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Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT DEBATE: CHRIS SALE/MAX SCHERZER

The 2018 fantasy baseball is quickly approaching and so some draft nuances need to be ironed out.  The first one worth diving further into is at the top of the starting pitching tier once Clayton Kershaw is off the board.  The next two names who will likely come up the most in terms of who to select next among this position are Washington Nationals two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and Boston Red Sox 300-K monster Chris Sale. As always, let's compare the two with the four standard pitching categories to figure out who to pick ahead of the other this spring.

STRIKEOUTS:  Boy are both of these guys nuclear strikeouts artists.  While both habitually reel off 250-plus K's with ease, Sale has been the only one who reached the hallowed 300 mark which he did a year ago with a ridiculous 308.  Last year Scherzer had a still very impressive 268 but Sale gets the slight edge.
ADVANTAGE:  CHRIS SALE

ERA:  With Sale having stayed in the American League his entire career to this point, he has had to face the tougher lineups each season and each time out compared to the Nationals version of Scherzer who has picked up the weaker NL batters.  As a result, Scherzer has beaten Sale in ERA the last three seasons.  That trend should continue as both stay in their respective leagues.
ADVANTAGE:  Max Scherzer 

WINS:  Over the last four seasons, Scherzer has a total of 68 wins, while Sale comes in at 59.  With Scherzer being in a weaker overall division in the NL East compared to the blockbuster AL East, give Scherzer the win.
ADVANTAGE:  Max Scherzer

WHIP:  Scherzer's advantage pitching in the NL East allowed him to come out on top of Sale each of the last three years as well and that should not change this season as well given the setup in their leagues.  
ADVANTAGE:  Max Scherzer

WINNER:  Max Scherzer

 So as you can see, Scherzer is the one to go with here and it is easy to see why given the setup in the NL East.  Yes Sale is a bit more flashy this spring coming off a 300-K campaign but Scherzer is the more stable and dependable pick.  


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