August 2010

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 1

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 day. 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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PoD chart August 10.pdf     UPDATED CHART COMING SOON! 

Hunter_tommy_2010.jpg
CORY’S PICKS
 

F.
Garcia
@ Tomlin – good
matchup for the Chief to get back on track

Lester @
Arrieta

Anderson @ Burnett – A.J. is
no longer trustworthy

Marcum @
Price

Scherzer @
Liriano

Hunter
@
Bullington – Hunter very risky but K.C. is a weak matchup

Bell @ Vargas
- gotta take Vargas at home

Suppan @
Figueroa

McDonald @ Gorzelanny
- both worth gambling if chasing K’s and willing to risk the ratios

Oswalt @
Kershaw

Latos @
Enright
– Enright >
Ely

Narveson @
Cueto

Pelfrey @
Hanson

Olsen @
Volstad

Jimenez @
Lincecum
– Lincecum was
probably the 1st or 2nd SP drafted in most leagues so I’m sticking with
him

***Siano says:

-Anderson
showed up on 911, ditch.                                                                                                       

-I’m OK with AJ even though it’s probably
a dumb move.

-My
sleeper pick of the year = Trevor Bell.

-I
like McDonald here but definitely risky, last start was not his fault, blame
Milledge.

-Pelfrey
hot hand and risky so quite the conundrum, I’m leaning towards
ditch.

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 31

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf 

Niemann_2010_2.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS   

Beckett @
Matusz – I just don’t trust Beckett despite favorable matchup.

Jackson @
Masterson

Mazzaro @
Hughes
– Mazzaro’s been pitching well enough of late that I’ll throw him out there, even @NYY.

Romero @
Niemann – After imploding last time out, I’m sitting Niemann vs. hard-hitting Jays.

Galarraga @
Duensing
– Galarraga’s home/road ERA splits are drastic…3.11 at home vs. 6.44 on road.

Lee @
O’Sullivan

Haren @ King
Felix

Gallardo @
Harang – Welcome back, Harangatang! Now let’s see you earn PoD consideration.

Niese @
Minor

Zimmermann @ An.
Sanchez

Karstens @
Dempster

Carpenter @
Wandy

Correia @
Kennedy – Can Kennedy dominate Pads in back-to-back starts? We’ll see.

Kendrick @
Monasterios

Rogers @
Bumgarner

CORY’S PICKS

Beckett @ Matusz – Matusz
better lately, but conservatism rules this time of year

Jackson @
Masterson

Mazzaro @
Hughes – Hughes better on the road, but it’s the
A’s

Romero @ Niemann – Niemann
fading even before the DL stint

Galarraga @
Duensing – Duensing very tough at home

Lee @ O’Sullivan -
perfect fit for Lee to rebound

Haren @ King
Felix

Gallardo @
Harang

Niese @ Minor
- Niese very erratic, OK only if chasing wins over
ERA/WHIP

Zimmermann @ An.
Sanchez

Karstens @
Dempster

Carpenter @
Wandy

Correia @
Kennedy

Kendrick @
Monasterios

Rogers @ Bumgarner
-
Bumgarner strangely struggling at home, but Rox awful on the
road

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 28-30

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf 

Norris_2010.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Bonderman
@ Morrow

Blackburn @
Fister

Greinke @
Gomez

Sabathia
@ Danks

Buchholz
@ Garza

Braden
@ Harden

Millwood
@ Kazmir

Blanton
@ Garland

Lohse @
Livan

Wells @
Arroyo

Nolasco
@ T. Hudson

Myers @
J. Santana

Duke @
Capuano

Billingsley @
Chacin

D.
Hudson @ Zito

SUNDAY

 

Chen @
Carmona

Porcello @
Rzepczynski – Porcello still too erratic to trust

Nova @
Floyd

G. Gonzalez @
Lewis

Guthrie @
Weaver – Guthrie OK if chasing wins/K’s while risking
ERA/WHIP

Pavano @
Fister

Lackey @
Shields – I don’t trust either, but if you are in gambling mode, gamble
here

Coleman @
Volquez

Norris @
Dickey
– Bud Norris
baby!

Johnson @
Lowe

Wainwright @
Lannan

Ohlendorf @
Bush

Lilly @ Hammel – Hammel a
decent gamble here if you must

R. Lopez @
Cain

Hamels @ Richard -
Richard still getting
it done at home

 

MONDAY

 

Buehrle @ Talbot – good
matchup for Buehrle

Cahill @ Moseley -
have to trust Cahill’s results, and gamble on Moseley vs. the
A’s

Cecil @ Davis – have to
trust Cecil’s results

Wilson @ Davies – Wilson
surprising me by lasting this late into the season

Big Erv @ King
Felix
– I don’t trust Big
Erv, but it’s the M’s

Misch @
Jurrjens

Wolf @
Wood

Marquis @
Sanabia

Maholm @ Zambrano -
do you trust Zambrano? Not me

Westbrook @ Happ – Westbrook
loving life in the NL so far

LeBlanc @ Saunders -
not using LeBlanc on the road

Halladay @
Kuroda

De La Rosa @ J.
Sanchez

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 27

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf 

 
Baker_scott_2.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Bullington @
Tomlin

Verlander @
Marcum

Lester @
Price

Anderson @
Hunter
– bounceback for
Hunter last time makes him safe vs. A’s

Burnett @ F. Garcia -
cover up the names; Burnett’s inconsistency makes him
untrustworthy

Bergesen @
Bell

Baker @ Vargas -
see above, then substitute “Baker” for “Burnett”

J.
Garcia
@
Olsen

Gorzelanny @
Cueto
– Gorzo OK for those who can risk ERA/WHIP to chase K’s and
wins

Figueroa @
Pelfrey – not sure Pelfrey is “back” but 3 straight QS earn this
one

Volstad @
Hanson

McDonald @
Narveson

Kershaw @
Jimenez

Oswalt @
Latos
– enjoy Latos while
he lasts!

Enright @
Lincecum
– I’ll take my
chances with Lincecum to the end

 

***Zach says “I might gamble on Baker in a very favorable matchup @ SEA, but then again he’s burned me so many times this year that I wouldn’t blame you for ditching him. Agree on rest.”

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 26

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Kennedy_ian_2010.jpg
SIANO’S PICKS

Mazzaro @ Masterson  *The Vin man is red hot. Masterson can throw a SHO or
get rocked, not sure which guy shows up.

Scherzer @
Romero 
*Nice

Liriano @ Lee  *Nice II

Arrieta @
Jackson  *E-jack has plenty of
rest.

Wandy @ Kendrick  *Wandy out of his mind last 6 starts, you have to pitch
him.

Billingsley @
Gallardo
  *Nice III

Kennedy @ Correia  *Kennedy a blue plate
special

Carpenter
@
TBD  *Won’t be Strasburg, Zimmermann I believe
(ditch)

An. Sanchez @ Niese

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 24

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Pavano_2010.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

Davies @
Porcello

G. Gonzalez @
Carmona – Fausto too erratic to trust right now

Moseley @
Rzepczynski

Pauley @
Beckett – M’s lineup could be perfect remedy for Beckett’s recent struggles

Pavano @
Lewis

Guthrie @
Floyd – Guthrie very shaky last time out but overall he’s been pleasant surprise this year

Davis @ Big
Erv
– Might want to follow the conservative route and sit Davis for first start back but I’ll throw him out there

Zambrano @
Lannan – Big Z too wild to trust (15 walks combined over last three starts)

Norris @ Hamels – I wouldn’t blame you for pitching Norris but I don’t like this matchup

Wainwright @
Maholm

Johnson @
Dickey

Lilly @
Bush

Lowe @ De La
Rosa

Lopez @
Richard
– Clayton looks to be back on track after rough stretch

Wood @ J.
Sanchez

***Siano says:

Pitch
Carmona. He’s my 2 start special this week.

Ditch
on Davis, first start back from DL and on the road. Not sure it’s wise just
yet.

