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Reliever Ranks – 7/26

Which relievers might be in line to vulture a save or win today?

Welcome back to the latest 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!

 

Notes

 

Transaction and Schedule Notes

 

  • Monday had 12 games played with the following teams resting their bullpens: NYY, TOR, CHW, MIN, NYM, and STL.
  • All 30 teams will take the field for Tuesday’s action. CHC and PIT will also receive a day off on Wednesday, so we could see high-leverage arms pushed tonight.
  • The Baltimore Orioles recalled Nick Vespi from Triple-A and optioned Rico Garcia. Otherwise, it was tranquil in terms of transactions.
Yesterday’s Performances

 

SDP 4 – DET 12

  • The Tigers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. MacKenzie Gore (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) failed to stop the bleeding as he was the first RP brought in to relieve starter Sean Manaea. From there, things quieted down a bit as Tim Hill (1.0 IP, 1 H) and Nabil Crismatt (1.0 IP, 1 H) kept the final two frames scoreless.
  • Things were a bit similar for Detroit as the starter only lasted till the fifth inning after surrendering four earned runs. However, Will Vest (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) backed into his second win as he pitched in the right place at the right time. Following Vest, Joe Jiménez (1.0 IP, 1 H), Andrew Chafin (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K), and Jason Foley (1.0 IP, 1 H) scattered a couple of hits without allowing any runs.

 

PIT 2 – CHC 3

  • We didn’t get much relief pitching in this game, and the Pirates only utilized a pair. In the seventh inning, the first was Duane Underwood Jr. (1.0 IP, 1 BB), who tossed only five strikes in 12 pitches but ended the inning scoreless. Finally, Yerry De Los Santos (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) took the loss after a fielding error put Seiya Suzuki on base, and allowed the go-ahead unearned run to score.
  • After seven innings of two-run ball by starter Adrian Sampson, Mychal Givens (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his sixth victory. Due to closer David Robertson pitching on back-to-back nights, he was unavailable. In his absence, the team handed the ninth-inning duties over to Scott Effross (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K), who successfully notched his first save of the season.

 

MIA 2 – CIN 11

  • Once again, starter Trevor Rogers looked lost on the mound and coughed up six earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Additionally, the game got even more out of hand when Zach Pop (0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB) allowed too many base runners and let a ball leave the yard. Jordan Holloway (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) also found some bulk work. In the end, the game was so lopsided that Willians Astudillo entertained us by pitching an inning.
  • Things get much easier when you’re starring at a ten-run lead in the fifth inning. Furthermore, starter Nick Lodolo looked sharp, and the team tossed Joel Kuhnel (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and Dauri Moreta (1.0 IP) for the final few frames.

 

TBR 1 – BAL 5

  • After Kluber got clobbered for a bunch of runs, the bullpen did its part to lock down Baltimore’s offense. Luke Bard (2.0 IP, 3 BB) and Pete Fairbanks (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) were wild, but at least the scoring stopped.
  • Baltimore implemented Austin Voth for only three innings before pulling the plug. Notably, Nick Vespi (1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K) looked electric as he pumped strikes. Finally, the back end of the bullpen was lights out. Dillon Tate (1.0 IP, 1 K), Cionel Pérez (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K), and Félix Bautista (1.0 IP, 1 K) combined to shut down any hopes the Rays’ offense had.

 

ATL 4 – PHI 6

  • Atlanta found six innings from starter Max Fried before turning the ball over to Dylan Lee (1.0 IP, 2 K). His successful inning of relief earned Lee hold number five. Finally, in a disastrous outing, AJ Minter (1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER) allowed a Byson Stott HR to surrender the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning.
  • For Philly, Connor Brogdon (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) and José Alvarado (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K) tossed a pair of frames after the starter Ranger Suárez lasted five solid innings. Andrew Bellatti (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) made a rare appearance in the eighth inning but earned his second win. Capturing save number five, Seranthony Domínguez (1.0 IP, 1 K) made short work of the final three outs.

 

BOS 3 – CLE 1

  • Cleveland went with Trevor Stephan (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K) to start the sixth inning but was pulled for Sam Hentges (0.2 IP, 1 H), who made his second appearance in as many nights. Finally, our old friend, James Karinchak (1.2 IP, 4 K), did his thing, and no one could touch his stuff.
  • Boston starter Nick Pivetta allowed a lot of base runners but minimized damage through nearly six innings. John Schreiber (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) came in to relieve Pivetta and then went on for another scoreless inning. Finally, Garrett Whitlock (2.0 IP, 2 K) came in for a multi-inning save. Whitlock also pitched on Sunday, so he’ll be unavailable for Tuesday. Tanner Houck will be in line for any save opportunities tonight.

