Reliever Ranks – 9/20

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


  • 12 total teams had a scheduled day off this Monday: BOS, NYY, TOR, CWS, KC, OAK, TEX, PHI, CIN, PIT, STL, SD.
  • The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have a doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday.
  • The Red Sox and Orioles are the only teams that do not have another scheduled off day for the remainder of the season.


  • The Mets activated Tylor Megill from the IL and plugged him into their bullpen, replacing Alex Claudio who was optioned to AAA.



Yesterday’s Performances


MIN 4 – CLE 11

  • The top of the Cleveland bullpen received a second straight day off Monday with Nick Sandin and Sam Hentges taking care of business in the final four innings. Sandin needed just 14 pitches to record four outs and recording his seventh hold while Hentges closed out the final seven outs in perfect fashion on just 20 pitches, good for his first save of the season. The Guardians’ line up provided some extra cushion in the eighth inning, but both Sandin and Hentges entered the game with just a three run lead, hence the decisions despite the final score.
  • Jorge Lopez looked lost on Monday, coming into the game in the eighth inning while the Twins were already down three and allowing four more earned runs off two walks and four hits, including a solo home run to start off the inning. Lopez just threw 32 pitches on Saturday and now after 34 pitches on Monday it is pretty safe to part way with the once reliable closer if you haven’t already.


SEA 9 – LAA 1

  • Diego Castillo pitched for the first time in over a week, recording just two outs and throwing just 11 pitches. The top portion of the Seattle bullpen is plenty rested for the rest of the week, though they haven’t recorded a save since September 10th.


HOU 4 – TB 0

  • Hunter Brown made his bullpen debut for the Astros, scattering two hits and a walk while striking out three through three innings. Assuming good health for the rest of the Houston rotation the rest of the way, this is probably the type of role Brown will be filling for the remainder of the season.


CHC 3 – MIA 10

  • The Miami bullpen combined for four scoreless innings during Monday’s blowout win over the Cubs. Huascar Brazoban, Richard Bleier, Bryan Hoeing, and Andrew Nardi scattered three hits and two walks while striking out five, though with the score never coming within three runs past the third inning, none of them received any hardware for their effort.
  • Rowan Wick took a licking in the final inning for the Cubs, giving up two earned runs off a two run home run. This was Wick’s first outing of September in which he has given up a run.


DET 11 – BAL 0

  • Every Baltimore pitcher did their part in giving up runs on Monday, with all six pitchers recording at least one earned run. The top of their pen was spared however, which should make them readily available Tuesday and beyond when needed. The Orioles do not have any scheduled off days for the remainder of the season.


WAS 2 – ATL 5

  • Kenley Jansen picked up his 35th save of the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning Monday. Jansen needed just eight pitches, one less than his Saturday save required. Raisel Iglesias and Jesse Chavez pitched two scoreless innings as they bridged starter Kyle Wright to Jansen, each picking up a hold for their trouble.


NYM 7 – MIL 2

  • Tylor Megill returned to the Mets on Monday. He relieved starter Max Scherzer and immediately allowed a lead off double, doing away with any hopes of a combined no hitter (Scherzer hadn’t allowed a hit or walk through the first six inning). Megill followed that up with a solo home run and finally got out of the inning after two fly outs. Seth Lugo and Adam Ottavino pitched the final two innings without any further damage to the scoreboard.


SF 10 – COL 7

  • Scott Alexander was at the right place at the right time in San Francisco’s extra inning victory, recording his second save after pitching a clean tenth inning after the Giants took a three run lead in the top of the inning. Camilo Doval was used to preserve the tie in the ninth, which he did admirably, giving up one hit and striking out one. Doval was credited with his sixth win for his trouble. Though Doval has gone three days in a row in the past, he may get some rest on Tuesday after pitching in back-to-back days.


ARI 2 – LAD 5

  • After pitching a 1-2-3 inning for the win on Sunday, Craig Kimbrel returned on Monday in another non-save situation, this time giving up one earned run after loading the bases off a single and two hit batters. A double play and a pop up cleaned up the inning.



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: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Closing Time: Ranking the Top 30 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues


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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