This article is part of our The Z Files series.
It's crunch time with barely over a week left in the MLB season. You've come this far, let's 'ship this thing. Here are some reminders to help bring the title home:
You can still gain and lose points in the ratio categories
Yes, this is my personal crusade, but there are still those insisting it's too late to move in batting average, ERA and WHIP. It's all about the distribution, which is true for the counting categories as well. The difference is your competitors can also worsen their ratios. You can gain points by having the team ahead of you have a bad week and fall below you.
If you're still not convinced, think of a league where every team amasses the exact same number or at-bats and innings. Now, the batting average category is hits, ERA is earned runs and WHIP is hits plus walks. That is, they're all counting categories. Who's to say you can't pass an opponent in hits? Or give up fewer runs next week?
A great way to approach pitching ratios is picking up dominant middle relievers, especially since no one can pick up players you release in weekly leagues. For example, there's no reason to hold onto the likes of David Price or Chris Paddack as both are done for the season.
Beware of teams clinching, as they bench their regulars the next game while forcing reserves to play with a hangover
This is most relevant when using the schedule to decide between fringe