Ok so I'm having a really tough time deciding which 2 of these 4 to keep. I have Cole Hamels, Jered Weaver, Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen. First gut reaction is Hamels and Weaver. However, the thought of having Strasburg for years is very temption. I throw Storen in here because he was my 2nd highest scoring pitcher this past year. I know closers are typically volatile so he gets the least of my consideration. For what it's worth last year Hamels scored 577, Weaver 687, Storen 638, and Strasburg 64.
I play in a H2H points league with the following scoring format. It's a dynasty type league with no restrictions on how long we can keep players. W - Wins 10 points S - Saves 10 points K - Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point L - Losses -5 points INN - Innings 2 points BBI - Walks Issued (Pitchers) -.5 points ER - Earned Runs -1 point HA - Hits Allowed -.5 points CG - Complete Games 10 points SO - Shutouts 10 points
Hamels and Weaver are the easy choice for next year but it is tough leaving Strasburg off. If you think you can win it this year to with Hamels and Weaver. If you think you are a year or two away from competing for the championship I would keep Hamels and Strasburg.
Any chance of trading two SP for a Felix or Kershaw?
If not I still think you need to keep Strasburg here. Tough letting either of the other two SP go but he is one of those talents that could be a top SP next year and dominate for the next 10 years. I think I would rather gamble on that then let him go. I would probably keep Hamels here, he is still young at 27 and should have 3-4 more good years in him.
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Pogotheostrich wrote:Hamels and Weaver are the easy choice for next year but it is tough leaving Strasburg off. If you think you can win it this year to with Hamels and Weaver. If you think you are a year or two away from competing for the championship I would keep Hamels and Strasburg.
Ditto. If you think you can win next year, I would most certainly hold onto both Hamels and Weaver. Both of them should get more wins, fewer losses, and more CG than Stras.
Cutting Strasburg is tough, but he will not help you out as much next year (especially in the playoffs) due to a cap on his IP. And even if Stras does becomes a miracle pitcher next year, you still have Weaver and Hamels who should both be top 10 SP for at least a few years IMO.
Weaver's the oldest, has thrown the most innings (albeit related to 'oldest'), and is reliant on the least replicable long-term repertoire: slow fastball with an extremely low groundball rate.
I think another thing to consider is that it won't be impossible to find another guy like Weaver to add to your staff if, God forbid, something horrible strikes Strasburg. You will be extremely hard-pressed to find someone like Strasburg.
Thanks for all the advice. Pretty sure I'm going to go with Hamels and Strasburg. I'll be borderline for playoffs next year, hopefully with some good luck I can get in. Going to try and deal Weaver as there were a few guys that were trying to get him from me for a good portion of last year.