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Mike Clevinger or Kenley Jansen (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 21# 22
Best Rank# 11# 10
Worst Rank# 62# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 58# 71
Best Rank# 50# 55
Worst Rank# 78# 77
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts19183
Wins133
Saves038
ERA3.692.88
WHIP1.251.00
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 21# 26
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 25
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 13# 18
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 11# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 21# 25
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 17# 24
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 17# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 17# 25
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 22# 23
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 20# 23
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 28
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 19# 23
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 20# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
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Fantasy Six Pack
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The Athletic
# 24# 32
   
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Fake Teams
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Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
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Paul Sporer
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
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Freeze Stats
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Razzball
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# 21# 23
   
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Fantrax
# 21# 24
   
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Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 19# 27
   
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Fake Teams
# 20# 17
   
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# 23# 20
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 23# 14
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 16
   
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Athlon Sports
# 24# 23
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 23
   
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Razzball
# 25# 22
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 24
   
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RotoChamp
# 25# 16
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 21
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 17
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 28
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 20
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 23
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 18
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 32# 19
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 33# 25
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 36# 22
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 42# 23
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 44# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 45# 20
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 62# 22
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3269
   
Games Started320
   
Innings Pitched200.272.3
   
Wins131
   
Losses85
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed16454
   
Earned Runs6724
   
Home Runs Allowed2113
   
Strikeouts20782
   
Walks6717
   
ERA3.023.01
   
WHIP1.160.99
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3067
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched180.166.9
   
Wins133
   
Losses93
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed15752
   
Earned Runs7421
   
Home Runs Allowed228
   
Strikeouts19183
   
Walks6815
   
ERA3.692.88
   
WHIP1.251.00
   
  Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Kenley Jansen
RP - LAD
Kenley Jansen
News 
 Clevinger (back) will start Monday's game against the Rangers.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 12th
Kenley Jansen allowed two baserunners but ultimately slammed the door on the Cubs in the ninth inning Sunday night, preserving a 3-2 Dodgers win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Mike Clevinger pitched well in a rehab start for Double-A Akron on Tuesday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
Kenley Jansen blew his third save of the year on Saturday versus the Cubs, allowing two runs in the ninth inning as the Dodgers went on to lose 2-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Mike Clevinger (back) will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
Kenley Jansen picked up his 20th save of the year on Friday, striking out the side in the ninth to preserve the 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Mike Clevinger (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 14th
Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth to pick up his 19th save of 2019 on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
 Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger threw from 120 feet on Monday and, according to Clevinger himself, felt "like money." If all goes well over the next few days, it is possible that the right-hander could begin throwing some bullpen sessions soon. He’s eligible to be activated from the IL on June 7.
Mike Maher
Tue, May 7th
Kenley Jansen picked up his 18th save of Monday versus Arizona, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth en route to a 3-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
Notes 
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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