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

Kenley Jansen LAD

David Robertson NYY

Glen Perkins MIN

Joe Nathan DET

Joakim Soria TEX

LaTroy Hawkins COL

Joe Smith LAA

Zach Britton BAL

Jake McGee TB

Sean Doolittle OAK

Chad Qualls HOU

Good Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Aroldis Chapman CIN (Padres and Brewers)

Craig Kimbrel ATL (Mets and Diamondbacks)

Joe Smith LAA (White Sox and Astros)

Bad Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Sean Doolittle OAK (Tigers and Blue Jays)

LaTroy Hawkins COL (Nationals and Dodgers)

Chad Qualls HOU (Mariners and Angels)

Relief Pitcher Probable Starts

[Player, Team, (Opponent, Date)]

Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers (Rays, July 4)

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (White Sox, June 30, Astros July 5)

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (Reds, July 2)

Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies (Pirates, July 4)

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (Angels, July 3)

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves (Mets, June 30, Diamondbacks, July 6)

David Phelps, New York Yankees (Rays, June 30, and Twins, July 5)

Jesse Chavez, Oakland Athletics (Tigers, July 2)

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (Braves, July 4)

Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Cubs, July 4)

Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds (Brewers, July 4)

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals (Twins, June 30, Indians, July 6)

Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals (Giants, July 3)

Brandon Workman, Boston Red Sox (Cubs, July 2)

Hector Noesi, Chicago White Sox (Angels, June 30, Mariners, July 6)

T.J. McFarland, Baltimore Orioles (Rangers, July 1)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, New York Mets (Braves, July 1)

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays (Athletics, July 4)

Josh TomlinCleveland Indians (Royals, July 4)

Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers (Orioles, July 2)

Matt Shoemaker, Los Angles Angels (White Sox, July 2)

Chase Whitley, New York Yankees (Twins, July 4)

Scott Carroll, Chicago White Sox (Angels, July 1)

Yohan Pino, Minnesota Twins (Royals, June 30, Yankees, July 5)

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of our pitching forecasts.


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Josh Collacchi
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