April 2010

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 15

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SIANO’S PICKS

Lewis @ Huff  *Lewis coming
off a good start and Tribe bats sluggish. Some risk here so only if you are
willing to have some fun.

Wakefield @
Liriano

Kazmir @
Hughes

Garcia @
Eveland

D. Hernandez @
Sheets  *O’s have to play Wednesday out east and then fly to west coast
for a game that day. Could be some tired lumber. That’s what it takes for me to
say pitch on Sheets.

Norris @
Lohse

Suppan @
Zambrano  *Ship sailed or Big Z? Let’s find out.

Olsen @
Happ

Pelfrey @ De La
Rosa

Hudson @
Latos

Harang @
Johnson

Haren @
Kuroda

CORY’S PICKS

Lewis @
Huff

Wakefield @
Liriano  *Liriano wasn’t great his last time out but I’m willing to give
him some slack

Kazmir @ Hughes  *I think
Hughes will be solid in the rotation but this is a tough first
assignment

Garcia @
Eveland
  *Eveland was
impressive his first time, I’m willing to see if he can get on a
roll

D. Hernandez @
Sheets

Norris @ Lohse  *I will literally start any pitcher against the Astros right
now

Suppan @
Zambrano  *Zambrano soothed some jangled nerves last time
out

Olsen @
Happ

Pelfrey @ De La
Rosa

Hudson @
Latos

Harang @ Johnson  *Harang pitched better his last time out and this is a decent
matchup

Haren @
Kuroda

***Only difference in opinion is Siano taking a chance on Lewis.

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 14

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CORY’S PICKS


Lackey @
Slowey

Davies @
Porcello

Price @
Bergesen

Wilson @
Masterson
– Better matchup for
Masterson than last time, even vs. Texas

Danks @
Morrow

Pineiro @
Vazquez – If Pineiro passes the Yankees test he’ll be in there next
time

G.
Gonzalez
@ J. Vargas – Gio
pitched well his first time and the M’s are not scary

Stammen @ Kendrick -
if Kendrick couldn’t handle the Nats last time I’m not trying this one
either!

Morton @ J.
Sanchez
– Not pitching Morton yet, but he’s on my
radar

Bailey @
Volstad

Myers @ Penny
– I am officially picking on the Astros until further
notice

Niese @
Cook

Hanson @
Richard
– Tough matchup for
Richard but I want to try him out at home

Bush @
Wells

R. Lopez @
Billingsley

SIANO’S PICKS

Lackey @
Slowey

Davies @
Porcello

Price @ Bergesen *he pitches like he did last start man o
man

Wilson @
Masterson *rangers not the same on road Masterson
can get it done, Wilson was great too.

Danks @
Morrow

Pineiro @
Vazquez *Javy watch on already ;-) Piniero risky
here I’ll pass

G.
Gonzalez
@ J. Vargas *Liking the Gio

Stammen @
Kendrick *I’m going back one more time
baby!!

Morton @ J.
Sanchez

Bailey @
Volstad

Myers @ Penny *ride that Dave Duncan gravy train against the putrid
Astros bats.

Niese @
Cook

Hanson @
Richard *Richard a risky play here but beat
up Braves lineup , time zone difference and Petco is just crazy enough to work.

Bush @
Wells

R. Lopez @
Billingsley

***Only disagreement is with Kendrick. Siano says pitch, Cory says ditch.

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, April 13


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CORY’S PICKS

Niemann @
Matusz

Bannister @ Willis – Nice start for Dontrelle, let’s see him do it again

Floyd @
Romero
– Nice start for
Romero, let’s see him do it again

E. Santana @
Pettitte

Anderson @
Fister

Maine @ G.
Smith

Arroyo @
Robertson
– Don’t love either,
but good matchups for both

Kennedy @ Kershaw – Interesting contrasts
in their first two starts

Maholm @
Cain

***Siano agrees with all except Dontrelle. If you picked him up anyway, might as well start him vs. Royals.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, April 10-12

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 CORY’S PICKS w/comments (plain text). Siano’s comments added in bold.

SATURDAY

 
Sabathia @
W.
Davis

Baker @
Garcia

King
Felix
@
Harrison

Eveland @ D.
Hernandez – Both intriguing in deeper leagues but let’s watch a start or two
first *agreed

Beckett @
Greinke

Talbot @
Bonderman

Sheets @
Weaver

Carpenter @
Gallardo

TBD @ O.
Perez

Moyer @
Paulino

Padilla @
Johnson

McCutchen @
Haren

Latos @ Hammel – Like Latos this year but with short pitch counts he could be risky in
Coors

Gorzelanny @
Harang – Harang needs to re-establish his value first *I like Harang
here but recognize it could be risky.

Kawakami @ Wellemeyer
– I could see myself picking either of these guys if they can show some
consistency first

 
SUNDAY

 
Westbrook @
Verlander

Marcum @ Millwood – Let’s see Marcum do it again!

