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.

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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

 

4 Comments

I have 3 closers (broxton, soriano, aardsma). I lead the league in saves. Do I drop Broxton, and concentrate on obtaing a player to help me improve in other categories?

I have 2 possible moves:

Drop Lackey / Broxton. Pick up Chris Perez, Max Scherzer.

Drop Lackey / Broxton. Pick up Sherzer, Coco Crisp or Bourn (I need to gain 5 steals on the guy ahead of me).

My other starters are Wainwright, Josh Johnson, Grienke, Beckett, Floyd, Wandy, Jaime Garcia. Any of these guys droppable for Sherzer?

With the injuries to Cory Hart, do you think he will fizzle out in the last month or get hot again?

Why don’t u trust Carlos Zambrano? He hasn’t give up more than two earned runs in his four starts since coming back from “anger disease”. He has a 2.67 ERA in August AND it’s the Pirates! They are 29th in team batting average in the last 30 days, only one point above the M’s. In this span they have a MLB-worst 62/224 BB to K-ratio. That’s ugly.

That being said: Sounds like a good matchup to me for a guy desperate to get the love back he was used to in all fantasy formats. I’m starting him.

Adrien, Switzerland

Gryff,

Don’t even think about dropping Broxton. I know it’s frustrating to hold onto a guy who isn’t picking up saves but I can see him returning to the closer role sooner rather than later. Let’s not forget that he was arguably the #1 RP in fantasy heading into this season…not waiver wire material at all.

I’m fine with you dropping the erratic Beckett in order to pick up Scherzer and would strongly consider adding Chris Perez for Lackey.

As for Hart, he’s very streaky but I like his chances of putting together a strong finish, though the opportunity to sell high on him is probably over.
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Adrien,

I’m a little higher on Big Z than Cory is, so in my view throwing him out there vs. PIT is a decent gamble…but only if you have enough innings to spare and you’re chasing wins and Ks.

Zach

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