Matthias wrote:Your metaphor would be valid if all pitching categories were negative values and the purpose was to see how you could assemble a pitching staff that does the least amount of damage. But in fantasy, many of the pitching categories are desirable in nature so you can create incentives for people to want to stay out there longer. It's not only a matter of doing the least harm but also the possibility to capture the maximum good.
But, the point of this thread focuses on a situation in which there is too much incentive to do the least harm, ignoring starters and focusing on relievers. One way of correcting that is to add categories that value SP more, but most of these are fluky stats that simply duplicate things you already have or do little to identify real value (e.g., in 2001 Erik Bedard had 21 QS. Livan Hernandez had 19; there's just too little spread in QS).
Another way to deal with this problem, however is to create meaningful settings that eliminate goof-ball strategies. A minimum IP eliminates this particular strategy, and is also consistent with the reality of playing baseball.
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