Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 7/4/24 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!




Transactions and Schedule

  • It’s the Fourth of July! Which means unlike most Thursdays, all 30 teams are in action today as they were yesterday. Games start early, with the first one getting going around 11:00 AM ET. Make sure your lineups are set!
  • The Brewers traded for Aaron Civale from the Rays in exchange for infield prospect Gregory Barrios.


Yesterday’s Performances

PIT 5 – STL 4

H: Kyle Nicolas (3), Carmen Mlodzinski (2)

BS: JoJo Romero (4), Colin Holderman (3)

W: Aroldis Chapman (1)

L: Andrew Kittredge (4)

  • Woof. That’s a lot of stats for the relief arms in this one, that means a lot of late-game antics.
  • The Pirates were leading 3-1 after the seventh inning, with Nicolas and Mlodzinski tossing clean frames in the 6th and 7th, respectively. Mlodzinski struck out two of three using just nine pitches. Eight went for strikes, five CSW. Impressive.
  • The Cards tied it in the eighth on a Wilson Contreras home run off of Colin Holderman that drove in Alec Burleson as well.
  • Aroldis Chapman then came in for the Pirates in the 3-3 tie and pitched a clean ninth inning.
  • Andrew Kittredge was given the ball in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the tie and did so effectively. Striking out one and inducing a double play after a single.
  • In extras, Chapman stayed on the mound and was throwing 103 mph… but he allowed a single and a sac fly to give the Cardinals a temporary lead.
  • Kittredge stayed out of the 10th as well but was pulled after getting one out and walking a man – which set him up for the loss.
  • JoJo Romero came in and allowed back-to-back singles without recording an out, which tied and walked off the game.


CIN 3 – NYY 2

H: Fernando Cruz (17), Lucas Sims (11), Justin Wilson (8)

SV: Alexis Díaz (19)

  • Fernando Cruz allowed both of the Yankees runs to cross home in the seventh, including the inherited runner he got from Andrew Abbott. Cruz was shaky with two walks and a hit allowed while only recording two outs but got a massive double play ground out from Aaron Judge to keep the Yankees from tying the game.
  • Tommy Kahnle delivered a clean (no base runners allowed) eighth for the Yankees to hold the lead.
  • Lucas Sims and Justin Wilson split the eighth inning, Sims allowed two men on base and was replaced for Wilson so that he could get the final out of the frame against pinch-hitter Trent Grisham.
  • Clay Holmes got some work in the top of the ninth to keep the deficit at just one run, he was electric and struck out the side on 15 pitches, including getting Noelvi on just three.
  • Finally, Alexis Díaz closed the game out and was gifted a double play on some bad coaching. With a man on first after a walk, the Yankees let Anthony Volpe swing instead of bunting the tying run to scoring position with no out. This would have set up Soto and Judge nicely, but instead, the Yankees only got a Soto at bat and he hit a high fly out to left field to end the game.


WSH 7 – NYM 5

H: Adam Ottavino (13), Robert Garcia (10), Hunter Harvey (24)

BS, L: Jake Diekman (3, 3)

W: Jacob Barnes (4)

SV: Kyle Finnegan (23)

  • A fascinating box score in Washington, both teams scored all of their runs in unanswered streaks. The Mets were leading 5-0 after the top of the fifth inning, but the Nationals finally got to Christian Scott in the sixth, scoring three runs on a Luis Garcia Jr. home run and forcing the starter out of the game.
  • Adam Ottavino was able to hold on to the 5-4 lead for three outs before Jake Diekman was called upon with two outs in the 7th. Diekman allowed a walk, double and a single – plating two runs, blowing the save and putting him in line for the loss.
  • Jacob Barnes had pitched a clean top of the seventh, putting him in line for the win.
  • From there, the Nats bullpen only allowed one base runner, a walk by Robert Garcia, who split the eighth inning with Hunter Harvey to both earn Holds.
  • Garcia Jr. added a second home run of the night off of Ty Adock for good measure, and Kyle Finnegan pitched a clean top of the ninth to earn the save.


