Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/31/23 Depth Chart

Find breakdowns of key bullpen usages 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

  • We had 15 games on Tuesday with all 30 MLB teams in action.
  • There were six successfully converted saves on the day and no extra innings affairs.
  • Alex Vesia was recalled from the minors by the Dodgers (and promptly went back to coughing up runs with a .2IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 1HR line)
  • Joe Barlow was placed on the 15-day IL by the Rangers to make room for a returning Dane Dunning.
Yesterday’s Performances 

CLE 5 – BAL 8
SV: Félix Bautista (14)
HD: Yennier Cano (11)

  • Félix Bautista fired a clean inning on his way to his 14th save of the season. With his top-tier strikeout rate of 48.2%, Bautista continues to make the Baltimore front office look like geniuses for placing their faith in him and trading then-closer Jorge López ( to the Twins last year at the trade deadline.
  • Yennier Cano continues to be a revelation for the Orioles as he pitched his 9th multi-inning appearance of the season, securing four outs to get his 11th hold of the year.

CIN 9 – BOS 8
SV: Alexis Díaz (13)
HD: Alex Young (7)


  • After rookie reliever Eduardo Salazar made things interesting in the 9th inning by giving up five earned runs, Alexis Díaz was asked to shut the door on Boston. Diaz allowed two of Salazar’s five earned runs to cross the plate on his watch but he was ultimately able to get the final two outs to close out the save opportunity. Diaz is also a member of the over-48% strikeout rate club.

PHI 0 – NYM 2
SV: David Robertson (9)
HD: Adam Ottavino (6)


  • In support of a dominant performance from Kodai Senga, the Mets relied on David Robertson to close out the 9th. Robertson responded by striking out Kody Clemens and inducing a double-play ball from Bryson Stott. The Mets continue to mix-and-match their save opportunities, although, Robinson now has a nearly 2-1 lion’s share over Ottavino. Regardless, this situation is clearly frustrating for managers in Saves Only leagues.

KCR 1 – STL 2
SV: Giovanny Gallegos (7)


  • After Miles Mikolas provided eight shutout innings, the Cardinals opted for Giovanny Gallegos to handle the 9th-inning duties. The ride was a bit bumpy thanks to consecutive hits from Vinnie Pasquantino and Sal Perez, but Gallegos settled down and finished the game with a strikeout of Michael Massey.
  • Gallegos now leads Ryan Helsley in both Saves (7-6) and holds (4-2) for the season.

TBR 1 – CHC 2
SV: Adbert Alzolay (2)
HD: Mark Leiter Jr. (9)


  • The Chicago Cubs opted to deploy Mark Leiter Jr. in the 7th inning with a one-run lead to face the 9-1-2 hitters of the Tampa Bay lineup. Leiter induced three ground balls to capture his 9th hold.
  • Adbert Alzolay was then tasked with securing a six-out save and he did some in dominant fashion. Allowing no baserunners and striking out four, Alzolay cruised to his second save (and first multi-inning save) of the season.

Best of the rest


  • Brought in to pitch the bottom of the 9th in a tie-game, Raisel Iglesias proceeded to walk the bases loaded paving the way for an Oakland A’s walk-off victory via an Austin Riley fielding error.
  • David Bednar secured his 10th save of the season with a clean inning against Giants. Bednar has been outstanding this year boasting a microscopic 1.3 B% paired with a 34.2 K% which puts him in the discussion amongst the elite closers of the game.

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


John Wallace

Former attorney, current librarian. Lifelong Phillies fan and will never get used to the ghost runner.

One response to “Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/31/23 Depth Chart”

  1. PHIL says:

    I have Helsley also and dying in Saves/Holds.
    Should I drop him for:
    Matt Moore
    Hector Neris
    Bryan Abreu
    Miguel Castro
    Mark Leiter Jr
    or Andrew Chafin?

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