Reliever Ranks – 6/28

Which relievers might be in line to vulture a save or win today?

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


  • Twelve teams had a scheduled day off Monday, including ARI, ATL, CHC, CIN, DET, HOU, MIL, NYM, PHI, SD, SF, and TB.
  • Minnesota and Cleveland will participate a doubleheader on Tuesday.


Yesterday’s Performances


BOS 2 – TOR 7

  • Tanner Houck, as expected, stayed behind in Boston as the Red Sox made the trip to Toronto. Plenty of the Red Sox bullpen was able to fill the void, but not in a good way. They simply were there to tread water after Conor Seabold gave up seven runs in his four and two third start. Tyler Danish, Austin Davis, Hirokazu Sawamura, and Hansel Robles combined for a one-hit, scoreless three and a third innings.


PIT 2 – WAS 3

  • After Tanner Rainey had thrown 39 pitches in two of the past three days (collecting a save in each game), the Nationals decided to turn back to Kyle Finnegan on Monday. Finnegan impressed with a scoreless inning to close out the victory, good for his first save of the season. Carl Edwards Jr. recorded his second win of the year after allowing two hits across two scoreless innings, striking out two along the way. The top of the Nationals’ pen has been worked pretty hard in the past few days, with Edwards and Finnegan each now pitched in three of the last four games.
  • With David Bednar, Wil Crowe, and Chase de Jong all throwing over 20 pitches on Saturday, the Pirates chose to give them all an extra day of of rest and asked Chris Stratton to finish off the final two innings on Monday. Stratton would ultimatly  take the loss after blowing the save opportunity, finishing the seventh inning without giving up a run, just two singles, but allowing Washington to take over the lead in the eighth after giving up two doubles and a two-run home run. After throwing 28 pitches, Stratton himself should get a couple days of rest before being given an opportunity to redeem himself.


OAK 5 – NYY 9

  • A.J. Puk continues to struggle, taking the loss for the A’s on Monday after hitting the first batter he faced (Anthony Rizzo), and seeing both inherited runners score thanks to some poor pitching and a couple errors from his catcher Sean Murphy. Puk would be removed without recording an out, but would go on to see three of his own earned runs score after Austin Pruit came in to the game. Puk only threw six pitches, so there’s a chance he gets an opportunity to redeem himself on Tuesday, especially with the majority of the Oakland bullpen getting so much work in through the past weekend.
  • Albert Abreu picked up his first win of the year after firing two and a third hitless innings and collecting four strikeouts. Abreu could be working himself into a nice fireman-type role, which could lead to a few more vulture wins if used in the right time of games. For now, after throwing 35 pitches on Monday, don’t expect to see  Abreu back on the mound for a couple days.


MIN 11  – CLE 1

  • After the majority of the back end of the Twins’ bullpen pitched on Sunday, it was nice to see Sonny Gray, and the Minnesota offense, provide them with a bit of a cushion on Monday. Only Jharel Cotton was used out of the pen after Gray fired off seven scoreless innings and the offense provided a nine run lead.

MIA 0 – STL 9

  • The Cardinals knocked around every Miami pitcher they faced on Monday. Richard Bleier and Tommy Nance took it for the team, finishing off the final three innings in an effort to avoid spreading out the pain across the rest of the roster. They combined for four earned runs off five hits, without allowing a walk (so there’s that).

TEX 10 – KC 4

  • Brock Burke fired two scoreless innings to finish off Texas’ victory over Kansas City on Monday. This one-hit outing may have provided Burke with the confidence boost he needed after his hiccup on Saturday, though he probably won’t be building on it for a few days after throwing 35 pitches Monday.

LAD 0 – COL 4

  • The Rockies’ bullpen got the day off after Chad Kuhl started and finished the game in Colorado. If you came here for info on how starters did, sorry, you came to the wrong place. Check out today’s SP Round Up for more info on Kuhl’s performance.
  • Phil Bickford and David Price each pitched a scoreless inning, with the lone baserunner allowed between them coming off a Brendan Rodgers‘ double hit off Price in the eighth inning.


CWS 3 – LAA 4

  • Reynaldo López took the loss for the White Sox after allowing two earned runs off two hits and a sac bunt before finishing off the seventh inning. These two runs were the first given up by López in his last 12 innings, with his last time being credited with a run against coming back on June 2nd.
  • Raisel Iglesias picked up his 14th save of the year after closing out the ninth with a perfect inning. After needing just 11 pitches and not having seen any work in the previous five days, Iglesias should be more than ready to come back out on Tuesday if needed. Ryan Tepera received his 14th hold of the year as he played set-up to Iglesias with a perfect inning of relief himself.


BAL 9 – SEA 2

  • Baltimore provided Keegan Akin with the final 10 outs of the ball game Monday and Akin provided the Orioles with some added relief to the rest of their bullpen, finishing off the game without giving up a run and scattering two walks and a hit. Akin was rewarded for his service with an elusive 3+ inning save, his first of the season.

Bullpen Depth Charts


Also, if you’re looking for a detailed list or ranking of RPs, check out Rick Graham’s weekly pieces:

The Hold Up 6/23: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds

Closing Time 6/21: Ranking the Top 40 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/17


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

Adam Howe

Adam resides in Indianapolis after spending the better part of a decade in Oakland, CA and growing up in Massachusetts. He co-hosts the On The Wire podcast with Kevin Hasting, analyzing your weekly FAAB options before your bid deadlines every Sunday.

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