Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 7/5/24 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 was a rare full schedule on Thursday being the 4th of July and all, and it’s another full slate today on Friday.
  • Nick Sandlin was activated from the15-day injured list by Cleveland, gaining some key reinforcements.
  • Texas recalled Grant Anderson from AAA Round Rock for some additional depth.


Yesterday’s Performances

WSH 1 – NYM 0

HD: None

SV: Derek Law (1)

  • Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey had pitched in three straight games, so the save chance in this one fell to Derek Law, who struck out two in his one inning of work to secure his first save of the season.
  • The Mets only needed one reliever in this one and that was Adrian Houser who ended up taking his fifth loss of the season. Houser struck out two but allowed a go-ahead home run to Jesse Winker that ended up being the sole run of the game.


HOU 5 – TOR 3

HD: Tayler Scott (4), Ryan Pressly (13)

SV: Josh Hader (14)

  • This looked like a vintage Astros pitching game: Framber Valdez tanks his fantasy managers’ WHIP and then the bullpen puts up a bunch of zeroes to lock in the win. Tayler Scott and Ryan Pressly were the setup, and Josh Hader knocked down the rest to earn his 14th save of the season.
  • With the Jays only down a run, and the heart of the order coming up, Chad Green came in for the top of the ninth. Green threw a clean inning, but Toronto didn’t manage to score to earn Green a win.


BOS 6 – MIA 5 (12)

HD: Justin Slaten (9)

SV: Greg Weissert (1)

  • Sometimes I think the official scorer just feels bad for a guy. Justin Slaten got two outs in the eighth but was charged with two earned runs after Brennan Bernardino allowed the two guys Slaten had walked to come around and score. Slaten still got the hold, while Bernardino was charged with the blown save. The game stayed tied until the 11th, when both teams scored two runs, with the Marlins getting two runs off Zack KellyIn the end, Kelly wound up with the win and Greg Weissert got the save when the Sox went up by two in the 12th.
  • The Marlins bullpen did a much better job keeping things scoreless than the Red Sox pen did, with A.J. Puk, Anthony BenderTanner Scott, and the Nard Dog himself Andrew Nardi (I don’t think Nard Dog is gonna happen, I should probably stop pushing it) all keeping things scoreless in their inning or more of work. But Calvin Faucher and recently called up journeyman Matt Andriese undid the splendid work with two-run innings apiece.


COL 4 – MIL 3

HD: Tyler Kinley (5)

SV: Jalen Beeks (7)

  • Like a horse race nobody cares about, it was Jalen Beeks with the save in this one, and Tyler Kinley with the hold. Since their last save on June 11th, the Rockies have had nine blown saves! Shoot, that includes a BS in this very game! So, I will once again remind everyone to avoid foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Rockies bullpen unless you are in desperate need of a save or hold and even then… I gotta think there are way better dart throws.
  • Wow, and that was the write-up for the WINNING team above. Yeesh. The Brewers bullpen wasn’t the issue for them, as both Rob Zastryzny and Joel Payamps threw perfect innings.


SFG 4 – ATL 2

HD: Tyler Rogers (16)

SV: Camilo Doval (16)

  • The Giants took the lead in the fourth and cruised to victory from there on the backs of Logan Webb and their best SVHLD duo. Tyler Rogers secured his 16th hold and Camilo Doval matched him with his 16th save.
  • Atlanta’s bullpen was no bummer, as Aaron Bummer and Grant Holmes provided 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of Charlie Mortonwho was just outdueled by Webb. Holmes has been solid in long relief for Atlanta thus far in his first stint in the majors with a 1.42 ERA over 12.2 innings to start his career, and just over 1 K/9.


SDP 3 – TEX 1

HD: Jeremiah Estrada (8), Adrian Morejon (5)

SV: Robert Suarez (22)

  • If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. For the second straight day, we got Adrian Morejon, Jeremiah Estrada, and Robert SuarezMorejon got the win yesterday, but the hold today (his fifth) while Estrada secured his eighth hold before Suarez took the ninth inning for his 22nd save. Suarez has the best ERA among National League closers at 1.02.
  • José Ureña delivered 2.2 innings of relief for the Rangers and kept things scoreless after giving up a sac fly to his first batter. Ureña has been a solid long relief piece for the Rangers this season, while also providing them spot start depth.


TBR 10 – KCR 8

HD: Jason Adam (15), Kevin Kelly (10)

SV: Pete Fairbanks (14)

  • There were plenty of fireworks in Kansas City (had to do it… sorry), and that included a late HR from Bobby Witt Jr. off of closer Pete Fairbanks, the only blemish on Fairbanks for the night en route to his 14th save of the season. Jason Adam and Kevin Kelly had kept things scoreless prior to that for their 15th and 10th holds of season, respectively.
  • Most of the damage was done early in this one and Angel Zerpa and Sam Long helped keep the game close by putting together 2.1 scoreless innings at the back end of the game, but Kansas City couldn’t quite overcome the deficit.


The Best of the Rest… 


  • John King got the W for the Cards, telling the Pirates to sit down with two innings of work. Although, he didn’t strike anyone out, so not sure how much sitting down anyone was doing.
  • Due to inclement weather, the Twins and Tigers only made it through seven innings, but with the Twins ahead 12-3 it was enough for an official game. The score and the seven-inning game means none of the higher-leverage guys got work for either team.
  • Nick Martinez earned his sixth hold of the season by… *checks notes*… allowing two runs in two innings of work. But he didn’t allow a trying run, so I good job I guess? I mean, it was the Yankees, so you take what you can get.
  • The bats were cold as h*ck for Philadelphia. The bullpen wasn’t much better with each man allowing a run. But Drew Smyly and Héctor Neris got the job done for the Cubs with scoreless innings. Neris came in since he needed the work, having not pitched in four days.
  • Nick Sandlin was back … and he was the only one in the Cleveland bullpen who allowed a run. Is ‘Still Ill’ a thing for relievers? He did strike out two.
  • Osvaldo Bido earned his first hold of the season and the only hold of the game… despite Oakland losing. Nice souvenir I suppose.
  • Arizona only got four innings from Zac Gallen, so Justin Martinez had to eat up some innings and he feasted like a good backyard cookout to the tune of three innings, two hits, 0 runs, and five strikeouts to earn his third win of the season.
  • Seattle wasn’t taking any chances against the potent Orioles offense, deploying their primary hierarchy to get through the final three innings, including Andrés Muñoz for the non-save ninth. Ryne Stanek earned the win for his seventh-inning 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

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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