Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/28/24 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


  • There were nine games on Thursday, with the ATL/CHW game a makeup from April 3rd.
  • The limited action also so limited holds+saves, thanks in part to several blowouts.
  • Detroit activated Alex Faedo from the 15-day injured list to add some depth back to their pen.


Yesterday’s Performances


BAL 11 – TEX 2

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SV: None

  • Baltimore had a eight-run lead when the bullpen took over. Bryan Baker allowed a run to drop that lead to ONLY seven before the O’s got two more in the bottom of the eighth and Nick Vespi finished things out with a scoreless ninth.
  • Speaking of Baltimore… did you hear they scored 11 runs? Every pitcher for Texas contributed to the damage. Let’s move on.


TOR 9 – NYY 2

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SV: None

  • Zach Pop and Bowden Francis each threw a scoreless inning of work to help secure the win for the Jays, and José Berríos.
  • Phil Bickford added a one-run drop to the eight-run ocean left behind by Carlos Rodón and then Jake Cousinsrecently of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (the longest, most complicated team name in the minor leagues?), threw 1.2 scoreless after.


MIA 7 – PHI 4

HD: A.J. Puk (2)

SV: Tanner Scott (11)

  • Anthony Bender fell into his third win of the season while taking his second blown save by allowing one unearned run in the seventh inning. A.J. Puk then secured his second hold of the season with a scoreless eighth to pave the way for Tanner Scott to lock down his 11th save of the season with a perfect ninth.
  • Philly’s bullpen had a blown save of their own, as the usually steady Matt Strahm allowed two runs in only a third of an inning. He also allowed two of Zack Wheeler’s inherited runners to score. Jeff Hoffman then came in for the eighth and allowed two runs of his own to eventually take the loss, his first of the season.


CHW 1 – ATL 0

HD: John Brebbia (9)

SV: Michael Kopech (6)

  • If I told you that Chris Sale threw seven innings of one-run ball, striking out 11, you’d assume that Atlanta won easily since they were playing the White Sox. Well, you would be wrong. Sale got run support like he had during his Red Sox tenure, with Atlanta only managing three hits and no runs against a bullpen game!
  • Speaking of said bullpen game, Chad Kuhl was the opener for three scoreless innings, followed by Justin Anderson for an inning. Jared Shuster then got the next bulk of innings, and his first win of the season, with three scoreless innings of his own. John Brebbia and Michael Kopech then finished things off with a 1-2 punch that actually worked for once.


CHC 5 – SFG 3 (10)

HD: None

SV: Porter Hodge (1)

  • The random save of the week goes to Porter Hodge of the Chicago Cubs! Hodge got the 10th inning for a depleted Cubs bullpen and delivered a scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out one. Héctor Neris got the win, his seventh of the season, with a clean, two-K ninth inning in a tie game. Tyson Miller had the eighth ahead of Neris and looks like the main setup option with all of the injuries to the pen.
  • With the current state of the Giants rotation, their bullpen is getting lots of work and today was no exception with the game going to extra innings. They delivered four scoreless innings of relief until the 10th, when Luke Jackson allowed two runs in his inning of work to take his second loss of the season, the day after he got the win in relief.


MIN 13 -ARI 6

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SV: None

  • We had a major league debut in this one, with David Festa on the hill for the Twins. The offense did their part to help him earn the win by scoring 13 runs through the first five innings and Festa almost gave it back with five runs of his own, but he did eventually walk away with the win. Caleb Thielbar did some work to lower his ERA with 1.1 perfect innings, and Cole Sands followed with 2/3 of an inning as well before giving way to Kody Funderburk for two innings of work.
  • When the final score is 13-6, you can usually tell that the best bullpen work wasn’t on display. Jordan Montgomery was responsible for eight of those 13 runs, but Scott McGough and Bryce Jarvis chipped in five more runs together as well.


KCR 2 – CLE 1

HD: John Schreiber (17)

SV: James McArthur (14)

  • The Royals bullpen did a fantastic job of holding off Cleveland in this divisional matchup, allowing 0 runs on one walk and nary a hit. Sam Long got the win, John Schreiber secured his 17th hold, and James McArthur sealed the deal for his 14th save of the season. This will be back-to-back for McArthur, so odds are he’ll get Friday off should an opportunity arise.
  • Cleveland’s bullpen did their job as well with both Tim Herrin and Hunter Gaddis continuing their excellent seasons with perfect innings apiece, although Herrin’s was a little more perfect, since he struck out the side… then again, Gaddis managed his inning on only eight pitches. Cleveland: Good bullpen!


CIN 11 – STL 4

HD: None

SV: None

  • Truly not a lot of competitive games on this Thursday and this Cincy/St. Louis game was no exception. Buck FarmerBrent Suter, and Sam Moll all got work with only Suter allowing runs.
  • St. Louis was mostly out of this game early, but the bullpen kept them in the game with 4.2 innings of 1 run ball with the highlight being Giovanny Gallegos with 1.2 scoreless innings.


LAA 5 – DET 0

HD: None

SV: None

  • The best bullpen day is probably a day you don’t even need to use it. Second best I guess is when you only need one guy and today was Ben Joyce for a perfect, clean ninth inning after a fantastic eight-inning, eight-K shut out from Davis Daniel.
  • Beau Brieske and Joey Wentz combined for 2.1 scoreless innings in relief but the Tigers did not win. ’nuff said.


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



Josh Mockensturm

Josh is an Ohio Born, North Carolina residing Boston Red Sox fan thanks to his mom (and her love of Wade Boggs). If he's not watching or reading about baseball, he's probably watching a movie, reading a book, or making a dumb spreadsheet about Baseball, movies, or books.

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