Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/17/24 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!

 

Notes

 

Transactions and Schedule

 

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

STL 2 – CHC 1

HD: Ryan Fernandez (4), Andrew Kittredge (19)

SV: Ryan Helsley (24)

  • Ryan Helsley worked around a pair of walks to extend his Major League lead in saves. He now has three more than anyone else in baseball. It’s difficult to decide if his 100 mph fastball or 44.1% CSW slider is better.

 

BAL 8 – PHI 3

SV: Yennier Cano (3)

  • With Craig Kimbrel having pitched on back-to-back days, Yennier Cano was called upon to get the final out of the game after some poor defense loaded the bases. Cano struck out the only batter he faced as he continues to prove last year’s breakout wasn’t a fluke. However, it is concerning to see his walk rate has nearly tripled and the accompanying gain in strikeouts hasn’t been enough. He’s going to need to reel in the free passes even if he’s the best groundball pitcher in baseball.

 

TBR 8 – ATL 6

W: Jason Adam (3)

L: Raisel Iglesias (1)

HD: Kevin Kelly (6), Colin Poche (6)

SV: Pete Fairbanks (10)

  • Pete Fairbanks got right back on track after a weird appearance on Saturday in which he pitched with a large deficit. Since returning from the IL on May 11th, Fairbanks has allowed just one run across 16 innings (0.56 ERA), but the strikeouts are still missing. With a 33.9% career strikeout rate entering this season, Fairbanks has always been a premier strikeout arm. So it’s somewhat concerning to see him striking out only a quarter of the batters he’s faced since his return. Fairbanks has pitched on back-to-back days and in three of the past four, but the Rays are off on Monday, so he’ll have time to rest up.
  • Raisel Iglesias entered the ninth with the game tied and despite recording all three of his outs via the punchout, he served up a go-ahead home run to Jose Siri. Similarly to Fairbanks, Iglesias is also exhibiting diminished strikeout ability, so this outing is partially a good sign. It was just the fourth time in 28 appearances this year that he’s struck out multiple batters.

 

MIA 1 – WSN 3

HD: Derek Law (7), Robert Garcia (9)

SV: Kyle Finnegan (20)

  • Where would the Nats be without Kyle Finnegan? He’s second in the National League in saves and owns a 1.78 ERA (30.1 IP), a top-10 mark in the NL (min. 30 IP). Finnegan has locked down 57% of the Nationals’ wins this year, but he’s been super lucky doing so. His .149 BABIP and 94.4% LOB% are luckier than 95% of the league and suggest a pitcher bound to come back to earth. Finnegan has pitched on consecutive days, but the Nationals have Monday off, so he’ll be ready to go on Tuesday.

 

CLE 6 – TOR 7

HD: Chad Green (6), Brendon Little (1), Yimi García (10)

SV: Nate Pearson (2)

  • Yimi García was unable to lock down the save, requiring Nate Pearson’s assistance to secure the final out of the game. Pearson has always felt like the closer of the future in Toronto, and it will be interesting to see what direction the Blue Jays go with the bullpen at the deadline. Garcia has to be gone, but could Jordan Romano be traded as well?

 

DET 1 – HOU 4

  • Jason Foley pitched the eighth with the Tigers trailing by four. It was a maintenance outing as he hadn’t pitched since Tuesday. Saves have been hard to come by lately for Foley as he’s recorded just two since the calendar flipped to May. I wonder if Foley gets trade interest at the deadline as teams look to turn him into the next Clay Holmes.
  • Josh Hader pitched the ninth up by four and surrendered a run. Saves don’t work like that, Josh. Hader has also found it difficult to record saves, as he’s racked up just four across the past month. I still expect him to be elite, but he’s no longer in consideration for the title of best closer in baseball.

 

OAK 2 – MIN 6 (Game 1)

HD: Jorge Alcala (5)

SV: Jhoan Duran (11)

OAK 7 – MIN 8 (Game 2)

W: Josh Staumont (1)

L: Dany Jiménez (2)

SV: Griffin Jax (6)

  • The Twins flexed their bullpen strength by turning to two All-Star caliber relievrs for saves across both halves of a doubleheader. Griffin Jax has been incredible this year, and with his continuously rising velo, the sky’s the limit. His 35% strikeout rate this year is a massive improvement over the career 22.8% rate with which he entered the season. If not for the presence of Jhoan Duran, Jax would be one of the best closers in baseball. He needs to be rostered universally anyway because of his help across four categories.

 

CIN 4 – MIL 5

HD: Enoli Paredes (3), Jared Koenig (2), Joel Payamps (9)

SV: Trevor Megill (13)

  • Now might be the time to cash in on Trevor Megill via the trade market. The right-hander has been dominating and is quickly rising up saves leaderboards. However, Devin Williams‘ return is imminent and I’d expect the Brewers to hand over the keys to the ninth as soon as he arrives. Now’s the time to capitalize on Megill’s current role. Megill has pitched in each of the past two days, so expect Bryan Hudson or Joel Payamps to get the ninth today depending on matchups.

 

LAA 6 – SFG 13

W: Spencer Bivens (1)

L: José Suarez (2)

  • Despite an 11-run lead, the Giants turned to Camilo Doval. He didn’t take kindly to the non-save situation, allowing four runs and needing Ryan Walker’s help to secure the final two outs. It’s been a rough season for Doval who now sports a career-high 4.88 ERA (27.2 IP). He’s going to need to reign in the walks (15.9% walk rate) if he wants to rediscover his form from the first couple of years of his career.

 

KCR 0 – LAD 3

HD: Daniel Hudson (10)

SV: Evan Phillips (10)

  • James McArthur recorded the last out of the eighth with the Royals down by three. It makes sense in the grand scheme of themes because if he didn’t pitch on Sunday, he’d go four days without pitching and would need a maintenance outing on Tuesday. Regardless, it doesn’t tell us anything about the Royals’ plan with their arm barn.
  • Evan Phillips returned from the IL on the first day of June. He surrendered three runs in his second outing, but other than that, has been completely unscathed. Pitching for the Dodgers with his stuff makes him a guaranteed top-10 closer all year long.

 

CHW 5 – ARI 12

  • Paul Sewald recorded the final out of the game for the same reason McArhtur did. If he didn’t, a maintenance outing would be required on Tuesday. Sewald has now gone 12 consecutive outings without allowing a run and owns a 0.77 ERA (11.2 IP) on the season.

 

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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Jake Crumpler

A Bay Area sports fan and lover of baseball, Jake is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in English Literature. He currently writes fantasy articles for Pitcher List, is the lead baseball writer at The Athletes Hub, and does playing time analysis at BaseballHQ. Some consider his knowledge of the sport to be encyclopedic.

One response to “Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/17/24 Depth Chart”

  1. Todd says:

    Don’t see a recap on Padres-Mets. Any concerns on Estrada getting totally lit up?

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