Who Should I Draft?

Chris Sale or Jacob deGrom (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 3
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 6# 7
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 11# 10
Best Rank# 7# 9
Worst Rank# 14# 13
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts251246
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA2.672.73
WHIP0.971.05
   
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  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2732
   
Games Started2732
   
Innings Pitched158.2217.1
   
Wins1210
   
Losses49
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed102152
   
Earned Runs3741
   
Home Runs Allowed1110
   
Strikeouts237269
   
Walks3446
   
ERA2.111.70
   
WHIP0.860.91
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3031
   
Innings Pitched186.9207.4
   
Wins1615
   
Losses69
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140167
   
Earned Runs5563
   
Home Runs Allowed1919
   
Strikeouts251246
   
Walks4052
   
ERA2.672.73
   
WHIP0.971.05
   
  Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Jacob deGrom
SP - NYM
Jacob deGrom
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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 over 8 1/3 innings in a win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The win brings him to 4-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 19th
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings in a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The game was suspended in the ninth inning at 4-4 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10 over six innings in a loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. The loss drops him to 3-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
 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
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings before leaving the game with what is being called a hip cramp in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out just two over five innings in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.
Mike Maher
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
deGrom was magical in 2018 and while there is a chance that continues into this season, we have to remember that the two prior seasons, he carried a 3.32 ERA with just 382 Ks and 22 wins. While that makes for a useful pitcher, the risk of him returning to that leaves him below Sale and Scherzer's tier
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
DeGrom was already a high-end starter, but he took his performance to another level in 2019, boosting his strikeout rate to over 11 Ks per nine, cutting his walk rate to less than two BBs per nine, and posting a ridiculous 1.70 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. He only won 10 games, but still produced just as much fantasy value as Max Scherzer. DeGrom's strikeout rate, while excellent, isn't on the same level as Scherzer or Chris Sale, and his ERA and WHIP can't help but creep up a bit this year. Don't pay for last season's stats, but deGrom should still be one of the first four pitchers taken in fantasy drafts.
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
Because of his suffering, deGrom might have killed the win for good. He became the first qualified starter since 2015 to post an ERA (1.70) or FIP (1.99) below 2.00 and the first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014 to do both. He recorded 28 quality starts in 32 turns, but only won 10 games because wins and the Mets are bad. He'd be destined for better fortune even if backed up by a Double-A lineup, but the Mets have added Robinson Cano, Jed Lowrie, and Wilson Ramos to a now quality lineup. He closed the season with 24 straight quality starts, offering at least six strikeouts each time. His ERA will rise above 2.00, maybe even 2.50, but deGrom is a legitimate top-three ace who should pair 250 strikeouts with elite ratios, and probably more wins.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros