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8 pitching categories league-what strategy would you use?

Postby Toomuchnv » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:38 pm

In a h2h league with these 8 pitching categories:

wins, quality starts, k's, bb's, L's, era, whip, saves

minimum weekly innings pitched of 50. Which strategy would you use? Churn starters or just stay close to 50 innings each week?
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Re: 8 pitching categories league-what strategy would you use

Postby Ender » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:00 pm

Stay close to 50.

Wins - helps the churn, neutral for aces, and hurts RP
QS - helps the churn, neutral for aces and kills RP
K's - helps the churn, neutral for aces and hurts RP

BB's - kills the churn and helps RP and aces
L's - kills the churn, helps the RP and helps aces
ERA -kills the churn, helps RP, helps aces
WHIP - kills the churn, helps RP, helps aces
SVs - helps RP a ton, hurts the other 2

You have 3 stats that help churn and 4 that hurt them and one where they don't get stats
You have 4 stats that help aces, 3 that are pretty neutral and 1 that they don't do anything for
You have 5 stats that help good RP and 3 that hurt them.

I would try to get some good SP and would load up on decent closers and elite RP. This setup really hurts churns unless you are really really good at it. But churning with this setup is just spinning your wheels, you are likely hurting yourself as much as helping.

To put this in perspective, if you could somehow use 50 IP of RP and your opponent used 200 IP of crappy starters (to use a silly example). You would win BB, L, ERA, WHIP, SV almost every week, he would only win K, QS and W.
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Re: 8 pitching categories league-what strategy would you use

Postby jcook3127 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:33 pm

Yeah I play in a league like this every year...The ideal thing to do is be patient with who you are starting at the beginning of the week because as Ender said, if you can get a quality 50 just set it and forget the rest of the week..

In this format feel comfortable paying for at least 3 closers that you are confident will hold the job all year with solid ratios...Don't do it at the detriment of your bats but if you are between Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Marmol...take Marmol..

If you ever do have a bunch of blow ups early in the week...you can always leave spot start slots open to try to at least salvage W/K/QS and you'll always compete in SVs if you pay for closers so at the very worst you'll have a good shot of breaking even every week

Then as always, just make sure your hitting is in general stronger than your arms
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