9er Fan wrote:I have a couple problems with some of the assumptions in the SI article...

1. Just because there were 2x the number of wins as saves does not mean saves are twice as valuable as wins. I can list a number of reasons why that statement is laughable, but for the sake of simplicity will just say that according to that logic, if a closer saved 50 games, those 50 saves would be exactly as valuable as 100 wins recorded by a single starting pitcher. Oops.

2. K/9 is the only stat that matters for strikeouts. That's another good one. So I suppose Hoffman (54) SO's and Clemens (218) helped teams equally in the strikeout category since they both struck out about 1 batter / inning?

9er fan - those assumptions are 100% accurate if you are talking about roto leagues. Value in roto leagues are driven by statistical scarcity as well as positional scarcity. Also, since their are IP limits, ALL pitchers should be evaluated on what they give you per IP to maximize those limited IP you have - thats why high K, low % MR are so valuable in roto - regardless if they get you saves or not - their ERAimp, WHIPimp, K/IP, and W/IP will rank them just below the elite SPs.

If you dont play roto then disregard everything you read - it doesnt apply.