Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 9/24

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

Drew Steckenrider is part of the Mariners relief triumvirate (with Paul Sewald and Diego Castillo) in which all three relievers have somehow managed to have significant value over the past month. Since the trade of Kendall Graveman to Houston, Steckenrider and Sewald have eight and six saves respectively, which places them each inside the top 23 save leaders over that period. Despite missing some time in August, Castillo still has six holds and two saves over that timespan, with three holds since Monday. While Steckenrider remains the slight favorite for saves, the law firm of Steckenrider, Sewald, and Castillo remain top 30 SV+HLD leagues options for the remainder of the season.




  • The Phillies seem determined to ride Ian Kennedy until his arm falls off, as the 36-year-old threw a combined 62 pitches on Tuesday and Wednesday (30 and 32 pitches respectively). The team is still fighting for a playoff spot, so expect this kind of high usage through the end of the season. The team gets the Pirates this weekend, before ending with the Braves and Marlins.
  • Despite not debuting this year until June, Seth Lugo is already up to 43.2 innings pitched in what has been a trying season for him and the Mets collectively. Despite a career-high Whiff rate (31.1%), Lugo’s K rate sits at just 27.4% (his lowest mark since 2018) while also having a career-high walk rate (10.2%). Assuming he remains in the Mets bullpen next season, I’d count on a bounce back from Lugo and as someone to target in holds leagues.


  • Dominic Leone, pitching for the third straight day, was charged with a loss last night in the Giants extra-innings loss to the Padres. Leone has been excellent for the season as a whole and should share the closer role with Tyler Rogers for the remainder of the season (assuming Jake McGee doesn’t come back). While the Giants have clinched a playoff spot, they still have to fend off the Dodgers for the Division title, as they now have only a one-game lead.
  • Giovanny Gallegos led all relievers with four saves (plus holds) this past week, and his 13 over the past 30 days is by far the most in baseball. In fact, fellow Cardinals Luis García and T.J. McFarland rank 2nd and 3rd with ten and nine respectively, giving Gallegos five more SV+HLD’s than any reliever on any other team over that timeframe.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Raisel Iglesias-
5Kenley Jansen
6Edwin Díaz-
7Emmanuel Clase-
8Jordan Romano-
9Aroldis Chapman-
10Giovanny Gallegos+1
11Will Smith-1
12Mark Melancon
13Craig Kimbrel-
14Blake Treinen-
15Devin Williams-
16Paul Sewald+2
18Scott Barlow+1
19Kendall Graveman-3
20Diego Castillo-
21Chad Green-
22Mychal Givens+10
23Anthony Bender
24Aaron Bummer-
25Héctor Neris+1
26Andrew Chafin+1
27Pete Fairbanks+1
28Drew Steckenrider-3
29Michael Fulmer+9
30J.P. Feyereisen-1
31Collin McHugh+8
32Joe Barlow+1
33Michael Kopech+4
34Adam Ottavino-4
35Ian Kennedy+22
36Tim Mayza+10
37Luis García+6
38Tyler Matzek+3
39Lucas Sims+8
40Génesis Cabrera+18
41Josh Staumont+18
42Luke Jackson
43Trevor May+2
44Aaron Loup+5
45Alex Vesia+5
46Corey Knebel+5
47Brad Boxberger-5
48Ryne Stanek+5
49Garrett Crochet+5
50Seth Lugo-15
51Michael Lorenzen+4
52José Alvarado+18
53JT Chargois+18
54Alex Reyes+18
55Tyler Duffey+21
56Tanner Rainey+UR
57Dominic Leone+24
58Dylan Floro-10
59Alex Colomé+1
60Jake Diekman+5
61Phil Bickford
62Codi Heuer+1
63Jake Cousins+1
64Aaron Ashby+UR
65Nick Anderson-34
66Matt Barnes-26
67Julian Merryweather-1
68Pierce Johnson-7
69Kyle Finnegan-13
70Joe Kelly-8
71Josh Taylor-4
72Richard Rodríguez-4
73Jhoulys Chacín-4
74Daniel Hudson-1
75Sergio Romo-1
76Adam Cimber+1
77Carlos Estévez+1
78Emilio Pagán+1
79Archie Bradley+3
80Rowan Wick-
81Bryan Shaw
82Jake Brentz+17
83Spencer Patton+2
84Tyler Clippard+3
85Chris Martin-1
86Steve Cishek-
87T.J. McFarland+1
88Brooks Raley+3
89A.J. Minter+1
91Tyler Wells+7
92Casey Sadler+4
93Juan Minaya+4
94Chris Stratton-1
95Kyle Funkhouser+UR
96Trevor Richards+UR
97Andrés Machado+UR
99Cole Sulser-10
100Art Warren+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.

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