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"The error bars around the two pitchers are wide enough that it’s hard to say which of them is likely to be better in the medium or long term. Cole’s transformation in Houston, and his monster 2019, positioned him ahead of Strasburg in the market, and rightly so. It wasn’t that long ago, however, that you’d have taken Strasburg ahead of Cole and not looked back. If the Nationals had to pay for Strasburg’s October, the Yankees are paying for all of Cole’s 2019."