fast dogs wrote:I usually try to get close to the IP limit then "pick a day" when I had the best SP going to use as my final day. Sometimes a few days before the very end is actually better than the last day or two depending who I had left & the FA options avail. Too many playoff SP just use their final game as a 3 inning tune up and have little or no chance at getting a win. The closer you wait to the last day, the more likely you are to getting 9 innings pieced together by half the pitching staff
This is my strategy as well. Aim to get your IP limit close to max toward the last week of the season. My experience tells me to pick a "D Day" a few days before the end of the season. The last day or two of the season will typically be started by rookies who won't be allow to go much more than 5 IP. Oftentimes, they get pulled with a extremely low pitch count. Teams are usually auditioning rookies for next year and need as many IP available to slot in as many appearances as possible. Or playoff-bound teams are using them to keep their rotations stretched out, but the SP won't go very long even if they are spotless in the starts. Either way, getting wins or QS are difficult.
For me, I'm doing D Day today, fully loading up all my pitching slots with starters, since I already have 3 SPs who are scheduled to go out today. Even though I just lost the saves lead last night, I'm not convinced the matchups are enticing enough for me to postpone a day or two based on Mon and Tues's schedules.
Still pretty pizzed off that I lost the NSV lead with 2 blown saves last night, so now I'm trailing by 1.
Oh well... Life goes on... Trying to make up for K, SP, and possibly a CG today.