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Postby Mason » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:52 pm

I admit that I'm new to fantasy baseball, but lately I've been having terrible luck lately picking my 3 starting pitchers each week. What stats should I be looking at and where shold I be looking to make better decisions?

This is a total points league with weekly starts (tues-mon) and the following pitchers and stats:

C. Young (Tex - SP)
B. Penny (LAD - SP)
M. Prior (ChC - SP)
J. Patterson (Was - SP)
B. Webb (Ari - SP)
R. Oswalt (Hou - SP)
K. Rogers (Tex - SP)
C. Lee (Cle - SP)
E. Bedard (Bal - SP)

IP (1), W (5), L (-3), CG (3), SHO (3), SV (3), ER (-1), BB (-.5), K (.5)
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Re: How to pick starting pitchers?

Postby Yoda » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:13 pm

Mason wrote:I admit that I'm new to fantasy baseball, but lately I've been having terrible luck lately picking my 3 starting pitchers each week. What stats should I be looking at and where shold I be looking to make better decisions?

This is a total points league with weekly starts (tues-mon) and the following pitchers and stats:

C. Young (Tex - SP)
B. Penny (LAD - SP)
M. Prior (ChC - SP)
J. Patterson (Was - SP)
B. Webb (Ari - SP)
R. Oswalt (Hou - SP)
K. Rogers (Tex - SP)
C. Lee (Cle - SP)
E. Bedard (Bal - SP)

IP (1), W (5), L (-3), CG (3), SHO (3), SV (3), ER (-1), BB (-.5), K (.5)


Look for a starter on a good team with good match ups (opponent/ball park), that generally throws a lot of strikes (low BB) and gets plenty of K's.

Rookies tend to only go 5-6 IP so try to stick with veterans in your league.
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Postby dannahann » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:35 pm

The way I read this you can only start three per week right?
Oswalt and Prior are essentially automatics. If they're both healthy, it's hard to fathom a matchup scenario so lopsided that I'd bench either. I'm sure some will disagree and say two starts from a lesser pitcher trumps a stud, but in my experience, it's easy to outsmart yourself that way too :~(

With the remainder of your staff, I'd definately play matchups/parks/2 starts etc ... You have lots of good options, I might try to trade one for a bat ;-D Anyhow, n a vacuum I'd stack the remainder of your staff like this:

B. Webb ... especially in some of the bigger parks vs some of the lesser teams in his div ... ie not at home nor at Coors nor vs SD.
B. Penny again not in Coors or AZ
J. Patterson especially at home
C. Young be careful at home
C. Lee
E. Bedard let him shake the DL rust off first
K. Rogers playing on borrowed time IMO...I'd put him last even if he didn't have the impending suspension
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Postby wrveres » Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:39 pm

wow ..

why do you have so many pitchers, when you can only start 3?

I would use these three regularly ..

B. Penny (LAD - SP)
M. Prior (ChC - SP)
R. Oswalt (Hou - SP)


I'd keep only two of the rest, and then package these, any way, shape, or form in a trade. A two for one type of trade so you are upgrading, which is probably difficult if everybody else can only start three... hmmm ..

C. Young (Tex - SP)
J. Patterson (Was - SP)
B. Webb (Ari - SP)
K. Rogers (Tex - SP)
C. Lee (Cle - SP)
E. Bedard (Bal - SP)

As for picking a SP.
Have faith in the Splits .. ;-D They are your best tool.
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Postby TheYanks04 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:34 pm

Magic 8-ball, Magic 8-ball, which of my high priced, underperforming SPs should I start this week? Santana (4 ERA), C. Zambrano (3.9 ERA), Beckett (oh wait, he has an oblique strain), etc.
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Postby beltrans_boy » Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:51 pm

If any of the pitchers have 2 starts...automatically start them. The bonuses to that strategy outweigh the negatives. Especially in a league that is scored like yours is.

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Postby HOOTIE » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:05 am

Start your studs no matter what. Oswalt and Prior are locks. Rogers 3rd, till he shows signs of fading. If Rogers fades, Webb in 3rd spot.
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Postby so0perspam » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:06 am

HOOTIE wrote:Start your studs no matter what. Oswalt and Prior are locks. Rogers 3rd, till he shows signs of fading. If Rogers fades, Webb in 3rd spot.


Well Rogers has faded .... 5.24 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and a .304 BAA in June.
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Postby jjigglers » Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:46 am

beltrans_boy wrote:If any of the pitchers have 2 starts...automatically start them. The bonuses to that strategy outweigh the negatives. Especially in a league that is scored like yours is.

;-D


Somebody argue against this and tell me why you'd start Oswalt or Prior over a two-start week for Young, Patterson, Webb, Rogers or Lee.

Barring two horrible matchups for the two-starter and one great matchup for the stud, the two-starter only has to be HALF the pitcher that the stud is.
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Postby reznorsboy » Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:00 am

wrveres wrote:wow ..

why do you have so many pitchers, when you can only start 3?

I would use these three regularly ..

B. Penny (LAD - SP)
M. Prior (ChC - SP)
R. Oswalt (Hou - SP)


I'd keep only two of the rest, and then package these, any way, shape, or form in a trade. A two for one type of trade so you are upgrading, which is probably difficult if everybody else can only start three... hmmm ..

C. Young (Tex - SP)
J. Patterson (Was - SP)
B. Webb (Ari - SP)
K. Rogers (Tex - SP)
C. Lee (Cle - SP)
E. Bedard (Bal - SP)

As for picking a SP.
Have faith in the Splits .. ;-D They are your best tool.


;-D Good advice
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