Hey what's up guys? As you may remember, the league I'm in has the usual Ks, Ws, SVs, ERA, Whip as pitching cats plus Losses and IPs. It also has a relatively low 1250 IP cap.
As i discussed earlier, this had originally led me to believe that the best chance for me to do well across the board was to go for a great bullpen for Saves and peripheral stats, and get pretty good K/9 starters.
This has worked out fairly well so far, I'm on pace in IPs to reach the max, and my K/9 is the highest in the league so I'll likely finish in the top two in Ks (as well as Saves of course). The problem comes in when you consider the possibility of a Strike in August.
This would devastate my strategy b/c I need those last weeks of the season to reach the innings cap, and obviously to compete in Ks, Ws, etc, whereas a couple of the other owners have been pitching a number of pitchers right out of the gate in anticipation of reaching the cap early and trading for hitting then.
I'm unsure if I should move towards playing a lot more of my bench SP b/c if there is a work stoppage obviously i want to be as high as possible in IPs (the easiest category to catch up in), but also in Ks and Ws.
Here is my current staff
Matt Morris, Ishii, Halladay, Sabathia, Lawrence, Tankersly, Ismael Valdez, and Robert Person on the DL
Gagne, Urbina, Percival, Irabu, Dotel
I'm already pitching the first five SP everytime they start as a sort of in between route to start me on getting caught up, but what i really need to know is should i start Tank and Valdez on a regular basis, and should i try to trade Morris and a hitter for two good SP to help me catch up in IPs. Just so you know, the leader in IPs has 575 and I am in 4th currently with 425
any and all thoughts are appreciated