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Kenley Jansen or Felipe Vazquez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Expert
Recommendation
92%
Recommended by
54 of 59 experts
8%
Recommended by
5 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 22# 30
Best Rank# 10# 14
Worst Rank# 33# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 71# 86
Best Rank# 55# 78
Worst Rank# 77# 106
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8385
Wins34
Saves3833
ERA2.882.84
WHIP1.001.15
   
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# 26# 27
   
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# 25# 33
   
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# 24# 33
   
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  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6970
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched72.370.1
   
Wins14
   
Losses52
   
Saves3837
   
Blown Saves45
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5463
   
Earned Runs2421
   
Home Runs Allowed134
   
Strikeouts8289
   
Walks1724
   
ERA3.012.70
   
WHIP0.991.24
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6769
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched66.969.1
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves3833
   
Blown Saves54
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5256
   
Earned Runs2122
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts8385
   
Walks1524
   
ERA2.882.84
   
WHIP1.001.15
   
  Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
News 
 Kenley Jansen struck out two over 1 1/3 perfect innings to record his 30th save of 2019 on Tuesday versus the Rays.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 18th
Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, soliciting a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 17th
 Kenley Jansen picked up his 29th save of 2019 on Thursday in Baltimore, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 13th
Felipe Vazquez picked up the save Monday against the Giants, striking out two and allowing one baserunner in the ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
 Kenley Jansen picked up his 28th save of 2019 on Tuesday versus Colorado, allowing a run but preserving the 5-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 4th
Felipe Vazquez allowed two hits and no walks across 1.1 innings Friday against the Cardinals, earning the save. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 Kenley Jansen suffered his sixth blown save of the season on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays, giving up a solo homer in the ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Aug 22nd
Felipe Vazquez allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout during a blown save in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
 Kenley Jansen allowed two runs in the ninth inning on Friday versus Arizona, getting charged with his fifth blown save of the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 10th
Felipe Vazquez struck out two in a clean ninth inning en route to a victory Sunday against the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Notes 
 Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Kenley Jansen's numbers declined across the board last season, as he posted the lowest K/9 rate (10.3) and highest ERA (3.01) of his career. And yet he still finished as the seventh-best reliever in standard rotisserie leagues. Jansen has pronounced himself "ready to roll" following his second heart procedure in November, and while players are known for being overly optimistic about their health, there isn't much reason to view Jansen as a major risk to miss time. The projection systems generally expect last year's numbers to be Jansen's new normal, so he could be overvalued if fantasy owners anticipate the Jansen of old, but he should still be regarded as a reliable top-10 closer for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 What felt like a disastrous season for Jansen would have been great for most other relievers. He registered a career-high 3.01 ERA and career-low 10.3 K/9 substantially below his career average of 13.5. Health is his primary concern after undergoing heart surgery over the offseason, and he reportedly lost 25 pounds and is "ready to roll." Although no longer the premier closer in town, he's still a top-five option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros