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Postby TarHeelBlue85 » Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:20 pm

What would be an ideal ratio for batters to pitchers?

For example, I have 12 batters to 9 pitchers. Would this be a good ratio, or do I need to give out more information to get the best advice?
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Postby duckbillgates » Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:50 am

Yup, we need more info, particularly how many roster slots your league has for each (and how many total bench slots).

I have always been a firm believer in limiting the number of bench hitters you have to one or two. If you have a solid team, you don't need to tinker with it most days. Deal with injuries when they happen.

This gives you more flexibility with your pitchers. You can carry extra starters and play matchups. You can carry extra closers or good middle relievers. The benefits far outweigh what you get from having a bunch of hitters you can't use most nights.

But that's just me.
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Postby jake_twothousandfive » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:13 am

duckbillgates wrote:I have always been a firm believer in limiting the number of bench hitters you have to one or two. If you have a solid team, you don't need to tinker with it most days. Deal with injuries when they happen.

This gives you more flexibility with your pitchers. You can carry extra starters and play matchups. You can carry extra closers or good middle relievers. The benefits far outweigh what you get from having a bunch of hitters you can't use most nights.

But that's just me.

I generally follow this rule as well. It's better to be able to play matchups for pitchers and just leave your hitters alone for the most part.

If you are allowed to make daily changes and do not have a set limit on innings pitched then you should certainly have more pitchers then hitters. If you can only make weekly changes then pitching quality becomes more important then quantity.
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