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4th Place: Can I Win? WHIR

Postby Urban Cohorts » Tue May 26, 2009 11:35 am

Hello everyone,

I play in a 12 team, 5x5 Yahoo keeper league (8-9 players). Rosters include hitting standard spots (LF/CF/RF, not OF) plus CI, MI, and OF. We use 5 SP and 5 RP positions, along with 6 bench spots. We have a minor league system, but my only player of note is Matt Weiters. I am currently 5 games out of first, and 1/2 game out of 2nd/3rd. The 5th place team is 6 games behind me.

My roster as follows:

Hitters:
C: B Molina
1B: P Fielder
2B: D Pedroia
SS: J Rollins
3B: R Branyan
CI: P Konerko
MI: T Tulowitzki
LF: C Crawford
CF: C Belran
RF: M Cuddyer
OF: C Granderson
DH: C Quentin
Bench: Jose Lopez 1B/2B, Nick Swisher 1B/RF, Alex Gordon 3B (DL), Matt Weiters C (minors)

Pitching (in order of perceived skill)
SP: R Oswalt
SP: Jered Weaver
SP: D Lowe
SP: K Slowey
SP: K Millwood
RP: F Francisco
RP: S Downs
RP: J Isringhausen
RP: Chris Perez
RP: Santiago Casilla
Bench (all SP): Sean Marshall, G Meche, D Willis, Doug Davis, Jose Valverde RP (DL)

I think my team looks really good on paper, probably even better than all teams but 1 (and tied with another, both tied for 2nd currently). But that is all subjective.

I am only doing about average (around 5th-8th) in almost all categories, which scares me. I did get off to a very slow start, so there has been improvement over the last few weeks. I think my offense is very good, especially if/when Rollins, Tulo, and Quentin get it going. The problem is my pitching. With so many mediocre pitchers (at best), I'm not sure I will be able to compete in the long run. I did just add Derek Lowe (for a 5th round draft pick), so that should help. I don't have a problem with saves (thanks to Havok's closer thread ;-D ), and adding a closer at the break is always easy to do (I would give up draft picks).

I guess my questions are:
Does this team look like it has a chance at winning?
Is my RF situation (with Swisher/Cuddyer) good enough?
Do I need to add an Ace SP? Or should I target solid SP (such as Lowe) for draft picks?
If I had to move someone on offense (most likely an OF), who should I move?

All help is vastly appreciated. WHIR 100%! Thanks for reading!
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