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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Drew Pomeranz (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Drew Pomeranz
SP,RP - SD
Drew Pomeranz
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 98
Best Rank# 28# 63
Worst Rank# 117# 171
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 210
Best Rank# 94# 199
Worst Rank# 129# 244
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9981
Wins33
Saves2212
ERA3.233.68
WHIP1.191.26
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 63
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 124
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 110
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 164
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 113
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 88
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 104
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 82
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 118
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 112
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 111
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 77
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 93
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 78
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 115
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 110
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 105
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 88
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 79
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 95
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 85
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 71
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 97
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 171
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 99
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 102
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 109
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 79
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 88
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 88
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 87
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 81
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 104
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 71
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 81
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 83
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 79
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 130
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 93
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 119
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 75
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 90
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 92
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 72
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 90
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 107
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Drew Pomeranz
SP,RP - SD
Drew Pomeranz
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2720
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched27.019.1
   
Wins11
   
Losses20
   
Saves14
   
Blown Saves31
   
Holds89
   
Hits Allowed149
   
Earned Runs83
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts5329
   
Walks1610
   
ERA2.671.45
   
WHIP1.111.02
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Drew Pomeranz
SP,RP - SD
Drew Pomeranz
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6158
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched61.362.4
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2212
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds617
   
Hits Allowed4052
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed78
   
Strikeouts9981
   
Walks3227
   
ERA3.233.68
   
WHIP1.191.26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Drew Pomeranz
SP,RP - SD
Drew Pomeranz
News 
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
The Padres activated LHP Drew Pomeranz (forearm) prior to Saturday's game against the Nationals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jul 17th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Padres LHP Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 10-day IL with left forearm inflammation.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jul 9th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed two runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Rays on Thursday. He struck out one and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jul 22nd
The Padres activated LHP Drew Pomeranz (lat) from the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 29th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak tossed a clean ninth inning to save a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jul 21st
Padres LHP Drew Pomeranz suffered a setback in his recovery from a shoulder injury, per manager Jayce Tingler.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 25th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed one run in one inning of work in a 3-2 win over Oakland on Saturday. Karinchak struck out none and walked one in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jul 17th
Padres pitcher Drew Pomeranz (lat) played catch on Monday.
Brad Camara
Mon, May 17th
Notes 
 Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Pomeranz likely would have, at the very least, factored into the closer's mix for San Diego prior to the Mark Melancon and Keone Kela signings. After finally switching into a full-time reliever role last year, Pomeranz shined, with a 1.45 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 39.7% strikeout rate. Although he may still be in line for save opportunities, the presence of Melancon, Kela, and Emilio Pagan muddy the waters. That's especially true given that Pomeranz is currently the only healthy and reliable left-hander in the bullpen. Pomeranz is worth a late selection until and unless Jayce Tingler declares that he's not an option for the ninth inning.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros