The current tie-rich environment that is FanDuel MLB DFS has got me thinking…
Normally we like our pitchers to go deep in games, and that means rostering studs. I would think that stud pitchers are much more likely to either complete the game or get pulled at the end of an inning for a setup man or a closer.
As it stands though, really the only way to achieve any score differential is to have your pitcher pulled after having recorded 1 or 2 outs in an inning. This probably isn’t nearly as important in cash as it is in GPP’s.
The problem with this of course is that when this happens, it’s usually because said pitcher is in trouble… either already having given up several runs, or with runners on base that will get charged to his line if the relief can’t come in and shut the door.
Is there any reliable data out there that might help us here? I’m thinking no, but I’m not sure. Does bullpen (especially middle/long relief) quality come into play? Can we maybe feel better about rostering an average/mediocre SP knowing that if he gets pulled early, the inherited runners are more likely to be stranded?
This would help perhaps in minimizing the damage, but at the same time it might create that separation that seems to be the only possibility of scoring a high finish in a big GPP without tying somebody else.
I’ll use Saturday’s early slate squeeze as an example: of the 6,255 entries that cashed, only five had unique scores. Those five entries used either Sabathia, Harvey, or Wainwright, who, along with Jered Weaver were the only 4 pitchers out of 14 in that slate to be pulled in the middle of an inning.
I would be interested in hearing Bales’ (and the other RG experts’) take on this.