Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 5/5/24 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


  • All 30 teams were in action on Saturday, with 15 games on the slate. However, only six saves were recorded with seven games decided by five runs or more.
  • The Mets called up Christian Scott for his MLB debut, but they also called up former Orioles closer Cole Sulser to bolster their bullpen depth.
  • The Padres sent Woo-Suk Go to the Marlins as part of a package to acquire second baseman Luis Arraez, giving Miami another bullpen option.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Paul Sewald to the Arizona Complex League to begin a rehab assignment.


Yesterday’s Performances


NYY 5 – DET 3

HD: Caleb Ferguson (6), Luke Weaver (3)

SV: Clay Holmes (11)

  • Clarke Schmidt allowed three earned runs over the first five innings but handed the bullpen a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning. Caleb Ferguson recorded a strikeout but allowed a hit and a walk before stepping aside after just one out recorded.
  • Luke Weaver worked out of a sixth-inning jam and tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, including four strikeouts and just one hit.
  • Holmes entered in the eighth to record a four-out save. Holmes allowed a leadoff single in the ninth inning but got Spencer Torkelson to ground into a double play and struck out Zach McKinstry to record the save.
  • For the Tigers, Tyler Holton and Will Vest combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, but the damage was already done as Casey Mize allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings pitched.

MIN 3 – BOS 1

HD: Jorge Alcala (2), Steven Okert (2), Jhoan Duran (1)

SV: Cole Sands (2)

  • Pablo López earned his third win of the season, stymying the Boston offense over the first six innings. Lopez allowed an earned run on five hits while ringing up five strikeouts.
  • Jorge Alcala faced five batters in the seventh, allowing two hits and a walk, but Okert struck out Rafael Devers to end the inning and preserve the lead.
  • Duran entered in the eighth to face the heart of the Boston order, recording two strikeouts and allowing just a hit to keep the big bats in the Red Sox lineup quiet. Cole Sands worked a scoreless ninth, retiring the Sox in order to earn his second save.
  • Of note for the Red Sox, Justin Slaten pitched 1.2 innings of relief and allowed an earned run, just his second of the season in 19.0 innings.

CWS 6 – STL 5 (10 inn.)

W: Michael Kopech (1-3)

HD: John Brebbia (2)

SV: Tanner Banks (1)

  • Erick Fedde struggled with his control, surrendering a season-high five walks and allowing five earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched before turning over to the bullpen.
  • Seven White Sox relievers combined for 5.2 innings of scoreless relief, holding the Cardinals at bay and allowing their team to earn a comeback victory.
  • Michael Kopech entered a tie game to pitch the bottom of the ninth, allowing one walk and recording one strikeout to get through and force extra innings.
  • The Sox plated a run in the top of the 10th, setting up Kopech for the victory. John Brebbia allowed a leadoff single, moving the tying run to third base, but he rang up a pair of strikeouts before exiting in favor of Tanner Banks. Banks earned the save, striking out Iván Herrera for the final out of the game.

CHC 6 – MIL 5

HD: Mark Leiter Jr., Jr. (7)

SV: Héctor Neris (6)

  • Jameson Taillon twirled six scoreless allowing just two walks and two hits while striking out seven Brewers to record a quality start and a win.
  • Keegan Thompson struggled, allowing four runs (three earned) without recording an out in the seventh inning to let the Brewers back into the game.
  • Mark Leiter Jr., Jr. shut down the Milwaukee offense with two innings of scoreless relief before turning the game over to Héctor Neris in the ninth inning.
  • Neris allowed a leadoff walk and consecutive hits as the Brewers cut the Cubs’ lead to 6-5 with the tying run in scoring position. Neris rebounded with a strikeout and groundout to close out the game and earned the save.

BAL 2 – CIN 1

HD: Cionel Pérez (2), Craig Kimbrel (1)

SV: Yennier Cano (1)

  • John Means and Andrew Abbott worked through a pitcher’s duel as Means kept a shutout through seven innings before handing a 2-0 lead to the Orioles bullpen.
  • Cionel Pérez came in to work a scoreless eighth before Craig Kimbrel entered in the ninth for his second-consecutive day of work.
  • After a quick and easy save Friday night, Kimbrel struggled with control on Saturday, allowing two hits, a walk, and an earned run. The Orioles called on Cano with the tying run on third and the winning run on first with one out in the ninth.
  • Cano walked Tyler Stephenson to load the bases but struck out Christian Encarnacion-Strand and induced a weak flyout from Jeimer Candelario to close out the game and earn his first save of the season.

TB 3 – NYM 1

W: Jason Adam (2-0)

SV: Phil Maton (1)

  • Christian Scott immediately looked like the Mets’ best pitcher with 6.2 innings pitched, six Ks, and one earned run on five hits in his MLB debut on Saturday night but he was forced to settle for the no-decision.
  • The Rays plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 3-1 lead, touching up Adam Ottavino for two runs on two hits and two walks.
  • Of course, Tampa Bay did the Tampa Bay thing and gave yet another different reliever a save opportunity. Garrett Cleavinger tossed a scoreless seventh and Jason Adam worked through a scoreless eighth despite two walks to earn the win.
  • Phil Maton was called upon for the ninth inning and allowed just a walk before closing out the game and earning his first save of the season. Maton becomes the sixth Ray to record a save this season.


Best of the Rest…

  • Jared Jones turned in the best start of the day with seven scoreless innings of one-hit baseball with 10 strikeouts, but he had to settle for a no-decision as David Bednar earned the pitching victory as the Pirates walked off in the ninth.
  • Jordan Romano closed out the game for the Blue Jays in a non-save situation. Romano allowed an earned run in the ninth to make it a three-run game, but a closer can’t create his own save situation.
  • The Oakland offense scored a Saturday-best 20 runs, recording 21 hits including six home runs, blowing out the listless Marlins, 20-4.


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


Brett Ford

Born and raised in #Birdland. Some days you win, Some days you lose, Some days it rains.

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