Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 9/27/23 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


  • Tuesday saw a full slate of games despite one rainout thanks to a COL/LAD doubleheader. NYM and MIA will be playing a doubleheader today.
  • Minnesota designated Dylan Floro for assignment and activated Brock Burke.
  • The Marlins returned Huascar Brazoban from the 15-day injured list and placed Tanner Scott on the paternity list. Andrew Nardi and A.J. Puk should be the most likely replacements while Scott is out.
  • Blue Jay Jackson was recalled from Triple-A for Toronto, with Nate Pearson being sent down to the Florida Complex league as the complementary move.
  • Colin Rea was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers after they placed Trevor Megill on the paternity list.


Yesterday’s Performances


STL 4 – MIL 1

HD: Drew VerHagen (14)

SV: Ryan Helsley (13)

  • St. Louis may be out of the playoff race, but they pitched like they were still in it. Miles Mikolas threw one of his best games of the season and Drew VerHagen followed with a scoreless 8th for the hold. Ryan Helsley got the save, striking out the side and nicely bouncing back from his blown save in his last appearance.
  • The Brewers got 4 innings of scoreless relief after Adrian Houser allowed 4 runs in his 5 innings of work. Colin Rea threw a perfect, 2 K inning in his return from the minors and looks to be part of the middle innings mix to finish out the season after primarily being used as a starter. Despite the loss, the Brewers clinched the division.


NYY 2 – TOR 0

HD: None

SV: Clay Holmes (23)

  • Converted reliever Michael King continued his dominant run, only allowing 1 hit in 6 innings of work while striking out 5, although he did also walk 5. From there Jhony Brito took 2 innings, both scoreless, and Clay Holmes was able lock down his 23rd save of the season. After briefly losing the late inning job to none other than King, Holmes has turned his season around. Of note, since King became a full timer starter, Holmes has a 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 7 saves.
  • Jordan Romano took his 7th loss of the season, after coming on for the 9th inning of a tie game and then allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, a single and a home run to bring the run home. This was Romano’s second straight blown save, allowing 2 runs in both appearances. The Toronto bullpen is solid enough behind him, with Erik Swanson throwing a perfect 8th ahead of Romano, but when he’s been healthy Jordan has been the guy and should remain so.


PHI 3 – PIT 2 (10)

HD: Matt Strahm (11)

SV: None

  • Craig Kimbrel allowed the tying run to score in the 8th, blowing his 5th save of the season and sending the game to extras after nobody scored in the 9th. José Alvarado meanwhile threw a scoreless, hitless 9th while striking out 2. Alvarado is looking like the reliever to trust most in this final week if looking for saves, but Philly has never been shy about mixing things up on a whim, so both Kimbrel and Alvarado are worth rostering. Jeff Hoffman secured the playoff clinching win with a scoreless 10th.
  • The Pirates kept pace with the Phillies through most of this one, attempting to plunder a win and a chance to clinch from Philadelphia by going to extra innings, but David Bednar allowed a hit to leak through the middle to score the ghost runner for his 3rd loss of the season.


COL 4 – LAD 1 (Game 1)

HD: Brent Suter (7), Jake Bird (13), Justin Lawrence (11)

SV: Tyler Kinley (5)

  • Chase Anderson kept the Dodgers guessing and off the board for 5 innings before giving way to 4 innings of scoreless bullpen work (in Coors!). Brent Suter, Jake Birdand Justin Lawrence all walked away with holds for their scoreless work, and Tyler Kinley took home his 5th save of the season.
  • Colorado jumped all over opener Caleb Ferguson, and prevented a Ryan Pepiot win before it could start. Pepiot dominated for 6 innings, striking out 9 while allowing 1 run of his own on 5 hits and a walk. Unfortunately, the Dodgers could never dig out of the hole they started in.


Best of the Rest

  • Josh Hader delivered the cheapest boost to fantasy teams he could, notching a 1 out save in relief of an excellent Seth Lugo performance.
  • Colin Poche and Shawn Armstrong both earned holds despite allowing runs as Tampa allowed Boston to slowly battle back, but Pete Fairbanks shut the door in the 9th, striking out the side after the Rays got to Chris Murphy in the 8th for his 25th save.
  • Atlanta chipped away in the 6th and the 7th inning before taking the lead in the 8th, allowing Raisel Iglesias to secure his 31t save of the season. Brad Hand got his 5th win ahead of Iglesias with a scoreless inning.
  • Kyle Bradish dealt for 8 innings, and Yennier Cano struck out the side to shut the door on the Nationals in the battle of MASN for his 8th save.


Bullpen Depth Charts

The Hold Up: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

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Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues

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

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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