Hello everyone, and thanks in advance for your time.
A friend and I have co-commished a 5x5 (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP & QS, SV+HLD, Ks, ERA, WHIP) H2H daily lineup league at yahoo for a number of years now. Since we have settled in with a consistent owner base, we have decided transition the league into a keeper league, and in doing so, are trying to refine our rules. We are both against streaming, and over the years have played with the rules to try to curtail it. We didn't care for weekly innings caps, because it was hard to control, year long innings caps weren't liked by the league, so all that has really stuck is transaction caps. That brought on a new strategy we would like to eliminate, which is hoarding of SP's. It started with a couple owners, then others felt compelled to jump on to keep up, and now most of the teams in the league use most or all bench spots for marginal SP's, just to keep up with the counting stats. Since most teams are doing it, the concern for ERA/WHIP damage was minimized. Also, if you weren't hoarding/streaming, and just took a really bad start, or had a RP get blown up, you would have a very hard time correcting the ratios due to the impact being more severe with your fewer innings.
What has been suggested is changing K's to K/9, and upping the minimum weekly IP's, to prevent that from being exploited by stocking up on RP's and few SP's. I was just curious if anyone has ever tried this? Or, if anyone has a better suggestion to discourage streaming and hoarding of SP's.
We would really like to see the teams operate somewhat similar to a normal pitching staff, rather than 12 SP's, a couple RP's, and the only hitters being your starting lineup.
Again, thanks for your time, and any suggestions you may have.