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H2H 8 Teams One Win - Is this a strategy that could work?

Postby thefungus1138 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:28 am

Hello everyone,
As the title says, I've joined a H2H One-Win League with 8 Teams. The scoring is 5 stats for batting (H, RBI, HR, SB, AVG) and 4 for pitching (K, ERA, SV, W). There are 8 pitching slots, 2 required for SP and 2 required for RP. I think my team is looking pretty good after draft day, but I've noticed recently that, at least in our league, players with a ton of steals (Coco Crisp, Ben Revere, Jemile Weeks, Dee Gordon, etc.) are either undrafted or being left on the bench in other teams.

So I'm wondering this: If I were to trade all of my good offense guys (my team is below) for an unstoppable pitching staff, and then build an offense only based on steals, would it be reasonable that I could win every week 5-4? I guess it comes down to 3 questions:
1. I've heard a lot about the consistency of pitchers. Is it really possible to have a pitching staff that you can count on winning all 4 stats each week?
2. I already have drafted a team. Therefore, trading strong offense for good pitching with other managers will be tough to negotiate, as they will want good compensation pitchers. So I might not be able to have the same kind of pitching that an already pitching-focused team on draft day will have, meaning that I probably will only have 8 good pitchers, just enough to fill all of the starting slots.
3. Are there any holes in my strategy? I've thought of two: if a team adds only relievers, giving them a huge advantage on SVs and preventing me from winning that category, or if a team adds only setup relievers, giving them a huge advantage on ERA (there is no inning limit) However, these can both be compensated by me doing the same thing, and hopefully I will still win with my superior starters.

So here is my current lineup:

C Mike Napoli (Tex - C,1B)
1B Paul Konerko (CWS - 1B)
2B Ian Kinsler (Tex - 2B)
3B Brett Lawrie (Tor - 3B)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (Col - SS)
OF Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos - OF)
OF Hunter Pence (Phi - OF)
OF Desmond Jennings (TB - OF)
Util Kevin Youkilis (Bos - 1B,3B)
Util Eric Hosmer (KC - 1B)
SP Dan Haren (LAA - SP)
SP Jon Lester (Bos - SP)
RP Ryan Madson (Cin - RP)
RP Brian Wilson (SF - RP)
P Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)
P Yu Darvish (Tex - SP)
P Rafael Betancourt (Col - RP)
P Cory Luebke (SD - SP,RP)
BN Emilio Bonifacio (Mia - 3B,SS,OF)
BN Mark Reynolds (Bal - 1B,3B)
BN Erick Aybar (LAA - SS)
BN David Ortiz (Bos - Util)
BN Jemile Weeks (Oak - 2B)
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