Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher Weekly Positional Forecast

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Each and every week, we will break down the pitching forecast for the upcoming week. Here, you’ll find relief pitchers with no off days (more opportunities), good matchups, and bad matchups. In addition, you will find some relievers who will start. Keep those guys in mind when your closers have bad matchups, or if you do not have any closers rostered.

Without further ado, this week’s Relief Pitcher Positional Forecast:

Closers with No Off-Days

Joe NathanDetroit Tigers

Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates

Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals

Huston Street, San Diego Padres

Jonathan Papelbon, Philadephia Phillies

Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers

Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds

Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks

Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

Tommy Hunter, Baltimore Orioles

Oakland Athletics

New York Mets

Houston Astros

Chicago White Sox

Good Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers (Chicago White Sox and Twins)

Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals (Padres)

Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners (Astros)

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (Phillies)

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (Marlins)

Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks (Chicago Cubs and Phillies)

Bad Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants (Rockies)

Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies (Dodgers and Diamondbacks)

Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates (Reds and Cardinals)

Relief Pitcher Probable Starts

[Player, Team, (Opponent, Date)]

Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels (Yankees, April 26th)

Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers (White Sox, April 23rd)

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (Nationals, April 21st, and Yankees, April 27th)

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (Brewers, April 23rd)

Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals (Indians, April 24th)

Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals (Disabled List)

Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies (Diamondbacks, April 25th)

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (Mariners, April 21st and Athletics, April 26th)

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves (Marlins, April 22nd)

Tanner Scheppers, Texas Rangers (Disabled List)

Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs (Brewers, April 25th)

Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (Astros, April 25th)

Brett Anderson, Colorado Rockies (Disabled List)

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (Phillies, April 25th)

Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Angels, April 21st and Padres, April 26th)

Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros (DNP)

Blake Beavan, Seattle Mariners (DNP)

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (Giants, April 25th)

Robbie Ross, Texas Rangers (Mariners, April 26th)

Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds (Pirates, April 23rd)

Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies (Giants, April 22nd)

Cesar Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays (White Sox, April 26th)

Dustin McGowan, Toronto Blue Jays (Orioles, April 23rd)

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