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I'm in a 12-team H2H league, currently in 1st by 4.5 games, with 7x7 cats with batting cats (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP) and pitching cats (W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS) and am trying to acquire starting pitching as I have two aces (Kershaw, Verlander) but behind them, I don't have much depth there. Here are the offers I'm thinking of:
I get Cliff Lee and give up Jason Kipnis + Evan Gattis
Note: I lose a 7-cat producer but Lee is a pure ace and I'm thrown in Gattis. If you don't think I am offering enough, I could substitute Kipnis with Adam Jones and make the offer and maybe pick up an OF off FA if the trade goes through since there's quite a bit on FA and its easier to replace.
I get Ervin Santana and give up Trevor Rosenthal
Note: He did offer me Gerrit Cole before but he might be sent down and I want a pitcher that is somewhat reliable in return for a reliever who is among the league leaders in holds. Holds have helped me get to the top of the league.
My roster is currently C - Gattis, Pierzynski, 1B - Freeman, 2B - Phillips, Kipnis, SS - Segura, 3B - Donaldson, OF - Adam Jones, Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward, SP - Kershaw, Verlander, Fister, Miguel Gonzalez, Wade Miley, Brandon Beachy, RP - Rivera, Grant Balfour, Kevin Gregg, Jim Henderson, Trevor Rosenthal
I feel my hitting is able to compete in all 7 hitting cats (hopefully able to withstand a loss of Kipnis) and I don't think I have good depth behind Kershaw, Verlander, Fister.. What do you think of those potential offers? Should I make any of them and will they improve my team? On the flip side, should I realistically offer more? Thanks in advance!
You don't need to trade for starting pitching. Starting pitching can be found in the FA pool or can be done via streaming one or two 2-start pitchers each week. Dump Fister and Gonzalez this Sunday (or the Sunday ending the all-star week) and add two "probables" that will be starting Monday as they will be 2-start pitchers for the upcoming week. That gets you 4 starts from two pitchers and even mediocre pitchers will benefit you in the counting stats (W and Ks) and the extra innings pitched will help you with ERA and WHIP which are both functions of innings pitched.
It's H2H, any moron that pays attention during the season can make the playoffs. I find it funny that H2H managers actually care, because the whole thing is decided during the H2H playoffs, when a Cody Ross can win you a championship.
Point being, nothing matters in h2H until the playoffs, so make trades don't make trades it doesn't matter. H2H is like Roulette or a toss of the dice, it's all about luck. In your kiddie league format, just set your line up in April and comeback in Sept, and then get your rabbits foot and hope you win.
H2H = Luck, not skill
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i don't know man. that's honestly what i thought and i traded away medlen. Since then, I've been streaming for SPs with upside and haven't done well. I've been losing or barely winning matchups and everyone knows behind my two aces, my pitching is weak. Plus everyone in my league plucks SPs off the waiver wire. The easier thing is plucking hitters (especially OF). They're much easier...good SPs in my league are hard to get
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