I'm trying something new on one of my teams this year. So far I'm loving it tell me what you think. I'm in a 5x5 Head 2 Head. By drafting 0 starting pitchers, my goal is to build an unbeatable offense and pack my pitchers full of closers and solid set up men. My offense turned out okay, Bellhorn at 2nd is my only major risk, I feel Aurillia will have good season. I lack some speed however with Abreu, Winn generally starting I should do okay on SB and can always throw Dave Roberts in when I need extra SB and run support. I see no real need for Ibanez. Preston Wilson now in Colorado is hopefully underrated (got in in round 13). My goal is to trade either of them for a Castillo or Spivey when they heat up. Here's my current roster. That will stil leave me with Bellhorn or unnamed player to cover the infield on days off and D. Roberts/J. Encarcion to cover the outfield.
Any suggestions to improve my team? Any comments on my strategy? Thanks.
OF: C. Jones
OF: R. Winn
Bench: OF - Preston Wilson, Salmon, Ibanez (1b), Encarcion, Dave Roberts.
Closers: K. Sasaki, J. Julio, J. Isringhausen (DL - S. Kline keeping his spot warm), Embree/Timlin (bos. committee)
I did a closer-only in a public Yahoo league a few years ago. Came in first, but here is what I did...
First, you need two STUD starters. I had Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux. I also picked up Rick Ankeil and Kerry Wood (his one & only good year...). That trio (Johnson, Ankeil & Wood) gave me a shot at strikeouts, and kept me in the middle of the pack in that category. They were all excellent with ERA and WHIP.
Second, I had 3 of the top 5 closers, and 1 other top 10. If I remember right, it was Hoffman, Nen and Urbina, with I think Zimmerman (yeah... it was a while ago). The good thing about those guys is tha they all pitched regularly and had a decent number of strikeouts.
Third, I had a couple of great WHIP guys - like Dotel & Arthur Rhodes. People that wern't closers but gave great numbers elsewhere.
The idea was to SAVE money on starters (well, I'd use two of my top 5 picks on starters, but then nothing else until past round 12) and get a monopoly on the great closers. That will guarantee you win Saves, and give you a solid shot at ERA and WHIP. With a heavy strikeout guy you won't be in the bottom 1/3 of the league in Ks either. That give you (in roto terms) a top flight pitching staff, giving you top marks in 3 of the 5 categories and top 1/2 in one other category.
Your team just doesn't have that... You have ONE top flight closer, and 2 ranked somewhere in the 8-15 range, then another 2 in the bottom half of the league... just not enough to dominate all three categories (S, WHIP, ERA). If they all hold onto their jobs, you'll probably win saves just by sheer numbers though, but a team with (perhaps) Rivera and Nen might beat your entire staff and post better WHIP and ERA.
To top that off, your hitting is weak for a 12 team league with only one star pitcher. My prediction would be bottom third of the league for this team... sorry.
A plan using no starting pitchers is a bust. I've already tried it, and I had better hitting and pitching than your team does. Relievers are just too unreliable, and you need lots of innings to keep the ERA and WHIP down.
[quote:4fef447375="Geek"]The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.[/quote]
I don't think your offense is anything special unless this is a 20 team league. Besides without any SP you sacrifice wins and K's if you play a smart team and it is not guaranteed that you win WHIP or ERA.