Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues: 8/20

Rick Graham updates his top 100 relief pitchers for SV+HD leagues.

He has yet to pick up his first Major League save, but that should be coming in due time for David Bednar, who continues to work the ninth inning of games despite the Pirates’ inability to win games. The Pirates as a team have not recorded a save in a month now, but I find it hard to believe a save chance won’t arise in the next month and a half. In fact, the schedule will get much easier going forward as they have series coming up with the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Tigers, Nationals, and Marlins. Bednar may be the lone reliever who has been much better since the sticky stuff crackdown, which being a splitter guy makes sense. Over his last 23.1 innings, Bednar has a 1.16 ERA and .90 WHIP with 26 strikeouts but just five holds. His 2.56 pCRA since then is good for ninth amongst all relievers with at least 300 pitches thrown. Now, all we need is for Bednar to get some save chances which just by the laws of nature has to happen eventually, right?




  • Aroldis Chapman returned from the IL this week and did not look so great in his first game back. He allowed two hits and a run over this innings of work, with his fastball averaging just 96.9 MPH, down from his usual 98.5. Pitchers tend to have lower velocities in their first games back from the IL so I wouldn’t worry yet, but if he continues to struggle this weekend then it may be time to panic.
  • After Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider notched saves early in the week, it was Diego Castillo’s turn yesterday however he proceeded to cough up the lead in the ninth by allowing a two-run home run. Paul Sewald eventually came on in the 11th to secure the save, his second save since the trade deadline. In fact, Steckenrider has two saves of his own while Castillo only has one since moving to Seattle. Expect this three-headed committee to continue for now despite the blown save from Castillo last night.


  • Corey Knebel actually started last night’s game against the Mets, functioning as the opener for their bullpen game. Since returning from his long IL stint, Knebel has just one save and no holds but has pitched well in those 4.1 innings, allowing zero runs on just three hits and a walk while striking out five. The holds should eventually come as he should be considered the Dodger’s third-best reliever at the moment behind Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen.
  • Joe Barlow has taken over for Spencer Patton in the closer role for the Rangers, and in doing so blew his first save of the season last night. Working the tenth and eleventh innings, Barlow allowed a two-run home run in the eleventh to Kyle Seager (and nearly another one to Jake Fraley) after working a clean tenth. The outing raised Barlows ERA to 1.08 while his WHIP remains under one (.88) so no reason to worry here.


  • There’s nothing really new to report on Mychal Givens except for the fact that he appears locked into the closer role for a Reds team that has an easy schedule the rest of the way and is trying to grab a playoff spot. There are certainly flaws in his game but those three facts should make him relevant in fantasy leagues moving forward.
  • Zack Britton was the only reliever to pick up four SV+HLD’s this past week. Despite how poorly he has pitched this season, the Yankees have continued to turn to him in high leverage spots but with the bullpen getting healthy, you’d have to think that won’t last much longer. Britton’s velo is down 2.2 MPH from last season and he currently has a 5.89 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, and 2.4% K-BB rate on the season.


Rank Pitcher Change
1Josh HaderT1-
2Liam Hendriks-
3Ryan Pressly-
4Craig Kimbrel-
5Raisel Iglesias-
6Edwin Diaz-
7Aroldis Chapman+UR
8Matt Barnes-1
9Will Smith-1
10Kenley Jansen-
11Emmanuel Clase
12Jordan Romano-
13Blake Treinen+3
14Jake McGee-5
15Devin Williams+3
16Alex Reyes-2
17Kendall Graveman+2
18Mark Melancon-1
19Scott Barlow-4
20Paul Sewald+2
21Giovanny Gallegos-1
22Chad Green+1
23Anthony Bender+1
24Diego Castillo-11
25James Karinchak-4
26Aaron Bummer
27Jonathan Loáisiga-
28David Bednar+3
29Michael Kopech-
30Collin McHugh-2
31Corey Knebel+9
32Lou Trivino-2
33Joe Barlow+22
34Seth Lugo-2
35Daniel Hudson-
36Gregory Soto+3
37Brad Boxberger+9
38Mychal Givens+14
39Ian Kennedy-1
40Tyler Rogers-7
41Trevor May
42Adam Ottavino-8
43Tyler Matzek+7
44Lucas Sims-7
45Jake Cousins-3
46Michael Lorenzen+7
47Génesis Cabrera+27
48Garrett Whitlock+3
49Michael Fulmer-5
50Aaron Loup-1
51Ryan Tepera-10
52Andrew Chafin-9
53Jake Diekman-8
54Drew Steckenrider+5
55Andrew Kittredge-8
56Austin Adams-8
57Pierce Johnson+3
58Emilio Pagán-
59Richard Rodríguez+2
60Garrett Crochet+7
61Chris Martin
62Héctor Neris+10
63JT Chargois+8
64Codi Heuer+22
65Kyle Finnegan-11
66Daniel Bard-4
67Alex Colomé+9
68Tanner Scott-5
69Josh Taylor-13
70Ryne Stanek-
71Brent Suter-3
72Sergio Romo-7
73Dominic Leone-4
74Archie Bradley+1
75Jarlín García+6
76Luke Jackson+19
77Yusmeiro Petit+1
78Amir Garrett+6
79Joe Kelly-6
80Dylan Floro-3
81José Cisnero
82Jake Brentz+11
83Carlos Estévez+16
84Ryan Helsley+UR
85A.J. Puk+7
86Brad Hand-20
87Josh Staumont-2
88Tyler Clippard-5
89Craig Stammen+2
90Mike Mayers+UR
91Cole Sulser-4
92Phil Bickford+UR
93Alex Vesia+UR
94Wandy Peralta+UR
95Tim Mayza+UR
96Tim Hill-
97Rowan Wick-8
98Zack Britton-10
99Noé Ramirez-1
100Tyler Duffey-


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Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

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