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Craig Kimbrel or Sean Doolittle (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 37
Best Rank# 15# 21
Worst Rank# 110# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 102
Best Rank# 74# 89
Worst Rank# 102# 130
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8970
Wins43
Saves2729
ERA2.692.81
WHIP1.040.95
   
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Injury AlertIL10-
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 56
   
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# 37# 44
   
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# 31# 41
   
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Razzball
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Expand The Boxscore
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The Athletic
# 43# 42
   
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The Athletic
# 44# 41
   
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The Fake Baseball
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 38
   
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# 64# 39
   
Steve Gardner
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# 70# 36
   
KJ
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# 84# 62
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 110# 31
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6343
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.245.0
   
Wins53
   
Losses13
   
Saves4225
   
Blown Saves51
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed3121
   
Earned Runs198
   
Home Runs Allowed73
   
Strikeouts9660
   
Walks316
   
ERA2.741.60
   
WHIP0.990.60
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6156
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.155.6
   
Wins43
   
Losses22
   
Saves2729
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds03
   
Hits Allowed3641
   
Earned Runs1817
   
Home Runs Allowed67
   
Strikeouts8970
   
Walks2512
   
ERA2.692.81
   
WHIP1.040.95
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Sean Doolittle
RP - WSH
Sean Doolittle
News 
 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
The Nationals placed Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with knee tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed one walk and struck out one over one inning to earn his 28th save of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 17th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle earned his 27th save of the season in Monday's win over the Reds, but he allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in the process.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 13th
 Craig Kimbrel earned the save Thursday against the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle struck out one over a perfect ninth inning to convert his 26th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Mets.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 12th
 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
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle allowed four earned runs on six hits over 2/3 of an inning to blow his fifth save of the season and take the loss in Friday's game against the Mets.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 10th
Notes 
 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
Doolittle is firmly established as the Nationals' closer heading into 2019, and he's proven to be an elite one when healthy. Unfortunately, injuries have been a frequent concern for Doolittle, which helps explain why the Nationals acquired two other relievers with closing experience in Trever Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Doolittle could be a top-five closer in a full season. He posted a 1.60 ERA, 60 strikeouts, six walks, and 25 saves in 45 innings. Anyone will need a microscope to see his 0.60 WHIP. Yet injuries are par for the course, as the 32-year-old has averaged 37 innings over the past four seasons. The elite skills-and steady ninth-inning role on a playoff contender-make Doolittle a borderline top-10 closer despite the likelihood of missed time.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Doolittle only had 25 saves and 60 strikeouts last year, but he had an absurd 0.600 WHIP. That isn't a typo. With a full season, don't be surprised when Doolittle finishes in the elite tier of fantasy closers.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros