Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Zack Greinke (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
37 of 56 experts
34%
Recommended by
19 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 18
Best Rank# 5# 11
Worst Rank# 23# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 56
Best Rank# 46# 52
Worst Rank# 53# 65
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts103185
Wins313
Saves380
ERA2.433.68
WHIP0.971.18
   
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# 18# 23
   
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# 14# 29
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 19
   
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# 8# 13
   
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# 21# 22
   
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  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7333
   
Games Started033
   
Innings Pitched73.1208.1
   
Wins015
   
Losses411
   
Saves570
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed41181
   
Earned Runs1674
   
Home Runs Allowed528
   
Strikeouts124199
   
Walks1743
   
ERA1.963.21
   
WHIP0.791.08
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6731
   
Games Started031
   
Innings Pitched67.7194.9
   
Wins313
   
Losses311
   
Saves380
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed45182
   
Earned Runs1880
   
Home Runs Allowed625
   
Strikeouts103185
   
Walks2148
   
ERA2.433.68
   
WHIP0.971.18
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
News 
 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
Zack Greinke improved to 8-2 on Thursday in Washington, tossing 7 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just two hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Zack Greinke improved to 7-2 on Saturday in Toronto, tossing six shutout innings while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
 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
Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Saturday versus the Mets, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Memorial Day versus Colorado, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three to earn the save in Sunday's win over the Detroit Tigers. The save was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, May 27th
Zack Greinke took the loss on Tuesday in San Diego, throwing seven innings of three-run ball and striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
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
Greinke's age is now 35 and he did have a rough season three years ago, but besides then, he has been phenomenal since 2009. Expect plenty more of the same in 2019 with excellent ratios, about 15 wins and around 200 strikeouts. This makes him a top 20 starting pitcher for 2019 fantasy leagues
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
Greinke is not an elite strikeout pitcher, but he is a workhorse with pinpoint control who has produced an ERA of 3.21 or better and WHIP of 1.15 or better in five of the last six seasons. There is real value in that consistency. He's an ideal second starter in standard mixed leagues.
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
Greinke has posted superbly similar ERAs (3.20, 3.21) and WHIP (1.07, 1.08) in the last two years, but the heavily used 35-year-old comes with some warning signs. His average fastball velocity slipped to 89.6 mph, leading to a .361 wOBA against the pitch. He also benefited from his lowest BABIP (.272) and highest strand rate (80.2) since 2015's 1.66 ERA. A cerebral pitcher with elite control, Greinke should avoid bottoming out entirely. Yet the risk is there. He's someone to draft as a steady SP2 rather than a staff anchor.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros