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Who Should I Draft?

Jesus Luzardo or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
40 of 50 experts
20%
Recommended by
10 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 49
Best Rank# 20# 28
Worst Rank# 66# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 101# 102
Best Rank# 85# 94
Worst Rank# 112# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts14499
Wins93
Saves022
ERA3.733.23
WHIP1.211.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 50# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 30# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 44
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 56
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 55
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 36# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 43# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 57# 61
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 28# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 34# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 24# 100
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 20# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 38# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 35# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 34# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 117
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 37# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 53
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 26# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 39# 62
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 38# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 40# 45
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 29# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 35# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 29# 40
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 24# 61
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 45# 48
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 23# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 33# 47
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 29# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 28# 98
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 35# 65
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 31# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 38# 36
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 38# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 35
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 41# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 44# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 46# 43
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 46# 45
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 51# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 66# 37
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1227
   
Games Started90
   
Innings Pitched59.227.0
   
Wins31
   
Losses22
   
Saves01
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds08
   
Hits Allowed5714
   
Earned Runs258
   
Home Runs Allowed91
   
Strikeouts5953
   
Walks1716
   
ERA3.812.67
   
WHIP1.251.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2761
   
Games Started260
   
Innings Pitched141.661.3
   
Wins93
   
Losses73
   
Saves022
   
Blown Saves09
   
Holds06
   
Hits Allowed13040
   
Earned Runs5922
   
Home Runs Allowed197
   
Strikeouts14499
   
Walks4132
   
ERA3.733.23
   
WHIP1.211.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Jesus Luzardo
SP,RP - OAK
Jesus Luzardo
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
News 
 Jesus Luzardo took the no-decision Tuesday against Arizona, allowing five runs (all earned) on six hits over 2.2 innings with one strikeout and two walks.
Ari Koslow
Wed, Apr 14th
Cleveland reliever James Karinchak struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning in a 3-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 17th
 Jesus Luzardo took the no-decision Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched with six strikeouts and four walks.
Ari Koslow
Thu, Apr 8th
Cleveland reliever James Karinchak threw a scoreless 10th inning to nail down his first save of the season. Karinchak struck out one in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 14th
 Jesus Luzardo took the loss Friday, allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits over 5.0 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Ari Koslow
Sat, Apr 3rd
Cleveland reliever James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning to pick up a hold in a 5-2 win over the Tigers. He struck out three and walked one in the inning.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Apr 11th
 Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo will start for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
AJ Schullo
Tue, Mar 9th
Cleveland reliever James Karinchak struck out the lone batter he faced in a 3-0 loss to the Royals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Apr 5th
 Jesus Luzardo's velocity impresses A's manager Bob Melvin.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Feb 23rd
 
Notes 
 Luzardo's 2020 campaign wasn't terrible, but it certainly left fantasy managers wanting more. The strikeouts were there, but not quite at the level that was expected. He rarely went deep into games. And he was just more hittable than he ever was in the minors or in his brief time as a reliever in 2019. Luzardo throws four quality pitches and is working to improve his arsenal as we head into the 2021 season, so there's little reason to downgrade your opinion of him too much from where it was prior to the 2020 campaign because of one nine-start stretch. He's an incredibly high-upside pitcher who carries with him plenty of injury risk, and the combination leaves him as a solid SP3 for fantasy leagues.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
  "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