Who Should I Draft?

Jose Alvarado or Mychal Givens (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
Expert
Recommendation
81%
Recommended by
47 of 58 experts
19%
Recommended by
11 of 58 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 67# 80
Best Rank# 34# 54
Worst Rank# 136# 142
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 166# 255
Best Rank# 157# 204
Worst Rank# 195# 273
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7577
Wins33
Saves2725
ERA3.043.63
WHIP1.231.22
   
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  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7069
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched64.177.2
   
Wins10
   
Losses67
   
Saves89
   
Blown Saves44
   
Holds3115
   
Hits Allowed4261
   
Earned Runs1734
   
Home Runs Allowed14
   
Strikeouts8079
   
Walks2930
   
ERA2.393.99
   
WHIP1.111.19
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6367
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.069.8
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2725
   
Blown Saves106
   
Holds72
   
Hits Allowed4758
   
Earned Runs2128
   
Home Runs Allowed48
   
Strikeouts7577
   
Walks2927
   
ERA3.043.63
   
WHIP1.231.22
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
News 
 Jose Alvarado was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation after Saturday's loss at Baltimore, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 25th
Mychal Givens took a loss in relief after giving up four runs (three earned) in the ninth Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
 Jose Alvarado pitched the ninth inning on Sunday walking two batters and striking out one for the win as the Rays beat the Tigers by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 18th
Mychal Givens pitched the ninth inning and gave up a solo home run to blow the lead for the Orioles and the team lost in extra-innings to the Tigers by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 15th
 The Rays activated Jose Alvarado (oblique) off the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 13th
Mychal Givens got out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning with two strikeouts during his 11th save in a 2-0 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 28th
 Jose Alvarado (oblique) could join the Rays during their current series against the Padres that lasts through Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 13th
Mychal Givens gave up one hit and struck out a batter in an inning of work to pick up the save against the Royals on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 21st
 Jose Alvarado (oblique) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after leaving Saturday’s game with an injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 8th
Mychal Givens gave up three runs on three hits and struck out a batter over 1/3 of an inning of work to blow the save in a game the Orioles eventually came back in to beat the Astros.
John Aubin
Mon, Aug 12th
Notes 
 The Rays appear to be in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher. But the early frontrunner should be Jose Alvarado, who earned eight handshakes last year while posting helpful ratios.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Although Baltimore may only win 50 games, Givens is one of the closers who has no competition for saves on his team. Even 25 save opportunities is better than what someone like Josh Hader or Zach Britton will get. Pair that with another 80 strikeouts and respectable ratios and we are looking at a top 30 fantasy reliever.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Searching for this year's Blake Treinen? While Alvarado doesn't tout the same job security, he also rode elite strikeout (30.4%) and ground-ball (55.0%) rates to a 2.39 ERA and 2.27 FIP in 2018. If he can improve his BB/9 from 4.08 into the 3.00-3.50 range, we're looking at a top-tier reliever. Unfortunately for most fantasy players, the Rays are hardly bothered by defying bullpen conventions. They might not ever pick a set closer, but Alvarado is by far the best bet to thrive if given the role. He's worth targeting when all of the stable save sources are gone in a draft, which will happen sooner than you think.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 
 With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros