Pitch or Ditch Category Chart

Hey everyone,

Here’s the much anticipated Pitch or Ditch category chart inspired by blog reader Big Barry from England:

PoD chart June 1.pdf 

We’ve divided all the starting pitchers in the Majors into four groups: Aces, Pitch or Ditch graduates, Pitch or Ditch guys and DTM’s (players you shouldn’t even think about starting). Keep in mind that these classifications are geared towards 12-team mixed leagues and are of course subject to change as the season progresses.

-Zach
 

12 Comments

Great stuff guys, should be really useful!

Big Barry,
East End, England

This is genius!! Glad someone thought of this. How often would this be updated?

Glenn–NY

I hate to rain on the parade but . . . with me, when it comes to PoD candidates, the match-up is always important. I appreciate the opinions that go with the traditional listed PoD match-ups. The chart is goof, IMO, just missing some information.

Take tonight for example. I started Harden at CHI and benched Matusz at NYY. Harden is getting blown out and Matusz is pitching very well. Ugh.

Take tonight for example. I started Harden at CWS and benched Matusz at NYY. Harden is getting blown out and Matusz is pitching very well. Ugh.

Take tonight for example. I started Harden at CWS and benched Matusz at NYY. Harden is getting blown out and Matusz is pitching very well. Ugh.

It’s not a perfect system. Freak accidents happen that cannot possibly be foreseen. Yes, match-ups are important, but it helps to already know the quality of the pitcher that you’ll send out. If you know that an Ace like Halladay or Sabathia will give you quality starts a vast majority of the time, you’ll probably pitch him even if the matchup might not be as favorable as an average guy facing a horrible team.

I think you are missing the point here Texigander, That is exactly what Zach is talking about, both Harden and Matusz are listed as POD which means watch the matchup with these pitchers. Unlike the ones that are listed as Aces or Graduates who you can, at this time, trot out there against anybody.

Nice back and forth discussion we’ve got here! Texigander, you’re right that it’s not an exact science and that matchups should play a big part in the decision making process. Don’t look at this chart as gospel but rather a useful tool. Simply put, never bench a healthy ace, only bench a graduate in the worst of matchups, play pitch or ditch guys in favorable matchups and bench DTMs. Keep in mind that a pitcher can go from DTM to PoD and PoD to PoD grad and can also get demoted based on future performance.

Zach

This is great. No exact science but when updated a great help.
Keep up the great work!!
Bas From Holland

Is Armando Galarraga still a DTM after last night?

Great chart, will be very useful.

yankeebri,

Nope. A near perfecto is pretty much an automatic ticket to the next level…POD it is!

Zach

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