Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 6

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 July 23.pdf


Danks @ Bergesen
Liriano @ Gomez
Weaver @ Verlander
Buchholz @ Vazquez – Normally I’d ditch on Vazquez here but BOS lineup now a shell of what it was on opening day
Garza @ Cecil – Cecil on quite a roll
Lee @ Braden – Braden coming off best start since perfecto but this is a tough matchup
Greinke @ French
Arroyo @ Gorzelanny – Bronson always boom or bust but take a look at his season numbers and you would be pleasantly surprised
Hammel @ Duke – Hammel inconsistent lately but hard to say ditch here
Wainwright @ Nolasco – Anyone notice that Mr. Nolasco is 7-2 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last nine starts?
Zito @ Hanson
Niese @ Blanton – Roll the dice on Niese vs. Howard-less Phils…Blanton a lot better lately but I need to see more
Wandy @ Bush – The 411 congratulates on Wandy for resurrecting his season
Garland @ D. Hudson – Garland terrible on the road…pitch on Hudson only if you’re brave
Lannan @ Kershaw


Hey Gents,
Can you give me a formula? Math wasn’t my strongest subject. I’m trying to calculate what my staff ERA and WHIP can be for the remainder of the season given my leads in those categories. Right now, I have a 2.87 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. If I finish with a 3.50 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, I should still win those categories. I have 978 IP out of 1450 IP allowed.

I’m hoping I can comfortably trade Wainwright and Liriano for some bats to win it all, and continue on with the likes of Shields, Padilla, Hunter, Scherzer, streaming relievers and of course, POD!
Jeff in Berkeley

Sorry about the off-topic comment, but who would you suggest as a Youkilis replacement? Berkman, Adam LaRoche or the hot hitting Luke Scott (or other low owned 1B’s)?

veto question. we do not have a veto rule, we count on integrity but this one seems bad on paper. 11 team league 6×6 OBP and loses are extras

dunn and wainwright
hanson, headley pavano ludwick and clippard (we use saves + holds).

jeff in cleveland

Ok with Santana out for year with knee injury..I picked up Torrealba but I’m wondering if Arencibia is a better option..
What do you think? Hopefully before everyone gets the hint and tries to pick him up!

I picked up Alex Gordon for a few week utility fill in until injured starters get healthy? But now Stanton is heating up – should I drop Gordon and pick up Stanton?

hey guys there are a few pitchers that are available on waivers i just used my #1 waiver proiority and got jaime garcia and dropped vin mazzaro for him was he warrent on using it on him and also some teams have dropped some pitchers latley tommy hunter wade davis and freddie garcia to name a few. in what order should i go after these guys and i will be will be dropping johnathen niese for them so is he the better play or one of the other guys i mentioned before for the rest of the season thanks again for the advice


Off the top of my head, I don’t know of a formula but I’ll see if I can figure it out and create one.

Scott is a tempting pickup but LaRoche is also red hot and has a long history of outstanding production during the season’s latter months. He’d be my pick.

I don’t like the trade either but I still couldn’t veto it. Remember, Pavano’s enjoying an ace-caliber season so it’s not like the second team is giving up two scrub pitchers. As long as there’s no evidence of collusion, the deal is within the realm of acceptability.

I’d first take a flier on Arencibia just to beat everyone else to the punch. See how he does and worst case scenario you just cut him and pick up Torrealba, who will likely still be available.

I’d rather have Stanton. Gordon has been given multiple chances to stick in the big leagues and has yet to take advantage. This is Stanton’s first go-around and it looks like he could be in line for a strong finish. I’ll take my chances on the fresh player who is steadily improving.



OK, I figured it out. You’d need to pitch to approximately a 4.81 ERA and 1.315 WHIP to finish with those targeted ERA and WHIP numbers. That was fun!


Thanks Zach – That’s great!


I’d rank those pitchers Hunter, Davis, Garcia and yes, from here on out I’d take Hunter over Niese, who’s been very hittable of late.


Zambrano you are such a self-centered smart mouthed jerk, I don’t know who would want you except the Cubs. The suspension obviously did not do you any good. GROW UP!!!

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