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
52 of 59 experts
12%
Recommended by
7 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
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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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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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 starter Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 14th
Boston transferred Chris Sale (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in Sunday's win over the Atlanta Braves. The win was his first since July 6.
Mike Maher
Mon, Sep 9th
On Monday, it was reported that Red Sox ace Chris Sale visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his ailing elbow and learned that, while he needed a PRP injection, he would not need Tommy John surgery. However, former MLB insider and former MLB general manager Jim Bowden believes that there is more to the story that the Red Sox are not sharing and is not 100% convinced that Tommy John surgery is completely off the table for Sale.
Mike Maher
Tue, Aug 20th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed four earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven over six innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Tuesday.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 4th
Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is being shut down for the remainder of the regular season, according to a report from MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 19th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Mike Maher
Thu, Aug 29th
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that Red Sox ace Chris Sale does not need Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
 Nationals starter Max Scherzer returned from the injured list on Thursday and allowed one run over four innings while throwing 71 pitches, and he was able to complete his normal post-start routine on Friday without any issues or setbacks. Still, Scherzer admits that he is "not out of the woods yet" in regards to his back injury and still needs to work to get back to his usually levels of intensity and endurance.
Mike Maher
Fri, Aug 23rd
The Red Sox placed LHP Chris Sale on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to August 14.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 17th
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