Trojan Pony wrote:I dunno, I feel like having Wins, Strikeouts, AND Quality Starts is plenty of incentive to play SP's. Also, for what it's worth, the rosters are set up with 5 SP / 4 RP / 3 P. I think SV+HD would lead to relievers having too little value. It would also close the gap between closers and middle relievers, which I don't really like.
1) Combining Saves & Holds versus having them as stand-alone categories increases the value of closers relative to MR's. Combining them versus not having Holds at all pushes them together.
If you have them as separate categories, then a dominant MR guy is as valuable as a dominant closer because he will provide the same relative advantage. He will help you win 1 category and help in others.
If you have them as combined categories, then a dominant MR guy is less valuable than a dominant closer. The top closers get about 40-50 saves a year. The top MR's only get around 30 or so holds.
So say you have 2 players: one a MR guy, another a closer. They have the same K's, same innings, same ERA, same WHIP. The closer closes 30 games; the MR guy gets 30 holds. If you have the categories counted separate, the MR guy is more valuable because he will be the #1 (or #2, maybe) for Holds in the entire league and go a decent way to winning you that category while the closer will make you competitive in Saves but won't provide a dominant position and then they're a wash with everything else. Once you combine the two, then they're a total wash, completely interchangeable. So no, combining Saves & Holds does not bring tighter the value of closers and relievers; in fact, it does exactly the opposite.
Trojan Pony wrote:Too slugger heavy? Aren't Runs, Net SB, and Walks less slugger-friendly? And XBH is a little less "slugger" friendly than just HR... If anything, I think the batting cats I have now are LESS slugger-friendly than the typical roto league. No?
Walks are very slugger-friendly. Generally speaking, the guys who hit the long ball also tend to be very high in walks both because they get pitched around and because walks and HRs are an "older-player" skill.
Here's the leaders in walks for 2008:
I could keep going on, but you should get the idea. As far as xBH, I can't find one place with them all except by team, so here's the 2008 leaders for a few teams.
Carlos Pena (57)
Stephen Drew (76)
Chris B. Young (71)
Conor Jackson (49)
Kelly Johnson (57)
Chipper Jones (47)
Delmon Young (42)
In other words, I would call the stat mostly a wash, but still slightly favoring sluggers who are hitting HRs and doubles. It is less slugger-friendly than pure HRs, sure, but I don't think you're trying to just be "better than traditional 5x5." And under your current system, you overly favor slugging still.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.