Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 7/3/24 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


  • The Mets recalled José Buttó from Triple-A to provide some length in the bullpen amidst a stretch of 17 games in 17 days leading up to the All-Star Break. Tyler Jay was sent down in a corresponding move after failing to close out yesterday’s game with a 6-run lead in the 10th inning (0.2 IP, 3 ER).
  • The Angels placed Andrew Wantz on the IL with elbow inflammation. José Soriano was activated for his start against the Athletics today as the corresponding move.


Yesterday’s Performances

STL 7 – PIT 4

HD: John King (5), Ryan Fernandez (8), JoJo Romero (26)

SV: Ryan Helsley (31)

  • The Cardinals’ bullpen continued their excellent work in this one after a 5 IP, 4 ER performance from Kyle Gibson (6-3). All four relievers who notched holds or saves in this one have season ERAs below 3.00. Romero’s 26 holds lead the league, as do Helsley’s 31 saves. Helsley is on pace to break the NL record for saves in a season (55) shared by John Smoltz and Eric Gagne.


CLE 7 – CWS 6

W: Emmanuel Clase (4-0)

L: Michael Kopech (2-7)

HD: Cade Smith (14)

BS: Hunter Gaddis (4)

  • There was a lot of bullpen action in this one, which ended in a walk-off sacrifice fly from Bo Naylor. Clase added another win to his total in what continues to be a spectacular campaign (0.67 ERA, 25 SV).
  • Gaddis (1.37 ERA) was the unlucky recipient of the blown save in this one, as he allowed only one hit and 0 ER but allowed both runners he inherited from Smith (0.1 IP, 3 ER) to score and tie the contest. Smith’s poor performance notwithstanding, the Guardians’ relief corps continues to be excellent


BOS 8 – MIA 3

  • Nothing major to report here, as the Red Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead through 5. Rookie Bailey Horn (2 IP, 0 ER, 1 K) provided some solid length to finish the game.


NYM 7 – WAS 2 (10)

W: José Buttó (2-3)

L: Robert Garcia (0-3)

HD: Dylan Floro (9)

BS: Hunter Harvey (2)

  • For the second straight day, the Mets and Nationals played a chaotic extra-inning affair where the Mets put up a crooked number in the 10th. The game went to extras after Harvey was unable to hold a one-run lead in the 8th.
  • The Mets teed off on Garcia (1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER) in the 10th after two scoreless innings from the just-recalled Butto. Dedniel Nuñez continued his excellent work this season (2.42 ERA) to close out the game in the 10th, retiring the Nats in order without letting the Manfred Man score.


CIN 5 – NYY 4

HD: Nick Martinez (5), Sam Moll (8), Fernando Cruz (16)

SV: Alexis Díaz (18)

  • Cincinnati’s relief arms combined for 1 ER in 4 IP to help them to a narrow win in the Bronx, though Martinez (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER) did allow two runners that Graham Ashcraft let on before departing.
  • Diaz has been shaky this year (4.60 ERA), but he threw a perfect 9th in this one and continues to rack up saves. His last five outings have been scoreless.
  • Luke Weaver (2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K) continued a great campaign as a multi-inning high-leverage arm for the Yankees (2.64 ERA, 0.80 WHIP).


TOR 7 – HOU 6

HD: Nate Pearson (6), Trevor Richards (6)

SV: Chad Green (3)

  • After José Berrios (5 IP, 5 ER) imploded in the 5th, Toronto’s ‘pen allowed just one run over the last four innings to shut the door. Pearson (2 IP, 0 ER, 3 K) bounced back well after allowing earned runs in each of his last three outings, and Green recorded the save in his first opportunity since Yimi García went to the IL two weeks ago. With Jordan Romano experiencing another setback in his recovery from an elbow injury, Toronto’s closing situation is worth monitoring.


SF 5 – ATL 3

L: Dylan Lee (2-2)

HD: Randy Rodríguez (2), Ryan Walker (15), Tyler Rogers (15)

SV: Camilo Doval (15)

  • In what is becoming a theme for today’s reliever recap, San Francisco’s bullpen yielded one run over four innings to secure the first MLB win for Hayden Birdsong. While I believe Walker (2.05 ERA, 58/8 K/BB) is the best relief arm the Giants have, Doval (4.28 ERA) has maintained his grip on the closer’s role after some rough outings in June.
  • Lee (2.12 ERA) took the tough-luck loss in this one, as the only run he allowed was unearned after an error from Austin Riley.


