Originally Posted by mlbfan30
Or do you pick up Kason Gabbard at Safeco off the waivers. Selective - characterized by very careful or fastidious selection. More options means more selective. I can choose 1 spot from 2 pitchers or 3 pitchers. You'd be more selective from the 3 pitcher selection since there is more to choose from. In your case Young is a flyball pitcher, so he's probably do bad. Lowe has a career 8.78 ERA against the Mets. The best choice is to use waivers to get Gabbard. Limiting starts limit strategy since it limits variance. If you one of those big government people who want them to regulate the way you eat/sleep/drink, then I guess limit starts. That way every week the same amount of starts are used and it decreases any sort personal freedom in the league.
We're not talking about limiting the pool of pitchers you can draw from. We're talking about limiting your own scoring opportunities.
Limiting starts doesn't limit variance -- it makes the choice more difficult. The variance is still there. The pool of available pitchers is the same regardless of how many spots you have. In an unlimited league, you could pick up Young, Lowe, Gabbard, and whoever else was starting that day, and start them all, thereby diminshing the impact each individual performance has on your overall score. With a limited league, you'd have to settle on one and hope you made a good decision.
Fewer limitations means you can be *less* selective, because the impact of each choice is lessened.
I see limitations as challenges that lead to more careful decision making, as opposed to a free-for-all that tends to reward quantity over quality.