Who Should I Draft?

Ross Stripling or Jordan Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 77# 69
Best Rank# 35# 45
Worst Rank# 216# 217
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 192# 185
Best Rank# 184# 169
Worst Rank# 212# 225
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts11867
Wins83
Saves024
ERA3.553.56
WHIP1.201.36
   
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  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3373
   
Games Started210
   
Innings Pitched122.278.3
   
Wins83
   
Losses64
   
Saves06
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds324
   
Hits Allowed12359
   
Earned Runs4131
   
Home Runs Allowed182
   
Strikeouts13670
   
Walks2245
   
ERA3.023.59
   
WHIP1.191.34
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3665
   
Games Started170
   
Innings Pitched116.369.1
   
Wins83
   
Losses63
   
Saves024
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds110
   
Hits Allowed11158
   
Earned Runs4627
   
Home Runs Allowed154
   
Strikeouts11867
   
Walks2836
   
ERA3.553.56
   
WHIP1.201.36
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
News 
 The Dodgers announced Ross Stripling will start on Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 24th
The Cardinals announced Jordan Hicks has been diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 24th
 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
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Jordan Hicks is dealing with tricep tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Jordan Hicks was removed from Saturday's game versus the Angels with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his 13th save in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Monday. He allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out two.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
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
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
Andrew Gould - 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
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - 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