Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 23

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
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.


chart June 29.pdf


Bannister @ Burnett  *AJ looking to save face, Royals
help with makeup and hair.

Duensing @ Guthrie  *Guthrie too

Niemann @ Carmona  *Carmona does well and makes next
start in a Yankee uni?

Marcum @ Porcello  *Need to see one more from Porcello since last start was vs CLE, not slugging Jays.

Saunders @ Wilson  *10 Ks @ BOS last start…nice.

Buehrle @ Cahill  *Has 70 minute game written all over

Beckett @ Vargas  *Vargas hot again, welcome back Beckett

Suppan @ Wells  *Wells en fuego

Cook @ Halladay

Correia @ Maholm  *Maholm ridiculous last 16 IP and
Padres on road, great blue plate special.

Lowe @ Sanabia

Wood @ Norris  *One day Bud, one day.

Stammen @ Narveson

J. Sanchez @ Jackson  *My Boys!!!!! Sanchez great
last time out. E-Jax terrible since no-no…pass until he comes

J. Santana @ Padilla  *The Padilla es fuego as

***Cory saysAgreed
on all. I’d be more inclined to gamble on Sanabia than Maholm but one gets the
Braves and the other the Padres so the way Siano has it is fine with


Hey guys, love the work you do..I have a question for you: With Josh Beckett coming off my DL I have to clear one roster spot. Currently I have Kuroda and Big Erv at the bottom of my rotation, and I have Carlos Pena sitting on my bench. Pena is one of two bench guys for me, so I wouldn’t mind holding him for the sake of back ups and I could use the occasional power (2 util spots). I am leaning towards dropping Kuroda over Santana, given his lack of a deep season track record and erratic performances. What do you guys think?

Who to stream – Wood or Padilla? I want to say Wood against the Astros, BUT it’s at Minute Maid Park. Suggestion?

lots of good pod’ers for tmrw and, since chasing wins is fun, your thoughts on the best prospects for W’s tmrw amongst these guys? my rank here:


Would you advise taking a chance on Beckett tomorrow and picking him up? I’m in a H2H league and could use a little boost from a pitcher to finish up the week. Vargas, has pitched very well lately, and he just might shut down the BoSox.

Would you advise taking a chance on Beckett tomorrow and pick him up? I’m in a H2H league and could use a little boost from a pitcher to finish up the week. Vargas, has pitched very well lately, and he just might shut down the BoSox.


I’m totally fine with you dumping Kuroda. He’s struggled lately and Erv is a little better in the K department.

I’d go with Padilla. He’s been pitching well for a longer period of time than Wood and the Mets are having a really hard time scoring runs right now.

Wins are impossible to predict but if I had to pick two guys it would be Lowe (going up against inexperienced pitcher) and Buehrle (favorable matchup).


Hey guys,
Would you deal choo for greinke?
I have Quentin, D Young (minn), c young, & rios.

I have the issue w/Strasburg that I can’t seem to solve..every time I get a deal in place the other gm seems to balk at it! I’m still trying to deal him but this wud give me a cushion.
My other SP are: Lester, Beckett, Hanson, Floyd, & Kuroda.

Sup fellas? Im in a H2H league with 2 SP, 2 RP, 4 P, plus bench. My saves record is terrible with the mighty Jenks and Fuentes combo. Every possible closer is owned already. Should I trade them off or drop them and plug the rp holes with Hughes/C. Lewis/Morrow who are rp eligible and focus on wins and k’s and concede saves since I cant depend on many with that dynamic duo?

our trade deadline is today at midnight and im trying to make a move by then do u think joey votto delmon young and jonathon niese for evan longoria and robinson cano is fair or should i offer more i have use analyzers and they say its in his favor a little and want your opinions on this thanks again and i appriciate all the help you have given this year to me and my team

I’m currently fifth in a deep 20 team H2H league, top six make the playoffs. Just got offered Jay Bruce, Franklin Gutierrez & Jonathan Sanchez for Angel Pagan. I’d be dropping Daniel Nava (just sent to minors) and one of my two PoD spots. Thoughts?


Yeah, even though it’ll be Beckett’s first game action in awhile, I’m fine with you using him against a rather weak M’s lineup.

Go for it. You already have a very strong outfield and could use the pitching boost, so even though it’s a hitter for pitcher trade, I think it’s a worthwhile one.

I never like to punt categories, especially with half the season to go, so I think you should hold onto that “dynamic duo.” It sounds like Jenks will now be part of a closer by committee in Chicago but the Angels remain committed to Fuentes. It’s fine to bench Jenks for now but I think flat out dropping both of those guys would be a mistake. Who knows, maybe they can turn things around and become decent trade chips should you decide to cut ties at some point down the road. Dealing them when their value somewhat improves is OK, but simply dropping them would be a waste.

I wouldn’t put too much stock into what those “analyzers” say. That trade is definitely in your favor as you’d be getting, in my opinion, the two best players in the deal. That said, it’s not too lopsided being that Votto vs. Longoria is debatable, so if you can get it done don’t feel bad that you’re ripping off the other guy.

That trade, in my mind, is an absolute no-brainer. Pagan might be the most valuable player of that bunch right now, but it’s also very possible he drops off considering that he’s performing way over expectations. But even more importantly, in such a deep league, the waiver wire is so devoid of talent that getting three solid players for one player will certainly enhance your team.


Ok guys,
Here’s the deal: I dealt Strasburg & Konerko for King Felix & Pettite.
I’ve been offered greinke for choo.
My OF/Util are: Delmon Young, Quentin, Rios, C Young & Choo
My SP are Felix, Lester, Hanson, Beckett, Floyd, Kuroda & Pettite (DL)

My question is do I need the offensive help or should I get Greinke? I know that before Zach said getting Greinke would boost my pitching but do I still need it or just stick w/ what I got?


Now that you pulled off the Felix trade, I say stand pat. Before, I felt that you were a pitcher short but now you’re fine.


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