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Jameson Taillon or Mike Clevinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 21
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 40# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 66# 58
Best Rank# 54# 50
Worst Rank# 72# 78
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts173191
Wins1213
Saves00
ERA3.653.69
WHIP1.231.25
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 21
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 19# 25
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 20# 24
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 13# 21
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 16# 17
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 20# 26
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 22
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 18# 20
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 29# 33
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 29# 42
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 30
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 28# 45
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 18# 36
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 31
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 16# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 17# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 23
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 16# 24
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 29# 62
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 12# 13
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 13# 14
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 24# 26
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 31# 44
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 13# 16
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 23
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 26# 32
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 20# 25
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 21# 27
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 21# 23
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 20# 21
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 17# 20
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 18# 21
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 15# 21
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 18# 20
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 26
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 14# 19
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 13# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 17# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 19# 17
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 19# 13
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 21# 16
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 21# 20
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 24# 17
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 22
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 23
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 19
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 24
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 17
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 26# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 22
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 26# 20
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 27# 15
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 28# 21
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 28# 17
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 30# 16
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 31# 30
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 37# 25
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 14
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 40# 30
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3232
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched191.2200.2
   
Wins1413
   
Losses108
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed179164
   
Earned Runs6867
   
Home Runs Allowed2021
   
Strikeouts179207
   
Walks4667
   
ERA3.203.02
   
WHIP1.181.16
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3230
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched186.7180.1
   
Wins1213
   
Losses109
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed181157
   
Earned Runs7674
   
Home Runs Allowed2122
   
Strikeouts173191
   
Walks4868
   
ERA3.653.69
   
WHIP1.231.25
   
  Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
News 
 Jameson Taillion underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 14th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger pitched well in a 7-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Clevinger pitched six scoreless innings while striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 20th
 Jameson Taillon acknowledged Thursday that his 2019 season is likely over, after experiencing a setback in recovering from a strained right elbow.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 25th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger pitched well in a 2-0 loss to the Twins in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Clevinger allowed two runs over eight innings while striking out 10.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 14th
 Jamison Taillon (elbow) will start playing catch Thursday or Friday of this week.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 4th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday. He struck out seven in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
 In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Elmore, the Pirates have moved Jameson Taillon to the 60-day injured list.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, May 13th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger pitched well in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday. Clevinger allowed two runs over seven innings while striking out nine and walking four.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
 The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger tossed a gem in a 2-0 win over the Tigers on Thursday. Clevinger pitched eight shutout innings while striking out 10.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 29th
Notes 
 If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After dominating in a smaller 2017 sample size, Clevinger took it up another notch in 2018, this time with 200 innings of proof. He might not win 16 games or strikeout 240 batters like some of the top tier aces, but his ratios and 200 Ks put him firmly in the 6th-8th rounds of this season's drafts
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Finally healthy after dealing with injuries and a cancer diagnosis, Taillon established himself in 2018 as a pitcher who can provide solid ratios, albeit it with a middling strikeout rate. He benefits from a very pitcher-friendly environment in Pittsburgh, boosting his fantasy floor, but he simply doesn't belong among the top-25 fantasy starters until he begins to pile up the Ks.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Clevinger took the gains he made in 2017 and translated them to a full season as a starter i 2018. The one difference was that he trimmed his walk rate from nearly 4.5 per nine to barely 3.0 per nine, thereby dropping his WHIP all the way down to 1.16. Clevinger was particularly dominant in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 10.27 K/9 rate after the All Star break. The projection systems expect a little bit of regression due to his low BABIP allowed and left-on-base percentage, but it's also possible Clevinger can further improve on his strikeout rate and WHIP.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Taillon quietly developed into an ace late in 2018, posting a 2.63 ERA over his last 21 starts. That's not an entirely arbitrary endpoint, as he unleashed a slider-one of three pitches to net a double-digit swinging-strike rate-in June. The pitch could help him unlock a few more punchouts, but the 27-year-old has the look of a polished SP2 who can at least post a mid-threes ERA with a steady WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Clevinger rose to the next level in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings. While he outperformed his overall 3.52 FIP and 3.86 SIERA with a 3.02 ERA, 2018 marked the second straight year he defied the peripherals. A high infield-fly rate (11.2%) and low barrel rate (5.8%) led him to a .280 xwOBA, so don't expect severe regression from the borderline top-20 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros