Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/24/24 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

 

ARI 1 – PHI 4

  • José Alvarado pitched a perfect eighth with the Phillies up by four before Jeff Hoffman pitched a one-run ninth. Alvarado last pitched on Monday, so this can be considered a maintenance outing. He’s walked just 5.9% of the batters he’s faced across his last 26.1 IP (2.13 ERA), giving him an elite 21.6% K-BB% during that stretch.

 

TBR 3 – PIT 1

W: Kevin Kelly (2)

L: Colin Holderman (1)

HD: Jason Adam (12)

SV: Pete Fairbanks (11)

  • Pete Fairbanks bounced back from allowing runs in three of his last four appearances by pitching a perfect frame in Pittsburgh. It’s been a rocky season for Fairbanks, once again marred by injuries and surprisingly lacking whiffs. He was top five in MLB in K% (39.1%) among pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched across the past two seasons, but is now sporting a 26.4% K% with diminished effectiveness on his fastball and slider. His heater has been consistently sitting two mph down at 97, but he got it up to 98 on Sunday. If the increased velocity sticks, Fairbanks should succeed.

 

ATL 3 – NYY 1

HD: Pierce Johnson (8), Joe Jiménez (16)

SV: Raisel Iglesias (20)

  • Raisel Iglesias continues to skate by despite career-low strikeout numbers. For context, Iglesias sports a 2.51 ERA (28.2 IP), but that comes with a 20.5% K%, explaining his 4.00 xFIP. It’s good to see him with a pair of punchouts here, giving him six across his last three outings after fanning just one across his previous six appearances.
  • With the Yankees headed for an off day on Monday and Clay Holmes having not pitched in three days, they turned to him with a two-run deficit. Holmes pitched a perfect frame and struck out multiple batters for the first time in a calendar month. The diminished strikeout rate will limit Holmes’ potential, but he should maintain the closer role as long as he continues to force groundballs.

 

BOS 7 – CIN 4

W: Brennan Bernardino (3)

HD: Greg Weissert (4), Cam Booser (3), Chris Martin (8), Justin Slaten (8)

SV: Kenley Jansen (15)

  • Kenley Jansen is approaching a big milestone and is doing it in style. At 36, Jansen is pitching to his best ERA (2.39 ERA, 26.1 IP) since he pitched for the Dodgers. He’s now just two saves away from tying Francisco Rodríguez for the fourth-most saves in baseball history. Jansen has pitched on consecutive days, so expect Justin Slaten to get a save chance on Monday as one of the few pitchers who hasn’t pitched on back-to-back days.

 

TOR 5 – CLE 6

W: Tim Herrin (3)

HD: Darren McCaughan (1), Sam Hentges (7), Cade Smith (12)

SV: Emmanuel Clase (24)

  • The Blue Jays are once again down their top two relievers, leaving Chad Green with closing duties. He’s yet to get a save chance and pitched a scoreless maintenance inning on Sunday in a one-run deficit having not pitched since Tuesday. Green will hold this role until at least the beginning of July.
  • Emmanuel Clase continued his incredible career with a scoreless ninth on Sunday. He leads the AL in saves and leads relievers with his 0.72 ERA and 0.64 WHIP. His save on Sunday gives him 135 for his career, the eighth-most for a pitcher before turning 27 in baseball history. 15 more saves this season would put him in the top five in that category, giving Clase a shot at chasing the bullpen immortals. Clase has pitched on consecutive days and in four of the past five. Scott Barlow should get the ninth today.

 

SEA 4 – MIA 6

W: A.J. Puk (1)

HD: Andrew Nardi (7), Calvin Faucher (6)

SV: Tanner Scott (9)

  • Tanner Scott is setting himself up to be a coveted trade target in July. He owns a 0.71 ERA (25.1 IP) since mid-April, and while teams will be smart enough to know that he’s outperforming his underlying metrics, his stuff is undeniable and he’s been nails the past two years. Scott may even retain his closer distinction depending on where he gets traded.

 

SFG 3 – STL 5

HD: JoJo Romero (22), Andrew Kittredge (21)

SV: Ryan Helsley (26)

  • The late-inning trio of Ryan Helsley, JoJo Romero, and Andrew Kittredge continues to dominate. Helsley is the Major League leader in saves while Romero and Kittredge are two and three respectively on the holds leaderboard. This pace won’t hold for the whole season, and it will be interesting to see if any of them get traded at the deadline.

 

WSN 2 – COL 1

W: Dylan Floro (3)

L: Jalen Beeks (4)

HD: Nick Mears (7)

SV: Kyle Finnegan (22)

  • Following a blowup from Kyle Finnegan on Saturday, I was ringing the bell for Hunter Harvey season. Finnegan did a good job of bouncing back with a scoreless save on Sunday, but I still feel like his role is shakier than his numbers suggest. Finnegan has pitched on back-to-back days, so Harvey should get a taste of the closer life today.
  • Jalen Beeks was handed the ninth with a one-run lead but wound up blowing his fifth save. You’d have to be unbelievably desperate to try to find saves in the Colorado arm barn. Beeks is the only one with a sub-4.00 ERA and he does stuff like this all the time.

 

MIN 3 – OAK 0

SV: Griffin Jax (7)

  • Griffin Jax capped off a gem by Pablo López and it’s curious why Jhoan Duran didn’t pitch here. Jax has certainly had a better season but Duran is the capital C closer. Hold on to your Jax shares because his stock could be rising.

 

MIL 6 – SDP 2

  • Trevor Megill pitched a perfect ninth with the Brewers up by four. It was a maintenance outing given he hadn’t pitched in three days. Megill has allowed just one run across his last 9.1 IP and the dynamic will be interesting when Devin Williams returns next month.

 

NYM 5 – CHC 2

HD: Reed Garrett (7), Drew Smith (6)

SV: Jake Diekman (3)

  • Entering the ninth with a three-run lead, Edwin Diaz was ejected before even throwing a pitch. He will likely appeal the suspension before taking the time off when it’s more suitable for the team. Jake Diekman was called on as the emergency closer and got the job done. He should share ninth-inning duties with Reed Garrett when Diaz misses time.

 

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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.

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