Reliever Ranks – 7/30

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

 

  • All 30 teams took the field last night, and all 30 teams will retake the field tonight.
  • We could be the following teams pushing their bullpen usage, as they have an off day on Monday: TBR, TOR, LAA, OAK, ATL, PHI, CHC, MIL, STL, and PIT.

 

 

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

BAL 6 – CIN 2

  • By the sixth inning, the scoreboard was tied at twos. Cionel Pérez and Joey Krehbiel pitched a combined 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Dillon Tate was accredited with his second win as he was the RP on the bump when Baltimore exploded for runs. Finally, Jorge López fired a clean inning with a pair of punchouts in a non-save opportunity.
  • The Reds found work for several lower leverage relievers, most notably Buck Farmers’ blowup. He struggled to keep Orioles off the basepaths by free passes and hits; in the end, his four earned runs in the 9th inning decided the game. Cleaning up Farmers’ mess in the ninth, Dauri Moreta finished the final two batters with one K.

 

NYM 6 – MIA 4

  • The bullpens also decided this game since both starters left with the game tied. In the 7th inning, Adam Ottavino earned his fifth win after striking out a pair. Trevor Williams hadn’t pitched in several days but found work in the 8th inning and notched his first hold on the season. Up by two in the 9th inning meant it’s time for Edwin Díaz, and he was electric once again, striking out all three batters.
  • For the Marlins, Anthony Bass and Dylan Floro pitched an inning of scoreless ball, with Bass having some control issues and walking a pair. In the 8th inning, Steven Okert was knocked around and inevitably cost his team the game as Brandon Nimmo took him yard for a two-run shot. Zach Pop completed the 9th inning by striking out one on 12 pitches.

 

CHC 4 – SFG 2

  • The scoring didn’t come easily in this one, and the Cubs bullpen was handed a one-run lead after six strong from Marcus Stroman. The first person from the pen was Scott Effross, who locked up hold #13, even with big-time struggles. Mychal Givens grabbed his sixth hold after striking out a pair. Finally, up 4-0 in the 9th inning, David Robertson hurled an inning, but it didn’t go as planned. He escaped the inning, but not before allowing a two-run shot to Wilmer Flores.
  • The Giants used all their high-leverage arms in this one. Dominic Leone and John Brebbia each pitched a scoreless inning before Camilo Doval failed to finish the 9th. Doval only managed to collect one out as the Cubs knocked him around for three runs (two earned). Sam Long came on for the final two outs and struck out one.

 

STL 6 – WSH 2

  • Miles Mikolas was terrific on the mound for seven innings of two-run ball, and the bullpen entered the game late with a four-run lead. Génesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless inning, and Giovanny Gallegos struck out one and allowed one hit in his lone inning of work.
  • Washington gave the high-leverage arms a night off. Instead, Víctor Arano, Jordan Weems, and Hunter Harvey completed the final 3.1 innings of scoreless ball. Notably, Harvey was impressive as he struck out the side on 12 pitches.

 

PHI 4 – PIT 2

  • Bailey Falter, who is an in and out of the rotation starter, took the mound, which signaled we might see plenty of bullpen action from the Phillies. And we did, but Falter’s six strong innings were a boost. In the 7th inning, Brad Hand issues a walk before collecting his third out. Next up, José Alvarado scattered two hits and a walk but didn’t allow anyone to cross home plate. Seranthony Domínguez earned his fifth win after a lockdown performance that included one punchout. Finally, Connor Brogdon earned his first save after pitching a perfect inning in the 10th. Due to over-usage, Domínguez won’t be available on Saturday, and we might see Brad Hand or Corey Knebel with closer duties.
  • The Pirates bullpen was a bit of a mess in this game. Yerry De Los Santos got the starter, José Quintana, out of a jam in the 6th inning but left a batter on base in the 7th inning. Manny Bañuelos followed De Los Santos, recorded an out but left a man after allowing the inherited runner to score. Following Banuelos, Wil Crowe gave up a single to Rhys Hoskins that allowed Banuelos’ runner to score. Eventually, David Bednar came in to clean up the mess and strike out a pair. In the top of the 10th inning, Duane Underwood Jr. served up a two-run dinger and lost the game.

 

KCR 5 – NYY 11

  • Royals’ starter Kris Bubic left after six innings with a 5-3 lead; however, the bullpen couldn’t keep things in check. Jose Cuas allowed a hit but pushed the game into the 8th inning with a lead. In the 8th inning, Scott Barlow had a meltdown by surrendering six runs(two earned) on four hits and a walk. Jackson Kowar tried to stop the bleeding but gave up a grand slam to Aaron Judge.
  • Clay Holmes was unavailable in this one after pitching back-to-back nights, but that didn’t really matter. Trying to get back on track, Aroldis Chapman fired a clean 7th inning with one K. Albert Abreu earned his second win by tossing a clean 8th inning. Finally, Wandy Peralta scattered a hit and walk around three punchouts to finish the game.

 

DET 4 – TOR 2

  • The Tigers’ starter only lasted 3.2 innings before Will Vest pitched them past the 5th inning. His one-hit relief appearance accredited him the win because the Detroit bullpen was impeccable. Jason Foley, Joe Jiménez, and Michael Fulmer each earned holds as they combined for three innings of one walk and seven strikeouts. Finally, Gregory Soto struck out one on 16 pitches to capture save #19.
  • Toronto went with all lower-leverage relievers since they taxed their primary ones on Thursday. Instead, Tim Mayza, David Phelps, Anthony Banda, and Max Castillo combined for the final 3.2 innings while not allowing any runs.

