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 all relievers who will start a game this week. 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

Francisco Rodriguez MIL

Trevor Rosenthal STL

Greg Holland KC

Glen Perkins MIN

Jonathan Papelbon PHI

David Robertson NYY

Steve Cishek MIA

Grant Balfour TB

Jenrry Mejia NYM

Good Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers (Twins and Pirates)

Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants (Reds and Mets)

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (Mariners and Diamondbacks)

Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals (Phillies and Padres)

Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins (Rays and Cubs)

Bad Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (White Sox and Rockies)

Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals (Cardinals and Yankees)

Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers (Blue Jays and Red Sox)

Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers (Orioles and Indians)

Casey Janssen, Toronto Blue Jays (Tigers and Cardinals)

Relief Pitcher Probable Starts

[Player, Team, (Opponent, Date)]

Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers (Red Sox, June 6)

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (Astros, June 4)

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (Nationals, June 6)

Samuel Deduno, Minnesota Twins (Brewers, June 3, and Astros, June 8)

Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies (Mets, June 2, and Reds, June 7)

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (Twins, June 7)

David Phelps, New York Yankees (Mariners, June 2, and Royals, June 7)

Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (Yankees, June 4)

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (Rockies, June 4)

Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Padres, June 7)

Drew Pomeranz, Colorado Rockies (Yankees, June 5)

Tim Stauffer, San Diego Padres (Pirates, June 2, and Nationals, June 8)

Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds (Phillies, June 7)

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals (Cardinals, June 2, and Yankees, June 7)

Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies (Dodgers, June 6)

Brandon Workman, Boston Red Sox (Indians, June 4)

Hector Noesi, Chicago White Sox (Dodgers, June 3)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, New York Mets (Cubs, June 4)

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays (Cardians, June 6)

Rafael Montero, New York Mets (Phillies, May 30)

Josh TomlinCleveland Indians (Rangers, June 7)

Rubby De La Rosa, Boston Red Sox (Tigers, June 6)

Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers (Orioles, June 4)

Blake Treinen, Washington Nationals (Phillies, June 3, and Padres, June 8)

Chase Whitley, New York Yankees (Royals, June 6)

Donn Roach, San Diego Padres (Pirates, June 3)

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