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zakee wrote:SB are totally fine. Gives credit for stealing a base. What's wrong with that?
Spartans Rule wrote:zakee wrote:SB are totally fine. Gives credit for stealing a base. What's wrong with that?
Well, the fact that almost all statheads agree that stealing a base is very inconsequential in a baseball game. A stolen base moves a runner up one base. It has far less value than a single, which puts the batter on first and moves all other runners up at least one base. Also, most players who steal a lot of bases are also caught stealing quite often, but are not punished for this. A caught stealing removes a runner from the base and adds an out, far more damaging to an offensive effort than a steal is helpful. Not to mention that attempting to steal forces the batter to take pitches.
All things considered, stolen bases are almost meaningless when measuring an offensive player's contributions. Yet they account for 20% of your fantasy team's offense. This category is certainly not helping to accomplish your goal of having players valued based on real life performance.
As said before, the league that will most accurately evaluate player performance is 1x1, OPS and ERA. But the real beauty of roto baseball is that you have to look at a wide variety of players who have different skill sets and are in different situations. You have to find players who fill different roles. It makes the game far more fun and challenging than simply selecting the best players.
zakee wrote:Pettitte's a great example. 4.02 ERA, 6.3 IP per start, but because he had 21 wins and 180 Ks, he's far more valuable and popular than Ryan Franklin, who had a 3.57 ERA, averaged 6.6 IP per start, but had just 11 wins and only struck out 99. Or Kip Wells: 3.28 ERA, 6.3 IP per start, but only 10 wins and 147 Ks. It's utter lunacy that Pettitte had more value than Wells and Franklin last year.
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