Chaos151p wrote:I've never seen an open pitcher slot before, I believe there's a minimum start for each position - you can't just leave an open catcher spot (if you don't want to get killed in obp and you have no better option), and for pitchers you have to play 8 every week.
If those are the rules that your league uses then okay. But in a standard Yahoo league there is no rule or option to force managers to fill their active hitting/pitching spots. I've seen managers leave an open catcher spot in a league that uses 2 catchers per team. It doesn't hurt your AVG/OBP it just doesn't help you accumulate stats from that position. The league was large enough where some of the second catcher options were more detrimental to your AVG/OBP than helpful to R/HR/RBI/SB, so that spot was left open.
And I'm only basing my argument/thoughts on the information you have provided me:
Chaos151p wrote:technically you could bench everyone and have open P slots - but that's not happening (or I could ask the commish about this loophole)... I'm just not that worried about it.
I'm only asking why this scenario wouldn't happen and why you aren't worried about it.
Chaos151p wrote:Fast forward a little, it's the playoffs and I face off against an owner trying to sidestep - you're saying an owner is gonna risk his whole year, switching from his week in and week out roster - to implore and more mid-reliever approach (something he hasn't done once that year, or maybe ever)... and he's gonna find the 3-4 mid-relievers that put up 0's all week
First, lets drop the whole "mass RP strategy". That was posted in response to you saying that your league uses Losses and not Ks. Its obviously far less advantageous to run a lot of RP in a normal pitching league.
If I am in the playoffs, facing a team loaded with Ace SP, then yes. I am going to employ whichever strategy gives me the best chance of winning. It doesn't matter if that isn't how I ran my team all year. I probably would have done this versus your team in the regular season, so this isn't something new.
I like my teams to have a lot of pitching depth- in both SP and RP. This gives me the option to either play the best matchups for my SP, play all of my SP and overwhelm the other team, or run my Aces and more RP to focus on SV/ERA/WHIP. You know your fellow league mates better than I do, but I'd be shocked if there weren't at least a few managers who had this approach.
Chaos151p wrote:give me wins/k's straight up while I give him homers/rbi... I'll take my chances in that scenario every time (my aces are low era/whip guys), he'd need a complete roster shake up (in the playoffs) to start all mid-relievers... I tried that all year last year, it isn't as easy as it sounds (if pitching is dicey, then mid-relievers are the golden goose of dice)
That assumes that you beat his team in 3/5 hitting categories. A good hitting team (the equal to your SP, but in hitting) will have a legitimate chance to beat you in all 5 categories. Week to week stats are fickle, but SB and OBP are much more random than R/HR/RBI. And if your opponent has 1 Ace and needs only 1/3 IP to win ERA/WHIP, then chances are that he will win those. If you have 5 Aces with 7 starts you have more opportunities for a fluke outing to occur vs. a guy who only uses 1 Ace for 1 start.