Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/4/24 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!




Transaction and Schedule Notes


  • There were only eight games on a quiet Monday so there will be plenty of rested bullpens today.


  • There were a couple of low level transactions amongst relievers with the most notable being the Brewers sending swingman Mitch White outright to Triple-A Nashville. Former Dodger White had struggled to a 7.23 ERA through 23 and two third innings with just 13 Ks and a frightening 1.65 WHIP.
  • The Orioles also designated Thyago Vieira for assignment and recalled Nick Vespi from Triple-A.


Yesterday’s Performances


MIL 1 – PHI 3

HD: Jeff Hoffman (8)

SV: José Alvarado (10)

  • At a canter, José Alvarado picked up his 10th save of the season with a clean ninth including a single strikeout of Christian Yelich. It was the Phillies closer first save since May 24 but he made light work of the heart of the Brewers lineup. Jeff Hoffman continued his good form with an eight-pitch eighth inning to earn his eighth hold of the year.


NYM 8 – WAS 7

HD: Adrian Houser (1), Drew Smith (4), Adam Ottavino (11)

SV: Jake Diekman (2)

  • A disastrous start to the ninth inning saw Adam Ottavino allow two hits and a walk, giving up one earned run before exiting with one out and the bases loaded. Jake Diekman was called upon to extinguish the flames in a save situation. Diekman forced a sacrifice fly from Joey Meneses before striking out Drew Millas for the save. This is about as Mets as it gets right now.


STL 4 – HOU 7

W: Rafael Montero (1-1)

L: JoJo Romero (2-1)

HD: Andrew Kittredge (16)

SV: Josh Hader (9)

  • Alex Bregman and Yanier Diaz took JoJo Romero deep in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cardinals reliever was charged with the blown save and the loss. Romero had a stellar May but it all unraveled in this one.
  • Despite a less-than-impressive start to the season, Josh Hader has now converted 9-of-10 save opportunities in 2024 and needed just 14 pitches to dispose of the Cardinals in the ninth. The veteran closer now has allowed just one run in his last 11 outings and his strikeouts sit at 45. As the Astros improve, he once again becomes an elite fantasy option for saves.


SDP 1 – LAA 2

W: Hunter Strickland (2-1)

L: Adrian Morejon (1-1)

SV: Carlos Estévez (9)

  • After Luis Guillorme hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give the Angels the lead, Carlos Estévez worked a clean ninth inning, striking out Ha-Seong Kim and forcing groundball outs to the next two hitters he faced. It was a tidy frame from the veteran closer, who has not had many opportunities in the last month as his team has spiraled. He is a cheap, undesirable option for saves. Hunter Strickland picked up the win after one and a third scoreless innings.


BAL 7 – TOR 2

HD: Yennier Cano (14)

  • Premier setup man Yennier Cano notched his 14th hold of the season after throwing one and a third scoreless innings in which he failed to record a strikeout. Cano has three wins and two saves to go along with his hold tally and boasts a 2.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 27 innings. He has just 23 strikeouts, the main reason he’ll never be a valued high-leverage reliever.


CIN 13 – COL 3


SFG 2 – ARI 4

W: Ryan Thompson (3-2)

L: Randy Rodríguez (1-1)

  • Ryan Thompson expertly navigated the last four outs to earn his third win of the year as his ERA improved to 1.08 and his WHIP to 0.96. An unlikely renaissance for the veteran arm but no more than that in fantasy terms. He will continue in a multi-inning role for now.


DET 2 – TEX 1

W: Beau Brieske (1-0)

L: José Leclerc (3-4)

  • Three scoreless innings for Beau Brieske in relief of Cole Ragans was enough to earn him his first win of the season. Will Vest was warming up in the bullpen but wasn’t used as Brieske quickly garnered two outs in the ninth. An Ezequiel Duran double made things interesting but Leody Taveras couldn’t swing the striking blow.
  • José Leclerc came in and got the last out of the sixth inning to preserve a tied game. He then pitched a clean seventh inning and that should have been his work for the night. However, he was trusted to come back out for the eighth inning and gave up a solo home run to Josh Rogers to be charged with the loss, his fourth of 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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