Increased Minimum Innings Pitched from 7 to 20; Require x amount of SP starts; cap closers per team
I'm still new to H2H, and right off the bat I realized that by allowing an automatic draft to progress without making specific picks was a mistake. This specific game is all about who gets the most and best closers, maybe setup men as well. The game puts little emphasis on starting pitching unless we are talking about rock stars, because further, it's all about accuracy - ERA and WHIP. If you're going to put a SP out there, he better be accurate or he'll skew your weekly figures and you are hosed. Sure you can take K's any given week by just blowing out the number of IP with some great pitchers, but you'll have a hard time doing that and keeping your ERA and WHIP competitive. Which brings me back to the closers, the good ones...they'll pitch a handful of innings and get you solid ERA and WHIP figures; they'll also pick up saves and the occasional win. So barring Ks, that's 4 out of 5 pitching categories each week, or half the picture in terms of beating any giving appointment. So what I see a lot of my competitors doing is 1.) stocking up on relief pitching and closers in particular, sometimes making up the majority of their pitching staff, 2.) hoarding and benching set up men and closers so that others who might need them can't get them, 3.) benching healthy top not starting pitching because of the potential impact to ERA and WHIP, particularly later in the week. It's a sneaky mess, and the folks who have played this before are making it difficult on us newbees as we continue to learn and compete. My suggestions would be as follows - one, increase the minimum innings pitched per week from 7 to 20, or the equivalent of one RP pitching ever night, to three starters average 5 innings per piece then a handful of mid relievers and closers making up the remaining 5 innings, to come up with a much fair balance for pitching each week; require x amount of SP starts each week, players should not be able to keep their ERA, WHIP and other figures low by simply benching their starters and playing relievers just enough to get to that 7 IP weekly target; and last but not least, at the draft, there should be a cap put on each team in terms of the number of closers that each team can have. Closers are essential to the game in terms of how it is currently structured, they generally get the lowest ERA and WHIP figures as well as saves and occasionally wins, that's 4 out of 5 of the pitching categories each week or 50% of the batter. I have one closer, ONE closer, there are eleven other teams in my league, and there are 30 MLB teams out there. Sounds like 2.5 closers per team, which should have been automatically accounted for when I opted for an automated draft, but I wound up with one closer, while others have five. Go figure. I'm still competing in my league through effective research, optimal and timely trades, and a little luck. Plus our season is still very early. However, I see gross inequalities that threaten to make this game a lot more unfair that it has to be. Thanks for reading my post.
Couldn't disagree with this more. There are serial streamers, but there are also people who implement it only as an occasional strategy only when it's necessary to try to swing categories to their favor in a given week. What are people supposed to do, just sit on their hands and let the matchup get away from them without trying to do something about it?
Not to mention that an innings pitched maximum could unfairly impact teams who aren't even streaming -- maybe they wind up with a bunch of 2-start pitchers loaded into a week. You want to potentially take away their ability to use their normal rotation?
There are already existing options to deal with this "problem." Use a reasonable weekly add/drop limit to force people to be more strategic about their roster additions. Include pitching categories like HR allowed or losses -- this makes streaming a risk/reward proposition instead of all reward. These are much better solutions that already exist.
Jonathan Newman commented
This or an add limit for starting pitchers only. Streaming is consistently a problem in every Yahoo league I've been in.
Jonathan Kerr commented
definitely need this!
Scott Mallery commented
Yes, this is a much needed option. This is the best way to prevent streaming. All other sites offer it and Yahoo should add this option.
Add a maximum innings pitched option in Head to Head leagues. There is already a minimum innings pitched option. By adding this option it will prevent teams from padding their stats with wins, quality starts and strikeouts.