April 2010

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, May 1-3

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SATURDAY

G.Gonzalez @ Eveland -the shine
is off Eveland, but I’ll try Gio against the strikeout-prone
Jays

F.Garcia @
Vazquez – I’ll give Javy one more chance

Harrison @ King
Felix

Davies @ Price
- mismatch of the night, which means the Royals will win
12-1

Dice-K @ Bergesen - good
matchup for Dice-K’s return

Kazmir @
Bonderman

Slowey @ Masterson -
Masterson melted down last time but I’ll give him a second
chance

Myers @
Hudson
– nice matchup for
both against weak offenses

Bailey @
Lohse

Pelfrey @
Halladay
– if Pelfrey passes
this test he’s officially graduated, at least for now!

E. Rogers @
Cain

Olsen @
Volstad

Gallardo @ Latos – Latos got
smashed last time and the Brewers can do some smashing

Haren @ Silva – can Silva
silence the powerful D-backs??

Duke @ Haeger 

SUNDAY

 
Liriano
@
Huff

Buehrle @
Hughes – sitting it out on Buehrle right now

Sheets @ Marcum
 - sitting it out with Sheets, too

Beckett @
Millwood

Greinke @ W.
Davis

Weaver @ Verlander -
great matchup

Wilson @ Fister -
favorable matchup for both pitchers

Harang @
Carpenter – Harang isn’t out of the woods yet

Norris @ Lowe -
favorable matchups for the pitchers

Jackson @ Gorzelanny – E-Jax
will bounce back vs. weak Cubs

Chacin @ J.
Sanchez
– Gustavo Chacin!? Really!??!?

Wolf @
Garland

Karstens @
Kuroda
I wouldn’t start Karstens, but deep and NL-only leaguers might gamble here based
on how bad the Dodgers are without Manny

Lannan @
Johnson

J.
Santana
@
Moyer

 

MONDAY

 
Saunders @
Buchholz

Cecil @ Talbot – great
2-start week for Cecil

Guthrie @
Sabathia

Meche @ Peavy
- last chance for Peavy before the bench

Scherzer @ Baker
-
Baker running out of leash also

Harden @
Braden

J. Garcia @
Hamels

Maine @ Leake -
reasonable place to gamble on Maine

Mulvey @
Paulino

Jimenez @ Correia -
Correia pitching well, and at home

***Siano says:

Ditch on Lowe. I know it’s the Stros but he literally has one good start and
in that start he walked 7. Prey on the weak is fine so feel free to ignore but I
smell a trap.

Pitch on Gorz, risky because the D-backs are on all cylinders but I’m digging
him.

If
it was Gustavo I would have said PITCH!!!! I still wear his
cologne.

For Monday, I
think Peavy starts a turnaround a la Lester just not as good.
Pitch

Baker
is borderline DTM, luckily for him he’s had two really good starts this year. Pitch.

Big
test for Garcia, the angel on shoulder says ditch or more specifically put on
bench but the devil says leave the kid in the fire.

Ditch
on Maine. One start against a screwed up LA club does not a pitch
make.

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 29

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Burnett @ Matusz

Floyd @ Feldman – Floyd
was better against Seattle before tiring late, still
bullish

Duchscherer @
Romero

Pavano @
Willis

Hochevar @
Garza

Arroyo @
Oswalt

Kennedy @ Lilly
-
Both shamed my conservatism last time out!

D. Davis @
LeBlanc

Jurrjens @
Wainwright

Burres @
Kershaw

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Burnett @ Matusz  
Could be a duel or a softball
game.

Floyd @ Feldman  Floyd has been too terrible I’m gonna sit this one out
even though I said pitch on Peavy in same series.

Duchscherer @
Romero

Pavano @  Willis fine I’ll pitch him.

Hochevar @
Garza

Arroyo @
Oswalt

Kennedy @ Lilly  See Yankees vs. O’s. Lilly coming off triumphant return.
Kennedy coming off shutting down PHI.

D. Davis @
LeBlanc  11 innings and only one run and at home.
Brewers can rake but this may be worth a shot.

Jurrjens @
Wainwright

Burres @
Kershaw

 

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 28

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Baker @
Scherzer

Westbrook @ Big
Erv
– With Big Erv, it’s all about the matchups

Sabathia @
Guthrie

Lester @ Cecil – I like
Cecil but not vs. the Red Sox

Braden @
Shields – Braden may make a believer out of me if he handles the
Rays

Rowland-Smith @
Meche

Peavy @
Harden
– Both with a lot to
prove

Maholm @ Narveson -
Narveson worth watching in NL-only leagues

Haeger @
Maine

Atilano @
Dempster

Benson @ G. Smith -
If there was ever a formula for a 14-12 game this is it

Hamels @
Lincecum
– Matchup of the
night!

Leake @
Paulino

Correia @
Robertson
– I’m willing to
gamble on both in this matchup

Kawakami @ Garcia
 - Amazing that the Braves are a PoD target

***Siano agrees with everything except he says ditch Harden: “I only have a tad more confidence in Peavy than I do in Harden.”

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 27

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Hughes @
Millwood

Liriano @ Verlander – Scuffling
Verlander not an automatic right now vs. hot Twins
Buchholz @ Marcum -
Marcum starting to prove himself
Sheets @ W. Davis

Buehrle @
Wilson

Snell @ Greinke
- So much for Snell as a sleeper; he goes to bullpen when Lee
returns
Talbot @ Saunders

TBD @ J. Santana – Padilla goes
to DL, Dodgers rotation gets thinner
Garland @ A. Sanchez

Harang @
Norris
 - Norris 17 K’s in 12.2 IP
and Reds are erratic

L. Hernandez @
Gorzelanny

TBD @ Wolf -
McCutchen sent down, Pirates rotation is just awful
Lowe @ Carpenter

Jackson @
Jimenez

Moyer @ Wellemeyer

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, April 24-26

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SATURDAY

Fister
@
F. Garcia

Pettitte @
Pineiro

Romero @
Niemann

Matusz @
Lackey

Blackburn @
Hochevar

Carmona @
Anderson

Willis @
Harden

LeBlanc @
Arroyo  

Jurrjens @ Niese  *Jair’s ERA misleading since it was the thumping in SD. Only Astros have a lower BA then Bravos in NL.

TBD @
Wandy

Lilly @ D. Davis  *Piniella says pitch on teddy ballgame I
don’t

Robertson @
Cook

Kershaw @
Stammen

Figueroa @ Kennedy  *Gonna pass on both. Kennedy not a
graduate.

Wainwright @
Zito
  *Nice test for Zito but at home and the way he
is going it’s a no brainer.

SUNDAY

J. Vargas @
Danks  *Vargas an OK in AL-only play.

Morrow @
Price  *Morrow needs to do it again but on
radar.

Slowey @
Bannister

Porcello @ Lewis  *Porcello risky here but I’ll stick with him for
now.

Vazquez @
Kazmir

D. Hernandez @
Matsuzaka  *Not yet on
Dice.

Masterson @ G.
Gonzalez  
*This has potential for a duel or a
softball game, I’ll guess duel.

Morton @
Myers

Billingsley @ Olsen  *Wow Chad’s been bad but I think you need to trot him
out.

Wells
@
Bush

Penny @
Cain

Kendrick @ Lopez  *Kendrick needs to do it again.

Volstad @ De La
Rosa

Richard @ Bailey  *Hate when SD pitchers go on road but I like Richard.
His one road start was in COL and he did well.

Hanson @ Pelfrey  *They swap bodies last
starts?


MONDAY


Beckett
@ Eveland  *I think Beckett is overrated but he’s a start. Enh on
Eveland.

Bonderman @
Harrison

King
Felix
@
Davies

Huff @
Weaver

Kuroda @ O. Perez

Latos @ Johnson  *Latos coming off a sick
start.

Lannan @ Silva  *Triple dog dare ya

Duke @
Gallardo

Hudson @
Lohse

Haren @ Hammel  *Danny boy needs to get going. Tough spot but roll him
out.

Halladay @ J.
Sanchez  
*I feel like this game is being played just
for me.

***For Saturday, Cory says “Pitch on Harden, maybe out of blind loyalty at this point? Detroit is
not so scary that I can’t give him another shot. Also ditch Niese, I don’t think
one decent start against the awful Cubs gets you in there just yet.”

***For Sunday, “Pitch Myers vs. the Pirates, and Dice-K vs. the O’s, based strictly on how
terrible those offenses are right now.”

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 23

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Scherzer @
Feldman

Cecil @ Garza

Pavano @ Meche *I’m so happy I can jump right off Pavano train. You
know what some guys are just not consistent enough for me and you can disagree
with me it’s all good people.

Rowland-Smith @ Floyd *Both lineups are questionable right now so go for
it.

Westbrook @
Duchscherer *Duch strictly POD for me but this
is a good matchup unless bats wake up.

