Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 10/1

Rick Graham updates his top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues.

After having a 5.26 ERA from 2018-2020, how has Luis García become one of the better set up men in all of baseball? As Eno Sarris mentioned in a tweet yesterday García has gone back to throwing a sinker this season and the results have been all positive. Over the past six weeks (Aug. 19), García leads the league in holds with eleven. He has a 2.78 ERA and .96 WHIP for the year. Despite having success over 31.2 innings this season, it’s hard to tell what the future may hold for the soon to be 35 year old. He will hit free agency for the first time in his career and should be able to secure a guaranteed contract from a team. The Cardinals end the season with the Cubs, so as long as they aren’t looking to rest García, he should be in line for at least one more hold this year.




  • The Phillies and closer Ian Kennedy get one more series against the Marlins to finish off the season. Despite being out of playoff contention, there’s still a chance we see Kennedy close out one more game. On the flip side, Dylan Floro has had a nice month (2.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) and if the Phillies decided to give some veterans days off for this meaningless series, he could be a sneaky weekend play as well.
  • Alex Colomé and Scott Barlow have been two of the better closer options since the deadline, and their respective teams will square off for one last series to end the season. There are holes in both offenses, so I like taking a chance on these two closers, and perhaps they will each pick up one more save apiece.


  • Red Sox reliever Adam Ottavino may not have a high leverage role anymore and with the team sinking fast, there’s no real reason to hold out hope for him to help you out this weekend. Ottavino currently holds a 7.56 ERA through 8.1 innings in September, with just one save and one hold. Boston ends their season with a series against the lowly Nationals, but after losing two out of three to the Orioles, it’s hard to trust anyone on this team right now.
  • Will Smith led all relievers in SV+HLD’s this past week with four. While he hasn’t quite been 2018-2019 Giants Will Smith, he’s been the key cog in an underrated Braves bullpen, with his 37 saves only one behind Mark Melancon’s 38 for the league lead.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Raisel Iglesias+1
4Emmanuel Clase+3
5Jordan Romano+3
6Edwin Díaz-
7Scott Barlow+11
8Will Smith+3
9Giovanny Gallegos+1
10Kenley Jansen-5
11Ryan Pressly-8
12Aroldis Chapman-3
13Paul Sewald
14Craig Kimbrel-1
15Blake Treinen-1
16Diego Castillo+4
17Ian Kennedy+18
18Drew Steckenrider+10
20Chad Green+1
21Aaron Bummer+3
22Alex Colomé+37
23Kendall Graveman-4
24Andrew Chafin+2
25Hector Neris-
26Jonathan Loáisiga
27Pete Fairbanks-
28J.P. Feyereisen+2
29David Bednar+UR
30Andrew Kittredge+UR
31Joe Barlow+1
32Josh Staumont+9
33Luke Jackson+9
34Michael Fulmer-5
35Tim Mayza+1
36Luis García+1
37Tyler Matzek+1
38Lucas Sims+1
39Génesis Cabrera+1
40Mark Melancon-28
41Dylan Floro
42Anthony Bender-19
43Tanner Rainey+13
44Michael Kopech-11
45Corey Knebel+1
46Tyler Duffey+9
47Brad Boxberger-
48Camilo Doval+UR
49Seth Lugo+1
50Ryan Tepera+UR
51Dominic Leone+6
52Adam Ottavino-18
53Trevor May-10
54Alex Vesia-9
55Ryne Stanek-7
56Aaron Loup-12
57Jake Diekman+3
58Joe Kelly+12
59Garrett Crochet-10
60Aaron Ashby+4
61Michael Lorenzen
62Matt Barnes+4
63JT Chargois-10
64Phil Bickford-3
65Carlos Estévez+12
66Matt Wisler+UR
67Adam Cimber+9
68Richard Rodríguez+4
69Julian Merryweather-2
70Mychal Givens-48
71Bryan Shaw+10
72José Alvarado-20
73Juan Minaya+20
74Alex Reyes-20
75Codi Heuer-13
76Casey Sadler+16
77Chris Stratton+17
78Hansel Robles+UR
79Clay Holmes+UR
80Rowan Wick-
81T.J. McFarland
82Jhoulys Chacín-9
83Cole Sulser+16
84Sergio Romo-9
85Pierce Johnson-17
86Emilio Pagán-8
87Daniel Hudson-13
88Kyle Funkhouser+7
89Jake Brentz-7
90Spencer Patton-7
91Jarlín García+UR
93Tyler Clippard-9
94Scott Effross+UR
96Brent Suter+UR
97Tim Hill+UR
98Kyle Finnegan-29
100Brooks Raley-12


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Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

2 responses to “Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 10/1”

  1. BB says:

    Thanks for all your efforts this season!

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