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Postby GOBBLEDY GOOKER » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:10 pm

I'm in an 8 x 7 league where pitching has one more category. So in this case is it wise to load up on stud starters? Or is it still better to go with more consistent hitting early on?
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Postby Arlo » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:20 pm

It depends on your additional categories, but in regular 5x5, I'd have no qualms about taking a pitcher before round three. :-)
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Postby kentx12 » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:42 pm

I dont like to take pitchers early either and in your situation I probably would not. It is totally what each person prefers though.
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Postby reelbiggecko » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:49 pm

I always go for pitching first, unless I have a pick in like the top 3. Even then, in a keeper league, I'd consider Prior.
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Postby The Jury » Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:09 pm

My advice is, feel free to take a sure-fire pitcher such as Prior or Schilling early on if the time is right but don't reach for a Mussina or a Kevin Brown early on over a big time slugger. There are a few pitchers who are pretty safe, but let a pitcher pass by if he's not a MUST at your pick.

An example of what I mean: I'd take a big time hitter over Pedro because even with his upside, Pedro is a potentially unfortunate pick later on due to his chronic injuries and being just 160 pounds.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:32 pm

Normally I am not a fan of drafting a pitcher early....but depending on the other scoring catagory...It might work....but like others have said...don't reach for it.... :-)
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Postby GOBBLEDY GOOKER » Sun Feb 22, 2004 7:41 pm

BTW my league is H2H. Cats are R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS, W, CG, SV, ER, K, TBA, ERA, WHIP.

Under this scoring system I would be very tempted to take Pedro if he falls any further than 3rd or 4th. Since there are more Pitching categories it seems like the best pitching staff would win. However, I guess I'm a little paranoid from taking Randy Johnson last year with the 2nd overall pick and getting burned badly. Last year's league was 6 x 6 and those with the best bats did best overall.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sun Feb 22, 2004 8:17 pm

Using those catagories...I would not alter my draft strategy....ER and ERA will come close to balancing out....and TBA could benifit from having less pitching....especially AL pitching.... :-)
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Postby RJ » Sun Feb 22, 2004 9:00 pm

I'm debating the same issue. Just got our draft order, I'm 9th in a 12 team league. I prefer a hitter in the 1st but there's gonna be a great pitcher staring at me and I'll have to make a choice.
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Postby baseball genius » Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:25 pm

Even in a 5x5 league I usually take my stud pitcher before the 4th round so I would take a pitcher early on in your league.
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