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Postby ivan » Sun Jun 30, 2002 10:55 pm

Hi! 1st in 10 team 5x5 with no bench and weekly changes. (10.5 pt lead)

2nd in K(ahead by 50 over 3rd place) and W(have 52 vs 57)
3rd in Sv (have 54 vs 55 and 61) and ERA
4th in WHIP

have Unit, Padilla, W.Miller, Prior, Gagne, Wagner.
Radke on IL

Just picked up Nunez and Harang. I'm unsure about these 2 slots. I'm going just adding and dropping for now.

which one of the following SP is the best option:
Tomko, Wolf, Ohka, Moss, Marquis, Lilly, Bere, Benson, J. Santana, R.Soriano, Oliver Perez

also 1 of: Stewart, Julio, F.Cordero

Which middle reliever is better: C.Hammond, C.Bradford, Gryboski

I'm looking to keep my era and whip down (d'uh!). What's the best way to fill up my 2 slots according to my staff. SP and C or C and middle relief, so on. What shall I do?

Thanks. ;-D
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Postby dannahann » Mon Jul 01, 2002 1:05 pm

You look to be in good shape, so I wouldn't do anything real risky in your situation. None of those starters is a lock to keep your ratios down and you look solid in W's and K's. Therefore, I'd either go with Stewart and Julio and try and pick up save points or else Stewart and Hammond as he's getting significant innings at a miniscule ERA and WHIP. Once Robinson tires of Stewart, Codero will probably be back.
I'm only asking this because I noticed some of the starters listed were "2 start" pitchers this week. Hopefully, you don't plan on chasing 2 start pitchers with those openings? It would probably kill your ratios and you are doing well in the categories it might benefit you in. I posted a reply in 'sweetswings' strategy for my team message that details my results from getting extra starts each week. This may help if you are considering the 2 start approach.
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Postby Arlo » Mon Jul 01, 2002 6:04 pm

Of the starters, I'd say they're generally close enough for you to decide based on their matchups. You may want to track Benson very closely, though - he's heating up and could make a nice addition. It's still a bit early to tell, but it's worth following.

Of the closers, I'd go with Julio. Job security is everything when you're looking for saves.

And of the middle guys, I would definitely go with Bradford, who is having a stellar campaign. I'm not sold on either Hammond or Gryboski - they both need to improve their k/bb ratios in order to succeed in that role over the long run. At the moment, I'd put them both in the overperformer category.

Overall, I'd go with Julio and either Stewart or Bradford, but there's nothing wrong with picking up a starter if you see a particularly juicy matchup, either.
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Postby Arlo » Mon Jul 01, 2002 6:09 pm

Ah - didn't see dannahann's post before replying. Good point about two start pitchers, and a thread well worth checking out.

After reading this reply, I checked Hammond's numbers again and stand corrected. Hammond seems to be over his early control problems, and has put up excellent numbers for a significant stretch now. I'd still probably go with Bradford, but it becomes a tough decision now, and both look like very good options. Thanks for drawing my attention to Hammond! !+)
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