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Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher Weekly Positional Forecast

Each and every week XN Sports will break down the pitching forecast for the upcoming week.

Jason Grilli
Jason Grilli

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The injuries do not stop do they? Yet another unfortunate week for injuries in fantasy baseball and more fantasy teams will need help from their relievers while some key players are hurt. Luckily for you, we have you covered.

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

Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates

Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals

Huston Street, San Diego Padres

Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays

Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners

Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers

Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Breweres

Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins, Colorado Rockies

Good Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (Phillies and Mets)

Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals (Marlins)

Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners (Marlins)

Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants (Padres)

Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals (Astros and Twins)

Addison Reed, Arizona Diamondbacks (Mets)

Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals (Brewers)

Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers (Mariners)

Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds (Cubs)

Bad Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]


Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays (Orioles)


Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies (Braves)

Ernesto Frieri, Los Angeles Angels (Athletics and Tigers)

Relief Pitcher Probable Starts

[Player, Team, (Opponent, Date)]

Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels (Athletics, April 14th, Tigers, April 20th)

Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers (Indians, April 16th)

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (Athletics, April 15th)

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (Giants, April 18th)

Bruce Chen, Kansas City Royals (Astros, April 17th)

Joe Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals (Brewers, April 16th)

Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies (Braves, April 14th, Rockies, April 19th)

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (Royals, April 16th)

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves (Phillies, April 17th)

Tanner Scheppers, Texas Rangers (Mariners, April 17th)

Carlos Villanueva, Chicago Cubs (Reds, April 19th)

Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (Angels, April 14th, Astros, April 20th)

Brett Anderson, Colorado Rockies (Injured 4-6 Weeks)

Brad Hand, Miami Marlins (Nationals, April 14th)

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (Mets, April 14th)

Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Marlins, April 16th)

Lucas Harrell, Houston Astros (Royals, April 15th, Athletics, April 20th)

Blake Beavan, Seattle Mariners (Rangers, April 15th, Marlins, April 20th)

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (Blue Jays, April 19th)

Robbie Ross, Texas Rangers (Mariners, April 14th, White Sox, April 19th)

Cesar Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays (Yankees, April 18th)

Dustin McGowan, Toronto Blue Jays (Twins, April 17th)

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