AT wrote:I'm starting to feel like the rule of thumb should be, start your aces no matter what, start your good 2-Start pitchers, start your average 2-Start pitchers with good matchups, but avoid average 1-start pitchers and go with the above average closer.
I really depends on the set up man/closer, where he's pitching and vs. who for myself. Generally I try to use as many good RP as possible and follow those guidelines you mention. I've been getting an extra edge by drafting Shields the last 2 years, but this year they caught on. (damn baseball monster)
Why don't we use the following situation as a guideline/thumbnail just for discussion purposes:
9 Active Pitching Spots
Juan Cruz @ PIT
Doug Davis @ SD, NYM
Aaron Harang WAS
Felix Hernandez TB
Mike Mussina BOS
Justin Verlander @ BAL
Bobby Jenks 3 ANA, 3 @MIN
Jon Papelbon 3 @NYY, 3 TEX
Jose Valverde 3 @PIT, 3 @STL
Huston Street 3 @TOR, 3 @NYY
Akinori Otsuka 3 MIN, 3 @BOS
Now obviously you go with the above average starter with 2 starts (Davis), then you go with the dominant guys with 1 start (Mussina/Harang), but how do you decide on the other 6?
6 Pitching Categories, with K/IP the 6th (Clearly helping RPs).
Where do you get the most bang for your buck? The average 1-Start Pitcher like a Cruz or Verlander? or a Street or Otsuka?
Can a Closer like those guys, get you as many Ks and as good a K/IP-ERA-WHIP plus potential for a Vulture W in their 1 week of 6 Games vs. a Starter on their 1 start?