Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/13

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

Mychal Givens has been excellent since joining the Reds at the end of July, not allowing a run over seven innings to go along with a .86 WHIP and five SV+HLD’s. Givens is finally throwing his changeup more often — a career-high 38.2% of the time — and it’s paid of in a big way. There are still issues with walks (12%) but he’s been able to work around them for most of the year. The question now becomes, what will his role be once this Reds bullpen gets back to full strength? He seems to be sharing the closer role at the moment with Michael Lorenzen, something that makes sense for the time being, but I’d expect even with a healthy Tejay Antone Givens could carve out a high leverage role with Amir Garrett still struggling with consistency and Heath Hembree falling apart lately.




  • Alex Reyes has bounced back from last week’s disastrous four walk+hit by pitch, allowing just one earned run (last night) over his past four innings with the bigger story being that he hasn’t walked anyone over that time. Overall, he has slowed down since July started (15 IP, 6.00 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 14/12 K/BB, 7 SV+HLD) but he remains one of the higher upside closers in that second/third tier.
  • In other closer news, David Bednar worked the final two innings of the Pirates’ one-run loss to the Cardinals, with presumed closer Chris Stratton pitching to just one batter to end the seventh inning. Now it’s obviously not a save situation (the Pirates were down two when Bednar entered) but it’s encouraging to see Bednar working after Stratton nonetheless. The Pirates will have a hard time finding save chances the rest of the way, but Bednar is still a potential difference-maker with his skill set.


  • While he only has one hold since the All-Star break, Jake Diekman has been pitching much better and seems to be working his way back into high leverage situations despite a now crowded bullpen. Diekman still holds an elite whiff rate (35.7%) and at the very least should be good for ERA and K numbers going forward. I still prefer Andrew Chafin as the top lefty in this bullpen, but Diekman is still getting the nod over A.J. Puk.
  • With injuries and trades depleting the Rays bullpen, All-Star Andrew Kittredge has been just one of several Rays relievers to step up and help give the Rays the best record in the American League. Over the past four weeks, Kittredge hasn’t allowed a run over 9.2 innings while striking out 15 and walking just three. The Rays continue to be the blueprint for proper bullpen development and usage.


  • Pierce Johnson feels like the forgotten piece in the Padres bullpen, but with injuries decimating the pitching staff, Johnson has been forced into a bigger role as of late as noticed by his three holds and win over the past three weeks. He actually hasn’t allowed a run since the All-Star break (9.1 IP), allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out thirteen. There’s a lot of threes going on here, so that must mean good luck or something.
  • Génesis Cabrera, Luke Jackson, Tyler Matzek, and Alex Colomé each picked up three SV+HLD’s this past week. Cabrera has had an up and down season, but he too has yet to allow an earned run since the All-Star break. He has eight holds over his last twelve innings pitched, with a 13/5 K/BB rate. The walks remain an issue, but he’s done a good job of limiting the damage up until this point.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Craig Kimbrel-
5Raisel Iglesias-
6Edwin Díaz+2
7Matt Barnes-1
8Will Smith-1
9Jake McGee+1
10Kenley Jansen+1
11Emmanuel Clase
12Jordan Romano+1
13Diego Castillo-1
14Alex Reyes+5
15Scott Barlow-
16Blake Treinen-
17Mark Melancon-
18Devin Williams-
19Kendall Graveman+1
20Giovanny Gallegos+1
21James Karinchak+1
22Paul Sewald+1
23Chad Green+3
24Anthony Bender+1
25Matt Wisler+4
26Aaron Bummer
27Jonathan Loáisiga-
28Collin McHugh-
29Michael Kopech+5
30Lou Trivino-
31David Bednar+8
32Seth Lugo-
34Adam Ottavino+4
35Daniel Hudson+1
36Trevor May-5
37Lucas Sims-2
38Ian Kennedy+6
39Gregory Soto+6
40Corey Knebel-
41Ryan Tepera
42Jake Cousins-
43Andrew Chafin-
44Michael Fulmer+2
45Jake Diekman+8
46Brad Boxberger+1
47Andrew Kittredge+8
48Austin Adams+4
49Aaron Loup-
50Tyler Matzek+29
51Garrett Whitlock-
52Mychal Givens+6
53Michael Lorenzen-5
54Kyle Finnegan+2
55Joe Barlow+2
56Josh Taylor-2
57Chris Martin+2
58Emilio Pagán+2
59Drew Steckenrider+2
60Pierce Johnson+7
61Richard Rodríguez
62Daniel Bard+3
63Tanner Scott+UR
64Paul Fry-14
65Sergio Romo-3
66Brad Hand+7
67Garrett Crochet+8
68Brent Suter+12
69Dominic Leone+7
70Ryne Stanek+26
71JT Chargois-8
72Héctor Neris+16
73Joe Kelly-3
74Génesis Cabrera+UR
75Archie Bradley+UR
76Alex Colomé+23
77Dylan Floro-6
78Yusmeiro Petit+4
79José Cisnero+11
80Spencer Patton-6
81Jarlín García
82Nick Sandlin-13
83Tyler Clippard-2
85Josh Staumont+2
86Codi Heuer-3
87Cole Sulser+4
88Zack Britton-16
89Rowan Wick+UR
90Chris Stratton+8
91Craig Stammen-14
92A.J. Puk+UR
93Jake Brentz-4
94Adam Cimber+3
95Luke Jackson+UR
96Tim Hill+UR
97Heath Hembree-12
98Noé Ramirez+2
99Carlos Estévez+UR
100Tyler Duffey-6


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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.

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