Reliever Ranks – 7/5

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!

 

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Transaction and Schedule Notes

 

Yesterday’s Performances

TB 0 – BOS 4

  • Tanner Houck saw action in back-to-back games over the weekend so the Red Sox turned to John Schreiber to lock up their victory over the Rays on Monday. Schreiber needed only 17 pitches to record five outs, recording his third save of the season in the process. Schreiber has now pitched 27.1 innings and has only given up two earned runs, which came off a home run in late May, 12 hits and 6 walks. Regardless of his efficiency on Monday, Schreiber has now been on the mound on back-to-back days himself and should see some rest coming on Tuesday.
  • Josh Fleming returned to the Rays and acted as the primary pitcher, following Jalen Beeks on Monday. Fleming went five innings but took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) off eight hits. Brooks Raley also returned to the bullpen and should reenter the save mix for the Rays in the coming days.

 

MIA 3 – WSH 2

  • Dylan Floro picked up his second save of the season for the Marlins. Floro was the beneficiary of the top end of the Miami bullpen seeing excess usage over the weekend, with Tanner Scott, Anthony Bass, and Steven Okert all being used in three straight days. Floro himself has now been on the mound in three of the last four and will probably get some rest on Tuesday. Jimmy Yacabonis picked up his first win after a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Tanner Rainey took the loss for the Nationals after giving up two runs (one earned) off a Bryan De La Cruz home run in the top of the 10th inning. That makes back-to-back pour outings for Rainey, who recorded a blown save on Sunday. Kyle Finnegan pitched a scoreless ninth inning to help send the game to extra innings, but has now thrown a combined 29 pitches in back-to-back days and may be unavailable on Tuesday as well. Look for Carl Edwards Jr. to redeem himself if given the opportunity Tuesday after taking the loss himself on Sunday.

 

TEX 6 – BAL 7

  • Another day, another run scored off Jorge López. Coming into the game with the scored tied at five a piece, López immediately gave up a lead off home run to Marcus Semien and walked Corey Seager before retiring the next three hitters in order. The Baltimore offense would bail López out, tying the game back up and sending the game into extra innings. Bryan Baker would take home the win after striking out two in his scoreless 10th inning. Félix Bautista, who  should be considered the handcuff to López in Baltimore, threw 13 pitches of his own, also now having gone in three of the last four days, albeit in a much more efficient manner than López. Dillon Tate, who stole a save on Sunday, could be the one the Orioles turn to on Tuesday if an opportunity presents itself.
  • Joe Barlow recorded his third blown save of the year, allowing the Orioles to tie the game in the ninth inning, sending it to extra innings. Matt Moore would take the loss after failing to record an out in the bottom of the 10th and seeing the ghost runner come around to score after loading the bases and proceeding to provide Jorge Mateo with the walk-off hit by pitch. Classic.

 

CLE 1 – DET 4 (Game 1)

  • James Karinchak returned to the Cleveland bullpen and was welcomed back in classic Karinchak fashion, recording all three outs by way of strikeouts and giving up an earned run off two hits and a walk. After throwing 28 pitches on Monday, Karinchak will likely receive a day to reset himself on Tuesday.
  • Gregory Soto picked up his 16th save for the Tigers after pitching around two walks in his scoreless ninth inning. Soto could still be available Tuesday, as this was his first appearance in the past five days, but after throwing 27 pitches Monday he could receive a precautionary rest day. Andrew Chafin and Michael Fulmer each received a hold after their hitless and scoreless outings, setting up Soto through the seventh and eighth innings.

 

CLE 3 – DET 5 (Game 2)

  • Joe Jiménez picked up his first save since August 22 of last year, pitching a perfectninth inning of the second game of Detroit’s double header with Cleveland. Alex Lange struck out the side in the eighth to record his 10th hold of the season, while Tyler Alexander scattered two hits across three and a third innings to pick up his second win of the year after relieving starter Alex Faedo in the fourth inning. There’s a chance Jiménez could be the best late inning option available for the Tigers on Tuesday after Michael Fulmer pitched in his second straight game earlier in the day.

