Who Should I Draft?

Ross Stripling or Jon Lester (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jon Lester
SP - CHC
Jon Lester
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 77# 74
Best Rank# 35# 38
Worst Rank# 216# 115
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 192# 161
Best Rank# 184# 157
Worst Rank# 212# 194
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts118158
Wins812
Saves00
ERA3.554.04
WHIP1.201.32
   
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# 90
   
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# 60# 83
   
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# 66
   
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# 76# 81
   
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  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jon Lester
SP - CHC
Jon Lester
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started2132
   
Innings Pitched122.0181.7
   
Wins818
   
Losses66
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds30
   
Hits Allowed123174
   
Earned Runs4167
   
Home Runs Allowed1824
   
Strikeouts136149
   
Walks2264
   
ERA3.023.32
   
WHIP1.191.31
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jon Lester
SP - CHC
Jon Lester
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3631
   
Games Started1731
   
Innings Pitched116.3179.8
   
Wins812
   
Losses610
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed111175
   
Earned Runs4681
   
Home Runs Allowed1524
   
Strikeouts118158
   
Walks2862
   
ERA3.554.04
   
WHIP1.201.32
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jon Lester
SP - CHC
Jon Lester
News 
 Ross Stripling received a no-decision on Thursday versus the Cubs, throwing 4 2/3 shutout innings while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 25th
John Lester allowed one run on four hits over five innings in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday. He walked none and struck out five while falling to 1-1.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Apr 26th
 Ross Stripling lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Friday versus the Brewers, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 20th
The Cubs announced prior to Wednesday's game that Jon Lester will be activated and start against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Andrew Seifter
Wed, Apr 24th
 Ross Stripling picked up the win on Sunday versus Milwaukee, throwing eight innings of one-run ball as the Dodgers went on to win 7-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 14th
Lester was formally placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring.
James Bisson
Wed, Apr 10th
 Ross Stripling allowed four runs on four hits in five innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals, striking out seven and walking three in the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 9th
Jon Lester was pulled after two innings in Monday's start, due to a tight hamstring. This news contradicts Lester's original statement that he 'intended to make his next start.' It is not known how significant the injury is but manager Joe Maddon said Lester would miss 'one, maybe two starts.'
Garett Thomas
Tue, Apr 9th
 Ross Stripling took a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Giants, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 4th
Jon Lester (hamstring) says he intends to make his next start. He was pulled after two innings in Monday's 10-0 win over the Pirates due to hamstring tightness.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Apr 9th
Notes 
 Let's not forget how awesome Stripling was to start the season. He posted a 2.39 ERA with an MLB-high 11.38 BB/K ratio before the All-Star break. Despite finishing with a 3.02 ERA, he underperformed a .266 xwOBA that finished ninth among all starters. A potential top-25 starter if provided a secure job, he's instead a dicey top-50 choice with the Dodgers likely to give Kenta Maeda the fifth spot after Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He'll earn some starts eventually, potentially to start the season if Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) and/or Buehler (arm) aren't ready, but Stripling may not significantly exceed last year's 122 innings. The skills make him worth a plunge at the right spot, especially with injuries already beginning to pile up for the NL champs.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Jon Lester had 18 wins with a 3.32 ERA in 2018, so everyone seems to just assume he is still an ace. That couldn't be further from the truth, however. His skill-indicative ERA was 47th out of 57 qualified pitchers and he was a disaster in the second half. Like his former teammate, Jake Arrieta, things can fall apart quickly even for those who were once at the top of the game. He shouldn't be touched until at least the 13th round in a standard sized redraft league this year.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Stripling had a big breakthrough in 2018, as exemplified by his terrific 6.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made 21 starts and also pitched out of the bullpen, excelling in both roles. Stripling isn't guaranteed a rotation spot on Opening Day, but with the way the Dodgers handle their injury-prone starters, he's likely to make quite a few starts when it is all said and done. He should also be useful in long relief in formats where non-closing relievers have value.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 
 Stripling may have faded toward the end of the season, but his start to the season was so absurd that he still managed to finish top five in xFIP among all starting pitchers with at least 120 innings. Stripling is like Mike Clevinger this time last year in that his dominant sample size is large enough to assume he can be a top 30 starting pitcher with a full season worth of work.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros