Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/3/24 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 six games on Thursday, but two of them went to extra innings. Despite the bonus innings, there was only one save and only four holds!
  • Despite the lack of games, several bullpens got a workout with half of the starting pitchers not making it through the fifth inning, and the other half not making it through the sixth.
  • With Kyle Bradish being activated today, the Orioles designated Yohan Ramírez for assignment. Albert Suárez is expected to slot into the long relief role, although Brandon Hyde referred to him as his “wild card” and didn’t rule out a return to the rotation at some point if the Orioles go 6-man.
  • The Angels traded Jimmy Herget to Atlanta for cash and the Human Glitch was sent to their AAA affiliate, Gwinnett.


Yesterday’s Performances


SFG 3 – BOS 1

HD: Erik Miller (4), Tyler Rogers (6)

SV: Camilo Doval (6)

  • The Giants bullpen befuddled the Red Sox for four innings, allowing only one hit while striking out four. Ryan Walker got the win in a change of pace from his opener days, the only reliever to allow a baserunner. Erik Miller and Tyler Rogers earned their fourth and sixth holds of the season, respectively, while Camilo Doval secured his sixth save of the year without much noise. A pretty quiet, easy day for San Francisco.
  • Just like the Giants, there wasn’t much noise against Boston up until the seventh inning. Zack Kelly came back out for the top of the seventh after finishing the sixth for Brennan Bernardino. Three consecutive singles and one run later, Cam Booser was called in to clean things up. Booser managed to strike out his first batter, before allowing a sac fly to score a second runner. This kept Cam’s line in the box score clean but added to Kelly’s damage. Naoyuki Uwasawa made his MLB debut in the top of the eighth and retired every batter he faced, going two innings on 19 pitches with one K. Uwasawa mainly relied on his splitter, which he threw 63% of the time while mixing in a 90 mph fastball and a curveball.


BAL 7 – NYY 2

HD: None

SV: None

  • Keegan Akin  snagged the win from Kyle Bradish after the latter only made it 4.1 innings in his return from the IL. Akin did allow a HR, but their offense gave them enough of a cushion for it not to matter in the end. Also, because of said cushion, there was no save situation for us to figure out how Craig Kimbrel is doing, but Danny Coulombe did throw in the seventh here. Jacob Webb finished the inning for Coulombe and went another scoreless inning himself before giving way to Cionel Pérez for the ninth in his second appearance of the season.
  • Ron Marinaccio and Michael Tonkin both threw two scoreless innings after Carlos Rodón couldn’t make it out of the fifth frame, which should leave the rest of the bullpen fresh for the weekend.


MIA 5 – COL 4 (10)

HD: None

SV: None

  • Another game, another set of starters not doing their part, and because it was tied until the 10th… no holds or saves for any of the relievers’ trouble. While none of the relievers got an official hold, they all held onto the tie by not allowing any runs across six relief innings, with Burch Smith nailing down the win with a perfect two-K 10th inning.
  • Ty Blach was the inning eater for Colorado, throwing four scoreless innings in relief of Peter Lambert, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two. Justin Lawrence followed and did his best for two innings, got one out in the 10th before being replaced by Jalen Beeks who got a quick out before a walk and a single ended the game. Lawrence did his part, but because he started the inning, the ghost runner was his run and he was charged it and the tough luck loss. Kinda rude.


NYM 7 – CHC 6 (11)

HD: None

SV: None

  • Look, I don’t get it either. No holds, no saves. Starters barely going deep into the game. What the heck was going on with pitching today? At least Adrian Houser got through five innings, albeit allowing four runs. Edwin Diaz tried his best, firing two scoreless innings with a strikeout in each. Diaz threw 24 pitches, so he should still be good to go today should the need arise, especially with several other arms in the Mets bullpen on their second appearance in as many games.
  • We didn’t have any saves but we did have a blown save from Richard Lovelady! Sorry, that’s not really exciting. Kind of stinks. Also, do we really need to charge someone pitching in the seventh with a blown save? I get it, they could technically throw a 2-3 inning save, but it still doesn’t seem very nice. Anyhoo, Héctor Neris got the ninth here in the tie game and actually kept things clean before Daniel Palencia lost the lead, and the game, in the 10th.


TEX 6 – WAS 0

HD: Jacob Latz (3), David Robertson (10)

SV: None

  • We have holds! A near Philly (a Wilmington? A Trenton?) and a non-relief win for Nathan Eovaldi! Texas lined up all their ducks with Jacob Latz getting his third hold of the year before giving way to David Robertson and his league-leading (tied with three others) 10th hold. Had the Rangers not scored three in the bottom of the eighth, I have no doubt that Kirby Yates would have gotten the ball for the ninth. Instead, Jonathan Hernández made his second appearance of the season and keep his ERA a sparkling 0.00.
  • Washington ended up playing behind for most of this contest after Texas scored three runs in the second inning. As a result, they stuck with more of their early/middle arms to get the job done today. They even deployed the likes of Dr. Barnes and Mr. Barnes. You know, the mild one and the wild one? Jacob Barnes handled his 0.2 innings of work with aplomb, keeping his wild urges in check. In betWeems between the Barnes boys was Jordan Weems, who carefully spun a scoreless inning of work before Matt opened the Barnes door and let the horses out, never to be put back in the pen. I’m not sure all these metaphors are working, but let’s just say Matt Barnes didn’t have a great ninth and Washington lost by more as a result. Cool.


HOU 8 – CLE 2

HD: None

SV: None

  • Our final game of the day continued the trend of the majority of the other games. At this point, we can only hope for more saves and holds this weekend. Houston’s bullpen did keep Cleveland off the board in their 3.1 innings of relief work despite not earning any official holds. Tayler Scott got the win in 1.1 innings of scoreless work while Seth Martinez finished out the game with two scoreless innings of his own.
  • The Guardians were in a small hole after six innings and then Tyler Beede threw dynamite in and blew things wide open, allowing five runs on three hits and two walks while only getting one out. All but one of the runs were allowed by Beede, with Pedro Avila allowing one of his two inherited runs to score. On the plus side, Avila did strike out three of the six batters he faced.



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


Josh Mockensturm

Josh is an Ohio Born, North Carolina residing Boston Red Sox fan thanks to his mom (and her love of Wade Boggs). If he's not watching or reading about baseball, he's probably watching a movie, reading a book, or making a dumb spreadsheet about Baseball, movies, or books.

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