Who Should I Draft?

Felipe Vazquez or Masahiro Tanaka (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
41 of 59 experts
31%
Recommended by
18 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 35
Best Rank# 14# 20
Worst Rank# 66# 60
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 86# 120
Best Rank# 78# 97
Worst Rank# 106# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts85166
Wins412
Saves330
ERA2.843.80
WHIP1.151.17
   
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  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7027
   
Games Started027
   
Innings Pitched70.1156.0
   
Wins412
   
Losses26
   
Saves370
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed63141
   
Earned Runs2165
   
Home Runs Allowed425
   
Strikeouts89159
   
Walks2435
   
ERA2.703.75
   
WHIP1.241.13
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6928
   
Games Started028
   
Innings Pitched69.1165.0
   
Wins412
   
Losses38
   
Saves330
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed56156
   
Earned Runs2270
   
Home Runs Allowed624
   
Strikeouts85166
   
Walks2438
   
ERA2.843.80
   
WHIP1.151.17
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Masahiro Tanaka
SP - NYY
Masahiro Tanaka
News 
 Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, soliciting a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 17th
Masahiro Tanaka picked up the win against the Angels on Thursday, giving up one earned run on four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking none as the Yankees won by a 9-1 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Sep 20th
 Felipe Vazquez picked up the save Monday against the Giants, striking out two and allowing one baserunner in the ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
Masahiro Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Felipe Vazquez allowed two hits and no walks across 1.1 innings Friday against the Cardinals, earning the save. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
Masahiro Tanaka did not factor into the decision against Boston on Sunday, pitching four innings and giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out two. He did not walk a batter.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 9th
 Felipe Vazquez allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout during a blown save in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
Masahiro Tanaka took the loss Monday as the Yankees were blanked 7-0 by the Rangers, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings while striking out five.
John Aubin
Tue, Sep 3rd
 Felipe Vazquez struck out two in a clean ninth inning en route to a victory Sunday against the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Masahiro Tanaka got the win against the Mariners on Tuesday, giving up no runs on three hits over seven strong innings, striking out seven and walking one as the Yankees won by a 7-0 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 28th
Notes 
 Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Tanaka was basically the same pitcher last year as he was in 2017, but he shaved a run off of his ERA thanks to slight improvements in BABIP allowed, home runs allowed, and left-on-base percentage. Still, home runs remain an issue for Tanaka, which explains why his ERA generally lags behind his WHIP. He's also never made it to 200 innings, so he's not exactly a workhorse. At this point we should just accept Tanaka for what he is: a solid third or fourth fantasy starter.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Tanaka's xFIP (3.42) and SIERA (3.50) dropped 0.02 points apiece, but his ERA plunged nearly a full run from 4.74 to 3.75. That works just fine when paired with a 1.13 WHIP and 9.17 K/9. His elite skills support last season's approved ERA if he can avoid home-run catastrophe in Yankee Stadium. Just prepare to assume some added volatility when his splitter isn't clicking, and he's more likely to work 160 innings than 190. Those risks are all factored into his reasonable SP3 price.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros