Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 7/9/24 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 White Sox optioned veteran Steven Wilson to Triple-A Charlotte Knights and recalled Jordan Leasure, who featured in yesterday’s loss to the Twins and was charged with a blown save after giving up two homers and four earned runs in a disastrous seventh frame with his team leading 5-1. Yikes!
  • Atlanta optioned lefty Dylan Lee to Triple-A to make way for Bryce Elder, who started today’s game against the Diamondbacks. It remains to be seen if Elder will stick the the big league team for the foreseeable future.


Yesterday’s Performances

CLE 0 – DET 1

W: Tyler Holton (4-1)

L: Scott Barlow (2-3)

SV: Shelby Miller (1)

  • Scott Barlow came into a scoreless game in the bottom of the eighth and allowed two hits and a walk. Some great defense threw a runner out a second and Barlow forced a ground ball but Brayan Rocchio allowed the ball to slip under his glove as the Tigers took a one-run lead. It was enough to charge Barlow with the loss. Shelby Miller was called upon with a couple of left-handers due up and he retired the Guardians in order to earn his first save of the season.


MIN 8 – CWS 6 (F/11)

W: Jhoan Duran (5-3)

L: Jared Schuster (1-2)

HD: Jorge Alcala (9)

SV: Kody Funderburk (1)

  • Jhoan Duran picked up his second win in as many days as the Twins overcame the White Sox in extra innings. Duran walked one and struck out one as he held the White Sox scoreless in the 10th inning after Michael Kopech had blanked Minnesota in the top of the frame. Brooks Lee drove in a run in the 11th after Byron Buxton had led off the inning with a hit. The Twins added another run on a soft grounder as Jared Shuster took the loss. Kody Funderburk enjoyed his first save of the year thanks to a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning. 12 relievers were used in all in a busy outing after a long weekend of action.


ATL 5 – ARI 4 (F/11)

W: Raisel Iglesias (1-1)

L: Justin Martinez (3-1)

HD: Kevin Ginkel (6), Ryan Thompson (14)

SV: Joe Jiménez (2)

  • A first win of the season for Atlanta closer Raisel Iglesias, who failed to register a strikeout in two innings of professional pitching. Iglesias worked a tied game in the ninth and came back out for the 10th after making light work of the Diamondbacks. Prior to that, Sean Murphy hit a solo homer off Paul Sewald with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep the game alive. It robbed rookie Yilber Diaz of a win in his major league debut. Oh boy! This one hurts for the D-backs. Joe Jiménez benefitted from Iglesias’ good work after being given the save opportunity in the 11th after Marcell Ozuna hit a sac fly in the top of the inning. Somewhat surprisingly, A.J. Minter was not used.


COL 0 – CIN 6

HD: Fernando Cruz (18)

  • After a meltdown at the weekend where he was charged with a blown save after allowing three runs on two hits and one walk against the Tigers, Fernando Cruz bounced back with a strikeout of Jake Cave and forced two groundballs to earn his 18th hold of the season in the Reds 6-0 shoutout of the hapless Rockies.


TEX 9 – LAA 4

HD: David Robertson (19)

  • Jose Urena gave up his first hit since June 5th and walked the bases loaded in the seventh as the Rangers disposed of the Angels thanks to a collective bullpen effort after Jon Gray went just five frames. Urena was backed up by a one-out hold from David Robertson, who struck out Kevin Pillar with the bases loaded with the tying run on deck. José Leclerc and Josh Sborz then pitched clean innings to see out the win.


STL 6 – WSN 0

HD: Andrew Kittredge (25)

  • The “hold monster” Andrew Kittredge secured four outs to notch his 25th hold of the season, just one behind league leader and teammate JoJo Romero. Kittredge struck out one in relief of Miles Mikolas, who picked up his seventh win of the year. Romero handled the last four outs but did not register a fantasy stat.


NYM 2 – PIT 8

  • Sadly, in one of the worst Major League Baseball debuts in recent memory, young Mets reliever Eric Orze entered into a tied game 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs and nobody on base. He walked Bryan Reynolds before allowing back-t0-back hits to Oneil Cruz and Rowdy Tellez before being pulled for Adrian Houser, who immediately gave up a two-run double to tag him with three earned runs without recording an out. Head up, rookie!


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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