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Edwin Diaz or Kenley Jansen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 22
Best Rank# 5# 10
Worst Rank# 23# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 71
Best Rank# 46# 55
Worst Rank# 53# 77
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10383
Wins33
Saves3838
ERA2.432.88
WHIP0.971.00
   
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  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7369
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched73.172.3
   
Wins01
   
Losses45
   
Saves5738
   
Blown Saves44
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4154
   
Earned Runs1624
   
Home Runs Allowed513
   
Strikeouts12482
   
Walks1717
   
ERA1.963.01
   
WHIP0.790.99
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6767
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched67.766.9
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3838
   
Blown Saves35
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed4552
   
Earned Runs1821
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts10383
   
Walks2115
   
ERA2.432.88
   
WHIP0.971.00
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
News 
 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
Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the ninth inning of Tuesday's 3-2 win over Arizona, earning his 23rd save of the year.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 26th
 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
Kenley Jansen allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work while locking down his 22nd save of the year on Thursday versus the Giants.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 21st
 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
Kenley Jansen allowed two baserunners but ultimately slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning Sunday night, preserving a 3-2 Dodgers win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Kenley Jansen blew his third save of the year on Saturday versus the Cubs, allowing two runs in the ninth inning as the Dodgers went on to lose 2-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 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
Kenley Jansen picked up his 20th save of the year on Friday, striking out the side in the ninth to preserve the 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
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
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
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
Kenley Jansen's numbers declined across the board last season, as he posted the lowest K/9 rate (10.3) and highest ERA (3.01) of his career. And yet he still finished as the seventh-best reliever in standard rotisserie leagues. Jansen has pronounced himself "ready to roll" following his second heart procedure in November, and while players are known for being overly optimistic about their health, there isn't much reason to view Jansen as a major risk to miss time. The projection systems generally expect last year's numbers to be Jansen's new normal, so he could be overvalued if fantasy owners anticipate the Jansen of old, but he should still be regarded as a reliable top-10 closer for 2019.
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
What felt like a disastrous season for Jansen would have been great for most other relievers. He registered a career-high 3.01 ERA and career-low 10.3 K/9 substantially below his career average of 13.5. Health is his primary concern after undergoing heart surgery over the offseason, and he reportedly lost 25 pounds and is "ready to roll." Although no longer the premier closer in town, he's still a top-five option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros