Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 11-13
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
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.
Davis @ Romero
Davies @ Jackson
Burnett @ Hunter – too risky for
King Felix @ Big
Erv – overall Big Erv has been solid
this year if a little erratic
Ely @ Wandy
Dempster @ Wolf – Dempster very
risky, only if chasing K’s and wins
R. Lopez @ Jimenez
Talbot – Not a Slowey fan but this is a decent matchup for him if you need wins
Marcum – Niemann absolutely awful of late
O’Sullivan @ F.
Garcia – Favorable spot for Freddy but let’s take the conservative route
Lee – Lee no sure thing vs. Yanks but how can you bench him?
Haren – Vargas slumping lately and much better at home (2.58 ERA) than on the road (5.27 ERA)
Braden – Still don’t trust Beckett but this is a great matchup
Niese – Niese = high-risk medium-reward…ditch
Zimmermann – Zim not a bad gamble if you’re willing to roll the dice
Figueroa – Figueroa a decent option in deeper formats vs. erratic Dodgers lineup
Chacin – Kennedy on a roll but I’m passing on the HR prone pitcher at Coors
Lincecum @ Latos
Lohse @ T.
Matusz – Matusz pitching well but he’s a risky play here
Price – Cy Young showdown!
Fister - Fister great at home but I’d be careful here
Lowe – Lowe extremely inconsistent this year and offers little upside
Arroyo - Enright coming off his worst start of the year
McDonald @ TBD - McDonald an OK option in deeper formats
Miller – Blanton locked in right now but too erratic to trust
Myers – Narveson worth using here
Silva @ J.
Garcia – I’m willing to give Garcia another chance
Luebke @ Francis