Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Gerrit Cole (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 5
Best Rank# 1# 4
Worst Rank# 6# 10
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 27
Best Rank# 7# 24
Worst Rank# 14# 28
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts251237
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA2.673.31
WHIP0.971.13
   
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  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2732
   
Games Started2732
   
Innings Pitched158.2200.2
   
Wins1215
   
Losses45
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed102143
   
Earned Runs3764
   
Home Runs Allowed1119
   
Strikeouts237276
   
Walks3464
   
ERA2.112.88
   
WHIP0.861.03
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3032
   
Games Started3032
   
Innings Pitched186.9196.9
   
Wins1615
   
Losses68
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140164
   
Earned Runs5572
   
Home Runs Allowed1923
   
Strikeouts251237
   
Walks4059
   
ERA2.673.31
   
WHIP0.971.13
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Gerrit Cole
SP - HOU
Gerrit Cole
News 
 Chris Sale gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters over six innings as the Red Sox beat the Orioles by a 7-2 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
Gerrit Cole allowed one run on six hits and three walks over six innings against the Reds on Wednesday. He struck out eight and did not factor into the decision.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 20th
 Chris Sale gave up one run (none earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 through seven innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Monday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
Gerrit Cole surrendered two runs on three hits, two walks, and 10 strikeouts through six innings on Friday against Toronto.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 15th
 Chris Sale (2-7) gave up three hits while striking out 12 through nine scoreless innings to take the win over the Royals on Wednesday.
John Aubin
Thu, Jun 6th
Gerrit Cole allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings against the Orioles Friday. He struck out 14.
Dan Harris
Mon, Jun 10th
 Chris Sale allowed four runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk across six innings while taking a loss against the Yankees on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 1st
Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts through six innings on Sunday against Oakland.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 3rd
 Thursday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox was postponed due to rain; it will be made up Aug. 3.
James Bisson
Thu, May 30th
Gerrit Cole allowed two runs on three hits, one walk, and 12 strikeouts through six innings on Monday against the Cubs.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, May 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
You can look at Cole's 3.50 second half ERA and assume he got worse over the season, but all the underlying numbers suggest he was actually better. Don't shy away from him because of a false fear of his risk. Rather, expect another 250+ strikeouts with plenty of wins and excellent ratios
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
Cole was trending in a bad direction over his last couple years in Pittsburgh, but a move to Houston completely revived his career. As an Astro, Cole ditched an ineffective sinker and dramatically increased his spin rate on his fastball, and the result was a career-best 12.4 K/9 rate along with a shiny 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Cole doesn't have the extended track record of dominance that some of the other fantasy aces possess, but there is little reason to doubt that he can replicate his success in his second season in Houston.
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
The Astros unlocked Cole's ace upside by tabling a middling sinker for more sliders and curveballs. He also revamped his fastball, which yielded a .268 wOBA after allowing a .334 wOBA in his last year with the Pirates. As a result, his strikeout and swinging-strike rates skyrocketed to 34.5 and 14.1%, respectively. His contact rate dropped eight points to 71.5, and he earned his 2.88 ERA with a 2.70 FIP and 2.91 SIERA. Trust the breakout and treat the strikeout artist on a title contender as a borderline top-five hurler alongside teammate Justin Verlander.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros