Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, July 31-August 2
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.
chart July 23.pdf
Cecil – Cecil four straight quality starts
Dice-K – Both very risky but I’ll take the chance
Danks – Braden a league average pitcher since perfecto and this is a tough matchup
Garza – Vazquez no lock but he’s been pitching well enough lately
King Felix @
Slowey – If you want to start Slowey here go ahead…I’m just not a fan
Arroyo – Bronson’s a sleeper down the stretch given his brilliant second half history but let’s sit this one out
Zito – Billingsley is hot
Wandy – I’ll roll the dice on Bush in favorable matchup
Hammel – This isn’t the place to gamble on Gorzelanny. Hammel great at home (3.18 ERA) so pitch
Correia – Correia close to earning back my trust but not yet
Shields – Shields solid last time out but too inconsistent to trust vs. Yanks
G. Gonzalez @
Floyd – Fresh off impressive performance @ TEX Gio has proven that he can handle the tough matchup
Weaver – A duel worth watching!
R. Lopez @
Volquez – Edinson has a lot to prove
Wright – Wolf 12 ER blowup has scared me off for awhile
Silva @ De La
Rosa – Two straight outstanding starts and I’m back on the DLR bandwagon
Johnson @ Garland – Garland + Home = Pitch
Burnett – I’ll play it safe on Morrow but feel free to pitch…Burnett back to fantasy relevance
Cahill – Cahill a great play here
Ohlendorf – Ditto for Wood
J. Santana @ T.
Lilly – Will Ted still be around for this one?
Myers @ J.
TBD – Livan @ Chase Field scares me