May 2010

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday, May 8

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of “PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

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**411 Valuable Resources**

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CORY’S PICKS

Sabathia @
Buchholz
– Great test for
Buchholz but he’s earned the shot

Guthrie @
Baker

W. Davis
@
Sheets

Cecil @
Peavy
– Can Peavy get on a
roll? Can Cecil stay on his?

Meche @
Harden

Verlander
@
Masterson – Masterson starting to scare me away

Saunders @ Fister
Good test for Fister but have to use him at home

Medlen @ Blanton

Wellemeyer @ Johan
Johan will bounce back

Garland @ Paulino – Not a
Garland fan but Astros are awful

J.Garcia @
Karstens

Gorzelanny @
Harang

Wolf @
Valdez

Johnson @
Lannan

J. Chacin @ Haeger

SIANO’S PICKS

Sabathia @
Buchholz
  Ooohhh
juicy

Guthrie @
Baker  Coming off a good one yes vs balt. I’m not
giving up yet.

W.
Davis
@
Sheets

Cecil @ Peavy  Can Cecil and Peavy keep it going? Magic 8 ball says
yes.

Meche @
Harden  Fine pitch
him

Verlander @ Masterson  Masterson coming off a goodie but risky and good Tigers
team.

Saunders @
Fister  Man Fister has been good, I can’t stand
him because I had him last year and he killed me.

Medlen @ Blanton  Braves literally can’t hit so I wouldn’t
be surprised if he does well but is it worth it?

Wellemeyer @
Johan

Garland @ Paulino  Garland red hot

J.
Garcia
@
Karstens

Gorzelanny @
Harang

Wolf @ Valdez  Gut check says ditch on Wolf, D-backs are
rakers.

Johnson @
Lannan

J.
Chacin
@ Haeger  Sure why not.

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, May 7

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of “PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

________________________________________________________________________________

**411 Valuable Resources**

Silva.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Greinke @
Wilson

Hughes @
Beckett

Marcum @
Buehrle
– Don’t love Buehrle
but the Jays can’t hit lefties

Millwood @
Liriano
– Tough test for
Millwood but he’s been solid this year

Price @ G.Gonzalez – Gio
on a good run but not testing him vs. Rays yet

Bonderman @ Huff – Great
matchup for Bonderman, who’s been OK this year

Weaver @ King
Felix

Carpenter @
Duke

Volstad @
Stammen

Silva @ Bailey – Hard
to trust either of them

J.Sanchez @
Pelfrey
– The risk averse
might sit Pelfrey out to make sure he’s healthy

Latos @ Norris – I think
Latos bounces back vs. the AwfulStros

Gallardo @
Jackson

Lowe @
Moyer

E. Rogers @
Kuroda

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, May 5

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of “PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

________________________________________________________________________________

**411 Valuable Resources**

Penny_stl.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Porcello @
Slowey – Can’t trust Porcello right now the way he’s
going

D. Hernandez @
Pettitte

Lewis @ Cahill – Lewis
averaging better than K per IP, and great matchup

Pineiro @
Lackey – Can’t trust Pineiro right now the way he’s
going

Bannister @
F.Garcia – Garcia has been erratic but this is a favorable
matchup

Morrow @
Carmona
– These two offenses
could generate a 1-0 game or 12-11

Garza @
Lee

– Game of the night

Lilly
@
Morton

Hanson @
Atilano

Penny @ Kendrick – Penny
struggled last time out but I’m willing to try again, even vs. Phillies, based on
what he did prior to that

Zito @
Robertson

R. Lopez @ Myers -
Myers a prototypical PoD guy right now, but this is a tough matchup, so
ditch

Cook @ Richard
– Richard not a graduate yet but a slam-dunk start at home

Niese @ Cueto – I’d
gamble on both in very deep leagues, but not vanillas

D. Davis @
Billingsley

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, May 4

**411 Valuable Resources**

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CORY’S PICKS

Matusz @ Burnett – Matusz not an automatic here but I’ll chase the K’s
Romero @ Westbrook
Big Erv @ Lester – Don’t trust Erv on the road vs. what can still be a good offense
Willis @ Blackburn – Still not convinced on Dontrelle
Hochevar @ Floyd
Feldman @ TBD – Feldman much better last time, and weak opponent
Shields @ Vargas
Kawakami @ L.Hernandez – Can’t argue with 4 straight strong QS, AND a great matchup at home
Dempster @ Maholm
Wainwright @ Hamels
Maine @ Arroyo – Willing to gamble on Maine vs. erratic Reds after his strong outing last time
Lincecum @ A.Sanchez – Tough matchup for Anibal but he seems to be getting better
Kennedy @ Oswalt
G.Smith @ LeBlanc – Gotta roll with LeBlanc while he’s hot
Narveson @ Kershaw – Don’t be seduced by Narveson’s K’s…

***Siano says:                                                                                                                 

I just can’t pull the trigger on Maine so I say ditch.

Erv still an enigma and Cory has a point. If I owned him in a mixed league I’d probably leave him in there, but not sure I’d go grab him off wire for this start. I only have him in AL-only. leagues so you know he is in there for me.

Very interested to see how Matusz is handled second time around in 5 days but you should probably pitch.

Agree on Feldman, he is a good POD example.

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