Who Should I Draft?

Ken Giles or Cole Hamels (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 54# 56
Best Rank# 38# 35
Worst Rank# 124# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 146
Best Rank# 134# 120
Worst Rank# 157# 148
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts74166
Wins311
Saves300
ERA3.603.82
WHIP1.181.27
   
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  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5532
   
Games Started032
   
Innings Pitched50.2191.2
   
Wins09
   
Losses312
   
Saves260
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed54176
   
Earned Runs2680
   
Home Runs Allowed629
   
Strikeouts53188
   
Walks765
   
ERA4.653.78
   
WHIP1.211.26
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6329
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched63.1173.7
   
Wins311
   
Losses39
   
Saves300
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed57159
   
Earned Runs2574
   
Home Runs Allowed721
   
Strikeouts74166
   
Walks1861
   
ERA3.603.82
   
WHIP1.181.27
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Cole Hamels
SP - CHC
Cole Hamels
News 
 Ken Giles allowed one hit and a walk but struck out two during the ninth to nail down his 19th save in a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 11th
Cole Hamels allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four through 3.1 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
 Ken Giles gave up a two-run home run in the ninth inning and took a loss against the Astros on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
Cole Hamels (7-7) allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out six through four 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to the Padres. He took his seventh loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 Ken Giles saved the game against his former club on Saturday night, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Astros.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 1st
Cole Hamels (7-6) took the loss Friday against the Brewers, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 Ken Giles allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record the save Tuesday against the Braves.
John Aubin
Wed, Aug 28th
Cole Hamels (7-5) took the loss Saturday against the Brewers, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
 Ken Giles (paternity) is scheduled to rejoin the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 24th
Cole Hamels did not factor into the decision in Sunday's loss to the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over five innings.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 25th
Notes 
 The Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Hamels displayed all the signs of a pitcher in decline during his three seasons in Texas, but he rebounded nicely upon joining the Cubs at midseason last year. It's hard to know exactly what version of Hamels we'll get at this point, but being in the National League should help. It's not unreasonable to hope for a sub-4.00 ERA, a WHIP in the low 1.20s, and close to a strikeout per inning in 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 After holding down Houston's closing gig in 2017, Giles garnered a 3.08 FIP and 7.57 K/BB rate in 2018. He also posted a 4.65 ERA and got shipped to Toronto after losing the ninth-inning gig. It's the second time in three years his ERA has soared over 4.00 despite excellent peripherals, so drafters can never get too comfortable with the erratic righty. There's still a lot to like. His strikeouts dropped despite an elite 16.0% swinging-strike rate, and he closed the season with 10 scoreless outings as the Blue Jays' closer, a role he'll hold to start the season. He's not far off from the guy who recorded a 2.30 ERA, 11.9 K/9, and 34 saves in 2017.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Looking caput in Texas, a late trade to the Cubs sparked a revival for Hamels. The veteran southpaw sported a 2.36 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings (12 starts) with his new club. He repaired first-pitch strike (60.1%) and swinging-strike (12.1%) rates that had dipped to alarming levels (56.4%, 9.7%) in 2017, so the 35-year-old may have another strong season left in the tank. Having made at least 30 starts with 188 or more strikeouts in eight of the last nine seasons, Hamels is a more appealing mid-draft workhorse to target ahead of teammates Jose Quintana and Jake Arrieta.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Giles may have been an elite closer in 2015 and 2017, but his other two seasons have been disappointing for fantasy owners. Although he straightened is out with Toronto in his final 20 innings, we were still looking at a low K-rate and an ERA over 4.00. Plus, it isn't like there will be a ton of save opportunities in Toronto like he saw in Houston the past few years.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros