Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/25/24 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



Yesterday’s Performances


DET 6 – TOR 2

HD: None

SV: Jason Foley (11)

  • As Pitcher List’s resident Blue Jays fan, I don’t want to talk about this one. I said I don’t want to talk about it. Okay, fine, I’ll talk about it.
  • The Jays fell behind early as Alek Manoah gave us another Cherry Bomb (But he limited himself to one hit by pitch! Progress!). Nate Pearson looked solid in relief of Manoah, allowing two baserunners and striking out two over one and one-third. Pearson has recently started favouring his slider over his fastball and is worth monitoring given his stuff. Génesis Cabrera and Erik Swanson each posted a shutout inning in the seventh and eighth respectively, but failed to record a strikeout.
  • Jason Foley notched his 11th save of the year by inducing a groundout from Danny Jansen.


PIT 11 – ATL 5

HD: None

SV: None

  • Pittsburgh was able to conserve their bullpen last night as Bailey Falter went 7.1 IP against a potent Atlanta offense and recorded his third consecutive quality start. Luis Ortiz took the ball from Falter and ran into some trouble early, allowing a pair of walks and a double. However, Ortiz settled down in the ninth and retired the side in order.
  • Darius Vines gave up six earned runs on seven baserunners pitching in relief of Ray Kerr. Vines struck out the first batter he faced but it was all downhill from there as he failed to record a strikeout over the next two innings. Jesse Chavez came in to pitch the eighth, and while he allowed a pair of baserunners, he got out of the inning cleanly and gave the rest of the bullpen an extra day off.


KC 8 – TB 1

HD: None

SV: None

  • Carlos Hernández pitched in the ninth inning in his first game of the season, but this game was a blowout and low-leverage situations are where Hernández thrives. Don’t read into this one. The Royals’ bullpen has had plenty of rest this week. Top options James McArthur, John Schreiber, and Chris Stratton should each be fresh enough to pitch in back-to-back games this weekend, if needed.
  • Meanwhile, Shawn Armstrong served as the opener for Tyler Alexander and posted two solid innings, striking out three without allowing a baserunner. Armstrong should continue to be used in a bulk role with Erasmo Ramírez being optioned to Triple-A. The Rays’ bullpen also has several fresh arms available this weekend, including closer Pete Fairbanks who has returned to form with 5 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, and 7 Ks since coming off the IL.


SF 8 – NYM 7

HD: Ryan Walker (8), Edwin Diaz (2)

SV: Camilo Doval (9)

  • Nick Avila took the ball from a struggling Kyle Harrison in the bottom of the sixth and dazzled. Avila allowed only a pair of baserunners over two innings and struck out four, recording eight whiffs on 35 pitches (!). The swing-and-miss stuff continued for the Giants’ bullpen as Ryan Walker pitched a clean nine-pitch eighth inning, striking out a red-hot Mark Vientos. In the ninth, closer Camilo Doval immediately ran into some trouble as a double from DJ Stewart and a deep single off the wall from Francisco Lindor almost saw the Mets tie this one up. Almost.
  • Last night added more fuel to the fire of the Edwin DiazReed Garrett debate. Díaz earned his second hold of the season, as he struck out two batters in the seventh and gave up only a single to Patrick Bailey. Garrett took the ball in the eighth inning and allowed five earned runs on five baserunners while failing to strike out a batter. Oof. The Mets opted to give Adam Ottavino an extra day’s rest and instead turned to Jorge López to pitch the ninth. López wound up allowing a home run to Mike Yastrzemski in a game where one run made all the difference. Double oof.


Best of the rest…

  • Jared Koenig served as an opener for Bryse Wilson yesterday but was pulled after two outs on only 12 pitches. Koenig threw 43 pitches on Monday so he was likely on a pitch count here. Given the Brewers’ success this season, I’m not about to question Pat Murphy. The Red Sox were clearly tinkering with some load management of their own as the Brewers got to Kutter Crawford early. Crawford allowed six earned runs and nine baserunners before getting lifted in the fifth inning. Brennan Bernardino came in to replace Crawford in the fifth and made quick work of Jake Bauers and Joey Ortiz to end the inning and give Chase Anderson more time to warm up in the bullpen. Anderson allowed only one run over the final four frames of the game but the damage was done as the Brewers came out on top 7 – 2.
  • Last night was effectively (or should I say ineffectively) a bullpen game for the Angels. Starter Patrick Sandoval was pulled after allowing eight earned runs in three and two-thirds innings. José Suarez and Roansy Contreras both served in long relief roles, tossing 56 and 31 pitches respectively. The upside here is that the Angels’ high-leverage arms should be well-rested going into the weekend. They’ll be needed against a Guardians offense that is hot right now and should have all of its own high-leverage arms available coming off of two to three days of rest.
  • Yoendrys Gómez struck out the side on 13 pitches (!) as he made his season debut in the ninth inning for the Yankees. Not too shabby for a reliever with only two career innings pitched under his belt going into last night. While this was a low-leverage situation in an 8 – 0 blowout of the Padres, the 24-year-old righty is definitely a name to watch as he flashed plenty of strikeout upside throughout his minor league career.


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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