Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Jack Flaherty (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 17
Best Rank# 5# 11
Worst Rank# 24# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 60
Best Rank# 46# 55
Worst Rank# 53# 68
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts103189
Wins312
Saves380
ERA2.433.49
WHIP0.971.19
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
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  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7328
   
Games Started028
   
Innings Pitched73.1151.1
   
Wins08
   
Losses49
   
Saves570
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed41108
   
Earned Runs1656
   
Home Runs Allowed520
   
Strikeouts124182
   
Walks1759
   
ERA1.963.34
   
WHIP0.791.11
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6730
   
Games Started030
   
Innings Pitched67.7168.6
   
Wins312
   
Losses39
   
Saves380
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed45140
   
Earned Runs1865
   
Home Runs Allowed621
   
Strikeouts103189
   
Walks2161
   
ERA2.433.49
   
WHIP0.971.19
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Mets reliever Edwin Diaz allowed two earned runs on two hits and no walks while striking out three over an inning of work against the Phillies on Friday. He suffered his seventh blown save of the season but was able to escape with the win.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 7th
Jack Flaherty did not factor into the decision in Thursday's win over the Cubs, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Edwin Diaz (1-7) allowed two earned runs on two hits without recording an out to blow the save in Tuesday’s 11-10 loss to the Nationals. He took his seventh loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 4th
Jack Flaherty (10-8) took the loss Saturday against the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
 Mets reliever Edwin Diaz struck out the only batter he faced to close out Monday's win over the Nationals. He did not record a save in the 7-3 win.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 3rd
Jack Flaherty (10-7) picked up the win Sunday against the Pirates, tossing eight scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
 Mets reliever Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless inning during Wednesday's loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Mike Maher
Thu, Aug 29th
Jack Flaherty (9-7) dominated the Giants en route to his ninth win Tuesday. He tossed eight scoreless innings, while allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
 Edwin Diaz was removed from the Mets' game against the Braves on Saturday night with an apparent injury.
Dan Harris
Sat, Aug 24th
Jack Flaherty (8-7) took the loss Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
Notes 
 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
Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Flaherty's first full Major League season was an excellent one, as his 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10.85 K/9 rate demonstrate. But his 3.52 walks per nine were high, and he averaged fewer than six innings per start, limiting his win potential. He also benefited from a .257 BABIP allowed that was low, even for a pitcher with great stuff like Flaherty. If more of those batted balls fall in for base hits, Flaherty may pay a greater price for the free passes this year. His long-term outlook is bright, but there could be some bumps along the way.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Flaherty's 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 rookie innings will justifiably make him a popular pick. Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if he pitches a full season. Yet a 3.52 BB/9 and 57.2% first-pitch rate make the 23-year-old riskier than the typical SP2. He's best paired with a steady, reliable ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros