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Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby TruYankeeFan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:11 am

Hey guys...wanted to thank you all for your help so far. The stats (and there are so many versions) are easy to find...but the nuance is not so easy to pick up.

So I need one last bit of advice...as my title states, I need to decide whether I use my open roster spot to fill in my bench of rotation. Not worth trying for a closer as no one of any value is available.

My league details....
12 team Yahoo H2H league with a few stat geek categories replacing the standard. If we split the 10 categories 5/5 it is a tie for the week.

Hitting: R, TB, RBI, OBP, NSB (Net Stolen Bases) (TB, OBP and NSB replace AVG, HR and SB)

Pitching: IP, SV, Ks, ERA, WHIP (IP replaces W)

My Roster
C- Mike Napoli
1B - Prince Fielder
2B - Rickie Weeks
SS - Derek Jeter
3B - Arod
OF - Brett Gardner
OF - Melky Cabrera
OF - Peter Bourjols
UT - Yoenis Cespedes
BN - Carl Crawford, Alfonso Soriano, Kelly Johnson, Mat Gamel

SP - Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, James Shields, Gavin Floyd, Phil Hughes

RP - John Axford, Brandon League, Brett Myers

DL - Chris Carpenter

Best Available Hitters
Bryan LaHair
Marco Scutaro (I think he could have a surprising year in Coors as the starting SS)
Angel Pagan
JD Martinez
Scott Rolen
Russel MArtin
Mike Aviles
Chase Headley
Zack Cozart
Ryan Raburn

Best Available Pitchers
Jon Niese
Edinson Volquez
Jon Sanchez
Chris Capuano
Ivan Nova
Brian Matusz
Jeff Niemann
Mark Buehrle
Randy Wolf
Josh Tomlin

Thanks!
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby MaudDib » Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:27 am

Grab Niese with your open bench spot and then drop Kelly Johnson for Scutaro.
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby HOOTIE » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:06 am

MaudDib wrote:Grab Niese with your open bench spot and then drop Kelly Johnson for Scutaro.

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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby MrAccoe » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:04 pm

I'd also drop Soriano and his sub .300 OBP and pick up another starting pitcher. With IP as a category, you would be best getting more than 5 starting pitchers.

Volquez and Capuano are intriguing in their home parks. Niese for sure.
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Postby mixmastamikal » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:10 pm

Just an idea but I have Aviles because of his versatility and he should be gaining SS eligibility soon (depending on league settings)
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby ATLbraves » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:04 pm

MrAccoe wrote:I'd also drop Soriano and his sub .300 OBP and pick up another starting pitcher. With IP as a category, you would be best getting more than 5 starting pitchers.

Volquez and Capuano are intriguing in their home parks. Niese for sure.

Completely agree. I would grab Volquez for sure. He has potential still and is pitching in Petco now. So that should help his numbers out.




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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby TruYankeeFan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:15 pm

mixmastamikal wrote:Just an idea but I have Aviles because of his versatility and he should be gaining SS eligibility soon (depending on league settings)


Problem is I doubt Aviles will start more than half of the games Boston plays this year.
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby TruYankeeFan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:18 pm

ATLbraves wrote:
MrAccoe wrote:I'd also drop Soriano and his sub .300 OBP and pick up another starting pitcher. With IP as a category, you would be best getting more than 5 starting pitchers.

Volquez and Capuano are intriguing in their home parks. Niese for sure.

Completely agree. I would grab Volquez for sure. He has potential still and is pitching in Petco now. So that should help his numbers out.


OK...BUT...would that not also potentially compromise ERA and WHIP for IP and K? And is that a sound strategy?
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby ATLbraves » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:27 pm

TruYankeeFan wrote:
ATLbraves wrote:
MrAccoe wrote:I'd also drop Soriano and his sub .300 OBP and pick up another starting pitcher. With IP as a category, you would be best getting more than 5 starting pitchers.

Volquez and Capuano are intriguing in their home parks. Niese for sure.

Completely agree. I would grab Volquez for sure. He has potential still and is pitching in Petco now. So that should help his numbers out.


OK...BUT...would that not also potentially compromise ERA and WHIP for IP and K? And is that a sound strategy?

I dont think Volquez will have too much trouble with ERA, but I can see his WHIP being higher then some would like. He is notoriously wild. But if he can return to his form from 2-3 years ago, he will be a great pick up. You are just taking a chance. I personally think the risk is worth it though.
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Re: Final bench spot....hitter or pitcher?[AWHIR]

Postby MrAccoe » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:40 pm

TruYankeeFan wrote:
ATLbraves wrote:
MrAccoe wrote:I'd also drop Soriano and his sub .300 OBP and pick up another starting pitcher. With IP as a category, you would be best getting more than 5 starting pitchers.

Volquez and Capuano are intriguing in their home parks. Niese for sure.

Completely agree. I would grab Volquez for sure. He has potential still and is pitching in Petco now. So that should help his numbers out.


OK...BUT...would that not also potentially compromise ERA and WHIP for IP and K? And is that a sound strategy?


I named two of the safer bets of all the pitchers you named that are still available. Volquez and Capuano are just as risky as Gavin Floyd but they pitch in much better parks. Look at Volquez's great year with Cincy a few years back and Capuano's last healthy season in Milwaukee, there is some serious upside there.

With only 5 pitchers, you better have 5 aces because most of the time you will be facing teams with 7-9 pitchers per week, you'll be sacrificing IP and K's every week, and what if Hughes has one of his patented Yankee Stadium blowups? And Floyd is prone to very bad outings as well. You'll not only lose IP and K's, but you'll be at a risk to lose ERA and WHIP as well.
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