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Postby Longhorns76 » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:48 pm

I am currently on pace to exceed my max innings pitched by 63.2 according to yahoo. I have pretty solid starters as of right now that usually go deep and produce wins. What should I do to reduce the innings so I don't run out at the end of the year?

BTW is this the correct forum? I really don't want anyone yelling at me. I'm a sensative guy :-o ;-D
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Postby kaz » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:51 pm

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Postby perlick29 » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:52 pm

maybe go to a 3 man rotation for a while. Trade your middle-back end pitchers, keeping your aces and let them pitch and use the other starters to upgrade your offense. I was 75 ip over at this point last year and I benched everyone but Halladay for 3 weeks straight to get back under.
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Postby blankman » Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:03 pm

Who are your pitchers? Say you have 6 good starters, start your stud(s) every time out, trade your back 1-2 starters and start the other ones only in great matchups.
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Postby NZF » Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:06 pm

Three options as I see it in this preferred order.

1. Be ultra conservative and start your guys only with great match ups for a few weeks until you come back into line with innings projected totals.

2. Trade one or two starters now for upgrades at other positions.

3. Keep going as you are and then start trading your pitching staff a few weeks before the trade deadline to improve your roster where needed.

63 innings over at this time actually isn't that much. If you use option 1 for a few weeks you will be suprised how quickly it will come down and you also have total control of your situation.

Using options 2 or 3 requires a fair amount of strategy and co-operation from other managers which is out of your control to a degree.
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Postby Longhorns76 » Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:25 pm

SP pitchers are:

Prior
Mulder
Pavano
Peavy
Pineiro
C Lee
Eaton

RP:
K rod
Smoltz
Cordero
Shingo

Will drop C Lee to make room for Peavy. I'm thinking I won't start Peavy right away. I'm going to go ultra conservative. Unfortunately, Pineiro is playing well, Eaton looks better, Peavy was solid to begin with, and Mulder and Pavano are just wicked. That leaves my biggest question mark being Prior. Who would have thought that? Is he a every other start canidate at this point? He looks good every other game it seems.
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Postby Longhorns76 » Thu Jul 01, 2004 6:34 pm

Thanks everyone to responding. I don't want this to turn into a "Who to start?" thread. I appreciate your help. ;-D
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Postby thehat » Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:10 pm

If you're in a 1250 max IP league (and I'm fairly sure that's your limit based on the number of IP you're currently over with the starters you own)...I think you have to make a trade, and Prior is the guy to shop around. He's a prized commodity that will bring you a plus offensive player in return. But be sure to e-mail each member of your league that you're entertaining offers for him.

I believe this to be a far better maneuver than micro-managing. Trying to guess when frontline starters will be on or off is frustrating at best, and can be a disaster if you guess wrong. Aside from benching SP's at Coors, I simply do not sit my top starters. Bottom line is that if you're in a 1250 IP limit league, you just can't carry more than five SP's without having the IP limit become a major concern.
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