Mike Gomez - Modern Draft League Manager

NOTE: Gomez selects closers by GRADE and does NOT bench his rotation (see below for more info)

Mike Gomez is designed to manage or handle modern, draft-league teams only. He selects closers (and relief pitchers in general) based on grade and not actual save totals. Additionally, Gomez does NOT save or set aside a rotation; if a pitcher is not benched he WILL be used in relief. So, you must bench your rotation. Several other points to note:

1) Gomez does not consider MBFs or relief appearances (in general) in making selections. So, it's best to use Gomez if your league does NOT have MBFs or batter faced limitations on. NOTE: if two relievers have the same (or nearly the same) grade, Gomez will give a slight advantage to the reliever with the most relief appearances. This is to take into consideration the higher RFs for the reliever with the most appearances (e.g., it's usually wiser to pick the reliever who can recover faster, all things considered).

2) Gomez will ignore the SALFs or actual steal attempts for those players with high steal ratings (or steal chances). So, baserunners with a 29 or higher steal chances will be given the green light in more situations regardless of their actual or historic steals. A player, for example, who was 5-5 in steals (zero CS) will likely have 40-50 steals if he plays fulltime.

3) Gomez generally uses the one-inning closer approach, i.e, closers will only pitch the ninth. He tries to use setup pitchers before the ninth. On occasion, however, in critical situations (e.g., two baserunners on), Gomez will sometimes bring in a Rivera or Hoffmann (one-inning closers) in the eighth.
On teams with multiple closers, Gomez will usually use the lower or lowest rated closers as setup relievers for the highest grade closer. Gomez greatly emphasizes platoon advantages.

4) Offensively, Gomez very seldoms bunts and usually only uses the hit and run against poor throwing catchers or where the baserunner has a relatively high chance of success. Otherwise, he'll stick with the big-inning approach and not (except for (2) above) take the risk of running his team ouf of an inning.

5) As with the other modern or draft league managers, Gomez will rest star players in lopsided games. He'll also quickly pull starting pitchers when games are safely in hand.