POD Category Chart Version V

Hey guys,

Below you’ll find the updated Pitch or Ditch category chart:

PoD chart August 10.pdf                                            

Even though there are only 25 pitchers listed as DTM, I strongly advise everyone to choose their PoDers carefully. Now is not the time to risk losing a significant number of points in ERA and WHIP as it’ll become more and more difficult to repair the damage as the end of the season draws near. Don’t waste valuable innings on mediocre pitchers facing less than ideal matchups.

A reminder as to how the chart works:

divided all the starting
pitchers in the Majors into four groups:
Aces, Pitch or Ditch graduates, Pitch or Ditch guys and DTM’s (players
you shouldn’t even think about starting right now). Keep in mind that these
classifications are geared towards 12-team mixed leagues and are of
course subject to change as the season progresses. We’ll be posting
updated versions every two weeks.

Some of these decisions were very tough so let us know what you think. All opinions are welcome.



Small sample size, but Jeanmar Gomez hasnt really shown any DTM numbers yet, anything in the minors to refute that? Just wondering. Has had some good outings thus far…

I think James Shields is DTM. Multiple blow ups – 7, 10, 5, 8 ERs against White Sox, Marlins, Red Sox, Blue Jays respectively. Even the decent amount of Ks doesn’t make up for the inflated ERA and WHIP. After covering up the name and looking at the numbers, it was a sigh of relief to cut him. He can blow up someone else’s team.

Thanks for the POD Chart helps greatly. I am looking for a possable upgrade at SS. I have Marco Scutaro. Ian Desmond, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ryan Theriot are all ranked aboved him in my league. Should I pick one of them or stick with Scutaro?
Jon from Texas


Yeah, you make a good point but let’s see a couple more starts before upgrading Gomez’s status to PoD. Keep in mind that in 20 Minor League starts this season he went 8-8 with a 5.20 ERA. Combine with a mediocre strikeout rate and there’s not a whole lot to be excited about.

I’d actually go with Theriot. You’d be sacrificing a little in homers and runs but gaining significantly in steals and moderately in AVG. Theriot has also been hot of late, batting .300 in August…this coming off a .298 month of July.


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