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I'm in a contract based keeper league (6x6 roto). Last year I finished 2nd. I had 59 out of a 66 possible points in pitching, but just 34.5 points in hitting categories. A little over half of my team is returning players from last year, but I've mostly focused my spending on hitters this offseason. Holds and OPS are the two extra categories.
The league had 11 teams last year, but has just 10 teams this year.
This is my team, did I improve my hitting enough in a shallow 10 team league?
C: Pablo Sandoval
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Garrett Atkins
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
OF: Alfonso Soriano
OF: Ryan Ludwick
OF: Shane Victorino
Util: Chris Davis (backup 1B & 3B)
Util: Alexi Ramirez (backup 2B & SS & OF)
Bench: Andre Ethier (he's kinda good for a bench player, could easily replace Ludwick)
Bench: Hideki Matsui
As for pitching, there are 3 SP, 2 RP, and 3 P spots. There is no maximum number of innings pitched, so rotating starters through your lineup is a good strategy.
Relievers (one must be benched all the time)
Hong Chi Kuo
As I said before, it is a 10 team league, so it is a shallow league. Teams need to be higher quality than the teams you'd find in a 12 team league or larger.
What are my holes on offense? Is my pitching still good enough to get about 90% of the possible points? If I was to make a trade, what area of my team is expendable, and what area needs to be upgraded?
Pitching is solid. In field is solid, tulowiski should be better this year if he can stay healthy. OF is pretty week. in a ten team league victorino should be a utility or back up. get your outfield a little deaper and you should be golden.
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Victorino has had 12 HRs 37 SBs and 14 HRs 36 SBs in the last two seasons. My team does need speed, which is why I picked him up and have him in my starting lineup. With his double digit homers the last two years, he's not too big of a power liability (unlike a Taveras or Pierre type OF), and he finished 11th in the majors in steals last year. Sizemore and Reyes were the only guys to have more steals and more HRs than him last year.
For picking up a speed OF, Ellsbury, Upton, Suzuki, Sizemore, Kemp, and Rios were all a lot more expensive. I think he's about as good as I could hope for in filling a 3rd OF spot with some much needed speed. I actually value him more than Ludwick, so he's a 2nd OF, but given how much money I spent on other areas for my team, I couldn't afford to spend a huge amount on my OFs (I had already overspent for Soriano, but I was desperate for speed)
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Yeah, Stolen Bases was my biggest worry. Aside from Alfonso Soriano and Shane Victorino (both guys who can steal 30+), my biggest SB threat is Alexi Ramirez with the 3 he had last year.
I'm surprised that my pitching is thought of as weak. I didn't change it much at all from last year, when I did so well.
Is the starting pitching weak, the relief pitching, or both?
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