Welcome back to the newest 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
- Ten teams had Monday off to rest their bullpens: BOS, NYY, TB, CLE, LAA, OAK, NYM, MIL, COL, and LAD.
- The Pirates and Cardinals are set to play a double header Tuesday.
- The Chicago Cubs activated Sean Newcomb from the IL over the weekend and then promptly designated him for assignment.
- The Chicago White Sox placed Aaron Bummer on the IL and recalled Tanner Banks in his place. Joe Kelly is set to return from his IL set as well on Tuesday.
- Amir Garrett returned from the Covid IL and is back in the Royals’ bullpen. Joel Payamps was placed on the Covid IL, being replaced by Daniel Mengden
- The Philadelphia Phillies recalled José Alvarado , sending Christopher Sanchez down in a corresponding move.
ATL 9 – WAS 5
- No save recorded here thanks to an eighth inning insurance run from Atlanta, but plenty of bullpen usage a cross the board with both starters, Ian Anderson and Erasmo Ramírez, failing to go past the fourth inning. Dylan Lee picked up his first win of the season after being the first man up for Atlanta, recording the next seven outs and striking out three. Will Smith would give Kenley Jansen a break after he closed out three of the last four days, providing a perfect ninth inning of relief.
- Tanner Rainey finished things off for the Nationals, pitching around a walk and a hit to finish with a scoreless ninth inning himself. Kyle Finnegan was the culprit that put the save out of reach, giving up a solo home run in the eighth inning. Finnegan has 39 pitches under his belt in the last three days, while Rainey has 43. Don’t be surprised to see both late inning options rested on Tuesday, making way for Carl Edwards Jr. to vulture a save opportunity if one becomes available.
MIA 2 – PHI 3
- Seranthony Domínguez picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching an impressive perfect ninth inning on Monday. Dominguez and Connor Brogdon combined for a total of 19 pitches from the Philadelphia bullpen Monday so they should have many options to choose from Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Anthony Bass took the loss for the Marlins, giving up the walk off double to Rhys Hoskins. Steven Okert allowed one inherited runner to score before finishing up the eighth inning, ultimately being credited with a blown save and setting up Bass’ loss in the ninth.
BAL 1 – TOR 11
- Adam Cimber and Matt Gage each pitched a one-hit inning of relief in Toronto’s run-a-way win against Baltimore Monday.
- Baltimore’s bullpen accounted for over half of the 11 runs scored upon them, with Logan Gillaspie taking the blunt of things in the fifth inning. Gillaspie allowed his two inherited runners to score and then followed that up with four earned ruins of his own, all while recording just one out before being replaced by Austin Voth.
CWS 9 – DET 5
- Tony LaRussa said that Liam Hendriks was still unavailable on Monday, but expects him ready to go Tuesday. Luckily for fantasy managers, there was no save opportunity to speak of for Hendriks to miss out on, so Kendall Graveman‘s scoreless ninth inning doesn’t sting too much. Joe Kelly is expected back Tuesday and should step back in to a set up option, and may see work right away with Graveman now pitching in back-to-back games.
- Joe Jiménez was the one that let the save opportunity fade away, giving up two earned runs off three hits in top of the ninth inning. The Tigers’ bullpen got plenth of work, with five different releievers each pitching an inning, following Rony Gracia’s four inning start.
PIT 5 – STL 7
- The bad news: Giovanny Gallegos was called upon to pitch in the seventh inning, not the ninth, of a close game for the Cardinals. The good news: He walked away with a win for his trouble after pitching a perfect inning and seeing his offense score the go ahead run in the bottom of the inning. Génesis Cabrera picked up his ninth hold after recording the final two outs of the eighth inning and Ryan Helsley recorded his fifth save of the season after closing the door in the ninth. This marks back-to-back saves for Helsley, with Gallegos being utilized earlier in the game with the Cardinals in need of getting out of a tight spot.
- Chris Stratton took the loss, though Anthony Banda was mostly to blame as he gave up the four runs in the sixth inning that tied the game up at five. Stratton would give up the go ahead homer to Paul Goldschmidt to lead off the seventh inning, so he’s not blameless either.
SD 4 – CHC 1
- Taylor Rogers collected his 19th save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth to close out Yu Darvish‘s eight inning gem. Rogers was the only bullpen piece used on Monday but only needed 15 pitches and should still be available if needed on Tuesday.
- Rowan Wick melted down for the Cubs, credited with three earned runs off three hits and a walk. Wick would ultimately take the loss in this one. David Robertson would have presumably been the ninth inning option if Wick was able to set things up properly.
HOU 3 – TEX 5
- Ryne Stanek picked up his fifth hold on the year while Héctor Neris took the loss and first blown save after giving up three runs off three hits and a walk himself.
- Matt Moore would be the beneficiary of Neris’ meltdown, given the opportunity to close things out for the Rangers. Moore would walk away with his first save of the season, pitching a perfect inning and needing just six pitches to ensure the Rangers’ victory. Brock Burke picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching two perfect innings to set up Moore’s save opportunity.
CIN 5 – ARI 4
- Ian Kennedy pitched around two walks in the Diamondback’s losing effort on Monday, walking away with a strikeout and a scoreless inning to show for it.
- Every Reds’ pitcher walked away with a decision on Monday, with Hunter Strickland recorded his second save of the season and each of Art Warren, Reiver Sanmartin, and Tony Santillan picking up holds as they all held on to the Redss lead, providing Mike Minor with his first win of the season. Alexis Diaz was the only high leverage option missing from the bunch, but after pitching three of the previous four days it was expected to see Diaz get some rest. If the usage of this game is any indication, Strickland should be considered a favorite and with Santillan and Warren now pitching in back-to-back games, it should give Strickland or Davis the edge for the final inning nod on Tuesday.
KC 2 – SF 6
- Amir Garrett was used in his second straight game since returning from his IL stint, recording just one out and throwing 16 pitches. Garrett would take the loss in this one after allowing San Francisco to score the go ahead run in the sixth inning.
- Camilo Doval was back in the ninth inning for the Giants, albeit in a non-save situation after his team recorded an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Doval still shut the door, striking out two and allowing just one hit in the process.
MIN 3 – SEA 2
- After Chris Archer could only finish four innings, the Twins tapped six different members of their bullpen to finish off the next five innings, each of which walked away with some sort of hardware. Firsat man up Caleb Thielbar came away with the win, his second of the season, while Griffin Jax, Jharel Cotton, Joe Smith, and Jhoan Duran followed up with a hold each. Emilio Pagán finished things off with a scoreless ninth, walking away with his ninth save of the season. Both Pagan and Duran have now pitched in two of the last three days, though Pagan’s pitch total of 39 may keep him down on Tuesday, compared to Duran’s 27 total pitches.
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 6/9: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds
Closing Time 6/7: Ranking the Top 40 Closers
Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 6/10
Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)
Good to see this feature return though do miss the bolded/hyperlinked player names in the main body, that made things easier to navigate. (And it’s Alexis Diaz for the Reds, not Alexis Davis.)
Agreed. Harder to follow without the bolded/hyperlinked names. Also, Kenley Jansen (of the Braves) was mistakenly called “Dany Jansen” instead too.
Ya, that’s on me. The hyperlinks will be added back in and thanks for calling out the typo on the players.