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Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
50 of 59 experts
15%
Recommended by
9 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 34
Best Rank# 14# 15
Worst Rank# 39# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 70# 93
Best Rank# 63# 74
Worst Rank# 81# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9289
Wins34
Saves3427
ERA2.632.69
WHIP1.091.04
   
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Injury Alert-IL10
   
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# 30# 43
   
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# 26# 37
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 51
   
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# 31# 37
   
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# 39# 47
   
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# 30# 44
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 44
   
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USA Today
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Bill Dubiel
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  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5563
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched51.062.2
   
Wins35
   
Losses01
   
Saves3242
   
Blown Saves25
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed2431
   
Earned Runs1419
   
Home Runs Allowed27
   
Strikeouts9396
   
Walks3031
   
ERA2.452.74
   
WHIP1.050.99
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5961
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.259.1
   
Wins34
   
Losses22
   
Saves3427
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed3736
   
Earned Runs1718
   
Home Runs Allowed56
   
Strikeouts9289
   
Walks2725
   
ERA2.632.69
   
WHIP1.091.04
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Aroldis Chapman was called upon to get the final two outs and earned a save in the win against the Tigers on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 13th
Craig Kimbrel (elbow) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, and is eyeing a return to the Cubs for their weekend series against the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
 Aroldis Chapman pitched one inning in relief to close out a 5-1 win against the Red Sox. In that inning he allowed one run on a solo home run by J.D Martinez.
Brandon Plutner
Sat, Sep 7th
Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the A’s 4-3.
Brandon Plutner
Sun, Sep 1st
Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
 Aroldis Chapman picked up the save against the Mariners on Monday, posting a pair of strikeouts without allowing a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Yankees' 5-4 victory.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 27th
Craig Kimbrel earned the save Thursday against the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
 Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers.
Brandon Plutner
Sun, Aug 25th
Craig Kimbrel worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets Wednesday, earning a save. He recorded one strikeout.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 29th
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
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - 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
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
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