Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/16/24 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!




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Yesterday’s Performances


TOR 5 – CLE 0

HD: Zach Pop (5)

SV: None

  • There have been quite a few double-digit strikeout games this week across the league, however, this game barely saw single-digit strikeouts. Trevor Richards opened what may or may not have been intended to be a bullpen day for the Blue Jays. Richards ended two shutout innings by striking out Daniel Schneemann for the first K of the game. This would also be the lone strikeout for the Jays until Bowden Francis took the ball in the fourth and struck out Schneemann himself to end the inning. Francis kept the shutout going through four innings and earned himself the win, eventually picking up the Jays’ first non-Schneemann strikeout of the night in the seventh when he caught Bo Naylor looking on a fastball. Neither Yimi García nor Chad Green has taken the mound since Tuesday so expect one or both to get some high-leverage work tonight, depending on how deep José Berríos pitches.
  • The Cleveland Guardians also struggled to find the zone, as Carlos Carrasco recorded the only two strikeouts of the game for the Guardians. Carrasco allowed five earned runs over five innings of work with two walks and two hits by pitches (Your daily reminder that HBPs should count as walks!). Tim Herrin and Pedro Avila didn’t fare much better in relief. Despite combining for three scoreless innings, the duo recorded only one whiff over their 37 pitches. The upside for the Guardians here is their bullpen should be well-rested going into Sunday’s series finale.


LAA 4 – SF 3

HD: Hunter Strickland (4), Luis Garcia (7)

SV: Carlos Estévez (12)

  • The San Francisco Giants did some damage against Patrick Sandoval early in this one but the Angels bullpen blanked them to hold onto a win. Matt Moore and Hunter Strickland allowed a baserunner apiece but held the lead. Luis Garcia and Carlos Estevez both pitched identical lines, striking out a pair without allowing a baserunner to allow their seventh hold and 12th save, respectively.
  • Ryan Walker relieved Keaton Winn in the seventh with the game tied 3 – 3, but after a pair of quick outs, gave up a walk, stolen base and a single that gave the Angels the lead. Luke Jackson struggled more than the boxscore would indicate as Zach Neto picked up a HBP and a stolen base. Sean Hjelle fared the best of the Giants’ relievers last night. Hjelle struck out Jo Adell before a walk to Luis Guillorme set up the game-ending double play.


BAL 6 – PHI 2

HD: Bryan Baker (1)

SV: None

  • Recent trade rumours have linked the Baltimore Orioles to almost every reliever on the market, however, their current bullpen seems intent on keeping their jobs. After a seven-inning gem for Grayson Rodriguez, Bryan Baker took the mound in the eighth and recorded three quick outs on only 11 pitches against the top of the order to earn his first hold of the season. Craig Kimbrel followed in the ninth and after walking Bryson Stott to start the inning, struck out the next three batters he faced. Pitching on back-to-back days means that Kimbrel should be unavailable on Sunday, so Yennier Cano should pick up the save opportunity if one arises.
  • Gregory Soto replaced Taijuan Walker in the sixth with a pair of runners on and a pair of outs. Soto was unfazed though and struck Austin Hays on three pitches. After opening the seventh with another strikeout and groundout by Gunnar Henderson, Soto walked Adley Rutschman and with the Phillies only down by a single run, was immediately lifted. José Ruiz started off strong as he also struck out the first batter he faced, but was shelled in the eighth with three earned runs on five hits.


WSH 4 – MIA 0

HD: Dylan Floro (8), Hunter Harvey (21)

SV: None

  • Washington Nationals rookie DJ Herz struck out 13 through six innings and the bullpen did right by him to ensure he picked up his first career win. Dylan Floro kept the basepaths clear in the seventh to earn a hold before passing the ball to Hunter Harvey. Harvey ran into some trouble in the eighth but managed to pick up three strikeouts and his 21st hold of the season. While closer Kyle Finnegan failed to record a strikeout, he needed only 10 pitches to end the game and should be available again on Sunday as the Nationals try to showcase the value of their bullpen with the trade deadline looming.
  • The Miami Marlins only needed one inning of work from their bullpen as Tyler Rogers went seven innings in a quality start of his own. Andrew Nardi immediately ran into trouble after coming into the game with a double setting up a two-run home run. Eventually, the Marlins went to Anthony Bender to record the final out of the game but not before letting a save opportunity pass them by.


SEA 7 – TEX 5

HD: Trent Thornton (9)

SV: Ryne Stanek (7)

  • Trent Thornton picked up his ninth hold of the season pitching four outs in relief of George Kirby. Tayler Saucedo put up a fun boxscore, picking up two outs on just a single pitch thrown as he recorded a double play to end the eighth inning. The Seattle Mariners were well on their way to a blowout win until Eduard Bazardo came in to pitch the ninth. Bazardo allowed six baserunners (including five consecutive) to reach and would eventually be charged with four earned runs for his work, setting up Ryne Stanek for a one-out save.
  • The Mariners got to Nathan Eovaldi early and often in this one, as they drove Eovaldi from the game after only three frames. Brock Burke settled things down for the Texas Rangers. Burke posted back-to-back strikeouts in the fourth and was cruising through nearly three scoreless innings with another quick pair of Ks in the sixth before a walk to Tyler Locklear got him pulled from the game. Jonathan Hernández took the ball and while Hernández struggled with his command, managed to put up a three-strikeout night. Jesús Tinoco pitched the eighth and struggled with some command issues of his own. Tinoco allowed a pair of stolen bases that would eventually set up a two-run single that put this game away.


The best of the rest…

  • The bullpen has become a real strength for the New York Mets and last night was no exception. Dedniel Núñez pitched two innings behind a quality start from Jose Quintana picked up a pair of strikeouts to go with his fourth hold of the season. Nuñez now has a 2.04 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 26 Ks in 17.2 IP and may well be the future of this bullpen as the trade deadline approaches. Not to be overlooked, Reed Garrett pitched the ninth and picked up a strikeout without allowing a baserunner.
  • Aaron Bummer picked up three strikeouts in his scoreless inning of work last night for Atlanta. The team looked ready to close the door as Pierce Johnson shutout the eighth inning but Ray Kerr gave Hotlanta fans a scare as he gave up a homer, three walks, and a single, before he finally recorded the final out 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


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