Pitch or Ditch for Friday, October 1

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 September 15.pdf

Top 10 by position for 2011

2010 All-Surprise and All-Disappointment Teams

2010 All-Fantasy Team


Porcello @

Pettitte @ Matsuzaka
– do you trust either? Not me!

Weaver @

Carmona @ Pena – solid
comeback year for Carmona (Lo12 guy!)

Shields @ Chen – good
matchup for Shields

Romero @ Pavano –
spike in Romero’s walk rate suggests he’s gassed

Cahill @

Rogers @

Maholm @

Zimmermann @

Kendrick @

Coleman @
Norris – one more shot on Bud

De La Rosa @

Kroenke @

Richard @ Zito
– Richard too erratic lately, and on the road, to trust

***Zach says “I’d ditch Pavano in a tough matchup vs. TOR. He’s been flat out awful over his last two starts (12.00 ERA). Richard is a tough call but coming off poor outing I’ll agree with Cory and say ditch.”


hey zach…3 days to go and I’m locked in a 5-5 (H2H) tie for the championship. thoughts on whether or not I’d be better suited with a tyler clippard-type setup guy for tonight, or slotting in CC, for a potential relief appearance. Or, would you just cut the un-keepable CC, as his 3-year round 8-10 contract comes to an end)? thanks buddy

your opinion and insights are always valued and appreciated, thanks zach!

I am in a h2h battle for the championship, leading 7-3. I do not trust Pavano tonight, Tommy Hunter is available in my league. Should I grab him or Jake Westbrook? Or should I play conservative since I am leading era and whip and just bench untrustworty pitchers?


I’d lean towards using the dominant middle reliever as we’re still not 100 percent certain that CC will make a relief appearance this weekend. It’s possible he just throws an extended bullpen session and the Yankees deem him ready to go. Plus, the middle reliever might make multiple appearances while CC will pitch in at most one game. Especially if you’re looking for Ks, the middle reliever is a safer bet.


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