Burnett @
Shields

Blackburn @
Buehrle

Buchholz @
Meche

Snell @ Feldman – I’m
tracking Snell’s progress but leery of him in Arlington

Braden @ Saunders
Hard to ditch Braden after that last time, but that’s why it’s Pitch OR
Ditch! *It’s a trap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zambrano @ Leake – Assuming
Zambrano bounces back here

Lannan @ J.
Santana _
Lannan was cruising and then Philly said wait a
minute.

Haeger @ A.
Sanchez
– Sanchez is risky but I’d rather gamble on him at home, he has
stuff and upside

Halladay @
Oswalt

Garland @ G.
Smith

Lowe @ Lincecum *I’m
fine with pitching Lowe but he is on my chopping
block.

Duke @
Jackson

Garcia @ Wolf
*If Wolf survives the Cards he may be a graduate.

 
MONDAY

 
***UPDATE  Chris Young will miss his next scheduled start, the home opener on Monday at PETCO Park, because of tightness in his right shoulder.


Hochevar @
Scherzer – Let’s see Hochevar do that again!
*Rematch!!!

Harden @ Carmona – 2 walks
in spring, 6 walks in his first start…Carmona is scary *So is
Harden

Lester
@
Pavano *Watch Pavano pitch well and then have month where his ERA is
7.

Duchscherer @
Rowland-Smith

Garza @
Guthrie

Peavy @
Tallet

D. Davis @
Dempster

Marquis @
Hamels

Wandy @
Wainwright

Jurrjens @ TBD (Young’s replacement)

Cueto @
Nolasco

Ohlendorf @
Zito

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, April 9

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Huff @
Porcello   Looking for the K’s but a very
impressive ’09

Morrow @
Bergesen

Vazquez
@
Price   People will pitch Price and that’s OK but we’ll be conservative.

Vargas @
Lewis

Liriano @ Danks

Wakefield @
Davies

Gonzalez @
Palmer

Richard @ De La
Rosa
   Richard has some sleeper value but not a good
idea in Coors.

Hudson @ J.
Sanchez  
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special

Silva @
Bailey   Is this the start of a career for
Homer?

Livan @
Pelfrey

Kuroda @
Volstad

Happ @ Norris   Not biggest Happ fan but vs. Astros why
not

Lohse @
Bush

Morton @ R.
Lopez

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, April 8

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SIANO’S PICKS

Fister @ Anderson
*Anderson looking to enter a new tier in ’10.

Willis @
Bannister

Matusz @ Niemann *Ditch
on Matusz. I need to see it for a little longer. 

Masterson @ Floyd
*Masterson intrigues me this year but ditch. 

Romero @ Wilson * Romero maybe pulls a Marcum but it’s too tough a park/lineup. Wilson is an
enigma as a SP

Slowey @ Pineiro *Can Pineiro be a surprise again? If in NL, I’d like his chances
better. 

Kendrick @ Stammen
*Pitch Kendrick. I think he is in rotation to stay. 

Penny @ Arroyo *Both
have sleeper value but hard to trust in this matchup. 

R.
Wells
@ Hanson *Better
matchup then you think. 

Billingsley @
Maholm 

Robertson @ Niese *NL-only alert on Niese.

***Cory says to pitch Matusz and ditch Kendrick.

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, April 7

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SIANO’S PICKS  (Bold = Pitch)

Tallet @ Harden (no sir not from me)

Pettitte @
Lackey

Carmona @
Peavy (I’m keeping an eye on Fausto but not
there yet)

Scherzer @ Hochevar

Pavano @ Big
Erv
(C’mon Big Erv! Make a genius out of
me)

Guthrie @
Garza

Rowland-Smith @
Duchscherer

Kershaw @
Ohlendorf

Cain @
Myers

Hamels @ Marquis (Marquis may think he’s back in
Coors)

Dempster @
Jurrjens

Nolasco @
Maine

Wainwright
@
Cueto

Cook @
Davis

Correia @
Kennedy (keep an eye on Kennedy. I feel we’ll be
recommending him at some point this season)

***NOTE  We might not be putting up a new separate Q&A blog post each day but there will always be a daily Pitch or Ditch entry where you guys can post all your questions and comments.

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Siano’s AL Tout Draft Recap

Cory’s NL Tout Draft Recap

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Pitch or Ditch for Sunday-Monday, April 4-5

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SIANO’S PICKS  (Bold = Pitch)

SUNDAY

Sabathia @ Beckett

 
MONDAY

 
Halladay @ Lannan

Josh Johnson @ Johan

Carpenter @ Harang

Padilla @ Duke

Jimenez @ Gallardo

Zambrano @ Lowe

Garland @ Haren

Lincecum @ Oswalt

Westbrook @ Buehrle

Marcum @ Feldman

Verlander @ Greinke

Baker @ Weaver

King Felix @ Sheets

***Cory says to pitch Padilla and Feldman.

411 Listener League Draft Results

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Hey all,

Here are the results of last night’s 411 Listener League draft (Cory = Schwartzstops and Siano = South Larson Hamptonians). Note Cory’s decision to depart from the 411 philosophy, grabbing two starters in Rounds 6 and 7 and not taking his first closer until Round 10. You’ll have to ask him why he did it. Mike was able to land Cain and Kershaw in Rounds 9-10. Pretty good.

-Zach

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