BR Draft Strat: SPs, RPs or Both?

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Is the best BR draft strategy to emphasize drafting SPs, RPs, or Both?

I'm not asking whether to draft them over hitters. Only which of these is a priority, if there is one.

I haven't played enough 3-inning games this year to understand how stamina works, especially over a BR run. Or if there are any other factors involved.

SDS

Short answer: RPs > SPs, but I usually look for 1 silver SP I can go to for 3-5 batters and maybe 2 silver SPs depending on how the draft works out.

Long answer: any good draft for me will have a bullpen full of good silvers and good bronzes (the quality bronzes can make or break a draft IMO), and almost never contains a common or a bronze that I don't feel comfortable using with the game on the line

In my experience, tired pitchers get killed in BR by decent or better opponents, so you'll need at least 8 or 9 pitchers you can go to (including starters) if you want to make a deep run. I've even gone to the backend of my rotation to eat innings in blowout games when I needed to preserve my bullpen

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@jonnydaman said in BR Draft Strat: SPs, RPs or Both?:

Short answer: RPs > SPs, but I usually look for 1 silver SP I can go to for 3-5 batters and maybe 2 silver SPs depending on how the draft works out.

Long answer: any good draft for me will have a bullpen full of good silvers and good bronzes (the quality bronzes can make or break a draft IMO), and almost never contains a common or a bronze that I don't feel comfortable using with the game on the line

In my experience, tired pitchers get killed in BR by decent or better opponents, so you'll need at least 8 or 9 pitchers you can go to (including starters) if you want to make a deep run. I've even gone to the backend of my rotation to eat innings in blowout games when I needed to preserve my bullpen

Hey man, I appreciate you. I actually took some notes from your long post on draft strategy a week or 2 ago.

It did seem like you were clearly emphasizing relievers over starters, but I wanted to double check since I couldn't quite make out why that would be the case.

One other question for you is that I happened to catch a youtube video a couple months back from a guy who wins a ton of BR. He's probably popular or something but I don't know many MLBTS youtubers. The one thing he advised differently from you is to go for mostly silver bats and stock up on pitchers (don't remember whether he said RP or SP but let's guess RP for the sake of the conversation).

The reason he gave was that hitting is so easy on AS that silver hitters were sufficient. But it also seems like the inverse is true: hitting is so easy on AS that stud relievers don't matter.

I just wanted to get your take on that if you feel up to it.

SDS

@Josh_KCK said in BR Draft Strat: SPs, RPs or Both?:

@jonnydaman said in BR Draft Strat: SPs, RPs or Both?:

Short answer: RPs > SPs, but I usually look for 1 silver SP I can go to for 3-5 batters and maybe 2 silver SPs depending on how the draft works out.

Long answer: any good draft for me will have a bullpen full of good silvers and good bronzes (the quality bronzes can make or break a draft IMO), and almost never contains a common or a bronze that I don't feel comfortable using with the game on the line

In my experience, tired pitchers get killed in BR by decent or better opponents, so you'll need at least 8 or 9 pitchers you can go to (including starters) if you want to make a deep run. I've even gone to the backend of my rotation to eat innings in blowout games when I needed to preserve my bullpen

Hey man, I appreciate you. I actually took some notes from your long post on draft strategy a week or 2 ago.

It did seem like you were clearly emphasizing relievers over starters, but I wanted to double check since I couldn't quite make out why that would be the case.

One other question for you is that I happened to catch a youtube video a couple months back from a guy who wins a ton of BR. He's probably popular or something but I don't know many MLBTS youtubers. The one thing he advised differently from you is to go for mostly silver bats and stock up on pitchers (don't remember whether he said RP or SP but let's guess RP for the sake of the conversation).

The reason he gave was that hitting is so easy on AS that silver hitters were sufficient. But it also seems like the inverse is true: hitting is so easy on AS that stud relievers don't matter.

I just wanted to get your take on that if you feel up to it.

To address your first question, I advocate for relievers over starters mainly because they are generally better than starters. It can help to have 1 or 2 quality starters so your bullpen doesn't get exhausted (you almost never want to be using a pitcher with red energy), but if you compare the velocity, /9s, etc of silver SPs to silver RPs, I think you'll find that RPs are more effective.

That being said, I think getting at least 2 or 3 good bronzes can make a great BR team and it just so happens that there are quite a few quality bronze RPs, especially LHPs in the 70-74 range so those guys are key players I look to draft.

Regarding pitchers vs hitters, I understand what that person is saying but like you said if you say anyone can hit well in BR you can also say nobody can pitch in BR. I think there's truth in both statements so I do like to focus on velocity over control for pitchers and power over contact for hitters because those are things that you can't make up for. There is room for user preference on whether your golds are pitchers or hitters, but I strongly believe that your diamonds should both be very good hitters (preferably at premium positions if possible). I recommend using this period of free BR entries to practice drafting and learn what positions you can afford to fill with silvers or good bronzes and where you want to go with golds/diamonds. I tend to like saving my 1B/LF/RF spots for silvers or bronzes since those positions are stacked with power hitters but there are a few other hitters I look for, keston hiura at 2B is one I love for the attributes vs RHPs at a position like 2B which I think is the hardest to fill.

I'm happy to expand on anything or clarify what I wrote if you have questions. I'm not good enough on the sticks to go 12-0 all the time but I have done it this year and typically can do it at leazt once or twice per year and I believe my draft strategy is just as good as anyone's so I enjoy talking about it

SDS

Doesn’t matter. Take any pitcher who has a sinker and cutter e.g. Blake treinen, Aaron bummer, Joey lucchesi, Chris bassit. These are just a few of my favorite guys and they’re just bronzes and silvers. Blake Treinen is already 11-0 for me this year with a 4.15 era and that’s all in BR.

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