ATL 3 – SFG 1

H: A.J. Minter (8), Joe Jiménez (17)

SV: Raisel Iglesias (21)

  • This contest was much more straightforward, all the runs were scored off the starters but Chris Sale was more dominant than Jordan Hicks and the pens did their jobs.
  • A.J. Minter and Joe Jiménez pitched clean frames in the seventh and eighth, and then Iglesias recorded the save while allowing a hit.
  • The Giants got some nice relief work from Sean Hjelle, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings in the losing effort, allowing no base runners while striking out four; 12 CSW on just 27 pitches.


SDP 6 – TEX 4

H: Jeremiah Estrada (7)

BS: Jacob Latz (2)

W: Adrian Morejon (2)

L: Dane Dunning (7)

SV: Robert Suarez (21)

  • Another busy late-inning game, the Rangers were leading the Padres after the fifth inning but Jacob Latz allowed an inherited runner to score on the first batter he faced, blowing the save and tying the game.
  • Adrian Morejon pitched two outs in the sixth and the entire seventh inning in clean fashion with a 50% CSW on 16 pitches.
  • The Padres took the lead for Morejon in the top of the seventh, with David Peralta hitting what would be the game-winning two-run home run off of Dane Dunning.
  • From there, Jeremiah Estrada took the first two outs of the eighth for the Fathers, striking out both, but was pulled for closer Robert Suarez when he allowed the tying run to get on base.
  • Suarez pitched a clean four-out save, shutting the door and striking out two on an effective 14 pitches.
  • Kirby Yates got work in the ninth for the Rangers, he struck out the side to hold the lead at two but it didn’t matter. Still, an impressive 53.3% CSW in the frame to fan all the batters he faced, including Jackson Merrill on just three pitches.


PHI 5 – CHC 3

H: Orion Kerkering

BS, W: Matt Strahm (4, 4)

L: Tyson Miller (1)

SV: José Alvarado (13)

  • A rare Blown Save Win for Matt Strahm, who allowed a double and a single with two outs to tie the game at three in the bottom of the seventh before the Phillies scored the two game-winning runs in the top of the eighth. Strahm struck out two.
  • From there, Orion Kerkering and José Alvarado finished it off, recording a hold and save, respectively. Each allowed a hit and threw a higher number of pitches.
  • For the Cubs, Porter Hodge and Luke Little threw clean innings in the seventh and ninth, but Tyson Miller allowing the runs in the eighth, and taking the Loss, meant nobody gets any other fun counting stats for the contest even though they were solid performances.


BAL 4 – SEA 1

H: Jacob Webb (10), Cionel Pérez (12)

SV: Craig Kimbrel (21)

  • Both bullpens in this game were stellar, with only Keegan Akin giving up a run in relief amongst the seven RPs that threw in this game.
  • The Mariners trio of Tayler Saucedo, Trent Thornton and Collin Snider all threw clean innings. Not one base runner.
  • Craig Kimbrel continued his return to form with a clean inning himself.
  • Both set up men for the O’s allowed a hit and struck out one to record their Holds.


The Best of the Rest… 

  • James McArthur threw a five-out save, he was called on in relief of Chris Stratton, who allowed back-to-back doubles and a walk. McArthur stranded both runners in the eighth and then worked around a lead-off single in the ninth to close the game.
  • Jakob Junis picked up his first save of the season, the second of his career, throwing two shutout innings against the Rockies at Coors after Colin Rea threw a seven-inning gem.
  • Joey Estes was his own bullpen, throwing a CGSO! That’ll help rest the arms!
  • The Diamondbacks got some nice work from Bryce Jarvis, Joe Mantiply, Kevin Ginkel and Thyago Vieira. Mantiply threw a clean inning and none of the arms allowed a run. Jarvis picked up the win in a 12-4 rout of the Dodgers.
  • Tanner Banks and Steven Wilson shut it down for the final seven outs for the White Sox as they got a big win on the road against the Guardians.
  • The Red Sox pen kept it close behind Brayan Bello, it was a two-run game until the Sox scored four in the top of the ninth, which earned Brennan Bernardino and Chris Martin Holds for their scoreless work in the seventh and eighth frames.


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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