 

LAA 0 – KCR 7

  • It was a dreadful night for Angels’ pitching as every player to take the mound allowed someone to cross home plate. The first RP from the bullpen was Aaron Loup (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K). However, Loup was able to escape a massive jam left by Thor as he struck out Nicky Lopez with the bases loaded. Ryan Tepera (0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB) couldn’t locate pitches at all, and only eight of his 17 thrown went for strikes.
  • On the Royals’ side, the relief arms were on-point. Amir Garrett (1.0 IP, 1 H), Jose Cuas (1.0 IP, 1 K), Scott Barlow (1.0 IP, 1 K), and Josh Staumont (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) combined to keep the game ending in zeros. Notably, Barlow pitched the eighth inning and Staumont the ninth. Likely, that was to have Barlow face Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward.

 

COL 2 – MIL 0

  • Seven strong innings from Kyle Freeland resulted in only two members of the Rockies’ bullpen making an appearance. In the eighth inning, Lucas Gilbreath (1.0 IP, 2 K) made his second appearance in the last two days and will be unavailable for tonight’s action. His scoreless frame earned him hold number eight. Notching his 21st save, Daniel Bard (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) got the job done; once again!
  • Starter Aaron Ashby tossed a seven-inning, two-run, nine-K gem. However, he’d take the loss with newly acquired Jake McGee (1.0 IP, 1 K) and Brent Suter (1.0 IP, 1 K), tossing shutout innings in a low-scoring affair.

 

HOU 5 – OAK 7

  • Oakland bats erupted for six runs by the fifth inning, and Houston pitched only a pair of RPs. Ryne Stanek (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K) and Phil Maton (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K) kept the game within reach, but the early lead was too much for the Astro bats to overcome.
  • The Athletics bullpen picked up a bevy of holds. Domingo Acevedo (1.0 IP), A.J. Puk (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K), and Zach Jackson (0.1 IP) each collected a holds, their 14th, 12th, and 20th, respectively. Finally, Lou Trivino (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K) grabbed his ninth save in a shaky appearance that included a solo HR to Chas McCormick.

 

SFG 0 – ARI 7

  • Jacob Junis made his way back into the rotation, which would likely signal extra bullpen usage. Unfortunately, the help didn’t come from Jarlín Garcia (0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB), who failed to collect an out after relieving Junis. John Brebbia (0.2 IP) cleaned up the mess and mitigated the damage. BUT! Sam Long (1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) and Gregory Santos (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) provided no late-inning support.
  • Arizona starter Merrill Kelly continued his excellent 2022 campaign, and the bullpen basically got the night off. With the game firmly in hand, Keynan Middleton (0.2 IP) and Noé Ramirez (0.1 IP, 1 K) were the lower-leverage arms finding work in the ninth inning.

 

WSH 4 – LAD 1

  • The Nationals threw the kitchen sink at the Dodgers in this one. Five RPs in total were used after Paolo Espino’s four-inning performance. Andres Machado (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) earned his first win, and Víctor Arano (1.0 IP, 1 K) plus Hunter Harvey (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) notched holds. Finally, Carl Edwards Jr. (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K) threw a clean eighth inning for a hold, and Kyle Finnegan (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K) picked up his third save. However, both Edwards Jr. and Finnegan have pitched on back-to-back nights, so look for Steve Cishek as a potential one-night closer for Tuesday.
  • LA’s bullpen started with David Price (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K) in the seventh inning. Since they’ve been taxing the high-leverage arms a bit as of late, they elected to go with Reyes Moronta (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K) and Caleb Ferguson (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K). Both provided quality innings of no-run ball, but the offense couldn’t figure out Washington’s pitching.

 

TEX 3 – SEA 4

  • Starter Glen Otto looked viable through nearly six innings. After a walk, he was relieved by Brock Burke (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), who aided Otto but struggled in the seventh. Coming in to help Burke, Dennis Santana (0.1 IP, 1 K) struck out a batter with the bases loaded. Finally, José Leclerc (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) collected three outs with batters chasing outside the zone.
  • Seattle is built for tightly contested games like this one because of their stingy bullpen. Andrés Muñoz (1.0 IP) picked up his 12th hold after another scoreless inning but will be unavailable on Tuesday after back-to-back nights of work. Paul Sewald (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) succeeded in his lone inning as he notched his fifth hold. In the ninth inning, Diego Castillo (0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) fell victim to a Nathaniel Lowe solo HR before Erik Swanson (0.2 IP) ticket-punches his second save.

 

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: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Closing Time: Ranking the Top 30 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues

 

Photos by Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Doug Carlin (@Bdougals on Twitter)

Dave Swan

Dave Swan is an avid Chicago Cubs fan that enjoys all aspects of fantasy baseball-especially DFS. He would trade his right arm for a GIF library of Greg Maddux pitches. Swan's baseball thoughts are available at @davithius.

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