Right now, I'm trying to figure out a successful pitching strategy for the year in my Yahoo private leage.
We've got 9 teams, and are measured by 11 stats: Innings Pitched, Wins, Losses, Complete Games, Shutouts, Saves, Hits, Earned Runs, Walks, Strikeouts, Earned Run Average.
Our league has no IP limits, and all of our pitchers can be on our active rosters all year (in other words, we don't have to keep any pitchers on the bench).
I have 11 pitchers on my roster: Billy Wagner, Mark Mulder, Matt Morris, Odalis Perez, Keith Foulke, Hideo Nomo, Ramon Ortiz, Oliver Perez, CC Sabathia, Danys Baez, and Mike DeJean.
I'm looking at my Nomo vs. Johnson matchup today, as the first of many decisions I must make in terms of favorable pitching matchups.
I'm struggling with the strategy here. Do I go ahead and let Nomo start and take the probable loss and get his IP, K's, and other stats that he can help me with? Or do I bench him to avoid the loss?
Are there particular pitchers I have who should always start? Are there particular pitchers that I should play the matchup game with?
Or is the matchup game a game that is better left unplayed?
Should I get a rotation system going, dropping a pitcher off of my roster every day, and picking up one from the FA list with a favorable matchup?
Basically, what can I do strategy-wise to improve my chances of performing well in pitching categories?
Are there any websites out there (free or pay) that help fantasy managers assess pitching matchups?
I know there are lots of issues and questions here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.