Reliever Ranks – 9/13

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

 

  • The following teams had Monday off: BAL, BOS, NYY, CWS, KC, MIN, OAK, SEA, PHI, WSH, MIL, STL, COL, SD.
  • The Pirates, Reds, Rays and Blue Jays will participate in Tuesday doubleheaders.

 

  • The Mets activated Trevor May from the Covid IL, replacing Bryce Montes de Oca in their bullpen who was sent to the IL himself.
  • Zach Eflin returned to the Phillies’ pitching staff. He’s expected to return to the bullpen to start, but could make his way back into the rotation at some point.
  • Brooks Raley will spend his next couple days on the Restricted List again as Tampa Bay plays out their series in Toronto. He will be reinstated once the Rays return to the states.

 

Yesterday’s Performances

 

TEX 3 – MIA 2 (Game 1)
TEX 6 – MIA 10 (Game 2)

  • José Leclerc picked up his fifth save of the season in the first game of Texas’ Monday double header with Miami. This marks Leclerc’s second straight day with a save, a good sign he’s got the trust of his new manager to close out games the rest of the way, even after taking the loss on Friday. Jonathan Hernández threw 26 pitches while collecting five outs and scattering two hits and one walk through the seventh and eighth innings and was credited with the win for his trouble. Hernandez last pitched on Saturday, throwing 29 pitches in that outing. Though Matt Moore only threw five pitches to close out the eighth inning, it marked back-to-back outing for him as well and could spell time for Brock Burke to return to the late innings after getting the last few days off.
  • Bryan Hoeing was called upon to be the 29th man for the Marlins and pitched his way into a win during Game 2 of the double header, but not in a good way. Hoeing recorded six outs after being the first man up to replace starter Braxton Garrett, collected six outs across the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Along the way he allowed four earned runs of his own as well as allowing his inherited runner to score off five hits, including a pair of home runs, and two walks. The Miami offense came to his assistance in the fifth however, providing him with a “right place, right time” win. Tanner Scott struck out three in the eighth while Dylan Floro pitched a clean ninth. Neither walked away with a decision however as the score was locked in with a four run difference through their time on the mound.

 

LAA 4 – CLE 5

  • Emmanuel Clase recorded his 34th save on Monday, pitching a perfect ninth inning and collecting one strikeout. Sam Hentges and Trevor Stephan each picked up a hold as they combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, setting up Clase, while Enyel De Los Santos picked up his fourth win of the season, pitching a clean seventh and striking out one. The entire top end of the Cleveland bullpen has been on fire in recent weeks while the Guardians continue to keep their scores close throughout the game and they all deserve your attention in leagues that value holds.

 

HOU 7 – DET 0

  • Framber Valdez game the Astros’ pen a breather as he completed the entirety of Houston’s shutout of the Tigers on Monday. Ryan Pressly and Rafael Montero haven’t pitched since Friday, so expect them to get into the game on Tuesday regardless of necessity.

 

PIT 6 – CIN 3

  • Wil Crowe picked up his fourth save, despite allowing two hits and two walks across the final two innings of play Monday. Crowe was able to keep all his baserunners from scoring however, throwing 44 pitches in the process, and will assuredly be sitting out both games of their Tuesday double header with the Reds. Robert Stephenson recorded the previous four outs for the Pirates, striking out three along the way and picking up his seventh hold for his trouble. There’s still no need to trouble yourself with the Pirates’ bullpen beyond the most desperate of situations.

 

TB 2 – TOR 3

  • Jordan Romano recorded his 33rd save with a clean ninth while Tim Mayza picked up his third decision in the past four days, this time picking up the win, his seventh of the season, after getting the final out of the eighth inning.
  • Rays’s Jason Adam took the loss after blowing the save opportunity in the bottom of the eight, giving up two runs off a Bo Bichette home run. Colin Poche and Javy Guerra each picked up a hold, Guerra’s first of the season and Poche’s 20th, after pitching scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively. Peter Fairbanks should be the top bullpen choice for either game of their Tuesday double header, especially since he hasn’t been on the mound since Wednesday.

 

CHC 5 – NYM 2

  • Trevor May returned to the Mets’ bullpen and fired a perfect inning of relief, striking out two batters in the sixth inning. Michyl Given and Joely Rodríguez combined for three scoreless innings to end the game in a losing effort Monday, though Givens’ five strikeouts was nice to see. Given played both sides of the ball, replacing Daniel Vogelbach on the base paths in the bottom of the eighth as a pinch runner with no outs. He never left first base however as Manuel Rodríguez and Brandon Hughes put down the next three Mets’ hitters in order.
  • Brandon Hughes returned to closing duties for the Cubs, picking up his fifth save of the season, despite giving up a solo shot to Francisco Lindor in the final frame. Hughes entered the game in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and just one out recorded, so despite the four run lead on the scoreboard, the save opportunity was in tact upon his entrance.

 

LAD 6 – ARI 0

  • Evan Phillips continued to dominate for the Dodgers, pitching a clean eighth inning and recording his 18th hold on the year. The Dodgers would go on to score three insurance run in the top of the ninth, stretching out the score far enough to place any save opportunity out of reach for the rest of the team’s bullpen, so Phil Bickford had to just settle for a perfect 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts to close things out instead.

 

ATL 2 – SF 3

  • Scott Alexander picked up his first save of the year, recording the final four outs of San Francisco’s victory over Atlanta on Monday. This comes on the heals of back-to-back outings for both Comilla Doval and John Brebbie, plus a 33-pitch outing for Tyler Rogers the day prior, so this shouldn’t be seen as much more than a nice opportunity for Alexander and not something that should be repeated on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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)

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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