After last nights 3 K in his 1 inning of work, Carlos Marmol has a stat line that looks like this:
44 K in 30 IP, 1.50 ERA, .67 Whip, 2 Saves and 1 Win.
I guess my question is about how valuable is this guy in a standard 5x5 league starting...say 9 pitchers? Ranked as the 8th best pitcher and 37th overall by Yahoo, its hard to gauge how much he brings to the table in a standard roto league. He is clearly not the 8th best pitcher, even if he were to continue his dominance, which all signs point to happening. But is it more practical to start him over a mediocre closer in order to reduce Whip/Era and add nice K's, but sacrificing a relievers most helpful stat, saves? Also just wanted some general talk on the guy because he has absolutely filthy stuff and doesnt get much mention on these boards.
I have him in a H2H league with 4 SP and 3 RP with 0 P. I think he is much more valuable in this setting than a 2 SP, 2 RP and 3 P setup. I have had some offers for him but in a 12 team league I don't think there are 36 RP's to go around so guys like Marmol, Shield etc are roster worthy.
Even in a non-holds league, I'd start Marmol everyday over a closer that has a relatively low K rate and/or does damage to your other ratios (i.e. Borowski). I'd say it's more helpful to have Marmol in H2H than it is in roto, but if you're building your pitching with a tilt towards your bullpen, Marmol can be every bit as valuable especially if you want to concentrate more on the ERA/WHIP games.
Marmol is pure gold in just about any format. He may not keep up this pace the entire season, but I view Marmol like Scott Shiels of 2005. One of the best non closer relievers you can have on a team. He's going to pick up wins, saves and help your era and whip. He is the kind of guy that keeps your team ratios low.
Eagle Baseball wrote:I have him in a H2H league with 4 SP and 3 RP with 0 P. I think he is much more valuable in this setting than a 2 SP, 2 RP and 3 P setup.
Not sure I understand that? Can you elaborate. I would think the opposite. With the 3P spots, you can still start every closer you have and start Marmol, whereas in a 3RP no P league, you would be sacrificing a reliever who can get you saves by starting Marmol.
Eagle Baseball wrote:I may look to move him when Smoltz becomes a RP.
Also don't get this. I would use a SP spot for Smoltz, and use guys that are only RP eligible in my RP spots