Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/18/24 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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  • The Rockies activated one of those in the closer mix, Justin Lawrence from the injured list alongside another handy reliever in Jake Bird. Lawrence had been dethroned by Jalen Beeks so he will need to work hard to work himself into any save opportunities.
  • A big blow for the Blue Jays bullpen as stand-in closer Yimi García was placed on the 15-day injured list. Lefty Brandon Eisert was called up to replace him but Chad Green will assume closing duties with Nate Pearson moving into a setup role.


Yesterday’s Performances


CIN 1 – PIT 4

HD: Aroldis Chapman (13), Colin Holderman (12)

SV: David Bednar (15)

  • A nice bounce back from Pirates closer David Bednar who pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season. Bednar had coughed up home runs in his last two outings but had no such issues in this game with the closer throwing 11 pitches, eight for strikes in a dominant outing. Aroldis Chapman and Colin Holderman both threw scoreless frames in setup of Bednar.


BOS 7 – TOR 3

SV: Kenley Jansen (12)

  • Every closer’s dream is the one-out save and Kenley Jansen duly obliged with one such in a 7-3 Red Sox win over the Blue Jays. After Brad Keller gave up a hit and a walk with two outs, Alex Cora wasted no time in going to his closer with Davis Schneider, who had already homered in this game, at the plate. Jansen forced a pop-up to end the game.


DET 1 – ATL 2

SV: Joe Jiménez (1)

  • Raisel Iglesias was unavailable after pitching in three of the last games days so Joe Jiménez got his first opportunity at a save this campaign and made no mistake protecting a one-run lead. He struck out one and needed just 13 pitches to end the game. Jesse Chavez was impressive after Max Fried got in some trouble in the sixth inning.


SFG 7 – CHC 6

SV: Camilo Doval (13)

  • Héctor Neris gave up a three-run bomb to Thairo Estrada in the top of the ninth to blow the save opportunity and take the loss. The frailties of the Cubs bullpen were exposed once again as a mix of poor pitching and poor defense allowed the Giants to come back into this game on two occasions. Trade for a closer, please!!! After a disastrous outing yesterday, Camilo Doval shook it off in style with a perfect ninth inning in which he struck out David Bote and needed just 11 pitches to send the side in order. Instant redemption for the young arm.


MIL 3 – LAA 5

HD: Matt Moore (9), Luis Garcia (8)

SV: Carlos Estévez (13)

  • A textbook outing for the Angels’ high-leverage arms as they allowed just one hit in three frames to end the game. Veteran Carlos Estévez continued his mid-season renaissance with his 13th save of the season. He hasn’t allowed a baserunner in seven straight outings and has achieved six saves and a win during this phenomenal run. Bonus for fantasy managers who have stuck with the undesirable reliever.


The best of the rest…

  • Closer José Alvarado pitched a clean frame in a non-save situation during the Phillies 9-2 demolition of the Padres. Adrian Morejon and Jose Brito both gave up runs in a bad day at the office for San Diego.
  • The Rangers gave up 22 hits in the rout by the Mets with starter Jon Gray being knocked out of the game after three innings. Jonathan Hernández and rookie Cole Winn ate up some innings but shipped runs doing so. Adam Ottavino struck out three over two scoreless frames.
  • Both starters Cal Quantrill and James Paxton were let down by their bullpens as the Dodgers scored six runs in the last three innings to win this game. Geoff Hartlieb shipped four runs on four hits with three walks in a nightmare outing. Recently recalled Dodgers reliever J.P. Feyereisen faired little better giving up two homers in two innings.
  • The Cardinals sneaked past the Marlins after a rare three innings of extras. Poor A.J. Puk moved to 0-8 after Masyn Winn took him deep in the top of the 12th to do enough to win the game for St. Louis. JoJo Romero had previously allowed a three-run homer after coming into the game for starter Sonny Gray in the eighth 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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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

One response to “Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/18/24 Depth Chart”

  1. Jim says:

    C Smith and Hentges are SUCH better options than Barlow in most leagues, esp SVHD. Their ratios are elite.

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