Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 8/29/23 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


  • There were 14 games on Monday with MIA and TBR enjoying a scheduled day off before their series kicks off today.
  • We have a full slate of games today and spot starters that might be worth looking at for a win including Zach Thompson for the Cardinals, who picked up a win last time out and has thrown five innings in his last two starts.


  • The Twins called up Kody Funderburk after optioning Bailey Ober to the Minors. Funderburk threw two hitless innings to pick up the win in his first Major League outing. He struck out three and could be an arm to keep an eye on in Minnesota.
Yesterday’s Performances

CIN 1 – SFG 4

HD: Ryan Walker (2)

SV: Camilo Doval (35)

  • Starter Andrew Abbott couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning, meaning the Reds had to pivot to the bullpen for extra help. Buck Farmer and Daniel Duarte pitched well to keep the Giants scoreless while veteran Derek Law gave up a run on two hits after a Wade Meckler double. The Reds are now seven games back on the Brewers in the NL Central.
  • After a rough month in which he blew four straight save opportunities, Camilo Doval notched his 35th save of the season. After a dominant showing the previous day, Doval threw his second perfect frame in a 4-1 win over the Reds. Doval needed just six pitches to end the game and preserve rookie Kyle Harrison’s electric debut win.


SDP 4 – STL 1

HD: Robert Suarez (5)

SV: Josh Hader (28)

  • Hader was brilliant once again as he recorded his 28th save of the season, extending a streak of 23 and a third innings without allowing an earned run, dating back to the start of June. He now has a phenomenal 0.79 ERA with a 73:24 K:BB ratio on the season. It’s just a shame he isn’t on a contending team.
  • Jacob Barnes gave up two runs in the top of the ninth inning with the game at 2-1 to provide the Padres with some insurance. Barnes hasn’t gotten off to a great start to life as a Cardinal.


LAA 4 – PHI 6

HD: Matt Strahm (5), Jeff Hoffman (6), Gregory Soto (17)

SV: Craig Kimbrel (21)

  • Dominic Leone gave up a run across two hits and two walks in one and third innings in yet another disappointing Angels bullpen showing.
  • It only took closer Craig Kimbrel seven pitches to record the final three outs to earn his 21st save of the campaign. Kimbrel hadn’t pitched since taking a loss last week but has bounced back to record saves in consecutive games. The Phillies closer is now 7-for-9 in save chances since the All-Star break with a 2.84 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 17:7 K:BB ratio. Gregory Soto still has command in a setup role, picking up his 17th hold of the year.


ARI 4 – LAD 7

HD: Alex Vesia (9), Ryan Brasier (8)

SV: Caleb Ferguson (3)

  • Bryce Jarvis finished up the game after a rare disappointing outing from ace Zac Gallen, who gave up four home runs. Jarvis is a former first-round pick but hasn’t shown much in his short stint in the majors but could be an option for wins in relief until the end of the campaign.
  • With Evan Phillips unavailable after pitching three of the previous four days, Caleb Ferguson got the nod to earn the save opportunity and he hurled a perfect inning to earn his third save of the season. Ferguson was preferred over Brusdar Graterol despite the flame-thrower being fresh after two days rest. Alex Vesia picked up his third hold in a week as he cemented a key role after a shaky first half of the season.


WSN 3 – TOR 6

HD: Trevor Richards (10), Génesis Cabrera (9)

SV: Jordan Hicks (12)

  • Starter Josiah Gray lasted only two innings – he just scraped out of a bases-loaded jam in the first before giving up four runs on three hits and two walks in the second. Robert Garcia and Andrés Machado both gave up a run over two innings pitched respectively to stem the tide.
  • Jordan Hicks earned his fourth save with the Blue Jays after Jordan Romano threw 36 pitches in Sunday’s extra-inning loss. The Blue Jays would have been nervous after Hicks had given up three runs and two homers in his past five outings in his setup role, however he only allowed a two-out walk in a comfortable frame. Trevor Richards didn’t allow a hit in two innings and Génesis Cabrera also hurled a perfect frame to hold the Nationals scoreless after starter Kevin Gausman.


TEX 4 – NYM 3

HD: Sean Reid-Foley (1), Brooks Raley (22), Sam Coonrod (1)

SV: José Leclerc (2)

  • Aroldis Chapman blew the save yesterday and Will Smith only threw five pitches but it was José Leclerc who got the nod to earn his second save of the year. It shows the confidence the Rangers have in their two main guys that Leclerc was called upon. It is a fluid situation right now for the Rangers as they rewarded Leclerc for his eight consecutive scoreless appearances.
  • Trevor Gott’s disastrous stint with the Mets continued as he moved to 0-4 on the year with his fifth blown save of the season. Gott gave up three hits and a walk to give the Rangers the lead in the top of the ninth. Gott worked himself into trouble with the bottom of the order as he gave up a lead-off single before Ezequiel Duran doubled to set up Nathaniel Lowe to knock the Rangers ahead.


The Best of the Rest…


  • Chris Sale got into trouble and Kyle Barraclough couldn’t save the day as the Red Sox collapsed to give up 10 runs in three innings against the Astros. Barraclough did manage to get Sale out of a jam in the fifth inning but later gave up a three-run bomb to Yordan Alvarez to end the game as a contest.
  • Funderburk is here, and he is glorious. The lefty was stellar in his MLB debut and picked up a win in relief of a struggling Kenta Maeda. Josh Winder picked up a three-inning save, not something that happens regularly.
  • A rare scoreless outing from Luis Severino helped the Yankees overcome the Tigers – Jonathan Loáisiga pitched a perfect eighth before Clay Holmes gave up a solo home run to Akil Baddoo in the ninth. It mattered little to the final scoreline.
  • Despite a close contest, Devin Williams was given the night off as Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps, and Hoby Milner handled the last three frames after Wade Miley gave up just two runs in six innings for the Brew Crew.
  • Johan Oviedo pitched a complete game shutout of the Royals, giving up just two hits and two walks – quite the effort from the young star. Oviedo has had a stellar month, putting up a 2.92 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 37 innings across his last six starts.
  • There were three blowouts across the league: the Mariners trounced the A’s 7-0 with Adrián Martínez throwing four innings in relief of Kyle Muller; Atlanta hung 14 runs on the Rockies with former closer Daniel Bard giving up five runs in the ninth inning; and the Orioles comfortably dismissed the White Sox 9-0 – Edgar Navarro gave up a three-run bomb to Anthony Santander in the ninth to make things ugly.


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

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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