 

KC 6 – HOU 7

  • Ryne Stanek picked up his first win of the season, pitching around a solo walk en route to a scoreless ninth inning.
  • Scott Barlow could not record the final out in the ninth inning Monday after giving up the walk off home run to Yordan Alvarez, providing Barlow with his second loss on the season. Barlow has been used quite a bit by the Royals, now pitching in back-to-back games and four of the last six days. Taylor Clarke, who took home his third official blown save on Monday after allowing one of his inherited runners to score, tying the game in the eighth inning, has seen similar usage over the past week. Look for Dylan Coleman to see late inning action on Tuesday if needed.

 

CHC 2 – MIL 5

  • Brad Boxbrger collected his third win of the season after pitching a scoreless 10th inning for the Brewers on Monday. Josh Hader failed to preserve the tie, giving up his third home run of the season and of course the ball never left the yard as Seiya Suzuki chugged out an inside-the-park homer to give the Cubs a short-lived one-run lead. Boxberger, Hader, and Devin Williams, who pitched a hitless eighth inning on Monday, and each pitching in back-to-back days. Expect the Brewers to turn to Trevor Gott or Brent Suter toward the end of Tuesday’s match up
  • David Robertson would pick up his fourth blown save of the season, even after striking out three in his ninth inning appearance. Scott Effross would take the loss after giving up the walk off three-run home run to Victor Carantini. Robertson has now seen time on the mound in three of the last four days and has thrown a combined 59 pitches in those outings.

 

SF 3 – ARI 8

  • Mark Melancon closed out Arizona’s five run victory with a perfect inning, though due to the score differential he did not walk away with any hardware. Joe Mantiply recorded his eighth hold of the season after pitching two scoreless inning to set up Melancon and should be considered the main set up man in Arizona with Ian Kennedy on the shelf.

 

NYM 7 – CIN 4

  • Seth Lugo picked up his third save of the season, giving Edwin Díaz a day off after throwing 21 pitches on Monday and 39 pitches in his last two outings. Colin Holderman picked up hist first hold in his first appearance since joining the Mets’ bullpen from AAA over the weekend.

 

SEA 8 – SD 2

  • The Mariners were able to give the top end of their bullpen some rest after taking a strong lead over the Padres early. Erik Swanson, Ryan Borucki, and Tommy Milone were able to ensure the Seattle eight runs were enough for the victory, despite the ninth inning two-run shot by Trent Grisham.

 

STL 3 – ATL 6

  • With Kenley Jansen on the IL, Atlanta’s Will Smith recorded his fifth save of the season. Despite giving up a hit and two walks, Smith was able to get through the final inning without giving up a run and preserving the Atlanta victory over St. Louis on Monday. Darren O’Day and Dylan Lee each pitched a scoreless innings as they set up Smith. O’Day walked away with the win, while Lee took home his fourth hold of the year.

 

MIN 6 – CWS 3

  • Liam Hendriks returned to the White Sox bullpen, striking out the side in the eighth inning. Kendall Graveman returned to the ninth inning, pitching a scoreless inning and helping to push the game into extra innings. Enter Joe Kelly, who would somewhat predictably, give up four runs (three earned) off two hits and two walks in the top of the 10th inning. Kelly would take the loss after the Chicago bats couldn’t make up the lost ground.
  • Emilio Pagán would take home the win after pitching a hitless and scoreless ninth inning himself. Jhoan Duran would close things out in the bottom of the 10th, though thanks to the four run top half of the inning he would be denied the save opportunity.

 

TOR 1 – OAK 5

  • Jordan Romano closed out the game for the Blue Jays in a losing effort, pitching a perfect ninth inning in his first outing since last Wednesday. Romano needed just nine pitches to retire all three batters and should easily be available if needed on Tuesday.


COL 3 – LAD 5

  • Yency Almonte was called upon at just the right time Monday, punching out the final out of the Dodgers’ victory over the Rockies and being credited with his first save of the year, despite allowing one of his inherited runners to score. Reyes Moronta recorded the first two out of the final inning but left two runners on base for Almonte to clean up after allowing a C.J. Cron lead off home run to start the inning. Craig Kimbrel should return to ninth inning consideration on Tuesday and presumably needed a day off after taking the loss Sunday and pitching in three of the previous four days.

 

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 6/30: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Closing Time 6/28: Ranking the Top 40 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 7/1

Adam Howe

Adam resides in Indianapolis after spending the better part of a decade in Oakland, CA and growing up in Massachusetts. He co-hosts the On The Wire podcast with Kevin Hasting, analyzing your weekly FAAB options before your bid deadlines every Sunday.

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