Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/18/24 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


  • Today was a full slate with all 30 teams in action!
  • The Los Angeles Angels activated newly acquired Roansy Contreras, who could provide some length out of the ‘pen.
  • Oakland activated newly acquired Brandon Bielak, and he should slot in as their long man as well.
  • Houston optioned Shawn Dubin after he gave them 3 IP yesterday for the save in a blowout win,


Yesterday’s Performances


PIT 9 – CHC 3

  • Nothing to report here other than utter domination from Paul Skenes (6 IP, 0 H, 11 K).


PHI 4 – WAS 2

HD: José Alvarado (3)

SV: Jeff Hoffman (3)

  • The Phillies edged out the Nats in this one behind an excellent start from Zack Wheeler (5-3). Alvarado was brought in to face two lefties in the 8th inning before Hoffman (0.90 ERA) closed it out in the 9th, indicating that the closer situation in Philly remains a committee.


NYY 4 – CWS 2

HD: Ian Hamilton (6), Caleb Ferguson (7)

SV: Clay Holmes (13)

  • Holmes maintained a share of the MLB saves lead with a scoreless 9th and somehow still has an unblemished 0.00 ERA on the season! Ferguson continues to see high-leverage work against lefties.


BAL 9 – SEA 2

HD: Jacob Webb (4), Yennier Cano (10)

  • Webb and Cano logged holds in this one, with Cano coming in to log the final two outs in the 7th after Webb got into some trouble.
  • Cano coming into a 3-run game in the 7th before the Orioles pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the inning indicates that the O’s closing situation continues to be a committee between Cano, Danny Coulombe, and Craig Kimbrel.


TBR 4 – TOR 3

HD: Manuel Rodríguez (1)

SV: Pete Fairbanks (4)

  • Fairbanks recorded his first save since coming off the IL last weekend after seeing some high-leverage work in his most recent appearances. The Rays will likely continue to use Jason Adam and other arms in save situations if they feel like there are more important situations before the 9th in which to deploy Fairbanks.


CLE 3 – MIN 2

W: Timmy Herrin (2-0)

L: Jhoan Duran (0-1)

BS: Steven Okert (5), Timmy Herrin (1)

HD: Hunter Gaddis (8), Scott Barlow (10)

SV: Emmanuel Clase (13)

  • Lots of action in this one! The highlight was Clase moving into a four-way tie for the MLB saves lead at 13.
  • Okert allowed a go-ahead home run to David Fry in the 6th before Herrin (0.93 ERA) allowed one of Barlow’s runners to score in the top of the 8th to tie things up. José Ramírez took Duran yard in the bottom of the 8th to set things up for Clase in the 9th.


MIA 8 – NYM 0

  • No bullpen news here, as Jesús Luzardo (6 IP, o ER, o BB, 7 K) shined in his second start off the IL while Christian Scott (4 IP, 4 ER) struggled in what seemed to be a soft matchup.



HD: Yuki Matsui (5), Enyel De Los Santos (5), Robert Suarez (1)

SV: Jeremiah Estrada (1)

  • In a surprising turn of events, Suarez (0.47 ERA, 12 SV) pitched the 8th inning against the heart of Atlanta’s order. Estrada (0.84 ERA) struck out the side to notch the save while Matsui and De Los Santos continued to establish themselves as reliable bullpen arms.


KCR 6 – OAK 2

  • No significant bullpen news in this one, as Oakland scored two runs off of Matt Sauer in the 9th thanks to a Shea Langeliers homer.


LAA 9 – TEX 3


HOU 5 – MIL 4

HD: Tayler Scott (1), Rafael Montero (7), Bryan Abreu (9)

SV: Josh Hader (6)

  • Houston ran out the full procession of relievers in this one, with all four of their relievers recording a scoreless inning en route to a tight victory.
  • Abreu (3.27 ERA) and Hader (4.50 ERA) continued to right the ship after rough starts to the season, pitching scoreless 8th and 9th innings, respectively.


STL 10 – BOS 6

HD: JoJo Romero (15)

  • Romero recorded his league-leading 15th hold in this one, throwing a scoreless 7th inning before St. Louis added some insurance runs in the 7th and 8th. Cam Booser (2 ER) and Chase Anderson (3 ER) struggled for the Sox.


DET 13 – ARI 0

  • No significant news here, but Joey Wentz (2 IP, 2H, 0 ER, 2K) and Logan Allen (3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 K) impressed in long relief.


LAD 7 – CIN 3

W: Michael Grove (2-2)

L: Fernando Cruz (1-5)

HD: Blake Treinen (3)

  • Grove put up a scoreless top of the 7th before the Dodgers scored two runs off of Cruz in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.
  • Treinen tossed his fifth consecutive scoreless outing since coming off the IL, and Daniel Hudson threw a scoreless 9th with a 4-run lead.


SFG 10 – COL 5

W: Sean Hjelle (1-1)

HD: Luke Jackson (1), Erik Miller (7), Ryan Walker (5), Tyler Rogers (8)

  • There was a whole parade of relievers in this one, as four holds followed Hjelle (2 IP, 0 ER), who vultured the win after 3 IP from Mason Black.



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

Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald is a Staff Writer for Pitcher List's fantasy team. He is an alum of Vassar College, where he pitched on the baseball team and studied economics and political science. Patrick is an avid O's fan and head-to-head fantasy baseball player (roto remains a work in progress).

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