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Who Should I Draft?

Steven Matz or Taijuan Walker (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Steven Matz
SP - STL
Steven Matz
Taijuan Walker
SP - NYM
Taijuan Walker
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
35 of 41 experts
15%
Recommended by
6 of 41 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 92# 120
Best Rank# 61# 65
Worst Rank# 149# 329
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 237# 340
Best Rank# 210# 248
Worst Rank# 328# 411
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts141133
Wins108
Saves00
ERA4.384.31
WHIP1.301.29
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL15-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 90# 102
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 63# 96
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 100# 102
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 95# 121
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 77
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 82# 136
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 94# 107
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 103# 107
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 88
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 329
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 113# 123
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 94# 143
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 84# 120
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 82
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 95# 122
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 89
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 105
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 103# 110
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 94# 112
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 102# 127
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 121
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 88# 114
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 97
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 91# 128
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 100# 161
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 139# 182
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 118
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 82# 101
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 136# 256
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 99# 125
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 92# 121
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 78
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 87
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 70# 117
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 108# 144
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 95# 84
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 100# 75
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 113# 79
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 149# 148
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 65
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 93
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Steven Matz
SP - STL
Steven Matz
Taijuan Walker
SP - NYM
Taijuan Walker
2021 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2930
   
Games Started2929
   
Innings Pitched151.1159.0
   
Wins147
   
Losses711
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed158133
   
Earned Runs6479
   
Home Runs Allowed1826
   
Strikeouts144146
   
Walks4355
   
ERA3.824.47
   
WHIP1.331.18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Steven Matz
SP - STL
Steven Matz
Taijuan Walker
SP - NYM
Taijuan Walker
2022 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2927
   
Games Started2927
   
Innings Pitched153.2145.0
   
Wins108
   
Losses99
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed150135
   
Earned Runs7469
   
Home Runs Allowed2224
   
Strikeouts141133
   
Walks4952
   
ERA4.384.31
   
WHIP1.301.29
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Steven Matz
SP - STL
Steven Matz
Taijuan Walker
SP - NYM
Taijuan Walker
News 
 The Cardinals placed Steven Matz on the 15-day IL with a left shoulder impingement on Monday.
Dan Harris
Mon, May 23rd
Taijuan Walker pitched seven shutout innings on Sunday against the Rockies, allowing five hits and two walks. He struck out six and earned the win, moving to 2-0.
Dan Harris
Sun, May 22nd
 Cardinals starter Steven Matz was removed from his Sunday start against the Pirates after throwing just four pitches. Matz appeared to tweak something after delivering a fastball that was not at his normal velocity.
Jesse Garcia
Sun, May 22nd
Taijuan Walker allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision.
Dan Harris
Tue, May 17th
 Cardinals SP Steven Matz was solid on the mound Tuesday night, allowing two runs on three hits while also striking out seven in five innings pitched, picking up a no decision in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Mets.
Chris Schommer
Wed, May 18th
Taijuan Walker tossed seven shutout innings on Thursday against the Nationals, allowing three hits and a walk. He struck out one and earned the win, moving to 1-0.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 12th
 Cardinals SP Steven Matz was solid on the mound Thursday, allowing three runs on seven hits while also striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings pitched in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Orioles.
Chris Schommer
Fri, May 13th
Taijuan Walker allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and two walks over four innings on Thursday against the Phillies. He struck out two and did not factor into the decision.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 5th
 Per Jeff Jones on Twitter, the Cardinals have scratched Jordan Hicks and moved Steven Matz’s scheduled start to today against Baltimore.
Jesse Garcia
Thu, May 12th
Taijuan Walker scattered two hits and two walks over five shutout innings against the Phillies on Saturday. The righty got a no-decision while only recording one strikeout during the 4-1 loss.
Brad Richter
Sun, May 1st
Notes 
 Matz had a surprisingly effective year despite moving to the AL East and Toronto, pitching 150 2/3 innings with a 3.82 ERA. We know what he is by now in his career - a strikeout rate that won't hurt you, a decent walk rate that isn't enough to keep his WHIP in check, and a ceiling of about 160 innings. Moving to St. Louis is a great thing for him, however, as he'll benefit from the Cardinals' excellent infield defense (Matz has a 47.1% ground ball rate). But he's essentially a replacement level fantasy starter at this point, and entering his age-31 season, we're probably not going to see much growth.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros