it was a strong sign as the Snakes’ closer continues to pick up the pace.


SF 4 – LAD 1

SV: Camilo Doval (7)

H: Sean Hjelle (2), Erik Miller (6), Tyler Rogers (7)

  • Logan Webb continued his dominance at home, leading 3-0 at his departure in the sixth, the Giants turned to a combination of arms to finish the job.
  • Rogers looked a bit shaky, needing over 20 pitches to get through the eighth. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk.
  • The run that got home on Rogers’ watch created the save chance for Doval, who also required 20+ to retire the side. He now has four straight clean appearances.


SEA 4 – KC 2

SV: Andrés Muñoz (7)

H: Gabe Speier (5), Ryne Stanek (7), Austin Voth (1)

  • An exact reverse of Tuesday’s score, the Mariners got their revenge behind Bryan Woo – who picked up his first win of the season.
  • The M’s passed the ball to a combination of Speier, Stanek, and Voth – none of whom threw more than nine pitches!
  • Muñoz was a rock for the M’s again, on back-to-back nights. He stranded another inherited runner in the eighth and recorded a five-out save on 33 pitches. Seattle doesn’t play Thursday, which likely impacted the choice to use him again. He’s only allowed one hit across five appearances in the last 15 days!


The best of the rest…

  • Josh Hader got the night off in Houston, the Astros cruised to a 3-0 victory over the A’s and Seth Martinez picked up a two-inning save, his first of the year.
  • The White Sox shut out the Nationals and Michael Kopech notched his fifth save of the season. Set-up man Jordan Leasure got his seventh hold. Garrett Crochet pitched a solid five innings here as well.
  • Kevin Kelly got the save, his first, for the Rays with Pete Fairbanks pitching the eighth and nabbing a hold. Expect Fairbanks to continue to take the heart of the order, as he did here vs Rafael Devers and Tyler O’Neill.
  • The Rangers didn’t play around. Even though it was a four-run lead in the eighth, Texas used David Robertson and Kirby Yates to close out the game with an off day approaching.


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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