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Aroldis Chapman or Brad Hand (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 27
Best Rank# 14# 10
Worst Rank# 39# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 70# 81
Best Rank# 63# 72
Worst Rank# 81# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9294
Wins34
Saves3435
ERA2.633.07
WHIP1.091.13
   
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  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5569
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched51.072.0
   
Wins32
   
Losses05
   
Saves3232
   
Blown Saves27
   
Holds110
   
Hits Allowed2452
   
Earned Runs1422
   
Home Runs Allowed28
   
Strikeouts93106
   
Walks3028
   
ERA2.452.75
   
WHIP1.051.11
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5969
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.269.9
   
Wins34
   
Losses23
   
Saves3435
   
Blown Saves49
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed3754
   
Earned Runs1724
   
Home Runs Allowed58
   
Strikeouts9294
   
Walks2725
   
ERA2.633.07
   
WHIP1.091.13
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in three batters during the ninth inning to record the save in a 6-3 victory against the Rays on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 19th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
 Aroldis Chapman pitched one scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out one on Saturday as the Yankees beat the White Sox by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Aroldis Chapman (1-1) gave up one run (no earned) on one hit and one walk while striking out one through one inning to take the win over the Indians on Sunday.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday. Hand was dominant as he struck out the side in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
 Aroldis Chapman retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning on Thursday to save the game for the Yankees as the beat the Blue Jays by a 6-2 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 7th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down a 9-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday. He struck out one on the way to earning his 18th save.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
 Aroldis Chapman gave up one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save in Saturday's win versus the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Notes 
 Aroldis Chapman was his typical dominant self last season and enters 2019 as the clear closer in the Bronx. This shapes up as arguably the best bullpen in baseball, however, so the Yankees will have no shortage of potential replacements should Chapman struggle or get hurt.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Chapman still delivers strikeouts in spades. Yet he has tossed just 50.1 and 51.1 innings over the last two seasons, capping the edge over pitchers like Brad Hand who worked 72 frames last year. He also struggled mightily with control, issuing 30 walks (5.26 BB/9) in 2018. Although one of baseball's few locked-in closers, there's a slimmer margin of error than the other top-tier arms with Dellin Betances and Adam Ottavino looking over his shoulder. Wait a little longer for a closer like Hand or Felipe Vazquez.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Chapman has been exceptional for nearly a decade now. It may surprise you to learn that he hasn't struck out 100 batters since 2015, though. Edwin Diaz, meanwhile, had 123 last year to go with 25 more saves than Aroldis. Chapman is obviously one of the top closers in baseball still, but doesn't deserve any consideration as a top 50 fantasy pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros