Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/28/24 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 only 10 games on Monday after the Mets and Dodgers contest was washed out. Other teams with a scheduled day off: Astros, Athletics, Pirates, Rays, Rangers, Angels, Diamondbacks, and Yankees. Expect fresh bullpens for those teams.
  • The most relevant high leverage move came in Colorado, with the Rockies placing struggling setup man Justin Lawrence on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Tyler Kinley figures to see more hold opportunities (what few there are) with lefty Josh Rogers called up from Triple-A to pad out the pen.


Yesterday’s Performances


KCR 5 – MIN 6

SV: Jhoan Duran (7)

  • Cole Sands entered the ninth inning protecting a five-run lead after Griffin Jax tossed a clean eighth in relief of seven superb Joe Ryan frames. Sands allowed Salvador Perez to reach but forced two outs before it all fell apart. Back-to-back hits brought in a run and put the tying run on deck so in came Jhoan Duran in a save situation. After notching three saves in the past five days, the Twins closer showed some tiredness by hitting MJ Melendez with a pitch and allowing back-to-back singles to make it a one-run game with Bobby Witt Jr up. Duran managed to force a groundball and escape with a one-out save, however.


TOR 5 – CSW 1

HD: Nate Pearson (1), Erik Swanson (5), Zach Pop (3)

  • A two-run homer from Davis Schneider stretched the Blue Jays lead to four in the top of the ninth inning, saving the need for a high leverage arm. Génesis Cabrera finished off the White Sox after Nate Pearson, Erik Swanson and Zach Pop all picked up holds. It was needed relief from Schneider as Jordan Romano’s shaky time has meant things have got a little more muddled for the Blue Jays in the ninth.
  • John Brebbia gave up the homer in the ninth to take any chance of a comeback away from his side after Jared Shuster was excellent through three innings in relief of Nick Nastrini, who moves to 0-4 in his debut season.


CLE 6 – COL 8

SV: Jalen Beeks (5)

HD: Victor Vodnik (3)

  • The Guardians needed multiple innings from Nick Sandlin and Pedro Avila after starter Xzavion Curry was pummeled to the tune of six runs in the fourth inning, failing to get out of the frame.
  • The Jalen Beeks experience rumbles on in Colorado with the former Rays arm notching his fifth save of the year despite giving up a run on two hits protecting a three run lead in the ninth. Beeks worked to two outs but allowed back-to-back hits to bring the heart of the Cleveland order to the plate. He worked around José Ramírez and the powerful Josh Naylor to cement the victory, however.


STL 1 – CIN 3

SV: Lucas Sims (1)

HD: Fernando Cruz (10), Sam Moll (2)

  • With Alexis Díaz unavailable due to back-to-back saves over the weekend, Lucas Sims was thrust into the opportunity to protect a two-run lead in the ninth. Sims struck out Paul Goldschmidt and Iván Herrera before forcing a final out pop up from Nolan Arenado in an impressive outing. Sims has his first save to go with his seven holds and an above average 19:10 K:BB through 17.1 innings.


MIA 1 – SDP 2

W: Adrian Morejon (1-0)

L: A.J. Puk (0-6)

SV: Robert Suarez (16)

HD: Yuki Matsui (6)

  • A.J. Puk picked up another loss to take his tally to six for the season after an unsuccessful starting spell. Puk was unlucky as the only baserunner he was responsible for was allowed to score after a series of fielding errors. He has to be the unluckiest pitcher in baseball this season.
  • Two nasty strikeouts from Yuki Matsui setup Robert Suarez perfectly for a clean ninth inning as the Padres bullpen allowed just one hit across four frames to backup starter Michael King. Adrian Morejon picked up the win thanks to two stellar innings in relief of King. Suarez has established hinself as a sensation this campaign, perfect through 16 save chances boasting a 0.73 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 24:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 24.2 innings. Elite!


HOU 2 – SEA 3

SV: Andrés Muñoz (11)

HD: Gabe Speier (6), Trent Thornton (6)

  • Another dominant inning from hot-right-now closer Andrés Muñoz gave the Mariners a statement win over the division-rival Astros. Munoz struck out two of the three hitters he faced and now has given up just one run in 14 appearances, recording an impressive 21:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 16 innings during that time. He is one of the best relievers in baseball right now.


The best of the rest…

  • Brad Keller hurled four innings of relief for the Red Sox as Cooper Criswell was knocked around for six earned runs and didn’t last more than four frames in a 11-3 loss to the Orioles. Baltimore needed bullpen relief too with Cole Irvin stepping up to start this game, Jacob Webb threw two scoreless with two strikeouts.
  • Despite a four-run rally in the seventh inning, Atlanta could not claw back into the contest after the Nationals ran out to an eight run lead. Nats closer Kyle Finnegan closed it out with three strikeouts in the ninth in a non-save situation.
  • The return of Blake Snell was always going to be a streaming option for a win from a bulk reliever, and that guy was Randy Rodríguez, who hurled two shutout frames to pick up his first win of the year as the Giants overcame the Phillies 8-4. Camilo Doval also pitched a clean inning after limited work over the weekend.
  • Yikes, Mark Leiter Jr. and Hayden Wesneski combined to ruin seven phenomenal innings from Justin Steele, shipping five runs in a catastrophic eighth inning as the Cubs lost 5-1 to the Brewers. Bryan Hudson came away with his third win of the year after two solid frames in which he struck out three.


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

Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

One response to “Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/28/24 Depth Chart”

  1. William Varas says:

    Woo Suk Go was traded to the Marlins in the Arraez deal.

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