Agree
on rest.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 21-23

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Vargas_jason.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

 

Vargas @
Vazquez – Bench Vargas only if you’re running out of innings

Lee @
Bergesen

Bell @
Slowey – Slowey pitching better lately and has been very good at home

Tomlin @
Scherzer

Romero @
Dice-K – Romero has struggled vs. BOS this year so not an automatic start

F. Garcia @
Bullington – I’ve lost all confidence in Garcia…Bullington approaching the PoD radar but not yet

Price @ Anderson

Hanson @
Gorzelanny – I’ll take the conservative approach and ditch on Gorzo

Strasburg @
Kendrick

Niese @
McDonald – Pirates can’t hit, Mets can’t hit

Correia @
Narveson – Narveson decent lately but I don’t like this matchup

Wandy @
Volstad – Volstad sputtering and Astros bats finally starting to show some life

Lincecum @
Carpenter

Jimenez @
Enright - Enright could be a ticking time bomb but I’ll say pitch here

Cueto @
Billingsley

 


SUNDAY

 

Gomez @
Verlander – Start Gomez at your own risk…I’m passing

French @
Sabathia

Hunter @
Millwood – I’ll give Hunter one more shot

Marcum @
Buchholz

Danks @
Greinke

Garza @
Braden – Braden outstanding recently

Weaver @
Baker – I’ve given up trying to figure out Baker

Figueroa @
Nolasco

Olsen @
Oswalt

J. Santana @
Duke

Garland @
Parra – Garland turning out to be one of the best off-season signings

Zito @
Lohse

Minor @
Wells

Arroyo @
Kershaw

Chacin @ D. Hudson

 

MONDAY

 

Chen @
Bonderman

Moseley @
Morrow – Leave Morrow for deeper formats…Yanks have roughed him up this year

Pauley @
Lackey – Little faith in Lackey but this is a nice matchup

Liriano @ Holland

Shields @
Kazmir – Shields a tough call but he’s coming off impressive outing vs. TEX

Coleman @
Livan
– 69-year-old Livan keeps getting it done

Myers @
Blanton – Blanton continues to tease us with his inconsistency…YPNM

J. Garcia @
Ohlendorf

T. Hudson @
Hammel

Volquez @
Cain – Banking on Volquez is asking for trouble

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 20

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Padilla_2010_2.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

Masterson @
Galarraga – Galarraga worth a shot in deeper leagues

King Felix @
Burnett – A.J. so unpredictable but vs. weak M’s I have to say pitch

Wilson @
Arrieta

Cecil @
Lester
– Cecil coming off pounding but he deserves another shot

Haren @
Duensing – Duensing on quite a roll

Jackson @
O’Sullivan – Ditto for Edwin

Hellickson @
Mazzaro – Tough test for Vin but I think he’s up for it

Jurrjens @
Dempster

Pelfrey @
Karstens – Nice matchup for Pelfrey here

Marquis @
Halladay

Happ @ An.
Sanchez

LeBlanc @
Gallardo

Bumgarner @
Westbrook

Rogers @
Kennedy
– Kennedy a little risky but good for WHIP and Ks

Bailey @
Padilla – I’m jumping off the Padilla bandwagon before it totally crashes

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 18

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf    

Carmona_2010_3.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Holland @ Shields -
ditch both, watch the show!

Rzepczynski @
G.Gonzalez

Bonderman @ Moseley -
Moseley worth a gamble in deeper leagues

Pauley @
Guthrie

Kazmir @ Lackey -
hard to trust either

Floyd @
Liriano

Carmona @
Chen

Wolf @
Wainwright

Richard @
Coleman

Johnson @
Ohlendorf

Cain @
Blanton

Livan @
T.Hudson
– I keep waiting for Hudson’s luck to run out and he
keeps getting better!

Dickey @
Myers

Volquez @ R. Lopez -
Volquez worth a shot if you can risk ERA and WHIP for K’s and wins

Hammel @
Kuroda – Hammel has come back to earth

***Zach says “Pitch Carmona if you’re not projected to go way over your league’s innings limit. Yeah, Fausto’s been inconsistent this year, but I love the matchup. Agree on rest.”

 

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 17

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 day. 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.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf    

Gomez_jeanmar.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @
Sabathia

French @
Millwood

Weaver @
Buchholz

Hunter @
Garza
– Hunter may be
fading a bit but I’ll give him one more

Danks @ Baker – Baker’s
been so unreliable this year, but if you’re going to gamble, do it at
home

J.Gomez @
Greinke
– Gomez is a fluke
but ride the wave vs. the weak Royals

Morrow @
Braden

Nolasco @
Duke

Zito @
Oswalt

Olsen @ Minor
- tough matchup for Minor but he’s impressive

J.Santana
@
Figueroa

Garland @ Wells – I’m
finally losing faith in Wells

Bush @
J.Garcia

Arroyo @ D.
Hudson

Chacin @ Kershaw
-
Chacin a worthwhile gamble in deeper leagues

 

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