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Waiver wire - easier to find hitters or pitchers?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:27 pm
by MissingOakley
Is it easier, over the course of the many months of the season, to find truly dependable help on the waiver wire for hitting or pitching? Last year I was lucky enough to get Felix and Zach Duke off waivers, and also Cantu... so I'm not sure.

I ask because (not to turn this into a trade forum post, but just to give some context) my pitching is much, much worse than my hitting... and I'm trying to decide whether to stay put and look for free agent SPs over the course of the year, or whether to make trades for top SPs that would hurt my hitting somewhat, then look for hitting help on the waiver wire over the course of the season.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:28 pm
by cordscords
Pitchers.

A lot of rookies have success early on because hitters dont know what kind of stuff they have.

It's definitley much easier to pick up a starter off waivers and count on them to produce.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:29 pm
by chadlincoln
I usually find good pitchers on the WW more than I find good hitters.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:29 pm
by bceagles04
It is easier to find spot starter pitchers...but harder to find pitchers the will produce for the whole year unless you really know your stuff...you could try trading your strength for your weakness

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:20 pm
by MashinSpuds
Yeah, I agree with the others. Hitters usually go on streaks that benefit you for awhile but then fade hard. It's rare that a guy will stick with you for more than a month with really helpful stats. Most waiver hitters are stopgap material.

Pitchers, since they usually pitch 4-5 times a month, can have a 3+ game excellence streak that'll benefit your team. Whether it's matchups, a warmer month, or a flukey streak, these guys can be good bottom of the rotation freebies.

One or two of the waiver pitchers could help your staff out some, but like it's been said, better to trade your strengths for weaknesses. There's a Duke every year, but you should go for a more solid arm to save your staff instead of gambling too much.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:31 pm
by Ender
Pitchers and its not even close.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:44 pm
by Dark Knight
Ender wrote:Pitchers and its not even close.


What he said ;-D . Which is why I never use a top 5 draft pick on a SP.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:05 pm
by bronxxbomber
Pretty much depends on how many people in your league and how active they are. In my league it's a bit harder because everyone pays attention and we have 14 people so there are fewer options available. From my experience though I found the mix are pretty even. I think Waiver hitters offer more return though.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:17 pm
by rentz
from my experience hitters are easier to find throughout the year.
you can find spot starters who will produce great until something better comes along, but in the leagues ive been in (until this year that is) hitters had always been more abundant on the wire because people get frustrated with cold streaks and drop guys.

i guess it all depends on the league

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:35 pm
by bellings
I find it easier to pick up hitters. There will usually be some 20HR hitters sitting around with a descent average. However, there is rarely a pitcher sitting on the WW that doesn't kill your ratios. I think that because most leagues have more ratios for the pitchers than the hitters, it is more difficult to find pitchers that won't hurt you.