Lofunzo wrote:I have always tried to "build a stud" SP by having 2 excellent MR on my roster. The key is having the room. It has gotten harder to find solid MR, though. My stategy has been to snag 2 stud MR late in the draft while everyone else is grabbing WW fodder at SP. To answer your question, they can help. It beats putting some schmuck in at SP and getting lit up.
I followed this formula and it works well. These guys also contribute wins. Best thing is you don't have to worry about matchups, just put them in and away they go. I tend to be at the bottom of the saves category but that's OK with me because a crap closer (Ryan Dempster) might get saves but he kills your whip and era. Some of the better ones:
scott linebrink (having kinda an off year though)
I'll usually pick up the top 3 then rotate in a few rookies or guys having good years as the season goes along. The best thing to do is monitor the twins and the Padres, since they really know how to pick em.
There are great ones to be found for sure, you just really have to do your research and avoid guys that walk people. Also look for guys who are on the list to take over as closers should the current closer loose his job - 8th inning setups. They tend to be pitching for a position as well as a new contract and alot of the time pitch over their heads (read jj putz earlier this year).