Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/6

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

Not that it should come as a surprise to anyone but the Rays have themselves another reliever ace, this time in Matt Wisler who has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball since the calendar hit May. Since May 1st, Wisler has compiled a 2.27 ERA, .95 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 35.2 innings. He has a 38.6% CSW over that timespan which ranks in the top twelve amongst relievers and his 2.36 pCRA is third behind only Craig Kimbrel and teammate Collin McHugh (min. 400 pitches). What’s amazing to me is that he throws his slider 91% of the time and yet he doesn’t have issues with walks or hit batters, as fellow slider specialist Austin Adams does. Also amazing is the fact that his splits indicate he’s actually more effective against lefties than righties, despite throwing that slider 91% of the time. With most of the other big names in the Rays bullpen out for the next few weeks, Wisler could see a fair amount of save opportunities, making him one of the more unique closers in the game as someone whose fastball routinely sits under 92 MPH




  • Josh Hader has missed the week due to a positive Covid test but he should be back next Thursday so there’s no real need to remove him from the list. Hader has been a notoriously poor performer in the second half, specifically August, so some time off may actually do him well. His teammate Jake Cousins, also on the Covid IL, should return early next week.
  • The Cardinals bullpen melted down in truly spectacular fashion last night, and it all happened after Giovanny Gallegos recorded two quick outs in the top of the eighth inning. Gallegos then allowed a single to Freddie Freeman, a home run to Austin Riley on a hanging slider, and a double to Dansby Swanson before finally being removed for Alex Reyes. Reyes proceeded to hit the first batter he faced, then walk the next FOUR batters, throwing just four (three) of his 21 pitches for strikes before Justin Miller came in and walked one more hitter before getting out of the inning. I’m slightly worried about Gallegos but even more so for Reyes as that kind of outing last night may be tough to come back from as the yips are a real thing.


  • Lucas Sims is set to return to the Reds bullpen this weekend and while I don’t see him getting back into the closer role, he should still see high leverage work in a fireman-type role. Despite what his ERA says, Sims was pitching well before the injury (2.66 pCRA) and is worth a look in holds leagues. I’d expect Michael Lorenzen to get an extended look at closing out games given how David Bell trusted him in the role in 2019 (seven saves) although Mychal Givens picked up a save last night with Lorenzen getting the day off.
  • Corey Knebel’s impending return couldn’t have come at a better time with Jimmy Nelson landing back on the IL. We haven’t seen Knebel since April and while he’s only thrown six innings all year, his first 5.1 were vintage Knebel. He should slide right into the role Nelson had occupied, and could be a difference-maker down the stretch assuming health cooperates.


  • Kyle Finnegan blew his first save of the season yesterday, and while it wasn’t entirely his fault (four runs, zero earned) he did allow three hits (all doubles) and walk (intentionally) in the inning, certainly not helping his cause either. As is the case with most of the new post-deadline closers, we should expect a bit of a rollercoaster ride with them.
  • Six relievers picked up three SV+HLD’s this past week following the trade deadline; Anthony Bender, Michael Lorenzen, Mychal Givens, Matt Wisler, Brad Boxberger, and Jake McGee. After a rough May, McGee has yet to allow an earned run since the start of June, a streak of 22.2 innings. While he doesn’t bring much if any strikeout upside, McGee is still a great ratio stabilizer while picking up plenty of saves for the NL West leading Giants.
Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Craig Kimbrel-
5Raisel Iglesias+1
6Matt Barnes-1
7Will Smith-
8Edwin Díaz-
9Aroldis Chapman+1
10Jake McGee+8
11Kenley Jansen
12Diego Castillo-
13Jordan Romano+2
14Emmanuel Clase+8
15Scott Barlow+1
16Blake Treinen+3
17Mark Melancon-
18Devin Williams+6
19Alex Reyes-8
20Kendall Graveman+3
21Giovanny Gallegos-7
22James Karinchak-9
23Paul Sewald+2
24Drew Pomeranz+5
25Anthony Bender+5
26Chad Green
27Jonathan Loáisiga+15
28Collin McHugh+UR
29Matt Wisler+27
30Lou Trivino+7
31Trevor May+2
32Seth Lugo-11
33Aaron Bummer+8
34Michael Kopech-7
35Lucas Sims+UR
36Daniel Hudson+UR
38Adam Ottavino-4
39David Bednar-8
40Corey Knebel+UR
41Ryan Tepera
42Jake Cousins-7
43Andrew Chafin-17
44Ian Kennedy+9
45Gregory Soto-5
46Michael Fulmer+11
47Brad Boxberger+3
48Michael Lorenzen+UR
49Aaron Loup-11
50Paul Fry+8
51Garrett Whitlock-8
52Austin Adams-8
53Jake Diekman-7
54Josh Taylor-2
55Andrew Kittredge-1
56Kyle Finnegan+8
57Joe Barlow+UR
58Mychal Givens+18
59Chris Martin-11
60Emilio Pagán+1
61Drew Steckenrider
62Sergio Romo+UR
63JT Chargois-3
64Richard Bleier-13
65Daniel Bard-
66Richard Rodríguez+4
67Pierce Johnson+6
68Jarlín García+23
69Nick Sandlin+30
70Joe Kelly+14
71Dylan Floro-12
72Zack Britton-
73Brad Hand-28
74Spencer Patton+21
75Garrett Crochet+2
76Dominic Leone+UR
77Craig Stammen+6
78Tim Mayza+UR
79Tyler Matzek+21
80Brent Suter+UR
81Tyler Clippard
82Yusmeiro Petit-20
83Codi Heuer-4
84José Alvarado-3
85Heath Hembree-36
87Josh Staumont-24
88Héctor Neris-13
89Jake Brentz-3
90José Cisnero+UR
91Cole Sulser+UR
92Ryne Harper+UR
93Casey Sadler+UR
94Tyler Duffey-16
96Ryne Stanek-4
97Adam Cimber+UR
98Chris Stratton+UR
99Alex Colomé+UR
100Noé Ramirez+UR


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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: 8/6”

  1. Bobbo says:

    I know he hit the COVID-19 list a week ago, but where does Noe Ramirez fall on this list once he returns? I see a lot of other folks on the COVID-19 list still showing here, and imagine he should be top 100 going forward — maybe just an oversight? Thanks!

    • Rick Graham says:

      I had him at 102, but I could see him anywhere in the 60-100 range. Diamondback relievers just havn’t had much value this season and Ramirez’s track record is spotty.

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