Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/8/24 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


PIT 3 – MIN 0

HD: Aroldis Chapman (12), Colin Holderman (9)

SV: David Bednar (13)

  • Trivia time! What starting pitcher has the longest active streak of games with 5+ IP? If you guessed Mitch Keller (44), congratulations, you can pick a toy from the treasure chest! I strongly recommend the stickers since you can put them on everything and drive your parents crazy. Speaking of Pirate treasure, Chapman, Holderman, and Bednar combined to allow only one baserunner over three innings with three strikeouts. Pirates fans need to appreciate this trio while they’re still in Pittsburgh.
  • Joe Ryan took a hard-luck loss in this one after he went seven innings with only two earned runs, two walks, and eight strikeouts. Griffin Jax took the ball and ran into some trouble in the eighth inning, allowing a solo home run to Connor Joe and a double to Bryan Reynolds before getting out of the inning. In 2024, I suppose that was inevitable.


MIL 10 – DET 0

HD: None

SV: None

  • Another shutout here but this one was a blowout. Tobias Myers pitched eight shutout innings before he gave way to James Meeker. Unfortunately, Meeker struggled with some nominative determinism as he immediately allowed a walk, a single, and failed to record a whiff in his 16-pitch MLB debut.
  • Beau Brieske entered this game in the fifth with the Tigers down 8 – 0. A triple from Blake Perkins and a single from Brice Turang quickly added two more runs on the board but Brieske settled down and retired the next four batters he faced. Will Vest and Tyler Holton combined for two clean innings before Zach McKinstry took the mound. That’s right folks, if you had “position player pitching in the ninth” on your bingo card don’t forget to yell BINGO.


LAD 2 – NYY 1 (11)

HD: None

SV: Yohan Ramírez (1)

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers leaned heavily on their bullpen in this one, using five different relievers for the second night in a row. Journeyman (and Immaculate Grid legend) Yohan Ramírez earned his first save of the season after he recorded two strikeouts in the 11th to end the game. Barring more extra innings action in this series (which may well happen!) don’t expect to see Ramírez again until next week as he has now pitched in three of the last four days. With Michael Grove, Anthony Banda, and possibly even Ryan Yarbrough in a similar boat the Dodgers may have some roster moves up their sleeve to bring in a fresh arm or two.
  • The New York Yankees went through six different relievers trying to pull out a win in L.A. Most notably, Michael Tonkin dispatched five batters on only 19 pitches, striking out two with four whiffs and a 42% CSW. Tonkin has quietly been one of the best arms in the Yankees’ bullpen this season and could be leaned on more as they try to hold off the Baltimore Orioles for the division title.
  • I’ll be shocked if the Yankees don’t call up Ron Marinaccio or even Phil Bickford before Saturday’s 7:35 PM start. Only Luke Weaver and Caleb Ferguson have thrown less than 24 pitches over the past four days. Not the most extreme situation, but the Yankees take on the red-hot Royals and division-rival Red Sox next before they’ll earn their second off day of the month on June 17th.


SF 5 – TEX 2

HD: Tyler Rogers (10)

SV: Camilo Doval (10)

  • While the Texas Rangers lost this game 5 – 2, a few of their bullpen arms managed to shine. Jonathan Hernández took the mound in the fifth with only one out and struck out a pair on eight pitches without allowing a single ball. Ironically, Hernández then walked a batter to lead off the sixth but was able to notch a third strikeout and make it out of the inning having allowed just the one baserunner. Jesús Tinoco was well on his way to an immaculate inning before a pair of sliders got away from him in the eighth. Tinoco still managed to strike out two without a baserunner and Gerson Garabito replicated the feat in the ninth.
  • On the other side, San Francisco Giants relievers Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval picked up their 10th hold and save, respectively.


SD 10 – ARI 3

HD: Enyel De Los Santos (7), Jeremiah Estrada (4)

SV: None

  • The San Diego Padres looked like they were in trouble after Wandy Peralta allowed back-t0-back home runs in the seventh. Enter Jeremiah Estrada. With one out in what was now a two-run game, Estrada struck out Christian Walker and Pavin Smith, before picking up a third strikeout in a clean eighth inning. Yuki Matsui came out in the ninth and struck out two batters to end the game.
  • Thyago Vieira made his Diamondbacks debut last night after being claimed off waivers Thursday. While he only threw four pitches and recorded one out, Viera sat 98.7 mph on his four-seamer so there may indeed be a Shakespearean villain in our midst.


OAK 2 – TOR 1

HD: None

SV: None

  • It’d feel wrong to finish a Reliever Ranks article without mentioning Mason Miller. The league’s best closer (Is that even a hot take anymore?) picked up a well-earned win in the ninth as both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette struck out swinging on nasty hanging sliders.
  • After an eight-inning quality start from Chris Bassitt, Chad Green took the mound to throw a single pitch. A first-pitch, walk-off home run to JJ Bleday. Sigh.


The best of the rest…

  • Washington Nationals‘ closer Kyle Finnegan notched two strikeouts on nine pitches to earn his 17th save of the season in a 2 – 1 win over Atlanta. Chris Sale and Pierce Johnson both pitched quite well on the other side of this one but there simply wasn’t enough run support behind them.
  • Jonathan Cannon picked up a 60-pitch save for the Chicago White Sox in his return from Triple-A. Yes, you read that correctly, the White Sox won a game. Cannon allowed only three hits through his three innings of work while striking out four. Closer Michael Kopech has only thrown two pitches all week so expect him to get in some game action over the weekend.
  • Unless the St. Louis Cardinals can get over .500 soon, this may be the most lucrative bullpen in baseball at the trade deadline. Closer Ryan Helsley needed only 11 pitches to strike out two and pick up his league-leading 21st save. JoJo Romero has been one of the best setup arms in baseball this year and pitched a clean inning of his own, while even John King and Andrew Kittredge combined for two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over their two innings of work.


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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