Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 8/26/23 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


  • We had a normal 15-game Friday slate last night, and every team will be back in action tonight.
  • The Dodgers sent former All-Star Blake Treinen on a rehab assignment with their Triple-A affiliate. Don’t get too excited; manager Dave Roberts says there’s little chance Treinen will be healthy enough to rejoin the Dodgers this season.
  • The Marlins activated JT Chargois from the IL. Chargois was a consistent contributor to the Miami ‘pen earlier in the season, pitching to a 3.56 ERA over 32 appearances. He didn’t see much high-leverage work prior to his injury, recording only four holds and a single save, and I wouldn’t expect that to change down the stretch.
  • While Brandon Bielak received a call-out in this section yesterday upon rejoining the big-league club, it turns out to have been shortlived – the Astros have optioned him back to Triple-A.


Yesterday’s Performances

COL 4 – BAL 5

HD: Félix Bautista (1)
SV: Danny Coulombe (2)

  • Well, that’s certainly not the order we’re used to seeing those two names, as Bautista recorded his first hold of the year in Friday’s win over the Rockies. Fresh off the IL, Coulombe came in with two outs – and two strikes – in the ninth and promptly struck out the final batter of the game for the rare one-pitch save. Bautista had recorded the first two outs of the inning cleanly and was a strike away from shutting the door when he landed awkwardly, prompting the manager and trainer to check-in. After a short conversation, Bautista left the game, setting up Coulombe’s mini-appearance. After the game, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters that Baustista left with “arm discomfort” and is still being evaluated. At best, I’d assume Bautista is off tonight and would look to Yennier Cano to pick up a spot save. On the other end of things…oof. Bautista has been a rock (or Mountain if you will), and this would be a tremendous loss for an emerging O’s team hoping to make noise deep into October. In terms of fantasy, it’s hard to say. Cano would have been the easy answer back in the first two months of the year, but he hasn’t been nearly as dominant of late. On a gut take, I’d guess he and Coulombe would split SVOs fairly evenly.
  • Jake Bird and Brent Suter appeared for the Rockies, with Suter taking the loss after allowing the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth.


LAA 3 – NYM 1

HD: Matt Moore (20), Reynaldo López (14)
SV: Carlos Estévez (27)

  • Following a solid start from Patrick Sandoval, three Angels relievers combined for three shutout innings to finish off the win over the Mets. Moore and Lopez each struck out one around a baserunner. In the ninth, Estevez struck out two around a single. He pitched well but wasn’t dominant, posting a CSW of 25%. He’s had a rough August overall; while he’s struck out a batter an inning, his ERA sits at 11.00. With that said, any and all SVOs the Angels can find as this brutal season comes to a close will be his.
  • The Mets used four relievers to get through the final seven outs of this one. The only eventful showing was Sam Coonrod’s – brought in to start the ninth, he walked two while getting two outs. Brooks Raley came in to get out of the jam and allowed one of Coonrod’s runners to score, extending the Angels’ lead.


DET 4 – HOU 1

HD: Bryan Abreu (22)

  • Closer Alex Lange fell in line for the win after the Tigers walked off the Astros for the upset win. Brendan White struck out three over five outs earlier in the contest. Lange pitched a quiet top of the ninth, allowing a single walk. He hasn’t seen a ton of opportunity of late, pitching just 2.2 innings in the last week. He’s remained great though, allowing just a single hit in those outings and maintaining his strong season overall with a K/9 over 11 and securing 19 saves thus far.
  • Ryan Pressly gave up all four runs while striking out two in the night, with the final three coming on a walk-off three-run home run. Pressly had been on a great run of late, posting eight straight appearances without allowing a run. This performance will obviously upset his formerly pristine 0.00 August ERA, but he still has full command of the closer role as the Astros eye the AL West crown.


LAD 7 – BOS 3

HD: Brusdar Graterol (17), Alex Vesia (8)
SV: Evan Phillips (20)

  • Los Angeles’ three relievers combined for three shut-out innings against what had seemed a hot Boston offense. Graterol led the charge, striking out two over 1.2 innings and lowering his season ERA to an absurd 1.46. Vesia got the final out of the eighth before turning things over to Phillips in the ninth. He struck out two while allowing a hit for his 20th save of the year, despite not boasting his most dominant stuff as he registered just a single whiff on 11 swings.
  • Nick Pivetta entered the game in the sixth and promptly got hit hard, allowing four runs over two innings while striking out three and taking the loss. He’s been a cheat code recently in leagues that cap starts, but it seems those days may be over. Chris Sale, Tanner Houck, and Garrett Whitlock all recently returned from injury for the Sox, and Pivetta appears to be returning to a more normal and less fantasy-useful role. Brennan Bernardino and John Schreiber also made appearances in this one, with Schreiber allowing a run in the top of the ninth.


The Best of the Rest…

  • Hunter Harvey picked up his 10th save of the year for the Nationals following a two-inning hold from Robert Garcia.
  • Emmanuel Clase registered his league-leading 34th save as the Guardians beat the Blue Jays.
  • David Bednar gave up a solo shot but held on for the save (28) as the Pirates narrowly beat the Cubs 2-1.

Bullpen Depth Charts

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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues


(Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)

Ethan McCollister

Diehard Red Sox fan. Vermonter in Philly. Harvard alum. Cat dad. In Chaim we trust...but I miss Mookie.

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