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Postby Mordraken » Tue May 10, 2005 3:42 pm

I faced a tough decision, and have decided to bench all my batters in head-to-head matchups except for those with the best opportunity to get OBP and SLG.

My team averages 21 runs, 24 RBIs, 3 SB, .312 OBP, .353 SLG.
My oponents' team averages 24 runs, 39 RBIs, 7 SB, .361 OBP, .517 SLG.

Over the past 4 weeks, I have gone 4-15-1 in batting categories. If I had been head-to-head with my oponent, I would have gone 1-19.

So I have decided to start only a couple of players this week - those that have the best oportunity to get on base and hit for extra bases. Effectivley I am giving up 3 categories (R, RBI, SB) for 2 (OBP, SLG - which isn't guaranteed).

Should I be allowed to do this?

(and note - I'm the commissioner of this league... We have a minimum innings rule, but no minimum AB rule).
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Postby acsguitar » Tue May 10, 2005 3:43 pm

If you are playing within the rules then you are good to go IMO
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Postby Fpower » Tue May 10, 2005 3:46 pm

Of course you can do this. There's no rules or ethics against benching poor players.
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Postby Deuce » Tue May 10, 2005 3:53 pm

I believe it's done all the time. I generally bench players based on match-ups. The same goes for starting pitching. I don't pitch in Colorado, and I don't draft Rockie's pitcher at all.
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue May 10, 2005 3:57 pm

But by punting 3 of 5 hitting cats what chance do you have to win?

If you don't even make an effort to win those aren't the other owners in your league going to get mad at you?
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Postby great gretzky » Tue May 10, 2005 4:00 pm

I guess it could be the inverse of the 2start phenomenon. Are his pitchers so loaded, he basically is guaranteed each pitching stat?
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Postby Mordraken » Tue May 10, 2005 4:03 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:But by punting 3 of 5 hitting cats what chance do you have to win?

If you don't even make an effort to win those aren't the other owners in your league going to get mad at you?


That's the problem...

My pitching is pretty good, and has been carying my team.

Over the past 4 weeks my record is 15-24. My batting has been 4-16 and my pitching has been 11-9. My expected outcome for pitching would be 3-2 (I hope), so overall I could split. If I lose 5 batting categories (as I expect) then I'd be a 3-7 loser...

great gretzky wrote:I guess it could be the inverse of the 2start phenomenon. Are his pitchers so loaded, he basically is guaranteed each pitching stat?


Not sure what you mean... I am talking about only starting one or two hitters per night, not pitchers.
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Postby rotterdam_82 » Tue May 10, 2005 5:25 pm

Are a lot of your guys slumping?
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Postby LetsPlay2 » Tue May 10, 2005 5:28 pm

Doesn't seem unethical, but it's goofy to have no minimum AB rule when 2 of the 5 hitting categories are percentage ones rather than cumulative. If you think the best you can do is win those 2 categories, then you should start the 1 guy that has the best chance for a 2/4 night with a HR. Then don't start any other hitters at all. I'm also not clear how it's possible to start just 2 hitters on a given night. That must mean you have alot of bench spots to hide them or you'd have to drop them outright. Good luck.
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Postby Apex » Tue May 10, 2005 5:40 pm

I see nothing unethical about it, but it doesn't seem like a lot of fun either. I mean, you're basically saying that if things go very well for you for the rest of the season with this strategy, you'll end up at or near .500 for the season. Doesn't sound like any fun to me. I think I'd try to fix the team I have rather than limp through the next 4-1/2 months of the season like you're suggesting.
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