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Stephen Strasburg or Jameson Taillon (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 16# 20
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 31# 40
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 59# 66
Best Rank# 51# 54
Worst Rank# 62# 72
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts187173
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.403.65
WHIP1.161.23
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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# 20# 28
   
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# 18# 19
   
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# 13# 16
   
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# 28# 37
   
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# 16# 24
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 16# 19
   
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# 13# 20
   
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# 27# 20
   
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# 28# 18
   
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# 31# 26
   
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2232
   
Games Started2232
   
Innings Pitched130.1191.2
   
Wins1014
   
Losses710
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed118179
   
Earned Runs5468
   
Home Runs Allowed1820
   
Strikeouts156179
   
Walks3846
   
ERA3.743.20
   
WHIP1.201.18
   
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2832
   
Games Started2832
   
Innings Pitched163.6186.7
   
Wins1212
   
Losses810
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142181
   
Earned Runs6276
   
Home Runs Allowed1921
   
Strikeouts187173
   
Walks4748
   
ERA3.403.65
   
WHIP1.161.23
   
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
News 
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg tossed seven shutout innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Saturday, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 22nd
Jameson Taillion underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 14th
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out six in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Monday.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 17th
Jameson Taillon acknowledged Thursday that his 2019 season is likely over, after experiencing a setback in recovering from a strained right elbow.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 25th
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Twins. The win brings him to 17-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Thu, Sep 12th
Jamison Taillon (elbow) will start playing catch Thursday or Friday of this week.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 4th
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The loss drops him to 16-6 on the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 6th
In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Elmore, the Pirates have moved Jameson Taillon to the 60-day injured list.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, May 13th
 Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg tossed eight shutout innings in Saturday's win over the Marlins, striking out 14 while allowing two hits and no walks. The win brings him to 16-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 1st
The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
Notes 
 There is a lot of appeal in drafting an upside pitcher like Strasburg, but keep in mind that he averages just 145 innings over the last four years. Even with an excellent strikeout rate, that comes to just 174 Ks per season. The ratios will likely be golden again, but know that there is plenty of risk in spending a 5th or 6th round pick on him this year
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Strasburg's ERA (3.74) and WHIP (1.20) were a little inflated last season, but that can probably be chalked about to statistical noise -- his peripherals were not meaningfully different outside of a spike in his home runs allowed. The bigger concern is a familiar one: durability/health. Strasburg has not pitched more than 175 innings in a season since 2014, and expecting more than 150-175 from him this season would be foolish. That doesn't mean he can't be a top-20 or even top-15 fantasy starter, though.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Finally healthy after dealing with injuries and a cancer diagnosis, Taillon established himself in 2018 as a pitcher who can provide solid ratios, albeit it with a middling strikeout rate. He benefits from a very pitcher-friendly environment in Pittsburgh, boosting his fantasy floor, but he simply doesn't belong among the top-25 fantasy starters until he begins to pile up the Ks.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 It's bad enough Strasburg, still yet to make 30 starts since 2014, threw just 130 innings in 2018. He also recorded the worst ERA (3.74) and FIP (3.62) of his career. Rises in hard-hit rate and exit velocity are concerning, but an elevated 15.7 HR/FB% ultimately did him in. Even if he bounces back to a 3.50 ERA or lower, investors can't reasonably bank on more than 150 innings, a mark he has met once in the last four seasons. Time is running out for the 30-year-old to reach his Cy Young ceiling.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Taillon quietly developed into an ace late in 2018, posting a 2.63 ERA over his last 21 starts. That's not an entirely arbitrary endpoint, as he unleashed a slider-one of three pitches to net a double-digit swinging-strike rate-in June. The pitch could help him unlock a few more punchouts, but the 27-year-old has the look of a polished SP2 who can at least post a mid-threes ERA with a steady WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros