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
58%
Recommended by
33 of 57 experts
42%
Recommended by
24 of 57 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 77# 73
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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# 53
   
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  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jon Lester
SP - CHC
Jon Lester
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3332
   
Games Started2132
   
Innings Pitched122.2182.2
   
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 in Philadelphia, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 18th
Jon Lester pitched to a no-decision Friday against the Padres, allowing four runs on 12 hits and no walks across six innings. He struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jul 19th
 Ross Stripling earned his fourth win of the year on Saturday in Boston, allowing just one run while striking out seven over five innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 14th
Jon Lester (9-6) allowed three runs on eight hits across 6.2 innings to earn the win Saturday against the Pirates. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jul 13th
 Ross Stripling took the loss on Sunday versus San Diego, allowing four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 7th
Jon Lester (8-6) earned the win Saturday against the White Sox, allowing three tuns (one earned) on six hits over 6.1 innings. He struck out three and walked three.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 7th
 Ross Stripling received a no-decision on Tuesday versus Arizona, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 3rd
Jon Lester (7-6) allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight through 5.2 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 30th
 Ross Stripling pitched three innings in his return to the rotation on Tuesday versus Arizona, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 26th
Jon Lester allowed two runs (zero earned) on five hits over six innings in the Cubs' 8-3 win over the Braves on Monday. He walked none and struck out seven while improving to 7-5.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 25th
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