Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
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.
And quantity over quality can be bad. You might get more Wins, but ERA and WHIP might go up. Leagues shouldn't have a cap to say you can't use quantity. Each person should decide their own method. If that's limiting pitchers, fine. If it's using more pitchers, fine. But a league that says, "you can't use more pitchers" just isn't as good to play in. I want to decide my own strategy and not have the league enforce one for me.
I guess if you play in an inferior league and are an inferior player, the commish should tell you how to play. But I play in strong leagues where strategies are encouraged.