Who Should I Draft?

Zack Greinke or Mike Clevinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 21
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 41# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 56# 58
Best Rank# 52# 50
Worst Rank# 65# 78
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts185191
Wins1313
Saves00
ERA3.683.69
WHIP1.181.25
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 17# 21
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 14# 25
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 19# 21
   
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RotoChamp
# 13# 25
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 17# 26
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 14# 22
   
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Beast Dome
# 13# 33
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 32# 42
   
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CBS Sports
# 13# 20
   
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 30
   
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
# 29# 36
   
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# 26# 31
   
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 18# 20
   
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FantasyPros
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BretskyBall
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The Athletic
# 18# 30
   
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Expand The Boxscore
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Athlon Sports
# 18# 24
   
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RotoBaller
# 21# 26
   
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RotoBaller
# 17# 22
   
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FantasyPros
# 16# 44
   
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Razzball
# 19# 25
   
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FantasyPros
# 12# 27
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 13# 14
   
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Freeze Stats
# 20# 22
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 23
   
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SportsLine
# 19# 21
   
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Fantrax
# 20# 21
   
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FanGraphs
# 19# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 16# 15
   
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Pitcher List
# 17# 16
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 17# 11
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 17# 15
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 17
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 20# 14
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 19
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 20# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 17
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 23# 17
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 20
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 21
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 23
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 24# 16
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 24
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 13
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 28# 13
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 29# 20
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 29# 24
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 36# 32
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 41# 30
   
  Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started3332
   
Innings Pitched208.1200.2
   
Wins1513
   
Losses118
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed181164
   
Earned Runs7467
   
Home Runs Allowed2821
   
Strikeouts199207
   
Walks4367
   
ERA3.213.02
   
WHIP1.081.16
   
  Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3130
   
Games Started3130
   
Innings Pitched194.9180.1
   
Wins1313
   
Losses119
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed182157
   
Earned Runs8074
   
Home Runs Allowed2522
   
Strikeouts185191
   
Walks4868
   
ERA3.683.69
   
WHIP1.181.25
   
  Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
News 
 Zack Greinke improved to 8-2 on Thursday in Washington, tossing 7 1/3 shutout innings while allowing just two hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 14th
Clevinger (back) will start Monday's game against the Rangers.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 12th
 Zack Greinke improved to 7-2 on Saturday in Toronto, tossing six shutout innings while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
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
 Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Saturday versus the Mets, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Mike Clevinger (back) will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 Zack Greinke received a no-decision on Memorial Day versus Colorado, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
Mike Clevinger (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 14th
 Zack Greinke took the loss on Tuesday in San Diego, throwing seven innings of three-run ball and striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 22nd
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
Notes 
 Greinke's age is now 35 and he did have a rough season three years ago, but besides then, he has been phenomenal since 2009. Expect plenty more of the same in 2019 with excellent ratios, about 15 wins and around 200 strikeouts. This makes him a top 20 starting pitcher for 2019 fantasy leagues
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Greinke is not an elite strikeout pitcher, but he is a workhorse with pinpoint control who has produced an ERA of 3.21 or better and WHIP of 1.15 or better in five of the last six seasons. There is real value in that consistency. He's an ideal second starter in standard mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Greinke has posted superbly similar ERAs (3.20, 3.21) and WHIP (1.07, 1.08) in the last two years, but the heavily used 35-year-old comes with some warning signs. His average fastball velocity slipped to 89.6 mph, leading to a .361 wOBA against the pitch. He also benefited from his lowest BABIP (.272) and highest strand rate (80.2) since 2015's 1.66 ERA. A cerebral pitcher with elite control, Greinke should avoid bottoming out entirely. Yet the risk is there. He's someone to draft as a steady SP2 rather than a staff anchor.
Andrew Gould - 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