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Bottom of the barrell closers or the "Build a stud" theory?

Postby TB13 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:48 am

In my keeper HTH draft, I left closers until the bitter end. We start 3 SP's, 2 RP's & 2 of either, for a total of 7. Becuase I stocked up on bats and starters, I was left with Percival, Affeld, Cordero & Adams. I would like to hear opinion of is it better to go with these 4 or adopt the build-a-stud theory by taking 3 top MR's (say Gonzalez, Rincon & say a Gordon or Donnely)?
There was a thead on how 3 MR's can equal one stud in K's, ERA & WHIP. So that got me thinking.
BTW, our league has a min innings pitched (35) and a cap on waiver moves (40).
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:52 am

i would stick with the closers. i am not a big fan of punting categories and you have some of the better cheap closers in my opinion so you should still compete well in that category. its a gamble but i did the same thing last year and got great production of cheapies like mesa and graves.
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Postby Cooner » Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:27 pm

none of those guys are spectacular, but they're all solid closers. I'd be happy with them on my staff.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:14 pm

i love the build a stud technique...but in your situation it would mean u basically punting saves, which is something u should not do.... keep your closers.....
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Postby quietstorm » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:21 pm

Without somebody like Lidge, Gagne, Rivera, or Foulke, you're better off keeping at least a couple closers. To do the build-a-stud method, you really need to have a good closer, otherwise, you have no chance at a good amount of saves.
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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:26 pm

TB13 - the strategy you are referring to really only works well in roto leagues with IP limits. A h2h with weekly minimum IP is not the same at all, and chances are trying to reach 35 IP with 2 SPs and 5 closers/MR would be extrememly risky.
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Postby TB13 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:38 pm

Thanks for the replies, gentlemen.
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Postby kev921 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:44 pm

Keep those closers. While all are not spectacular (how many closers are?) they will be a great rotation of rp's. I'm with you, I'd rather go for the better bats than saves
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Postby TB13 » Mon Mar 14, 2005 1:51 pm

[quote="kev921"]Keep those closers. While all are not spectacular (how many closers are?) they will be a great rotation of rp's. I'm with you, I'd rather go for the better bats than saves[/quote]
My keepers got me a great foundation for bats (Tex, Thome, Beltran, Tejada, M Cab). We kept 6, so the draft technically starts in round 7. The only pitcher I kept was Prior. When the closer run began (round 8), I managed to nab Burnett, Halladay, Becket & Clement. The temptation to get off my strategy and go with the herd (join the closer run) was there, but I held off and got my bottom-of-the barrell closers starting in round 15-19.
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Postby LBJackal » Mon Mar 14, 2005 2:44 pm

Closers are ALWAYS over-valued. Wait it out, build a lineup of studs, and get 3 mediocre closers later on. Usually I go for Dotel (for some reason he slips well beyong the elite closer run) along with 2 so-so guys like Ryan, Graves, Cordero, etc.
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