Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Chris Sale (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
49 of 56 experts
13%
Recommended by
7 of 56 experts
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ECR# 1# 2
Best Rank# 1# 1
Worst Rank# 3# 6
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 11
Best Rank# 3# 7
Worst Rank# 6# 14
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts270251
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.902.67
WHIP1.000.97
   
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  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3327
   
Games Started3327
   
Innings Pitched221.2158.2
   
Wins1812
   
Losses74
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150102
   
Earned Runs6237
   
Home Runs Allowed2311
   
Strikeouts300237
   
Walks5134
   
ERA2.532.11
   
WHIP0.910.86
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3230
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched208.6186.9
   
Wins1616
   
Losses86
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154140
   
Earned Runs6755
   
Home Runs Allowed2519
   
Strikeouts270251
   
Walks5540
   
ERA2.902.67
   
WHIP1.000.97
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
SP - BOS
Chris Sale
News 
 Nationals ace Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 over seven innings in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. The win brings him to 5-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
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
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed no earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings in Saturday‚Äôs win over the San Diego Padres. The win brings him to 4-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
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
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on three hits and one walk while striking out 15 in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision against the Miami Marlins on Monday.
Mike Maher
Mon, May 27th
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
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer did not allow any runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets on Wednesday.
Mike Maher
Thu, May 23rd
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
Notes 
 Looking for 18 wins, 220 innings and nearly 300 strikeouts? You can virtually lock it in with Scherzer. Not only that, be he has a 0.975 WHIP over the past six seasons. That is downright unfair. Don't hesitate to grab him late in the 1st round this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Scherzer was the number one starting pitcher in standard 5x5 leagues last year, and he's finished among the top-two for three straight seasons. In other words, he's utterly dominant. The one knock on Scherzer -- if there is one -- is that he's 34 years old, but he's shown no signs of decline and isn't the kind of player you want to bet against. He is worth considering as early as third overall in drafts depending on how you plan to construct your roster.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 Conventional wisdom has cautioned against taking a pitcher in the opening round. Scherzer, however, has earned an exception. The added risk of hurlers keeps investors away early, but Washington's ace has posted a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, and at least 268 strikeouts in 200 innings in each of the last four seasons. He hit 300 punchouts last season with the best swinging-strike rate (16.2%) of any qualified starter. Although pitchers can malfunction without any prior notice, Scherzer has earned a seat at the first-round table.
Andrew Gould - 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