Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/30/24 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


  • A beautiful full slate+ with a doubleheader between the Pirates and Tigers. What a treat getting to watch Jared Jones, Tarik Skubal and Paul Skenes pitch in the same day! Surprisingly enough, with 16 games on Wednesday we only got three saves… plenty of notable action, though!
  • Mets RHP Edwin Diaz has been placed on the 15-day IL with a right shoulder impingement, LHP Josh Walker was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.
  • Mets reportedly plan to DFA Jorge López who was ejected for arguing a check swing call and threw his glove into the stands. He was then quoted making negative comments about his current team.
  • Brewers RHP Trevor Megill is hoping to only miss a few more days after taking a sharp come-backer off his throwing elbow on Tuesday. A quick aside on this one; this is awesome to see, people were worried that the injury was much more severe based on his reaction.


Yesterday’s Performances


STL 5 – CIN 3

SV: Ryan Helsley (18)

HD: Andrew Kittredge (15), John King (3), Kyle Leahy (2)

  • The Cardinals took an early lead in this game, tagging Frankie Montas with three runs by the fourth inning, with Andre Pallante throwing a clean six innings to earn his first win of the season.
  • Kyle Leahy opened the seventh but allowed a run to score so he was quickly removed for John King. Andrew Kittredge allowed a run in the eighth but was able to record his 15th save in 25 appearances this season.
  • St Louis tacked on late insurance runs thanks to a Nolan Gorman solo shot in the eighth and then Buck Farmer walked in a run in the ninth. Considering Farmer walked another batter and allowed three hits, only giving up one run was a great result.
  • Ryan Helsley was called upon to retake the league lead in saves and was able to do so while allowing a hit, two walks and a run. The latter of which came from a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run contest.


TBR 4 – OAK 3

W: Pete Fairbanks (1)

L: Michael Kelly (2)

  • Oakland certainly missed their star closer in this one. After struggling with command a bit and throwing 27 pitches, Mason Miller had the day off. As a result, the late innings for the A’s went as you might expect… worse. Tied going into the ninth in Tampa, Pete Fairbanks was able to work around a Miguel Andujar two-strike leadoff double and got a groundout, lineout, flyout combo to keep the score even.
  • It took the Rays three at-bats to win the game against Michael Kelly. He allowed a double, a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third, and then a single. Quick work, just nine pitches in total. Miller will likely be available if needed for the series finale today against Tampa.


TOR 3 – CWS 1

W: Trevor Richards (1)

SV: Jordan Romano (8)

HD: Yimi García (9), Zach Pop (4), Tim Mayza (8)

  • Alek Manoah felt a pinch in his elbow five outs into this one, and Trevor Richards was able to get through three and one-thirds scoreless innings on just 37 pitches to nab the win in relief.
  • Tim Mayza and Zach Pop allowed a hit each in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively and Yimi García pitched a clean eighth.
  • Jordan Romano was then called upon into an ideal save scenario, up 3-0. He did allow a solo home run with two outs to Korey Lee but struck out one and ultimately got the job done to finish up the sweep of the White Sox.


NYY 2 – LAA 1

SV:  Clay Holmes (16)

  • Talk about an ideal scenario, the Yankees used two pitchers in total to beat the Angels on Wednesday. Luis Gil pitched eight innings allowing just two hits, one a solo home run, and two walks while striking out nine.
  • Tim Anderson also surrendered a solo shot amongst four hits and walked six. New York really couldn’t get anything done and left 11 men on base. Angels never had the lead but Adam Cimber, Hunter Strickland, Roansy Contreras, and Luis Garcia effectively kept the game close. Strickland did let up a run in the seventh off an Anthony Volpe no-out triple that maybe would have gotten home either way… but we’ll never know and it is technically unearned.
  • Clay Holmes entered the game with the one-run lead, allowed a single and a walk before getting a crucial double play ball and forcing a final ground out. A little shaky, but he kept pace and earned his 16th save.


SEA 2 – HOU 1

W: Mike Baumann (2)

L: Taylor Scott (2)

  • George Kirby and Justin Verlander both spun it in this one. Verlander threw seven innings with nine strikeouts and Kirby threw six innings with eight K’s. They each allowed one run.
  • The bullpens for both sides held ground, with Josh Hader and Andrés Muñoz both being used to preserve the tie into extra innings.
  • Mike Baumann got three outs on just five pitches in the top of the 10th, then the Mariners worked two walks to load the bases on Tayler Scott and won on a J.P. Crawford sacrifice fly to walk it off.


The best of the rest…

  • Blake Treinen earned a win behind the Dodgers’ six-run explosion in the eighth inning against the Mets.
  • The Marlins bullpen shut out the Padres in a blowout victory. Tanner Scott and A.J. Puk saw an inning each to close out the series before an off day.
  • Texas gave Kirby Yates the final out of work in a five-run game after Jacob Latz allowed the Diamondbacks to break a scoreless effort by allowing three hits and a walk in the ninth. Yates got Christian Walker to ground into a fielder’s choice in just three pitches.
  • Hunter Harvey, Dylan Floro, and Robert Garcia all earned holds before the Nationals extended their lead over Atlanta in the top of the ninth to remove the save potential from the ninth inning.


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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