Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 26

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 day. 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.


PoD chart August 10.pdf  


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

Scherzer @

Liriano @ Lee  *Nice II

Arrieta @
Jackson  *E-jack has plenty of

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

Billingsley @
  *Nice III

Kennedy @ Correia  *Kennedy a blue plate

TBD  *Won’t be Strasburg, Zimmermann I believe

An. Sanchez @ Niese


Loving the show guys. Haven’t asked any questions in awhile so here I go.

10 team 5×5 h2h league, I’m in first place but not by much, with playoffs approaching. I want to make sure I win saves the next few weeks. I have 4 closer slots, all filled: Broxton, Soria, Axford, Lidge. I can drop or bench for Hanrahan and/or Kuo who are on the wire. Which 4 do I roll with?

Also, how many 15.5 oz bottles of Yoo-hoo should I purchase?

Another Mike, from NH

any thoughts on rasmus? i have been debating dropping him for young jr or maybin. i love both guys down the stretch but only have room for one unless i drop rasmus.

thanks jeff in cleveland

p.s. liriano vs texas, danks and gavin vs yanks… do i risk leads in era and whip on those starts?


I wouldn’t drop any of your current closers but would try to pick up Hanrahan and Kuo (in that order) regardless. The Dodgers’ closer situation is real tough to read right now, and since it sounds like you’re willing to sacrifice a little in ERA and WHIP to get saves, I’d probably just play Hanrahan over Broxton for the next week or so until the L.A. picture gets a little clearer.

As for your Yoo-hoo question, it really depends on how long you want your celebration to last, but as Yogi says “It ain’t over till it’s over.” There’s still plenty of baseball yet to be played, so get back to work!

At this point in the season, you really have to cover up the names and go with production, and guys who are injured obviously won’t provide any production, so I’ve got no problem with you cutting Rasmus in a non-keeper. His recovery from a calf injury is progressing slower than expected, and he’s not exactly a must-start OF. Now is not the time to be especially patient.


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