Who Should I Draft?

Blake Treinen or Clayton Kershaw (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Blake Treinen
RP - OAK
Blake Treinen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 19# 23
Best Rank# 13# 8
Worst Rank# 36# 51
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 62# 54
Best Rank# 57# 49
Worst Rank# 71# 72
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts83157
Wins412
Saves320
ERA2.662.94
WHIP1.121.05
   
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  Blake Treinen
RP - OAK
Blake Treinen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6826
   
Games Started026
   
Innings Pitched80.2161.2
   
Wins99
   
Losses25
   
Saves380
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed46139
   
Earned Runs749
   
Home Runs Allowed217
   
Strikeouts100155
   
Walks2129
   
ERA0.782.73
   
WHIP0.831.04
   
  Blake Treinen
RP - OAK
Blake Treinen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6925
   
Games Started025
   
Innings Pitched73.7154.9
   
Wins412
   
Losses36
   
Saves320
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed59133
   
Earned Runs2251
   
Home Runs Allowed517
   
Strikeouts83157
   
Walks2431
   
ERA2.662.94
   
WHIP1.121.05
   
  Blake Treinen
RP - OAK
Blake Treinen
Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
News 
 Blake Treinen allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and one strikeout through one inning against Tampa Bay on Tuesday to earn a save.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 12th
Clayton Kershaw earned the win on Thursday versus the Cubs, striking out eight while allowing three runs over six innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
 Blake Treinen allowed one earned run on three hits, one walk, and one strikeout through one inning on Sunday against Texas.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 10th
Clayton Kershaw fell to 5-1 on Friday in San Francisco, spinning seven innings of two-run ball while striking out four.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 8th
 Blake Treinen threw a perfect inning on Tuesday against the Angels to earn a save. He struck out two in the outing.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 5th
Clayton Kershaw received a no-decision on Saturday versus Philadelphia, firing seven innings of one-run ball while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Blake Treinen allowed no runs on one hit and three walks through two innings on Sunday against Houston.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 3rd
Clayton Kershaw improved to 5-0 on Monday versus the Mets, throwing six innings of three-run ball and giving up 10 hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 Blake Treinen allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning to earn a save against the Angels on Monday.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, May 28th
Clayton Kershaw improved to 4-0 on Tuesday versus Tampa Bay, allowing two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
Notes 
 Treinen was simply phenomenal for Oakland last season, and he enters 2019 neck-and-neck with Edwin Diaz for the title of fantasy's number one closer.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
For the first time in a decade, there is quite a bit of risk with drafting Kershaw. He hasn't pitched 180 innings since 2015 and saw his strikeout rate plummet from 10.4 to 8.6 per nine innings. You can bank on top-notch ratios, but because of the innings a low strikeout totals and a potential shoulder injury, Kershaw has fallen into the third-tier of fantasy pitchers this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Drafters should know better than to expect another 0.78 ERA from Treinen, but his ascension into an elite stopper was legit. He posted 100 punchouts with the third-highest swinging-strike rate (18.2%) behind Edwin Diaz and Josh Hader, and no reliever got opponents to chase outside the zone more often. Yet paying for any reliever's career year is dicey, especially a 30-year-old who had never struck out a batter per inning before 2018.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
The best pitcher of the last decade, Kershaw has seen his innings totals drop to 175 or fewer over each of the last three seasons. He's remained highly effective in those innings, but last year showed some more serious concerns, namely declining velocity and strikeouts. Kershaw remains in a highly-favorable pitching environment in Los Angeles, and given his mastery of the art of pitching, it would not be surprising to see him grit out another season with a sub-3.00 ERA. The question is how many innings he'll be able to throw and whether he can get his strikeout rate back over a batter per inning. Given that he is already experiencing arm soreness in Spring Training, fantasy owners need to proceed cautiously.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Treinen was magical last season, floating a 0.78 ERA and 0.834 WHIP to go with 100 Ks and 38 saves. That made him the number two fantasy closer behind only Edwin Diaz, and that is precisely how he should be drafted this year. With that said, no closer taken in the first five rounds ever returns enough value so be patient.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Last year, drafters accepted the dice roll of taking 180 otherworldly innings from Kershaw. The gambit fell short not only because of his 161.1 frames--he hasn't topped 175 since 2015--but his performance when healthy. A 2.73 ERA and 1.03 WHIP are still stellar, and he maintained excellent command by issuing 29 walks over 26 starts. Yet his 23.9 K% represents the lowest rate of any starter inside the ECR's top 15. He may not be better than Trevor Bauer, Blake Snell, Carlos Carrasco, or Luis Severino on a per-inning basis, so why take the veteran southpaw knowing back woes (and the Dodgers' careful rotation management) will shield him well short of 200 frames? Spring setbacks should make drafters even more cautious about taking him as a top-15 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros