The Z Files: Changing Wins to Innings and Saves to Solds

The Z Files: Changing Wins to Innings and Saves to Solds

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Tout Wars has always tried to find the balance between running common, relatable leagues and being on the forefront of rules innovation. Before I continue, in full disclosure I am on the five-member Tout Wars board.

Tout Wars was the first industry league to switch from 4x4 to 5x5 and to use OBP instead of batting average. We introduced the inaugural Mixed Leagues, first auction, then draft. Tout Wars then expanded into Head to Head and Draft and Hold. Finally, a few years back, we took out the fifth outfielder in the single league formats and made it a super-utility, available to be occupied by a hitter or pitcher.

Along the way, Tout Wars has experimented with Vickrey bidding and one season charged an entry fee to be paid out in winnings to examine whether having money on the line influenced the quality of play. Spoiler alert: it didn't, at least that was the results of the survey. Finally, Tout Wars provided a platform for Sam Walker to write Fantasyland and Jed Latkin to play the lead in the movie.

Well, we're at it again. Tout Wars is rolling out yet another showcase league, this time with tweaks to the pitching categories as innings pitched replaces wins, while saves plus holds takes over for saves. Both are in response to the current manner in which MLB approaches pitching.

Fewer wins are earned by starters. These are now captured by relievers. Sure, this helps elevate the utility of quality non-closers, but

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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