I'm in a league that heavily favors pitchers and also counts BA, slug and OPS+Slug. Have you guys ever started only one player, hoping for a large OPS, Slug and Ave game, then bench your entire team for the rest of the week because you're guaranteed 13 of the 25 categories? What's the point if you're going to play turtleball the entire series?
by The Loveable Losers » Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:40 am
This is no different from just squeeking in at the minimum IP and trying to win the ratio categories. There's nothing wrong with it per se but there should definitely be a minimum number of plate appearances or something to prevent a ratio-heavy league from turning into a battle of who can play the least players.
25 catagories? Makes my head hurt just thinking about it.
You sure there are no minimums in the league? Like minimum plate appearances? If not, there should be.
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Too risky, even if you do start someone like MCab, Pujols, M. Young, Lee, etc. there is still a chance they could have a bad week and put up some crappy ratios for you and you could get totally sweeped in the hitting stats. I wouldn't do that, way too risky for the end of the year playoffs.
The first problem is that there should be an equal number of pitching and hitting categories to balance out match ups between teams that have more dominant hitting/pitching.
I don't think OBP and SLG should be categories. I like OPS, but the other two kind of make the categories that should matter like home runs and AVG redundant.
Having hits AND avg is a little redundant too.
I also don't like BB's as a category. In previous years, whoever snagged Bonds would dominate that category, as well as OBP and SLG. Just having OPS is a happy medium I think.
AB is also a strange fantasy category. Where's the strategy in that? Oh, my guys suck, but they had more at bats then yours... big deal.
As far as pitching goes, I played in a league that had CG's and it was pretty annoying. Some pitchers can go out and throw a CG every time they go out there if they're stuff is good enough. Then again, some of the greatest pitchers (like Pedro) never throw a CG. It's a dumb category.
I also hate holds as a category. It makes the all-important save category a little less valuable. Maybe in really deep leagues, but if there's 16 teams or less, I don't think it should be a category.
Also, Loses is a strange category to have too as some of the best pitchers may be handed a loss because of their crappy offense. If you're going to include that, you might as well just include fielding percentage.