Who Should I Draft?

Carlos Carrasco or Edwin Diaz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 9# 13
Best Rank# 7# 5
Worst Rank# 15# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 36# 50
Best Rank# 33# 46
Worst Rank# 40# 53
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts215103
Wins153
Saves038
ERA3.312.43
WHIP1.120.97
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 10# 16
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 18
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 8# 16
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 10# 14
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 10# 17
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 9# 19
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 8# 20
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 12# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 21
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 8# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 9# 15
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 11# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 11# 22
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 8# 18
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 11# 15
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 10# 22
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 16
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 7# 10
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 15# 20
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 8# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 8# 15
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 19
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 8# 21
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 11
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 10# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 8# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 15
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 9# 15
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 9# 14
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 10# 23
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 11# 21
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 11# 14
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 11# 21
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 12# 14
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 8# 15
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 8# 21
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 10# 14
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 13
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 8# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 9# 16
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 11# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 12# 18
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 7# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 10# 15
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 10# 20
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 11# 22
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 8# 17
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 9# 15
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 14# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 7# 15
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 11# 20
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 11# 15
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 8# 5
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3273
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched192.073.1
   
Wins170
   
Losses104
   
Saves057
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed17341
   
Earned Runs7216
   
Home Runs Allowed215
   
Strikeouts231124
   
Walks4317
   
ERA3.381.96
   
WHIP1.130.79
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3067
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched189.467.7
   
Wins153
   
Losses83
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed16845
   
Earned Runs7018
   
Home Runs Allowed226
   
Strikeouts215103
   
Walks4421
   
ERA3.312.43
   
WHIP1.120.97
   
  Carlos Carrasco
SP - CLE
Carlos Carrasco
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 The Indians have placed Carlos Carrasco on the 10-day injured list with a blood condition.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Edwin Diaz threw a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to lock down his 16th save against the Cubs on Friday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 21st
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in a 10-4 loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Carrasco allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, May 31st
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one run on three hits but managed to convert his 15th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 16th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco struggled in his team's 6-2 loss to the Rays on Saturday. Carrasco allowed six runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings of work while striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, May 26th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed two earned runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one over one inning to blow the save in Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was suspended in the ninth inning at 4-4 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 14th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco worked hard to get through five innings in a 6-4 loss to Oakland on Monday. Carrasco threw 100 pitches and allowed three runs while striking out four.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, May 21st
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two en route to earning his 14th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
 Carlos Carrasco's next start is being pushed back to Monday due to Adam Plutko starting on Saturday. He'll face Oakland on Monday.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, May 16th
Edwin Diaz allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over just 1/3 of an inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. He was credited with a loss and a blown save.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 30th
Notes 
 Although Cleveland doesn't pay him like it, Carrasco has been a true ace for five straight years, posting a sparkling 3.27 ERA with 193 Ks per season in that time. There is more upside with a pitcher like Syndergaard or Strasburg, but Carrasco's floor makes him one of the top 15 pitchers in this year's fantasy drafts
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
The Mets acquired Diaz to serve as their new closer, and he should be one of the first two closers off the board in all fantasy leagues following his dominant 2018 in Seattle.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 While he is not quite as dominant as the top-tier fantasy aces, Carrasco has been consistently excellent over the last five seasons in Cleveland, churning out a low-3.00s ERA and 1.10-ish WHIP, while striking out well more than a batter per inning. And although he has had health concerns at times, Carrasco has been something of a workhorse of late, tossing at least 192 innings and collecting at least 17 wins each of the last two seasons. Carrasco's terrific year-to-year consistency makes him a prudent choice once the top-six aces are off the board.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Diaz won't record another 57 saves, tied for the second-most ever in a single season. Yet he's the top fantasy closer after cementing a 1.91 ERA with a nasty 124 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. He fixed 2017's walk woes, cutting his walk rate from 11.6 to 6.1%. Those elite numbers are going to cost a bounty on draft day, so investors can't afford much regression if he keeps going around the top 50.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 To little fanfare, Carrasco has finally morphed into the ace everyone has chased for years. Dealing with durability problems throughout his career, Cleveland's overlooked stud has posted ERAs of 3.29 and 3.38 in 200 and 192 innings, respectively, over the last two years. Each time he notched a K/9 above 10.0 and BB/9 slightly above 2.00. He ranked inside the top 10 in FIP (2.98), swinging-strike rate (15.2%), and contact rate (69.2%) among qualified starters in 2018, but isn't always getting drafted like a top-10 ace. He's a great affordable anchor to target in the fourth round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
There is a top tier of three or four closers, but among them, Diaz is likely the best. He racked up 124 Ks in 73 innings last year, and while you can't bank on 57 saves again, 40 is well within question for a surprisingly good Mets team this year. His ratios will surely be stellar, but even so, with only 70 innings, they won't help you enough to warrant using a fifth or even earlier pick on him or any other closer.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros