I took over a team in a single season progressive league in 1948 recently. Had a good draft - got Alvin Dark to play SS on a team that had no SS before (but with the proviso that he will undergo sensitivity training under the supervision of Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson before he is allowed to manage), added OF Whitey Lockman to a long-term lineup that includes Gil Hodges, all in all not bad.
The starting rotation leaves me with a decision to make however: There are thankfully (to the previous owner) four starters with plenty of IP for a 4-man rotation. They are Murray Dickson, Bill Wight, Joe Coleman and Cliff Fannin. All of them have between 227 and 260 IP, have WHIPs hovering around 1.40 or worse, OAVs around .260, except for Fannin at .245.
Then, there is Virgil Trucks, who is better than the other 4, and has 223 IP; an OAV of .240 and a WHIP of 1.30.
The problem is, he has an IP/G of 4.92. Now, from a zillion forum posts, and some experience, I know that this is the sort of pitcher who presents some difficulties in the SIM, because he both starts and relieves.
For the moment I have him as a fifth starter, because I find that on the first couple of times through the rotation cycle, adding an additional starter to a 3 or 4 man rotation helps even out that start of the season in the red fatigue problem. But after that, what to do?
I want to put him in the bullpen, have him as setup A if only because that presumably gets him into 70 games instead of 55 as Long A, and set the four starters pitch counts a little on the low end, and maybe even set them not at 1 as I nearly always do with starters, but at 2 or even 3 to get the ball to him.
Now, I know that the "superman" strategy, as it used to be called, is not possible due to appearance fatigue. So, how do I get the most out of him - simply having him as a starter and facing reality that I can't do as I would like and maximize the number of games he pitches in ? I currently have his pitch count set at TPC 60, MPC 75. But again, that is for the temporary role as dampener of the damping effect in the first few games of the season.
Having him start will get me more or less all his 223 IP plus the 10% but he will be in trouble after roughly 75 pitches, or 5 innings. The rest of the bullpen is pretty good - Steve Gromek and Howie Judson with around 250 IP between them are the highlight, but it is far from lights out, though with Trucks, Gromek and Judson I could base the staff on relief and use the starters to get us to inning five.
The problem remains, though, how to deal best with the appearance fatigue issue if he does not start, with the in-game fatigue if he does, and the same would go to a much greater degree with Gromek and Judson were they to be in the rotation which is not my plan.
Any insight into the best way to get the maximum value out of Trucks under these conditions ?