Anyone else think pitching is key to victorie in fantasy baseball?
Question:thats why im my league i got the first pick and will take santana over pujols
think of it this way, their are more great hitters then pitchers
How many hitters can get 45 homers this seosen? About 6-8 probably if their are no major injuerys
How many pitchers can get 20 victories this seosen? About 2-4 if no major pitchers get hurt
Pitching is key in fantasy baseball like, golie is in fantasy hockey, or running back in fantasy football
Also, pitchers get hurt far more often than hitters do, it is about a 1-2 ratio I believe. Finally, lets say you have Johan Santana and he is on a hot streak pitching, that will give you that 1 win 8 ks and 3.00 ERA twice every week at best. If Pujols is clubbing homeruns like he did at the beginning of the year he will be contributing 1 home run, 3 or 4 RBIs and about a .400 batting average to me every single day.
But I would still draft a great hitter first. The talent drops off hugely after the top guys are gone and you'll want a very good consistent hitter bringing up your offensive stats. I always take a hitter first and make sure I grab 2 other good hitters in the first 6 or so rounds just to have a good core. Then I know I can fill in with sleepers, rookies and the waiver wire. Hitting will always be easier to find and you can afford to play around when you have a good couple core guys. That and usually the first round pitchers are overrated and can have problems. The poor guy who took Mark Prior can tell you. If you take a pitcher first you are taking a 50/50 cap shoot that this guy will live up to the hype. Take Pujols, you know the man is going to perform.
But getting back to my orginal point, I would skew my draft to take good pitching and plenty of it. You need to absolutely load up to guard against injuries, demotions and just plain pitching crappy. Fantasy baseball isn't about 20 game winners, its about ERA, WHIP and strikeouts as well. Having a large pitching core will allow you to beat almost anyone in wins and strikeouts. You need good guys though. Position 1-2 or on each team's rotation. Fill in pitchers are easy to find but will kill your ERA and WHIP. Its best to load up on quality arms. If you have a good group of decent pitchers you are going be in the running for ERA and WHIP each week as well. I like to have absolutely no fewer than 3 established closers on my team and will tinker around with a 4th one. They will help eat your ERA lower and WHIP as well as give you the saves victory for the week as well. I do not bother with set up men, they are worthless to me. So if you can take 4 of the 5 pithcing catergories a week and get at least 2-3 hitting catergories a week you'll win consistently each week and win your league.
Hitters play 162 games and contribute everyday. In a 12 to 14 team league, the pitching first strategy will leave you trying to guess when Olmedo Saenz will hit his next HR.
In the the first 75 picks there are only about 20 pitchers worthy of taking the chance, only two in the first 25 picks and of the 20 pitchers, 7 are closers.
You are right about how many hitters can hit 45 HR"s - to go along with that they also have 120+ RBI's, 100 Runs and usually around .300 Avg.. and to match that you are going to need 2 guys that hit 25 HR's each and you won't get them by taking pitchers too early.
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