j24jags wrote:The only problem is that it is critical to get as close to the limit as you can. If you don't get close to the IP maximum you'll get destroyed in wins and Ks. So say you do what you say and go with three starters. That's probably 600 innings. 1250 is the common max. so you still need 650 innings from relievers then. Most relievers only get 75-90 so you would need about 8 relievers with only three starters. You're better off with 5-6 starters and being selective with when to start the last few, then you only need 4 relievers.
If you run these number with 4 starters instead of 3 you get 800 IP from your SP, needing 450 from your RP - 5 would get you close. That would make for 9 pitchers which would fill up a 3sp, 3rp, 3 p roster (not an unusual starting configuration) without taking up bench spots. A 5th SP for spot starting and you have plenty of bench slots for hot bats and sleepers.
I hear everybody talking about needing to get those wins and k's, but some of these SPs at the end of the staff dont get you all that many wins and K's. What about that ERA and WHIP they destroy?
IMO if you can get 5 good sp I say go for it, 6 if you can, but if those end of staff pitchers hurt your rate cats MRs make a lot of sense. However I think 4 SP should be the minimum you go with in most configurations.
Of course I'm not really considering people like Lowe as someone I wouldnt want on my staff. I'm talking if you're considering Marquis or Suppan because no other SPs are available in a deeper league, I'll take the MRs instead.