Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, June 26-28
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.
Category Chart #2
Banks @ Wilson -
Pads a good respite from Wilson’s command
Price – still like Kennedy but scary matchup vs. tough AL
Hamels @ Marcum -
moving in opposite directions…
Livan @ Bergesen -
don’t blame anyone for pitching Livan here
Silva @ F.Garcia -
Big Chief quietly compiling a solid PoD season
TBD @ Cahill -
love Cahill vs. scuffling Pirates
Pavano @ J.Santana -
tough matchup for Pavano but he’s earned it
Scherzer @ Kawakami – might
be Kawakami’s last start?
Fister @ Wolf
- Wolf pitching well, M’s not scoring at all
Buchholz @ J.
Burnett @ Kuroda -
Burnett thinks his issues are only mechanical, we’ll see
Moyer @ Cecil
- tough matchup for Cecil, but he’s earned it
Lopez @ W.
Chacin @ Big Erv -
Big Erv too inconsistent to trust, even at home
Ohlendorf @ G.
Oswalt @ Hunter -
matchup for Hunter at home
Arroyo – Arroyo hot + weak opponent = PoD heaven!
Niese – Baker hasn’t picked it up like I’d hoped but I have
Verlander @ Hanson -
Vargas @ Narveson – Vargas
pitching well everywhere right now
Lincecum – so, so
Pettitte @ Kershaw
Latos @ An.
Buehrle @ Lerew – this ain’t
interleague but Buehrle is hot
Liriano – can Bonderman
carry momentum from recent easy schedule?
Nolasco – Nolasco turning
the corner lately?
Cueto – Cueto hot enough to earn tough matchup
Maholm @ Wells -
Can’t trust Wells even home vs. weak Pirates
Norris @ Parra
- Parra rolling since rejoining rotation
Jimenez @ Correia – Correia
better last time, but limited upside
Ely @ Zito -
Ely needs one more to re-earn the trust
Banks @ Wilson
Marcum – Interesting nugget: Marcum 2.52 ERA at home vs. 4.12 ERA on road
Bergesen – Coming off dominant start vs. KC, Livan gets another favorable matchup
Silva @ F.
Garcia – Disaster alert for Silva but you still have to pitch him
Saunders – Saundo too inconsistent to trust
Cahill – Cahill 3 ER or less in nine of his 11 starts this year and gets PIT at home
Pavano @ J.
Wolf - Wolf erratic but let’s pick on the Mariners
Buchholz @ J.
LeCure – Masterson worth considering in deeper formats but I’ll play it safe
Kuroda – I’m benching Burnett until he shows some positive signs
Johnson – Garland’s coming back to Earth
Cecil – Moyer outstanding of late but this is a tough matchup…Cecil also too risky
Guthrie – Guthrie a decent gamble
Lopez @ W.
J. Garcia @
Chacin @ Big
Erv – Erv risky but quality starts in six of last eight
Ohlendorf @ G. Gonzalez – Easy matchup for Gio
Arroyo – Might want to take a chance on Arroyo but he always teases us
Niese – I’m sticking with Baker but passing on Niese, who’s coming off terrible performance vs. DET
Hanson – Can Hanson get back on track? I think so
Lincecum – Hopefully, this one lives up to its billing
Kershaw – When Pettitte made his MLB debut, Kershaw was 7 years old!
Latos @ An.
Lerew – Buehrle on a roll…Pitch
Strasburg @ Hudson
Nolasco – Dickey magic bound to run out sooner or later, no? Nolasco career vs. Mets: 4-6 5.58 ERA 1.50 WHIP but still can’t bring myself to bench him…yet
Wells – I’ve lost confidence in Wells for now
Zito – Ely no sure thing but let’s take a chance here