Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
58 of 59 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 6# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 24
Best Rank# 7# 17
Worst Rank# 14# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts251221
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.673.18
WHIP0.971.07
   
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Injury AlertIL60IL60
   
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# 3# 4
   
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# 3# 6
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 4# 7
   
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The Fantasy Fix
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  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2733
   
Games Started2733
   
Innings Pitched158.2215.2
   
Wins1220
   
Losses47
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed102179
   
Earned Runs3769
   
Home Runs Allowed1125
   
Strikeouts237222
   
Walks3434
   
ERA2.112.89
   
WHIP0.860.99
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3032
   
Innings Pitched186.9206.1
   
Wins1616
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140178
   
Earned Runs5573
   
Home Runs Allowed1924
   
Strikeouts251221
   
Walks4042
   
ERA2.673.18
   
WHIP0.971.07
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
News 
 Boston transferred Chris Sale (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
 On Monday, it was reported that Red Sox ace Chris Sale visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his ailing elbow and learned that, while he needed a PRP injection, he would not need Tommy John surgery. However, former MLB insider and former MLB general manager Jim Bowden believes that there is more to the story that the Red Sox are not sharing and is not 100% convinced that Tommy John surgery is completely off the table for Sale.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 20th
Corey Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday’s rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 18th
 Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is being shut down for the remainder of the regular season, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 19th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (arm) looked good in his second rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Kluber allowed one run in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 13th
 Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that Red Sox ace Chris Sale does not need Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber made his first rehab start on Thursday since fracturing the ulna bone in his right arm on May 1. Kluber went three innings and allowed two runs at Triple-A Columbus.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 9th
 The Red Sox placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to August 14.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 17th
Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
Notes 
 There are a handful of starting pitchers that stand out above the rest, but Sale and Scherzer may belong in a tier of their own at this point. Sale posted an unfathomable 0.861 WHIP last season and 13.5 K/9. As long as he returns to health, we could be looking at a 340 Ks
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 If there is one pitcher who can match Max Scherzer in terms of dominance, it's Sale, who is coming off a season in which he produced a 2.11 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 13.5 K/9 rate. But those numbers came in just 158 innings, as Sale spent some time on the DL due to shoulder inflammation. Durability concerns add a little bit of risk to Sale's profile, but his immense upsides means that he should still be the second pitcher off the board in fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 If a shoulder injury hadn't limited him to 158 innings, Sale would be competing with Max Scherzer for the top SP slot. He led all starters (with at least 150 IP) in K-BB% (32.9) and FIP (1.98) while posting a 2.11 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. While he'll draw no sympathy from Jacob deGrom, a dozen wins in 27 starts is a bit underwhelming for a superstar pitching for the World Series champions. He had previously topped 200 innings in three straight seasons and is turning 30 around Opening Day, so he's not necessarily a significant injury risk compared to the typical starter. Sale is a stud worth selecting as a staff anchor to end the first or commence the second round.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros