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James Karinchak

James Karinchak

RP - CLE
Age: 25College: BryantBats: RThrows: R

2021 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #37
Best / Worst #17 / #48
ADP #116

Ownership

 
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34%
 
ESPN
34%

Eligibility

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Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, and he should immediately be considered an elite reliever. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak should be one of the top closers drafted in fantasy leagues.

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James Karinchak struggles Friday

Cleveland reliever James Karinchak struggled in a relief appearance in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday. Karinchak allowed a two-run homer in his inning of work while striking out two.

Fantasy Impact

Karinchak served up a two-run bomb to Keston Huira in the frame. The reliever was unhittable for most of the season but his past three appearances have been ugly as he's allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Matthew Terelle21 weeks ago
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Rankings
ECRBestWorst# of Experts
Draft#129#70#13910
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Dynasty #159#138#1472
Projections
(2021 Season)
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Projections (2021 Season)
GGSWLSVBSHDIPHERHRBBKERAWHIP
580322412759.34022733963.291.23
Stats
Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamGGSWLSVIPHRERHRBBBB%KK%ERAWHIP
2019CLE500005.1311014.55836.361.690.75
2020CLE27012127149811614.685348.622.671.11
History
Game Log
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Game Log
GameOPPScoreDECIPHRERHRBBKERAWHIP
Sun, Sep 27vs. PIT-W1.00000030.000.00
Wed, Sep 23vs. CWS-BS1.01110029.001.00
Mon, Sep 21vs. CWS-HLD1.00000120.001.00
Fri, Sep 18@ DET-HLD0.10000110.003.00
Game Schedule
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Game Schedule
GameOpp. Team
DateOppTimePitcherVBRMatchup
Thu, Apr 1st@ DET4:00am
Sat, Apr 3rd@ DET4:00am
Sun, Apr 4th@ DET4:00am
Mon, Apr 5thvs KC4:00am
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