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Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Mike Clevinger (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
33 of 44 experts
25%
Recommended by
11 of 44 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 3# 4
Worst Rank# 14# 378
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 31
Best Rank# 20# 29
Worst Rank# 26# 50
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7978
Wins55
Saves00
ERA3.553.49
WHIP1.141.18
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 8
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 12
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 19
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 5# 18
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 11
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 20
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 14
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 9# 12
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 7# 11
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 12
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 9
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 7# 14
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 7# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 12
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 3# 13
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 8# 378
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 7# 15
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 7# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 18
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 6# 7
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 6# 22
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 6# 7
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 11# 14
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 7# 8
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 10# 19
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 4# 8
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 8# 13
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 8# 26
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 4# 20
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 7# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 8# 6
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 9# 7
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 9# 5
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 9# 6
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 9# 5
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 9# 7
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 4
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 7
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 11# 9
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 12# 7
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 14# 5
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3321
   
Games Started3321
   
Innings Pitched196.1126.0
   
Wins1113
   
Losses84
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed13596
   
Earned Runs6038
   
Home Runs Allowed2510
   
Strikeouts231169
   
Walks5537
   
ERA2.752.71
   
WHIP0.971.06
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched69.065.3
   
Wins55
   
Losses33
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5655
   
Earned Runs2725
   
Home Runs Allowed99
   
Strikeouts7978
   
Walks2222
   
ERA3.553.49
   
WHIP1.141.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
News 
 Jack Flaherty will be the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter on July 24th against the Pirates.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 15th
Indians pitching coach Carl Willis says Mike Clevinger (knee) has been able to field his position during summer camp.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 6th
 Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced Jack Flaherty as the team's Opening Day starter.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 22nd
Mike Clevinger (knee) is "doing well," per Indians' manager Terry Francona.
Brad Camara
Thu, Apr 16th
  Mike Clevinger (knee) threw a bullpen session on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Mar 9th
  Mike Clevinger (knee) threw from 150 feet on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 3rd
  The Indians announced Friday that Mike Clevinger (knee) is expected to return to Major League game activity in six to eight weeks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Feb 14th
Notes 
 When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
As Frank Stampfl pointed out on Twitter, in 16 starts from July 2 to September 24, Clevinger put up the following numbers: a 1.76 ERA, 2.98 xFIP, 1.02 WHIP, 11.82 K/9, 2.21 BB/9, 15.4% SwStr, 66.9% F-strike, and 32.2% O-swing. That's an ace, and that's what Clevinger was being drafted as ... until he got hurt ... again. It's up to you as a fantasy manager to decide if the high ceiling is worth the low floor (hurt) or not.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Clevinger sustained a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee on February 14th and underwent surgery. Although his 6-8 week timetable made it highly unlikely that he'd be back for Opening Day, the postponement of the season means that Clevinger should be ready to go when the bell rings. That should make him a top-12 pitcher at worst.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
One of my favorite pitchers in the league, but beginning the season hurt is never a good thing as you never know if and when he will be back healthy. Risky pick at ADP.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
  Injury concerns but has potential to be overall SP1 this year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros