bigwords wrote:Sorry, I disagree.
You talk about middle relievers as if they can potentially wreck your ERA.
I'm not sure that I did....
bigwords wrote:That might be true for some of the disgusting, unrosterable middle guys, but I think you'll find with more research that the average ERA/WHIP of a reliever bests the average ERA/WHIP of a starter.
Really, it makes no sense to minimize the amount of innings contributed by your relievers, even those middle guys. Instead, you should try to maximize their innings contribution. They'll drive your ERA and WHIP down.
If you pick a middle reliever with a high strikeout rate, you're helping yourself in at least four categories (ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, and holds).
Finally, though it may make some intuitive sense that a one-out hold is easier and thus lefty specialists (aka LOOGYs) will rack up holds, that's not the case either. The best LOOGYs will only give you 15-20 holds whereas the best right-handed middle relievers generally wind up near 30.
I'm not saying to exclusively use Lefties here. I'm saying that they are are an effective method of picking up holds while minimizing the number of innings to do so. There's nothing to say that you can have other setup men throughout the year. I'm just saying that if you use lefties at some point within your innings limit, they can pick up some holds for you in a smaller sample of innings.
FWIW, I do understand your point bigwords, and I agree. Top setup men ARE valuable. These guys should be compliments to your roster, not integral and reliant pieces.