Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Starting Pitcher Scoring

We have had a few complaints that our Fantasy Baseball scoring is too heavily weighted towards starting pitching. We think that this is a valid complaint, and we will be addressing this over the all-star break (while no contests are running). What we had in mind is listed below, but we would love your input on pitcher scoring.

1) Win = 5pts vs. 10pts
2) Loss = 0pts vs. -5pts
3) Earned Run = -2pts vs. -1pt

This is not a huge change, but will slightly deemphasize the pitchers score, allowing the position player scores to count more. It also takes away the importance of getting the win, which is not always in the pitchers control if they get no support. Let us know what you think. If you like the scoring the way it is now, let us know as well.

8 comments:

Chipper said...

I guess you'd have to look at what the average pitcher score is vs what the average hitter score is. There appears to be a lot of potential negative scores for a pitcher as well. It could be feast of famine with certain pitchers. There is a big 15 point swing between a win or loss. Personally, if you are going to change the rules you might want to run them against your past games and see what kind of impact it has on the scores and the potential outcomes. No matter what the rule change is, people are going to have to study the rules and apply them as necessary in order to win. If the points tend to favor one type of scoring stat then members will have to adjust their strategy accordingly. What we don't want to see are constant rule changes so that we have to re-adjust our strategies several times in a week.

I personally don't like penalizing and taking away points in fantasy games. I'd rather get 0 points than get negative points.

Chipper said...

One other thought, if you want to adjust down pitching, you might want to consider dropping the points for 1/3rd innings pitched. If a pitcher throws a complete 9-inning game - that is a whopping 27 points! Perhaps drop that to a point for every full inning pitched.

Blinders said...

This will be a one time adjustment to the scoring if we do it over the All-Star break. I don't really mind tweaking it to get it right now vs. later when we have 10s of thousands of users. We will also have warnings of the change in the registration window for a few weeks. The pitching change reduces the difference between a win or loss to just 5pts.

TraumaPoker said...

I think the bigger problem is the price you can get good pitching at, the last time Dan Haren pitched for the A's he was 10K against the cap, I mean the guy is 10-2 and an All-Star! I like the points for innings pitched because guys who go deep should get you some points but they should cost more against the cap.

StB said...

Will player positions be updated during the break as well? For example, you have the whole Brewer infield- minus 1st base- listed at shortstop.

TraumaPoker said...

Along with pitcher costs it doesn't seem like player costs move that much. For example this morning A-Rod is costing 170K and he is hitless over his last 4 games or something like that plus he is day to day. I think the prices need to vary based on performance but it seems like they are set at a certain price and don’t vary much. Also there are little things like the Bal first baseman situation. I can only pick Huff but he has played less games at first and more at DH then Milar. If you want to only have one of them to pick from I think Milar gets the nod as he has more games at first base and less games at DH but instead I am stuck with Huff when I want Milar!! OK I am done venting I know it’s a new site and these things will get worked out with feedback.

Blinders said...

Player Salaries are actual salaries and are not based on performance. We did this initially for Fantasy Baseball to simplyfy things. More advanced salary cap games are in the works.

yo momma said...

I think that pitcher point structure is fine. If anything I would eliminate the -5 points for a loss. I figure a pitcher who doesn't do well will not have many points as it is to subtract an extra 5 points. Thats adding insult to injury.

Something else that would be cool is to add a closer as well. So even if your pitcher loses you have a shot to gain some points from your closer. Just a thought.