A week and a half ago, my team was in first place in my 9-team Yahoo ML Universe League with a point total in the mid to high 140s.
I'm now at 119 in third place, and I'm thinking about employing a strategy now that I didn't plan to move to until mid-season if I was still struggling.
I know it's early, but I do not want to get buried statistically, and I truly feel that this is not a desperate measure.
I thought this team would be performing better by now, but it is faltering.
Here is my team:
Util: Mike Lowell
Reserves: Mike Matheny, Austin Kearns, Jose Cruz, Christian Guzman, Jose Valentin
6 Starting Pitchers: Mark Mulder, Matt Morris, Odalis Perez, Hideo Nomo, Ramon Ortiz, CC Sabathia
5 Closers: Billy Wagner, Keith Foulke, Danys Baez, Mike MacDougal, Scott Williamson
Our stats are: Offensive- R,H,2B,3B,HR,RBI, SB,BB,K,AVG,OPS Pitching- IP,W,L,CG,Sho,SV,H,ER,BB,K,ERA
What I'm thinking about doing is trading my two best pitchers (Morris and Mulder, in my opinion) for some more offensive fire power (not that I don't already have quite a bit). I believe if I trade well, I could put together a team that is totally dominant offensively.
Then I'm thinking about trading my mid-line starting pitching for several quality relievers.
In the end, I would build a team made up solely of relief pitchers and one open spot to rotate in a starting pitcher with a favorable matchup on a daily basis.
Right now, I'm sub-par in almost every pitching statistic, and my offensive numbers are dropping in the rankings (they were at the top for the first couple of weeks). By cutting out my starters and going with all relievers, I should rise to the top in these stats: L, SV, H, ER, BB. I also believe that this should keep my ERA down, as relievers tend to have lower ERAs compared to starters.
If I can do a good job choosing the starters that I rotate in and out of my roster, I believe that I may be able to keep myself up in Wins as well.
I've also considered keeping Morris and Mulder, and trading the rest of my starters for relievers, which I feel is a more conservative version of the above strategy.
Has anyone ever tried anything like this? Is this foolish this early in the season? Is this a more desperate move than I think?
I figure nines in five of 11 categories is better than threes and fours in all 11 categories.