Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 9/8/23 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


  • Thursday night’s action saw only six games on the slate, meaning that most teams’ high-leverage arms should be available for at least one appearance going into the weekend. Keep an eye on the Angels bullpen this weekend as they used six relievers in a bullpen game and made several transactions yesterday as well.


  • The Tigers placed Matt Manning on the 15-day IL with a fracture in his right foot and recalled RHP Trey Wingenter in the corresponding move.
  • While the focus was on top prospect Jordan Lawlar’s debut last night, Ryne Nelson was also called up to make yesterday’s start for the D-backs with reliever Bryce Jarvis being optioned to Triple-A.
  • Jaime Barría went on the 15-day IL with hamstring tightness yesterday. The Angels also sent down reliever Gerardo Reyes and called up both LHP Jhonathan Diaz who served as an opener for them last night and RHP Davis Daniel who made his major league debut.


Yesterday’s Performances


SEA 1 – TB 0

HD: Isaiah Campbell (2), Matt Brash (22)

SV: Andrés Muñoz (12)

  • Luis Castillo blanked the Rays last night, allowing the Mariners to carry a one-run lead into the seventh. Campbell picked up the torch from Castillo as the rookie struck out three on only 15 pitches. Brash picked up a hold in the eighth inning without allowing a runner to reach base. After coming in to close this game out Muñoz allowed the Rays to get on base for the first time since the fifth inning as Luke Raley was hit by a pitch and Taylor Walls took a walk. Muñoz settled down though and struck out the next two batters he faced to earn the save.
  • Zack Littell went eight innings in a much-needed outing for the Rays depleted pitching staff. Andrew Kittredge pitched a clean ninth and struck out two.


STL 5 – ATL 8

HD: Pierce Johnson (10)

SV: None

  • Adam Wainwright gave up a first-pitch home run to Ronald Acuña Jr. in this one and it was all downhill from there. Wainwright eventually got the hook with two outs in the sixth after a slew of homers, including Acuña’s second of the night. Jacob Barnes relieved Wainwright, only to be pulled in the next inning after he allowed a two-out home run himself. Matthew Liberatore closed out the game pitching a clean inning and a third with one strikeout.
  • Pierce Johnson entered the game in the seventh with Atlanta up 6-3 thanks to a quality start from Max Fried. Johnson struck out two to earn his 10th hold of the season and now has a 2.12 ERA and 1.00 WHIP since joining the team. A.J. Minter struck out a pair of his own in the eighth before Raisel Iglesias ran into some trouble in the ninth. With one out, Iglesias gave up a walk, a double, and a walk to load the bases for Masyn Winn who came through for the Cardinals with an RBI single. Tommy Edman put a second earned run on the board for Iglesias with a sacrifice fly but Eddie Rosario ended any thoughts of a comeback here with a phenomenal sliding catch to bail out his closer.


ARI 6 – CHC 2

HD: Ryan Thompson (5), Andrew Saalfrank (1)

SV: Paul Sewald (31)

  • Andrew Saalfrank took the ball from Ryne Nelson with two outs in the sixth and the D-backs up 3-1. The rookie southpaw delivered, striking out the sole batter he faced. Thompson and Kevin Ginkel each put up a scoreless inning to take the D-backs into the bottom of the ninth. After Joe Mantiply gave up a run on an RBI single to create the save opportunity, Sewald wound up coming to get the final out and his 31st save of the season.
  • Keegan Thompson relieved Javier Assad with one out in the sixth and immediately gave up a walk to Gabriel Moreno. It wasn’t until the eighth that things fully unravelled for Thompson though as he allowed a home run and another pair of walks before getting the hook. Hayden Wesneski earned a strikeout against Jordan Lawlar to end the inning but allowed an earned run to Corbin Carroll in the ninth.


CLE 2 – LAA 3

HD: Matt Moore (21), Enyel De Los Santos (15), Trevor Stephan (24)

SV: None

  • After a relatively uneventful game for the Guardians’ pitching staff, Emmanuel Clase recorded his league-leading 10th blown save. Yes, Clase currently leads the league in both saves (38) and blown saves. With one out and the Guardians up 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Kyren Paris earned his first career RBI off Clase to tie the game. Randal Grichuk then drove in the rookie to walk it off for the Angels and serve Clase with the loss.
  • The Angels had a bullpen day with Jhonathan Diaz opening the game. After Diaz allowed four runners to reach base without recording a strikeout through the second inning, Andrew Wantz came in to pitch a scoreless inning and a third. In the fourth, Wantz was relieved by Davis Daniel who immediately allowed a walk and a double in his major league debut before settling down and earning his first career strikeout. Daniel wound up pitching three scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and one strikeout. Aaron Loup replaced Daniel in the seventh and gave up two earned runs to give the Guardians a 2-0 lead. José Marte made quick work of the eighth inning as he picked up three outs on only six pitches. José Soriano would be awarded the win in the ninth after holding the Guardians scoreless in time for the offense to mount a walk-off comeback victory.



The best of the rest…

  • After being recalled by the Dodgers to replace Julio Urías, Ryan Pepiot flirted with a no-hitter that was broken up by Josh Bell in the seventh. Caleb Ferguson struck out a pair in the eighth but wasn’t eligible for the hold with the Dodgers up 10-0 over Miami. Evan Phillips brought this one home in the ninth with a quick 10-pitch inning.
  • On the Marlins side, Braxton Garrett was pulled after he allowed only one run but needed 91 pitches to get through three and two-thirds innings. JT Chargois finished the fourth with a strikeout before George Soriano and Devin Smeltzer allowed nine earned runs on 13 hits and struck out only one batter over the final five frames for the blowout.
  • The Tigers racked up a 10-run blowout of their own behind a quality start from Eduardo Rodriguez. Will Vest, Miguel Díaz, and Trey Wingenter each pitched a scoreless inning to give the Tigers the win over the Yankees last night.
  • Carlos Rodón struggles continued as he served up a double, a wild pitch, and a home run all before recording his first out of the night. Rodón was pulled in the fourth after Matt Vierling recorded his third hit of the game to put the Tigers up 6-1. Randy Vásquez finished the inning but not before Spencer Torkelson hit his second two-run homer of the game. Vásquez displayed his usual combination of upside and volatility over the next two innings, as he recorded two strikeouts with one walk in the fifth and then struck out three in between a single, a walk, and a wild pitch in the sixth. Albert Abreu went two innings and struck out three but allowed a homer of his own in the eighth. Matt Krook was easily the Yankees’ best pitcher yesterday as he nearly delivered an immaculate inning, striking out two and ending the game on 11 pitches.



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

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