Guthrie @
Lester *I like Guthrie just not
here

Burnett @ E.
Santana
*Big Erv with a big
test

Correia @ Cueto *Reds middle of the pack offense, Correia middle of the
pack SP. I’ll pass but feel free to gamble.

Kawakami @
Maine

Maholm @
Oswalt

Dempster @
Suppan

Nolasco @ G.
Smith

Hamels @
Benson

Haeger @
Marquis

Garcia @
Lincecum
*0.69 and 0.90
ERAs


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Scherzer @ Feldman

Cecil @ Garza

Pavano @ Meche – I think Pavano bounces
back vs. so-so Royals offense

Rowland-Smith @ Floyd – Mariners just the antidote to
Floyd’s early struggles

Westbrook @ Duchscherer – Not a big Duch fan, but
Tribe don’t score

Guthrie @ Lester

Burnett @ E.Santana – Can you blame me for
not trusting Big Erv?

Correia @
Cueto

Kawakami @ Maine

Maholm @ Oswalt

Dempster @ Suppan

Nolasco @ G.Smith – Coors is scary for
HR-prone Nolasco, but I’m riding the horse

Hamels @ Benson

Haeger @
Marquis

Garcia @ Lincecum – Tough matchup for Garcia but
results are impressive so far

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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 22

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Wilson @
Buchholz

Sabathia @
Braden

Shields @
Peavy

Talbot @
Baker

Verlander @
Saunders

Gorzelanny @ J.
Santana

Jimenez @ L. Hernandez – Hard to take Livan seriously despite the 0.00 ERA

Padilla @ Leake – Could be 1-0, could be 12-9… I’m staying away

Moyer @ Lowe – Lowe
too erratic to trust vs. an elite offense

Wolf @ McCutchen – Wolf
should be solid against lower-tier offenses

An.
Sanchez
@ Paulino – Sanchez
OK his first time, awful the last time… let’s see if Houston can get him
better

 
***Siano says “I agree with everything Cory said except I’m ditching Saundo. His two stinkers have been at home. If he pitches well here I’ll be more inclined
next go round.”

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 20

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***Mike and Cory agree on these 100%. Here are the picks with Siano’s comments:

Davies @ Eveland *Playing the hot
hand

Lewis @ Wakefield *Patient teams will hurt Rangers
pitching. Wakefield probably on his way to pen.

Masterson @ Slowey

Price @ Danks

Porcello @ Kazmir *Kazmir in the Harden and Sheets
club right now. I’m passing.

Vazquez @ G. Gonzalez *You can hear some faint
music in the background for Javy. Brett Myers knows all about it.

D. Hernandez @ J. Vargas *Ditch these are AL-only plays at
best

De La Rosa @ Olsen *Bad job last time but I’m going
back in.

Bush @ Morton

Zambrano @ Pelfrey *Pelfrey win/save/win?? His
confidence has to be sky high.

Billingsley @ Bailey *Homer has been hittable and
Dodgers are hitting homers left and right in the middle of
order.

Kendrick @ Hanson *Kendrick DTM as of
now.

Volstad @ Myers *No K’s from Volstad but can be
effective.

Lohse @ Haren

J. Sanchez @ Latos *Sanchez coming off a
gem, thinking he keeps it up. I’m on the fence on Latos so just gonna pass until
he puts a few together. Low walks so one good sign.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, April 17-19

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SATURDAY

Wilson @ Burnett – Wilson is coming off an illness
but the Yankees might make him sick
Saunders @ Tallet
Meche @ Blackburn
Guthrie @ Duchscherer – Last start
was much better, he’s at home and the O’s are scuffling
Peavy @ Westbrook  - Not loving Peavy but the Indians can’t score
right now
Shields @ Buchholz
Verlander @ Rowland-Smith

Oswalt @
Gorzelanny
- Poor,
poor Roy Oswalt!

Wolf @ L. Hernandez 
J.
Santana
@
Garcia

Lincecum @ Haeger - Haeger dominated the Fish last time,
but the Giants are actually scoring some runs these days so I’ll
pass
Cueto @ Ohlendorf

Nolasco @ Moyer
Jimenez @ Kawakami
TBD @ Correia

 

SUNDAY

Harden @ Pettitte
Floyd @ Carmona – Carmona is an enigma right
now, I’m waiting for a more clear direction
Big Erv @ Romero - Hard to trust Erv right now
Garza @
Lester
 -
AL Cy vs. the
runner-up
Hochevar @ Pavano
– Still not trusting
Hochevar
Matusz @ Anderson  - Undercard to Garza/Lester
Scherzer @ Snell


G. Smith @ Jurrjens - Have to believe Jurrjens will rebound at home vs.
the banged-up Rockies
D. Davis @ Marquis

Robertson @ Hamels
Arroyo @ Maholm
Wandy @
Dempster
 - Is Wandy hurt? I'll give
him one more start to find out
Kennedy @ TBD
– If Kennedy
gives up 3 more HR in San
Diego I’m going to lose faith!
Zito @
Kershaw


Maine @ Wainwright

 


MONDAY

Niemann @ Lackey
Bannister @ Morrow
Willis @ Pineiro - Pineiro was sharp vs. the Yankees so
I’ll ride him at home vs. DET
Bergesen @
Fister

Wells @ Niese
Cook @ Stammen
Penny @ R. Lopez
Cain @
Richard
- Richard
started well last time but faded, but I like him at home

SIANO’S PICKS

SATURDAY

 
Wilson
@ Burnett
Saunders
@ Tallet *Jays are hot
Meche
@ Blackburn

Guthrie @ Duchscherer *Guthrie hasn’t been bad.
Peavy @ Westbrook *Not surprised Peavy
is struggling but you can’t give up this early.

Shields @ Buchholz
Verlander
@ Rowland-Smith *no-no alert ;-) *RRS
2 k’s so far this year ummm pass.

Oswalt @ Gorzelanny *Last start vs Philly was stellar so
you have to trot him out, Gorz super last start too.

Wolf @ L. Hernandez  *Wolf risky but good shot at Ks and W.
J. Santana @ Garcia *Still Johan. Mets
start proving they can hit out of Coors I’ll start fearing them.

Lincecum @ Haeger *I know 12 ks but really?
Cueto
@ Ohlendorf

Nolasco @ Moyer
Jimenez @ Kawakami
TBD
@ Correia

 
SUNDAY

 
Harden
@ Pettitte

Floyd @ Carmona
Big Erv @ Romero *A Siano delight. Yes Big Erv is
testing my patience. Feel free to tell me I’m crazy.

Garza @ Lester *Wow
Hochevar
@ Pavano

Matusz @ Anderson *A’s can’t hit, Anderson cooking
Scherzer @ Snell *Duel or ugly proceed with caution on
Snell.
G.
Smith @ Jurrjens *Jurrjens worth trotting him out.
D.
Davis @ Marquis
Robertson
@ Hamels

Arroyo @ Maholm
Wandy @ Dempster
Kennedy
@ TBD *Kennedy has the stuff to succeed in NL and this is
SD.

Zito @ Kershaw
Maine
@ Wainwright

 
MONDAY


Niemann
@ Lackey
*Niemann bounced back well from liner but that was Baltimore. He
does well here I may be buying.

Bannister @ Morrow *Bannister pitching well
Willis @ Pineiro *Once more before off d-train in mixed.
Feel free to ignore.
Bergesen
@ Fister

Wells @ Niese
Cook
@ Stammen

Penny @ R. Lopez
Cain @ Richard

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 16

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Weaver @ Marcum

Harrison @
Sabathia

W. Davis @
Beckett

Greinke @
Baker

Millwood @
Braden – the way the O’s are going, I’ll keep going w/
Braden

Buehrle @
Talbot

Bonderman @ King
Felix
- Bonderman was good
his first time out and the M’s are terrible

Anibal Sanchez @ Halladay – I like Anibal as a gamble this year but not in
Philly

Leake @
Duke

Gallardo @ Lannan 

Hammel @
Lowe

Ol. Perez @
Carpenter

Jackson @
Garland

Paulino @ Silva – Well, I’ll start ALMOST everyone against the Astros

Wellemeyer @
Padilla

 

SIANO’S PICKS

Weaver @ Marcum 

Harrison @
Sabathia

W. Davis @ Beckett
*I say ditch on Wade Davis…was not good last start at home vs Yanks and now
in Boston

Greinke @
Baker

Millwood @ Braden

Buehrle @ Talbot – A boringly
awesome performance coming from Buehrle

Bonderman @ King
Felix
- Picking on those
M’s

Anibal Sanchez @ Halladay

Leake @ Duke
-

Gallardo @ Lannan 

Hammel @ Lowe

Ol. Perez @
Carpenter

Jackson @
Garland

Paulino @ Silva

Wellemeyer @
Padilla

***DISAGREEMENTS: Cory says yes on Wade Davis, Siano’s rolling the dice on Millwood.

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