With less than two weeks left to the MLB season, it’s crunch time for fantasy baseball managers as they look to bring that championship home in both roto and head-to-head leagues. Some fantasy managers might find themselves scrambling to find a viable closer or middle reliever who can provide good ratios and help them grab the last few saves or holds that will help to end their season on a high note. Believe it or not you can still find some very valuable relief pitchers on the waiver wire even this late in the season. In fact, we’ll give you 10 such relievers who are rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues.
All statistics quoted in this article are accurate as of the morning of September 20th, 2023.
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Trevor May, Oakland A’s
May hasn’t gotten too many save opportunities pitching for the awful A’s but he has made the best of a tough situation. He hasn’t given up a run since August 19th. Since that time May has made 11 appearances and pitched 10.1 innings. May picked up seven saves and he struck out eight batters and walked just two during that time frame. He’s rostered in 49% of Yahoo! leagues.
It’s been a lost season for the Mets and fantasy managers probably haven’t been looking at their bullpen for fantasy help, especially since they traded David Robertson away. However, in his last 13 appearances dating back to August 13th Ottavino has pitched to a 0.66 ERA, and he’s recorded five saves. Ottavino has struck out 17 batters and walked five, but he’s held opposing hitters to a .093 BAA. He’s rostered in 46% of Yahoo! leagues.
The Red Sox have been slumping lately but with Kenley Jansen still on the COVID-IL, Martin is temporarily the Red Sox’s closer. Not enough baseball fans realize what a remarkable season Martin has had. Overall, Martin has pitched to a 1.07 ERA, and he has 23 holds and two saves on the season. He’s only given up two home runs in 50.1 IP and he’s won four of his five decisions. Martin is rostered in just 16% of Yahoo! leagues.
Minter is an important cog in the Braves’ formidable bullpen. Minter has 10 saves, most of which were recorded when Braves closer Raisel Iglesias was on the IL earlier this season. Minter also has 19 holds on the season. Since August 1st Minter has pitched to a 1.40 ERA and has 27 strikeouts and seven walks in 19.1 IP. He has also picked up eight holds during that stretch. Minter is rostered in 43% of Yahoo! leagues.
The Rangers have been using a committee approach to managing their bullpen, but Leclerc now precariously sits at the top of that committee after he picked up a save on Tuesday night. Leclerc’s overall stats are very good but his save and hold numbers may be a bit watered down because of the way that Rangers manager Bruce Bochy likes to utilize his bullpen. Walks have been a bit of an issue for Leclerc this season but overall, he has three saves and six holds and has pitched to a 2.65 ERA in his last 18 appearances. He’s rostered in just 19% of Yahoo! leagues.
Nardi is another reliever who has had some issues with his control, but he’s been a good resource for holds with 17 on the season. Ten of those holds were recorded across his last 15 appearances, during which he has pitched to a 1.88 ERA. Nardi also has two saves this season. He is rostered in 4% of Yahoo! leagues.
Uribe has enjoyed a fine rookie season. Since Uribe’s debut on July 8th, he has one save, eight holds (four of which have been recorded in his last five appearances), and he’s pitched to a 1.29 ERA. The Brewers have been using Uribe in late inning high leverage situations. Uribe hasn’t given up a run in his last 9.1 IP across his last 10 appearances. He is rostered in just 3% of Yahoo! leagues.
Vest hasn’t given up a run in his last 10 IP and he has struck out 17 batters while walking just one during that time frame. Vest has 10 holds and a save on the season. He is rostered in just 2% of Yahoo! leagues.
It’s been an up and down season for Varland, but he seems to have settled into his role as a reliever after having some mixed results as a member of the Twins’ starting rotation. Dating back to September 5th Varland has made four relief appearances and he has pitched to a 2.16 ERA. During that time frame he has struck out 11 batters and walked just one in 8.1 IP. He is rostered in just 1% of Yahoo! leagues.
McArthur’s overall stats are very ugly, but he has been very effective of late. In his last eight appearances dating back to September 2nd, McArthur hasn’t given up a run. He has won a game, saved another, and recorded two holds during that time span. He struck out 11 batters and hasn’t walked anyone in his last 10.2 IP. McArthur is rostered in just 1% of Yahoo! leagues.