In a league where people pick up a lot of players off waivers there are categories that can only hurt you, categories that can only help you, and categories that could go either way. For instance, picking up a pitcher off waivers can only hurt you as far as losses goes, help you as far as strikeouts goes, and ERA could go either way.
One guy in our league has suggested a way to make our league less ‘Waiver friendly’, making less waiver moves, without putting a limit on the moves. He suggested the following categories could be used:
Pitching: Wins, Losses, Runs, Walks, Strikeouts, Shutouts, ERA, WHIP, K/BB
Hitting: HR, RBI, Steals, Caught Stealing, Strikeouts, Errors, Average, Slugging percentage, Fielding percentage.
In pitching and hitting, there would be Help-3, Hurt-3, Either way-3. You’d really have to know your baseball to be picking players up off waivers safely, and it would be used more in emergency situations, instead of in every day play
My take on this is that there are a few categories that are repetitive in that setup, and it would leave a lot of important baseball stats out, like hits, runs, saves, and holds.
Our league is now set up as follows:
Pitching: Wins, Losses, Complete Games, Saves, Holds, Strikeouts, ERA, WHIP, and K/BB
Hitting: Runs, Singles, Doubles, Triples, HR, RBIs, Average, Stolen Bases, Errors
By this guy's theory, even I would have to say this is a very ‘Wiaver friendly’ league. Hitting: Help – 7, Hurt – 1, Either way – 1. Pitching: Help – 5, Hurt – 1, Either way – 3. I think this format could use some changes.
I suggested, on the hitting side, getting rid of singles, doubles, and triples, and adding hits. Then we could add caught stealing, and maybe strikeouts. Adding walks, and getting rid of complete games, or something like that would help on the pitching side.
I was just wondering what some of your opinions would be on this… for that matter, what do you believe are the ideal categories to use in a league?