 

CLE 4 – TBR 1

  • It looked like classic Shane Bieber as he hurled seven strong innings of one-run ball. This meant a more leisurely night for the bullpen, with only two RPs taking the mound. In the 8th inning, Trevor Stephan pitched a scoreless frame with a pair of Ks. Finally, up by three, Emmanuel Clase picked up save #22, including a single and strike out.
  • Rays’ starter Jeffery Springs turned in a solid performance through five innings before handing the ball over to Ralph Garza Jr. for a couple of innings. He surrendered one earned run after J-Ram’s two-out single. Luke Bard came on for the final six outs while walking one and striking out a batter.

 

MIL 4 – BOS 1

  • The Brewers did their usual thing and finished the game with the Boxberger-Williams-Hader trio. Brad Boxberger relieved Corbin Burnes in the 7th inning for a pair of batters (striking out one). In the 8th, Devin Williams danced around two hits before striking out one in his scoreless inning. Finally, Josh Hader earned save #29 as he sat three batters down via a strike three call.
  • The Red Sox deployed a different strategy as reliever Austin Davis started the game. Davis was efficient for 2.1 innings as he struck out four batters. However, Brayan Bello followed for 4.1 innings and struggled yet again. His command went away at times, and he allowed two earned runs. Although, one of the runs was while Ryan Brasier came on to relieve him. In the 9th inning, Hirokazu Sawamura loaded the bases and allowed the Brewers to plate two runs.

 

ARI 2 – ATL 5

  • Madison Bumgarner earned the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) through six innings. Furthermore, only two D-back RPs appeared, and Chris Devenski and Luke Weaver pitched scoreless frames. For Devenski, the outing was his first of the season.
  • Braves starter Kyle Wright was masterful for 6.2 innings, and Dylan Lee was called upon to strike out the final batter of the 7th inning. Collin McHugh earned hold #7 in his lone inning. Finally, Kenley Jansen came on for his 24th save. Although, it was a shaky performance (as many have been this season). After a leadoff triple, he struck out the next two batters, then walked the next pair before striking out Jordan Luplow.

 

SEA 1 – HOU 11

  • Mariners’ starter Robbie Ray only managed 2.2 innings while allowing four earned runs. Luckily, the Mariners have a superb bullpen to pull this one out. Not so fast! Penn Murfee allowed an earned run after a walk and a pair of hits. Matt Brash scattered a walk and hit but struck out two in his inning of work. But things went downhill as Tommy Milone served up two HRs tallying four earned runs. Ryan Borucki gave up a run after a pair of hits, and finally, we saw Luis Torrens pitching.
  • On the flip side, starter Justin Verlander was magnificent again. His 7.2 innings of one-run ball and dominance by the offense allowed the Astros to turn the ball over to Bryan Abreu for 1.1 innings of work. In the 9th inning, Abreu was allowed a walk and hit, but no one crossed home plate.

 

OAK 7 – CHW 3

  • The Athletics bullpen didn’t make an appearance until the 7th inning. Domingo Acevedo didn’t fare so well in his outing as he allowed a Josh Harrison two-run HR. However, Zach Jackson quieted things down with a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. In a non-save opportunity, Lou Trivino fired a two-strikeout performance after not pitching since Tuesday.
  • For the White Sox, starter Lance Lynn didn’t have it. While punching out eight, he served up three dingers and put the team in a hole. They turned the ball over to Davis Martin for the final 3.1 innings of the game as he threw 48 pitches to preserve the pen.

 

LAD 5 – COL 4

  • Thanks to a stellar seven innings from Julio Urías, not much bullpen help was needed. In the 8th inning, Evan Phillips notched his 12th hold while striking out two batters. Earning yet another ugly save (#18), Craig Kimbrel allowed a pair of earned runs while walking one and giving up three hits.
  • Chad Kuhl was shelled in the fourth inning, and Ryan Feltner made a multi-inning appearance in relief. Feltner was clutch in the 4th inning as he induced a Gavin Lux groundout with the bases loaded. The final six outs belonged to Robert Stephenson and Carlos Estévez, who combined for no runs and kept the game within reach.

 

TEX 7 – LAA 2

  • Another W was awarded to Martín Pérez after only allowing one run through seven innings. Matt Moore added to the success by locking down his fifth hold in the 8th inning. In the final inning, Matt Bush struck out a pair and surrendered an unearned run after a fielding error by Nathaniel Lowe.
  • For the Angels, Patrick Sandoval took the loss while only allowing two earned runs through 5.2 innings. Andrew Wantz came into the 6th inning was a bunch of inherited base runners and induced a flyout to complete the inning. Then the bullpen had its struggles late in the game. In the 9th inning, Aaron Loup allowed a pair of singles before getting pulled. Elvis Peguero came on to relieve Loup but had all sorts of issues (hits, errors, wild pitches, and stolen bases allowed). It was a mess.

 

MIN 1 – SDP 10

  • Yikes! Twins starter Joe Ryan allowed ten (!!!) earned runs in his 4.2 innings of work. That kind of start will indeed summons an appearance from a position player. Jovani Moran and Jharel Cotton pitched clean outings until the utility man Nick Gordon made an appearance for the final three outs.
  • Conversely, Padres starter Blake Snell cruised through six innings. First out of the bullpen was Dinelson Lamet, who struck out a batter in his only inning. Steven Wilson and Tim Hill tossed strikes and did their part by not allowing base runners.

 

 

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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