Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 21
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.
Arroyo @ Westbrook – don’t
trust Arroyo much, but a great matchup vs. the depleted Indians
Nolasco @ Buehrle
Hammel @ Bannister – Hammel
was sharp in his last outing and he gets the erratic
– like a home game for LeBlanc!
D. Hernandez @
Olsen – Olsen should handle the Orioles
Vazquez @ Takahashi –
let’s see if Vazquez can build on his last outing before we put him back in
Garza @ Myers – Myers has
been very solid this year but he has some brutal matchups coming
Morrow @ Haren
– Morrow could throw a no-hitter or get knocked out in the 3rd. Do
you feel lucky?
–I’d pass on Lilly going into Texas and Lackey going into Philly. I say bench
don’t cut unless it’s a 10 teamer, then you can cut Lilly.
is an interesting ditch. He’s been hot but it seems like a stretch to pitch him