My team (1st place) just got spanked (offensively and) pitching wise by a team in 11th place....
This means nothing. This is just the bargain you make when you play H2H. Each week in H2H is like a mini-season unto itself. So you have a guy like Halladay who wins 20 games with a sub-3.00 ERA, solid WHIP, nice K's and several CG's over the course of the season, but mixed into it on a weekly basis is the odd dud. Meanwhile, your opponent picks up some waiver junk who throws a perfect game or goes 2-0 for the week because he got to face a couple of bottom feeders like Houston or Seattle. Divesting yourself of Halladay (or any other pitcher) can't compensate for this kind of stuff. But you forget that this kind of stuff happens in H2H, and you then begin to question your first-place team by asking questions like:
Do I need to reevaluate my approach and consider divesting one of my studs like Halladay to just get some decent SP depth?
This isn't about depth. You have five legit no.1 or no.2 starters. You have as much depth as you could possible have. This is about roster management and week-to- week strategy. You say that you are "getting killed in IP, W, and K due to teams loaded with quanitity." Here again is the bargain you make when you play H2H. You have to decide on a weekly basis whether you are going to fight quantity with quantity or whether you are going to let your (awesome) staff do its work and accept the consequences. Your competitors make the same bargain and sometimes their quantity strategy will backfire.
Let me ask you this question: Putting the other teams' hitting aside, if you were to face the same team again in a one-week elimination matchup who would YOU
want as your starting pitching staff, yours or his? The answer is obvious and it sure as hell ain't his.