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Postby shmolex » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:13 pm

One of the managers in my H2H league has decided not to play any SP and is going with 6 closers instead. The minimum innings required is 12 for the week.

Categories are W, CG, SV, HR, ERA, WHIP, K, K/9 so obviously this gives him a huge advantage in 5 categories.

I'm thinking that the best way for me to counter this is to only start Santana for the week and pick up a few middle relievers with high K/9 to reach the 12 inning limit.

Thoughts? Other strategies?
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Postby Havok1517 » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:23 pm

Easy, start spot starting pitchers everyday. Perlick does a good job picking spot starters that might be available off FA in the Who to start forum. The huge amount of stats you'll compile should let you win you some of those categories.
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Postby Honus » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:34 pm

Live by the sword, die by the sword. If his closers get a couple of blown saves this week, you just might win almost all of those pitching categories....
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Postby Grouperman941 » Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:43 pm

Honus wrote:Live by the sword, die by the sword. If his closers get a couple of blown saves this week, you just might win almost all of those pitching categories....


This is what I was thinking. I would just start my usual mix of pitchers.

Having 6 closers, how good can they be?

He has just a good of a chance of having an ERA of 12 as he does of having an ERA of 2.

More innings gives you a safety net in ERA and WHIP.

Don't worry about K/9. Win Ks and likely Ws, and take your chances in ERA and WHIP. The rest are pretty much a crap shoot anyway (CG, HRA). Between Johan and your closers, you might win k/9, too.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:07 pm

You might also keep an eye on guys facing teams the day after they fly from coast to coast. I have gotten a few cheap, decent outings like that. ;-D :-D
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Postby j24jags » Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:17 pm

I've tried that before, it is less effective than it seems. One bad outing really hurts the ratios.
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Postby tinfoilxtouch » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:19 am

You're already going to win K's and W's regardless of what happens. Just spot start your very best guys and hope he has one bad outing.
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Postby dyuen87 » Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:21 am

actually if it's a 6x6 H2H league or more, with a low minimum innings pitched per week, an all closer stratedgy works very well, especially if they have top-shelf closers than rarely blow up. It's pretty hard to counter it, just try to win the Cats you can.
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Postby johnsamo » Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:30 am

Another reason why H2H is just plain stupid when the roto option is available.
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Postby klvrdude » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:16 am

Havok1517 wrote:Easy, start spot starting pitchers everyday. Perlick does a good job picking spot starters that might be available off FA in the Who to start forum. The huge amount of stats you'll compile should let you win you some of those categories.


I guess I'm real stupid, b/c I don't see your logic...

Playing a lot of SP will:
*You'll should win W and K
*CG is a wash, although you may get one if you're lucky
*You'll surely loose SV, HR, K/9
*You'll likely loose ERA and WHIP
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