Who Should I Draft?

Max Scherzer or Corey Kluber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
59 of 59 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 6
Best Rank# 1# 3
Worst Rank# 3# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 4# 24
Best Rank# 3# 17
Worst Rank# 6# 26
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts270221
Wins1616
Saves00
ERA2.903.18
WHIP1.001.07
   
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  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3333
   
Games Started3333
   
Innings Pitched221.2215.2
   
Wins1820
   
Losses77
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150179
   
Earned Runs6269
   
Home Runs Allowed2325
   
Strikeouts300222
   
Walks5134
   
ERA2.532.89
   
WHIP0.910.99
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3232
   
Innings Pitched208.6206.1
   
Wins1616
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed154178
   
Earned Runs6773
   
Home Runs Allowed2524
   
Strikeouts270221
   
Walks5542
   
ERA2.903.18
   
WHIP1.001.07
   
  Max Scherzer
SP - WSH
Max Scherzer
Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
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
An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
 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
Corey Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday’s rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 18th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (arm) looked good in his second rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Kluber allowed one run in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 13th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber made his first rehab start on Thursday since fracturing the ulna bone in his right arm on May 1. Kluber went three innings and allowed two runs at Triple-A Columbus.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 9th
 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
Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
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
Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
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
Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
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
There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros