Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/27/24 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!




Transactions and Schedule


  • All teams were in action on Tuesday, but the series finale between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox was suspended due to rain. The postponed game will be resumed on August 26th as part of a day-night doubleheader.
  • Thursday, per usual, is a lighter day, with just nine games scheduled. This includes a one-off makeup game between Atlanta and the Chicago White Sox, who are playing the contest that was postponed from April 3rd.
  • Lineups lock at 3:40pm ET today!
  • Colorado placed Jake Bird on the injured list. The Yankees sent Victor González outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. St. Louis recalled Chris Roycroft from Memphis, who pitched a clean inning in the double-header on Wednesday and got his first Hold.


Yesterday’s Performances


NYM 12 – NYY 2

SV: Adrian Houser (1)

  • Oooh a rare Save in a ten run game! You really don’t see these too often anymore, but what can’t the Grimace Mets do? For those who may not know, you can earn a save by pitching the final three innings (or more) of a game while your team is leading, no matter the score. That’s exactly what Houser was able to come in and do. He threw 44 pitches, struck out three and allowed three baserunners. There is no reason to speculatively add Houser to try to catch any future Saves or Holds, but game one without Edwin Diaz certainly was interesting. Having a double-digit lead helps.


SEA 5 – TBR 2

SV: Trent Thornton (1)

BS, L: Shawn Armstrong (2, 2)

  • The Mariners were leading by two after forcing Ryan Pepiot out in the 6th and taking the lead against Shawn Armstrong, who allowed the inherited, trying run to score and another two runs to earn a blown save and eventual loss. Another two were plated by the M’s against Kevin Kelly in the 7th, giving them the dreaded four-run lead.
  • Seattle went with Ryan Stanek in the 8th and tried to go with Andrés Muñoz in the 9th, but the non-save monster reared its ugly head and Munoz stumbled immediately. Allowing two walks and hitting a batter, Munoz recorded no outs before being lifted for Trent Thornton.
  • Thorton, entering with the bases loaded, stared down the tying run in both at-bats and earned the high-pressure save by only allowing one inherited run to cross the plate before inducing a game-winning double play on a grounder.


KCR 5 – MIA 1

W: Angel Zerpa (1)

BS, L: Huascar Brazoban (2, 1)

  • Brady Singer pitched a gem, throwing 7.1 innings of one-run ball against the weak Miami offense, but left the game without any run support and in line for the loss.
  • Zerpa, who finished the 8th inning, got the win on an epic two-out rally. The Royals had seven straight hitters reach base with no outs to spare and plated five runs against Brazoban, who had to eat the blown save loss. So close, Miami!


MIL 6 – TEX 5

W: Jared Koenig (7)

L: Jacob Latz (3)

  • A fascinating contest, Dallas Keuchel returned to the bigs and, while his performance wasn’t great, it was enough to keep the Brewers in the game. This game was tied at five after 4th inning, which was Keuchel’s final frame, and it stayed at that score into extra innings.
  • Jared Koenig was called upon to keep the ghost runner from scoring in the top of the 10th and did so effectively. He struck out Josh Smith, got Adolis García to ground out, intentionally walked Wyatt Langford, and then finished the job by striking out Nathaniel Lowe. It was his seventh win, which leads the team and is tied for the most by a relief pitcher with Reed Garrett.
  • Jacob Latz was not as fortunate, he allowed the man on second to move over on a wild pitch with two outs and then Willy Adames drove in the walk-off game-winner with a single, giving Latz his third loss of the season.


BAL 4- CLE 2

SV: Craig Kimbrel (17)

HD: Cionel Pérez (8)

L: Xzavion Curry (2)

  • Grayson Rodriguez pitched his 11th game where he allowed two or fewer runs in 14 starts, going seven innings and giving up two solo home runs.
  • Cionel Pérez pitched a clean 8th and Kimbrel took the 9th to pick up the Hold and Save, respectively. Perez pitched a clean inning while Kimbrel struck out three and walked one.
  • Xzavion Curry was given the final three frames for the Guardians, he entered in a tie, threw 50 pitches, and allowed two solo home runs to take the loss. This game had five of its six runs scored on solo home runs.



STL 4 – ATL 1

SV: Ryan Helsley (28)

HD: JoJo Romero (23), Andrew Kittredge (22),  Chris Roycroft (1)

  • The second game of the doubleheader between St. Louis and Atlanta saw the MLB Saves leader extend the difference between himself and the next to three saves. Helsley did get into a bit of trouble, walking a batter and allowing a hit to bring the tying run to the plate with just one out, but he induced a grounder and struck out Adam Duvall to end it and split the day for the red birds.
  • None of the STL holds crew threw more than 15 pitches to get through their respective batter, Roycroft being the most impressive as he was the only one to pitch a full frame and did so without allowing a baserunner while striking out two.
  • Kitteredge and Romero split the 8th as Romero was used to close the door after Kittredge allowed the only Atlanta run of the night.
  • Taking an extra moment here to admire how unbelievable it is that we have a player with 28 saves before the break. Wow. We haven’t seen a player reach 50 saves since Diaz in 2018 and that seems like a foregone conclusion at this point.


SFG 4 – CHC 3

SV: Camilo Doval (14)

HD: Erik Miller (11), Tyler Rodgers (13)

W: Luke Jackson (4)

L: Drew Smyly (5)

  • The Giants’ pen was hyper-effective, as they were able to completely shut the door after Hayden Birdsong surrendered all three of the Cubs’ runs. Jackson picked up the win by finishing the final out of the fifth inning.
  • Tyler Rodgers allowed two hits and then a walk but evaded damage by getting a key double play after the first hit.
  • Drew Smyly took a tough loss; after the Cubs tied it in the top of the 5th, Matos took him yard with what would be the game-winning home run.
  • Doval allowed a single to the first batter but got a strikeout, foul out and a ground out to end the game and nab Save number 14.


The best of the rest…

  • The Phillies went full bullpen game after three innings from Spencer Turnbull, they used seven pitchers, four of which allowed no base runners.
  • Alexis Díaz and defacto closer Aroldis Chapman both got work in on Wednesday. Chapman handled the ninth inning in just ten pitches while still striking out two.
  • Spencer Arrighetti dominated the Rockies, seven shutout innings with ten strikeouts. Shawn Rubin and Bryan King handled the final frames in the blowout Astros win.
  • The Angels used Roasny Contreras to open the game, they had said they wanted four innings from him but only got three against the Athletics. LA used four relievers to close out the game after scoring all five of their runs in the sixth frame.
  • Dylan Cease was electric and the Padres were up 8-to-0 entering the 9th inning. Tom Cosgrove struggled heavily but Adrian Morejon was able to shut the door on the Nats to finish the game off.
  • The Twins bullpen was perfect last night, no hits and no walks allowed after Simeon Woods-Richardson exited the game.
  • Mike Soroka struck out seven Dodgers in three innings, and Gavin Stone threw a CGSO which was much needed with a majorly taxed Dodgers bullpen.

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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