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Heiserman02 wrote:So it might be more work than it is actually worth, but I will find out over the next month or so as I try to do this more.
I'm in a 10 team 5x5 AL/NL league with 5 bench spots where people generally carry SP with at least 4 of those spots, so decent spot starters are somewhat hard to come by...so i decided to try something else out...instead of spot starters, I'm trying to do the same thing with the elite setup men.
It takes a lot of work because you have to check at the end of the day to make sure the MR you're picking up didn't throw 30 pitches that night, but if you can find a guy who has had a couple days rest and his team's starter for the next day isn't someone who's a threat to go 8IP, you have a pretty decent shot of adding an extra 1IP with 1+K's and usually a 1 or lower whip to the day's stats...
I'm not sure if I'll continue to have the same luck in picking who's going to pitch the next day or not, but so far, picking up and dropping two slots each day for the past 3 days I've got a 4/6 ratio and picked up 5 2/3 IP 4H 0ER 1BB 7K...
people have written articles before on the benefit of keeping a Scott Shields or Scott Linebrink on your roster, but since these guys are unlikely to be signed by anyone else on a day to day basis, couldnt you really maximize the output of these 1-2 spots by making an educated guess on who is going to pitch each day?
anyway, I'm just looking for some opinions on if it is worth the trouble and see if anybody here has tried something like this before with MR...
KTM wrote:In a yahoo league its also a good think to look for MR who are SP eligible, Like Myers before he was made closer. Not too many this year who are any good though. Keep watching and if a bullpen guy gets a start and is any good to begin with, grab him when he goes back to the pen and put him in an empty SP spot.
Heiserman02 wrote:but think about that...if i sign 3 good relievers, say...Hideki Okajima, Pat Neshek, and David Aardsma and then just hang on to them, then they are permanently taking up 3 roster spots even when they arent pitching...on the day after Neshek just pitched 1.2IP and threw 30 pitches...you know hes not going to pitch...so for the next day hes essentially wasting a roster spot...why not look on the wire for say...Heath Bell, Doug Brocail or Derrick Turnbow if they didnt pitch the night before and have a chance to get some production from that slot...and even if for some reason someone does decide to pick up one of your MR...the WW usually has about 10 very good ones at any particular time...especially in a 10 team league like mine, but i'd imagine in a 12 teamer too...this is all about maximizing efficiency from your spots
Heiserman02 wrote:KTM wrote:In a yahoo league its also a good think to look for MR who are SP eligible, Like Myers before he was made closer. Not too many this year who are any good though. Keep watching and if a bullpen guy gets a start and is any good to begin with, grab him when he goes back to the pen and put him in an empty SP spot.
That depends on your league settings too...in mine we have just 2SP, 2RP, and 3P...so unless i have more than two starters going on a given day I can devote 5 slots to RP if i choose to
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