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Fantasy baseball is a game of opinions and disagreements. Okay, sometimes it's a game of arguments, too. That's what we try to capture for you in the Spin Doctors series; two Yahoo scribes who can't see eye to eye on numbers and potential.
Today's debate brings a pair of AL Central aces, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale. Who's more worthy of the big March ticket? Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski have a difference of opinion.
Del Don to Open: Before we get started, I’d like to make it clear I have Verlander just two spots ahead of Sale on my SP rankings, so it’s not exactly like I’d bet a large amount of money on the former. But still, I’ll back the guy who ranked as the No. 1 fantasy starter in 2011 and No. 3 in 2012 (he ranked 13th in 2010 and 9th in 2009). In other words, the track record here is pretty great. Verlander fell off last season, finishing as just the No. 54 most valuable fantasy starter, behind Mike Leake to give some reference.
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An extremely high workload over the previous four years probably led to some of this, but Verlander looked like his normal self down the stretch, when he posted a 2.27 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while recording 48 strikeouts over 39.2 innings in September. He followed that up by dominating in the postseason, when he allowed one run over 23.0 innings, which consisted of a 31:3 K:BB ratio in three starts against two of the four best offenses (when it comes to runs scored) in all of baseball.Read More »from Spin Doctors: Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale