I have to set my lineup two more times, today and on Monday. I'm in a tricky situation.
I'm 32 innings away from the cap. I'm first in wins (by 3) and Ks, but the teams right behind me have a few more innings available. I'm second in saves, 4 behind the overall first place team. If I'm going to move from third into first or second, I need that point. So, I'd like to chase saves, and if it looks like I need more wins or Ks I can pick up some guys for the day I think I'll exceed the cap. That's a little tricky because we can only set our lineup twice a week, so if I get a short start or a surprising number of bullpen innings I might not be able to adjust my plans. Anyhow, this is what I have:
9 lineup spots.
5 closers (Nathan, Balfour, Perkins, Holland, Papelbon)
Sale vs TB (9/29)
Medlen vs NYM (9/30)
Gallardo vs HOU (9/28)
Minor vs NYM (9/29)
Estrada vs HOU (9/29)
Dickey @ MIA (10/2)
I saw those guys lined up to pitch the 29th and thought about picking up a couple more guys from the FA pool and busting through the limit that day, but that means I lose out on Medlen's next start and the opportunity to pick up saves over the last few days.
So, I'm thinking of just rolling with Sale, Medlen and Gallardo. I'm guessing they will give me 18-21 innings over the weekend. My closers might give me 6-10 innings as well. Then I'll look at whether there's anyone worth picking up to throw with Dickey.
So, would you go with those three SPs for the Fri-Sun scoring period? Would you use Minor or Estrada instead of Gallardo or Sale?
8 Team, 5x5 Keeper with OBP instead of AVG, 29 man rosters (2 C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, 5 OF, U, 9 P, 6 bench). 2012 salaries, +$3 to resign for 1 year, +$6 for 2 yrs, +8 for 3 yrs. Empty slots on roster because those guys had to go back to auction. I can keep 10 of the guys listed below.
C: Mauer ($15), CSantana ($13)
1B: Goldy ($4), Hosmer ($0), Rizzo ($0 for 2013)
2B: Hill ($4), Kipnis ($0)
SS: Hanley ($31)
OF: JUpton ($34 for 2 more years), Reddick ($3), Gordon ($12), Harper ($0 for 2013)
SP: Dickey ($3), Sale ($1), Medlen ($6)
RP: Nathan ($3)
8-Man Prospect Roster: Harper, Rizzo, Rendon, Lindor, Bogaerts, JFernandez, GSanchez, TWalker