Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 8/15/23 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!




Transaction and Schedule Notes


  • As the schedule starts to do some funky things as we approach September, we had nine games on an eventful Monday across Major League Baseball. That meant 12 teams had a scheduled day off and will boast fresh bullpens going into today’s matchups. They are: TOR, BOS, MIN, CLE, DET, CHW, PHI, WSN, MIL, CHC, CIN, and LAD.
  • The Miami Marlins placed swingman Huascar Brazoban on the injured list with a hamstring strain. Bryan Hoeing was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in a like-for-like move.
  • Tampa Bay Rays called up bulk reliever Jacob Lopez from Triple-A Durham Bulls for his Major League debut and he pitched a beauty – three solid innings of one-run baseball to notch a save in relief of the excellent Tyler Glasnow.


Yesterday’s Performances

BAL 4 – SDP 1

HD: Jacob Webb (7)

SV: Félix Bautista (32)

  • The Orioles claimed Jacob Webb off waivers from the Angels last week but he was already promoted into a high-leverage situation and earned his first hold of the season. Félix Bautista nabbed his 32nd save of the season but struggled mightily as he could only locate 10 of his 21 pitches for strikes and pitched into trouble thanks to two walks. He did manage to force Manny Machado to ground into a double play to close out the game, however.
  • Tom Cosgrove and Luis Garcia both tossed scoreless frames after Yu Darvish gave up all four runs in his impressive seven innings, in which he surpassed Hideo Nomo for the most strikeouts by a Japanese-born pitcher in MLB history. Elite!


ARI 4 – COL 6

HD: Miguel Castro (11)

SV: Justin Lawrence (10)

  • Joe Mantiply and Scott McGough had a howler in the eighth trying to protect a two-run lead for the Diamondbacks – Mantiply gave up three straight singles before McGough was brought to the mound. He forced an out before giving up two hits as the Rockies took the lead. Ouch!
  • Despite blowing three of his last five save situations, Justin Lawrence was given yet another chance to redeem himself. And he did so with aplomb. Lawrence required just 15 pitches to get rid of Christian Walker, Kyle Lewis, and Jace Peterson in a perfect inning.


TBR 10 – SFG 2

HD: None

SV: Jacob Lopez (1)

  • It was an eventful Major League debut for Jacob Lopez but he did his job with three innings of solid work to save the rest of the Rays bullpen. The southpaw had to deal with some adversity after an error, single and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases but he settled to strike out Wade Meckler to end the threat. He allowed a run and threw 47 pitches so may not be available for a few days.
  • After Ryan Walker delivered two scoreless innings as the opener, Tristan Beck was hit hard across three innings in which he gave up five runs on 10 hits. Scott Alexander and Taylor Rogers both gave up a couple of runs as the Rays piled on the runs late.


SEA 6 – KCR 7

HD: Austin Cox (3)

SV: None

  • Matt Brash coughed up two runs on a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt to end a nine-inning scoreless streak. Brash gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning and could not recover. Justin Topa threw a scoreless eighth inning as Andrés Muñoz wasn’t used after pitching the last two nights.
  • The Royals nearly blew a wonderful outing by Brady Singer as Carlos Hernández gave up a bases-clearing double in the eighth after Singer left with two runners on. Julio Rodríguez struck to bring the Mariners within one run before Austin Cox got himself in trouble in the top of the ninth. Nick Wittgren couldn’t prevent the Mariners from taking the lead into the bottom of the inning.


OAK 5 – STL 7

HD: Angel Felipe (4), Drew VerHagen (10)

SV: None

  • Angel Felipe’s inauspicious start to his Major League career took another hit as he was hit hard when trying to protect a two-run lead. Felipe walked three of the four batters he faced prior to being replaced by Francisco Pérez, who also walked in a run before giving up a bases-clearing triple to rookie Jordan Walker. Poor Oakland fans!
  • Giovanny Gallegos looked shaky for the second night in a row before JoJo Romero stood firm to pick up a win. The up-and-coming reliever struck out two without giving up a hit or a walk over an inning and a third.


The best of the rest…

  • David Robertson was rolled out in a non-save situation for the Marlins and pitched around a walk to record a clean inning as Miami beat Houston 5-1. The Marlins hit three solo homers in the bottom of the eighth to negate the save opportunity.
  • Ian Hamilton and Albert Abreu had to eat some innings after Clarke Schmidt was smacked around by an aggressive Atlanta lineup. Pierce Johnson and Joe Jiménez saw out the game after Max Fried’s six-strong innings in the 11-3 rout.
  • Another day, another disastrous Angels bullpen performance – Griffin Canning and Aaron Loup both gave up home runs as the Rangers piled on in a 12-0 win.
  • The Mets used five relievers as starter Carlos Carrasco only lasted three innings after throwing 87 pitches. Tyson Miller pitched two strong innings to get the win. Closer Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth despite a five-run lead and an appearance for the save yesterday.


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Benjamin Haller

A Yorkshireman living in Australia, loving Major League Baseball from afar. As I wait for my A's to build their new stadium, I spend my time coaching soccer, writing for sportbc.blog, and over-analyzing relief pitcher scoring in fantasy baseball. Follow me @benjaminhaller1 for thousands of retweets

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