10 teams have such a SP and closer pitching pool to work with that they really go under valued and generate almost no trade interest.
A handfull like K-Rod and Mota are worth picking up or haveing as a fill in whenever you are uneasy about your SP matchups, but the pitching pool is too deep for them to command any real premium in 10 team leagues.
"Son we would like to keep you around here but were trying to win a pennant this year."
I would stay away from middle relievers unless your league counts holds. You never know when they're gonna blow up. For example Chris Reitsma has been pretty dominant all season and the went through this cold stretch a couple of weeks ago, where he was giving up 2-3 runs every outing. He's settled down again though... Those guys can make or break you.... I personally don't touch them....
by Members Only Jackets » Wed Jul 14, 2004 2:38 pm
In my AL Only League, w/ daily roster changes, mid relievers are VERY VALUABLE--and we don't count holds. Scott Shields, for example, gives me K's when I need them and he'll bring down my ERA/WHIP when he pitches a cple of good innings. I'd say if you're able to rotate pitchers in & out of your line up daily, MR are important.
Members Only Jackets wrote:In my AL Only League, w/ daily roster changes, mid relievers are VERY VALUABLE--and we don't count holds. Scott Shields, for example, gives me K's when I need them and he'll bring down my ERA/WHIP when he pitches a cple of good innings. I'd say if you're able to rotate pitchers in & out of your line up daily, MR are important.
I agree I used to do the same thing with Lidge before he became the closer it was quite helpful with k's on my staff that wasnt striking many guys out
there are definitely uses for them. in my legues, sheilds counts as a starter. so you can play him all the time. I also have lidge. if you do the math, it is almost like having an elite starter who will get 10 wins and 20 saves with a superior k rate. definitely worth having on the squad.
ryan and mota are also worth having IMO, as is f-rod.
Another factor is that some of them might turn into closers if the team is desperate. Lidge is an obvious example, but Ryan, FRod, KRod and Gordon are all guys who, whether it injury or inadequacy, could get you some saves down the road.
Also, if you have a dominant MR, their weekly stats can compare to a starter. Ryan can pitch 4+ innings a week, usually 1-2 Ks per inning, and maybe an ER. That's 4 innings, 6 Ks, 1 Er. With maybe a win involved, that's not a bad line to have in there.