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!
Transaction and Schedule Notes
- Ten teams have a scheduled day off Thursday (ARI, STL, PIT, CIN, WAS, NYM, ATL, HOU, TOR, NYY). The remaining 20 teams will play straight through the regular season without another off day, pending inclement weather.
BAL 14 – BOS 8
- Spenser Watkins played follower, eating up four and a third innings after starter Jordan Lyles was lifted after just two. Watkins came away with the win thanks to more than plenty of run support from his offense, but didn’t exactly earn it on his own, giving up four earned runs off eight hits and two walks. Logan Gillaspie closed things out, recording the final eight outs. Thanks to their sacrifice, the rest of the Baltimore bullpen received a much needed day off.
- Boston used six different pitchers, with Zack Kelly ending up the only one to come out with a scoreless outing. All of Boston’s high leverage arms have now been given two straight days off so they should be available the rest of the week.
CIN 3 – PIT 8
- Yohan Ramirez recorded his second win of the season for the Pirates after going two scoreless inning and collecting two strikeouts along the way. Ramirez has seen plenty of innings during the month of September, appearing in two games per week, but has allowed earned run(s) in half of them. As with every pitcher in the Pirates bullpen beyond closer David Bednar, it’s safer to just ignore them for the remainder of the season.
ATL 8 – WAS 0
- The Atlanta bullpen received an unscheduled day of rest thanks to the complete game from Bryce Elder. Kenley Jansen and company should be ready to go Tuesday when needed.
- Washington’s bullpen wasn’t the problem in this loss as four pitchers combined for just three hits, two walks, and zero earned runs through four innings. Andres Machado, the first man up, was credited with three unearned runs after the Nationals failed to turn a double play in the middle of the inning.
NYY 2 – TOR 3
- Closers Clay Holmes and Jordan Romano ensured the game would go into extra innings by each pitching a clean ninth inning, with Romano striking out the side in the top half of the inning. Anthony Bass and Tim Mayza combined to pitch a scoreless tenth for the Blue Jays, with Mayza walking away with the win after Clarke Schmidt allowed the walk off line drive single from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the bottom of the tenth.
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)