MTUCache wrote:Personally, I don't really see how this gives you an advantage really... sure, right now it looks great, as you run away with Saves, but two months from now how are you going to look with Wins and QS?
Other teams are going to be getting 1000+ IP out of their starters, racking up Wins and QS through the season, leaving them with just 200 or less IP for closers, putting them around 50-60 saves, depending on their two closers.
Meanwhile, you'll be getting only 800 IP out of your starters (making it tough to get anywhere near the other teams in W/QS), and probably 400 IP out of your four closers (and any MR), putting you around 100 saves.
I really don't see how this benefits you... you'll keep up in Ks if you have the right closers, and you could scalp enough wins to stay around even (maybe), but you're likely going to be getting hammered in W/QS, and probably middle of the pack in Ks... especially if a couple teams have three premier starters who will rack up all three.
In the end, the IP-max and QS should even out any "punting" involved, and leave you with whoever can keep their ratios the best. You do have an advantage there, essentially removing a fifth starter from the rotation, but it's not too late for any team in the league to do that (and pick up a couple of MRs or closers, which you said were available).
A lot of excitement about something that will even out in the end...
Part of the idea may be (or really SHOULD be) contending in Ks, WHIP, ERA, and Saves while keeping IP low. Once other owners have reached their limits and are stuck with useless SPs they can't use anymore, trade for stud SPs at bargain prices or pick them up when they're cut in order to maximize the quality of the starts. It might work, but a lot has to go right.