Ryan Vogelsong loosens up. Photo courtesy of flickr user Dinur.
If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time spending early round draft picks on guys like Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price. I know they’re great pitchers, but spending an early pick on someone who goes once every five days is tough to do, especially in a weekly format league. Fortunately, I’ve come up with a bit of a system, and it’s pretty simple.
Step 1: Let your rivals have the top guys.
They’re just aren’t that many of them out there, and a rival having one or two of them will not make his pitching rotation unbeatable. If he has more than two, you will have a tough time matching his pitching numbers, but he won’t be able to compete offensively.
Step 2: Get High strikeout to walk ratio guys.
With the exception of the elite pitchers, these aren’t necessarily guys who strike many hitters out, but they don’t walk many either. Again, beyond the game’s truly elite arms, the guys who strike out a lot