Ender wrote:KRod had more effect on ERA and WHIP than all but 6 SP's in all of baseball last year in a 1300 IP league. Generally speaking top end closers are underrated because people don't realize just how much they help ERA/WHIP. Granted they only have that type of value in a league with innings limits.
Very interesting. Our league also has an innings limit, so perhaps it's worthwhile to try to grab a top closer. How would I go about calculating how much they're worth in an innings limit league?
A) you'd have to have the info from a league run last year. The league I used had a 1300 IP limit and the average pitching was a 4.03 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Then deduct the closers IP worth of average production and add in the closers actually numbers to see how much it changes ERA/WHIP.
B) Deduct 200 IP's of average pitching and do the math to find out what ERA/WHIP those 200 IP's need to be replaced with to give you the same results as Part A.
Using my league data he came out being equal to a 200 IP starter with a 3.25 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
The more IP's your league allows the less a closer can modify the results. In a typical H2H league where you stack 2 start guys etc their value goes way down, in a roto league especially one with a small IP limit it goes up.