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The pitching stat that wins leagues

Postby Warthog » Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:13 am

I have been playing fantasy baseball for eight years, never pick a pitcher before the 6th round, and always have a top 3 staff by season's end. My reason? I rank my pitchers primarily on strikeouts per start. Trying to project a guy's e.r.a. or win total is almost impossible, but more often than not a k/start ratio is fairly static. By using this method I acquired these guys last year in my 12 team league.

Schmidt- 6th
Nomo-8th
Wakefield- 9th
Peavy- 12th
Ishii- 13th
Lowe- protected
Affeldt- 16th
V.Zambrano- 18th
Penny- 19th

(I won't mention Park in the 10th)

If there is any interest in my pitcher rankings I would be happy to post them.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:16 am

i am basically same way... as i love hitting first then try to fill in in with k's....
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Postby Warthog » Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:21 am

Nothing better than watching your guy strike out the side.
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Postby the_tenman » Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:50 am

I have always paid attention to k/ip being one of those family guys that can`t invest their life in this hobby. I find it very effective, because the other stats often follow.
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Postby wdrub1 » Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:52 am

i love getting a stud ace first pick (in the past pedro schilling) and then my next 5 picks are studs im talkin nomar delgado thome sheff garrett andreson bigtime sluggers the next few rounds it seems to werk out becuase when u have schilling as your ace the 7th pitcher that u pick example russ ortiz dont look that bad
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Re: The pitching stat that wins leagues

Postby baseball genius » Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:02 am

Warthog wrote:Schmidt- 6th
Nomo-8th
Wakefield- 9th
Peavy- 12th
Ishii- 13th
Lowe- protected
Affeldt- 16th
V.Zambrano- 18th
Penny- 19th


This is a decent staff, but are you sure this was one od the top 3 in your league?
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Sat Feb 07, 2004 11:53 am

What you are doing is very consistent with some of the best baseball statistical research being done these days. That research shows that things like ERA and WHIP are heavily influenced by the fielders behind a pitcher, ballpark factors, and random things that the pitcher cannot control. The things that a pitcher has much more control over are K/9, BB/9, and HR/9. I use those almost exclusively to rank pitchers, then toy with my rankings based on assessment of team defense, ballpark, strength of the offense, etc.

If people are interested, I can post some links to the guys that are doing the research. Voros McCracken is one guy that you might have heard about.
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Re: The pitching stat that wins leagues

Postby justinA » Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:47 pm

If there is any interest in my pitcher rankings I would be happy to post them.

that would be great if u could if its not too much trouble.
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Re: The pitching stat that wins leagues

Postby mikcou » Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:49 pm

justinA wrote:
If there is any interest in my pitcher rankings I would be happy to post them.

that would be great if u could if its not too much trouble.


I agree it would be interesting to see those stats
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Postby monster » Sat Feb 07, 2004 6:11 pm

MLB.com has sortable stats

i clicked the k/9 column and it sorted to:

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/stats ... tByStat=K9

you can sort to any ranking by stat catagory
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