MIN 5 – DET 3

W: Jorge Alcala (2-3)

L: Will Vest (1-2)

HD: Griffin Jax (13)

SV: Jhoan Duran (13)

  • Vest (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 ER) and Beau Brieske (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 ER) struggled in the late innings in this one for Detroit. Minnesota turned to their top relief arms to hold the lead after taking it in the bottom of the 7th. Duran continues to see the majority, though not all, of the save chances for the Twins.


TEX 7 – SD 0

  • Not much action here, as Nathan Eovaldi (7 IP, 1 H, 6 K) dominated the Padres while Dylan Cease (3.2 IP, 6 ER) got rocked. Jonathan Hernández (3.98 ERA) threw two scoreless frames to complete the shutout for the Rangers.


PHI 6 – CHC 4

SV: Jeff Hoffman (7)

  • This was a unique contest in that no relievers recorded a decision or a hold before Hoffman’s save. Hoffman (1.24) only came on because José Ruiz (4.30 ERA) allowed a three-run homer to the third batter he faced after coming on for the 9th with a 6-1 lead. Fortunately for the Phils, Hoffman retired the side with two strikeouts to avoid any further drama.
  • Orion Kerkering (1.47 ERA) continues to be one of the best middle relievers in the business; he threw a scoreless 7th in this one. Kerekering hasn’t allowed more than one earned run in any of his 29 appearances this season.


MIL 4 – COL 3

W: Rob Zastryzny (1-0)

L: Nick Mears (1-4)

SV: Trevor Megill (18)

BS: Ty Blach (1), Mears (2)

  • The Rockies’ bullpen woes continued in this one, as Blach (5.21 ERA) surrendered the tying run in the 7th before Mears (6.28 ERA) failed to shut the door with a one-run lead in the 9th. He allowed the tying run and exited with the bases loaded and two outs before Justin Lawrence (5.16 ERA) plunked Rhys Hoskins to bring across the winning run.
  • For the Brew Crew, Megill (1.59 ERA) continued his excellent campaign with a scoreless 9th, fanning two. While Devin Williams should be back this month, I wouldn’t be surprised if Megill continued to see some save opportunities as they ease the Airbender back in.


TB 5 – KC 1

HD: Kevin Kelly (9), Colin Poche (8), Jason Adam (14)

  • Play resumed after 5 innings following a lengthy rain delay, forcing Zack Littell and Brady Singer out early. Kansas City’s bullpen struggled after the resumption of play, allowing four runs in four innings. Only Carlos Hernández threw a scoreless frame, but even he allowed three baserunners in the process.
  • The Rays’ relievers were solid as usual. An insurance run in the top of the 9th took a save opportunity away from Pete Fairbanks (3.03 ERA), who threw a perfect 9th with a 4-run lead.


BAL 2 – SEA 0

HD: Yennier Cano (21), Cionel Pérez (11)

SV: Craig Kimbrel (20)

  • Kimbrel (2.30 ERA) walked the tightrope in the 9th in this one, hitting (grazing, really) two batters in the ninth before striking out Julio Rodriguez to strand them both in scoring position and complete the shutout.
  • No relievers allowed an earned run in this one, with Austin Voth (3.34 ERA), Collin Snider (2.25 ERA), and Mike Baumann (4.13 ERA) appearing for Seattle.


OAK 7 – LAA 5

HD: Tyler Ferguson (1)

  • Things got a little dicey late in this one, as the A’s went up 7-1 before surrendering two runs in both the 7th and 9th. Mason Miller (2.39 ERA) entered the game with a four-run lead in the 9th and eventually retired the side. It was his first time allowing an earned run in his last seven outings.


LAD 6 – ARI 5

W: Evan Phillips (1-0)

L: Paul Sewald (0-1)

BS: Blake Treinen (2)

  • This was a topsy-turvy affair. Arizona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 7th before Shohei Ohtani hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning to put the Dodgers ahead. Treinen (2.89 ERA) then surrendered the lead after making a throwing error on a Jake McCarthy bunt. Joc Pederson then hit a solo homer off of Phillips (2.10 ERA) in the top of the 9th.
  • Sewald (1.56) came on to try to seal things for the Snakes, and he struck out the first two batters before allowing three straight hits, the final blow a walk-off single to Teoscar Hernández. It was Sewald’s first time all season (19 appearances) allowing multiple earned runs.


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Also, if you’re looking for a detailed list or ranking of RPs, check out Rick Graham’s weekly pieces:

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Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick Fitzgerald is a Staff Writer for Pitcher List's fantasy team. He is an alum of Vassar College, where he pitched on the baseball team and studied economics and political science. Patrick is an avid O's fan and head-to-head fantasy baseball player (roto remains a work in progress).

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