Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Zack Greinke (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
Experts' Pick
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
Expert
Recommendation
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
50%
Recommended by
28 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 18
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 54# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 60# 56
Best Rank# 55# 52
Worst Rank# 68# 65
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts189185
Wins1213
Saves00
ERA3.493.68
WHIP1.191.18
   
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  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2833
   
Games Started2833
   
Innings Pitched151.1208.1
   
Wins815
   
Losses911
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed108181
   
Earned Runs5674
   
Home Runs Allowed2028
   
Strikeouts182199
   
Walks5943
   
ERA3.343.21
   
WHIP1.111.08
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3031
   
Games Started3031
   
Innings Pitched168.6194.9
   
Wins1213
   
Losses911
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140182
   
Earned Runs6580
   
Home Runs Allowed2125
   
Strikeouts189185
   
Walks6148
   
ERA3.493.68
   
WHIP1.191.18
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Zack Greinke
SP - ARI
Zack Greinke
News 
 Jack Flaherty allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in the Cardinals' 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out eight while falling to 4-4.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
Zack Greinke was tagged for five runs on 11 hits in seven innings on Wednesday versus Colorado, striking out just two while walking none and taking the loss.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 20th
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3rd innings Thursday. He walked two and struck out eight. The Cardinals-Mets game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 score.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 14th
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
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He walked three and struck out none in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
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
 Jack Flaherty allowed two runs on four hits over five innings in the Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday. He walked none and struck out eight in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
 Jack Flaherty fired six scoreless innings and struck out seven in the Cardinals' 4-3 extra innings loss to the Braves on Sunday. He allowed three hits, no walks, and took a no decision.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
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
Notes 
 Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Flaherty's first full Major League season was an excellent one, as his 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10.85 K/9 rate demonstrate. But his 3.52 walks per nine were high, and he averaged fewer than six innings per start, limiting his win potential. He also benefited from a .257 BABIP allowed that was low, even for a pitcher with great stuff like Flaherty. If more of those batted balls fall in for base hits, Flaherty may pay a greater price for the free passes this year. His long-term outlook is bright, but there could be some bumps along the way.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Flaherty's 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 rookie innings will justifiably make him a popular pick. Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if he pitches a full season. Yet a 3.52 BB/9 and 57.2% first-pitch rate make the 23-year-old riskier than the typical SP2. He's best paired with a steady, reliable ace.
Andrew Gould - 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