Beckett has a ERA of 4.84 in 15 starts this year, including 3 starts where he gave up 7 earned runs or more. He's never pitched more than 179 innings in a season. If this long-time league champ isn't doing well in Wins, he's probably being careful with his ERA. That's likely why he's turned down your Beckett/Pettite offers.
Also, this league sounds like the competition is somewhat weak, considering you are dominating despite Beckett and Pettite's swollen ERAs.
I took early hits in WHIP and ERA with Pettite, Kazmir, King Felix, Becket and Zambrano's horrible first two games...
Fortunately, I've sat Pettite since then and Kazmir and Zambrano are dealing nearly every game since the rough start and Felix isn't bad, plus I've selectively sat a few of Becket's rough games... I've also got great MR and closers ERA and WHIP wise, so I'm climbing in those categories...The first two weeks were horrific though... MY SPs were getting shelled. I've crawled back though.
I've also got Jered Weaver, who was dealing like I've never seen for a rook. If he comes back with his same stuff, I'll climb a lot. Interesting thing was, even on the games they got shelled, they were racking up Ks and even Wins at times.... I'm currently over a K per inning pace.
To me it sounds like you know what you need to do, but are maybe a little reticent to do so.
The thing that keeps me interested in this, and it is THE most important thing, is making this kind of a decision. I mean we all have our rankings, but then again player distribution in each league affects rankings too. If people won't trade you what you need, you have to up the ante until the will. Even if that means overpaying. Its hard to believe that ocab is the best you can do. That said, everyone seems to assume in these questions that psotions and guys are evenly distributed, and they aren't. If there is one thing I learned in this game, sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. If it works out, your comeptition will probably say you were "lucky," but you know the truth, you sized up the market first and did what needed to be done.
johnsamo wrote:I'm stacked in SPs and have been intenitonally over piching the first half of the season so I could trade an SP to fill a hole on offense. I'm first in wins and WAY AHEAD in Ks, so pitching I can spare. The offense has done WAY better than expected so steals is the only area I need to addresss. Like I said, I'm dealing from stength so am willing to overpay for my one potential weakness, but the guy won't do the deal.
So you mean you're tracking to be way over the innings pitched limit? If so, maybe that's why he's not trading. If he's been a champ for years, he ain't stupid. He knows you'll eventually have all of these useless studs that you'll have to give up for nothing if you want to improve your team.
garf112 wrote:If I'm that guy, I'm not doing that trade either. Why would I make a trade that could just about rap up the league for you? It looks like you'll have to make a deal with a bottom feeder who is playing for next year or find someone off the wire.
Just what I was thinking. Hes blocking you. Its his strategy. I suggest you find a bottom feeder who has what you want and you might even have to overtrade with them by giving up a bit much....It will teach the guy a lesson once you and the bottom feeder climb up the ladder.