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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
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 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 
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 21# 26
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 25
   
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DailyOverlay
# 13# 18
   
Michael Beller
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# 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
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Fake Teams
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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
# 22# 31
   
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Razzball
# 15# 33
   
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SportsLine
# 21# 23
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
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# 21# 24
   
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BRoto Fantasy
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The Fantasy Fix
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Fake Teams
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BRoto Fantasy
# 21# 20
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 20
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
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Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 16
   
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# 24# 23
   
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Razzball
# 25# 22
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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# 25# 16
   
Ariel Cohen
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# 26# 24
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 21
   
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FantasyPros
# 27# 17
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
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Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 28
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 30# 20
   
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BretskyBall
# 31# 23
   
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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 
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
 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
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
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