Colon @ Britton
Hellickson @ Romero -Helloween for Jays or Hellickson since he has a very scary monster in Bautista to deal with.
Coke @ Buchholz
Masterson @ Peavy
Ogando @ Duffy
Pavano @ McCarthy – Pitch B-Mac vs. worst team in MLB.
Weaver @ Vargas - See Guthrie for Vargas.
De La Rosa @ Hamels
Dempster @ Volstad – Dempster on fire go for it.
Morton @ Arroyo
Gorzelanny @ Gee -Nats are awful hitting team and Mets lost their corners. Feeling lucky?
Norris @ Lohse
Teheran @ Saunders
Gallardo @ Moseley
Cain @ Kershaw
Nova @ Shields - Nova too inconsistent to trust right now.
Litsch @ Porcello – Porcello not a bad start here but he’s pitched better on the road than at home and this is a tough matchup.
Britton @ Lackey – Surging Red Sox present tough challenge for Britton.
Carrasco @ Mazzaro
Harrison @ Danks
Chatwood @ Gonzalez
Liriano @ King Felix – Great opportunity for Liriano to dominate.
Wandy @ Lowe – Lowe’s been shaky in two of his last three starts.
Morton @ Zimmermann – Gotta start Zimmermann coming off 11 K game.
J. Sanchez @ Jimenez – I expect Ubaldo to pitch well here.
Garza @ Volquez
Nolasco @ Niese
Oswalt @ J. Garcia
Stauffer @ D.Hudson – Despite poor performance last time out, Stauffer has earned this one.
Wolf @ Kuroda – Wolf awful in two straight starts now…I’m passing.
Bedard @ White – going back to Bedard again while he’s pitching well
Floyd @ Ross – I like Ross a lot more at home
Haren @ Holland
Bergesen @ W. Davis – would like to see more K’s from Davis
Francis @ Penny
Reyes @ Blackburn
Beckett @ Sabathia – Niiiiice
An. Sanchez @ Livan
Blanton @ Jurrjens
Harang @ Chacin
Dickey @ Happ
Karstens @ Narveson – I trust him vs. the Pirates
McClellan @ Cueto
Collmenter @ Billingsley
Vogelsong @ D. Davis – don’t like Vogelsong in Arizona
Davies @ Scherzer
Pineda @ Tomlin – Tomlin’s on a roll and it’s the M’s!
Arrieta @ Sonnanstine – Will take a gamble on Arrieta here.
Morrow @ Duensing – Morrow a bit risky, even in favorable matchup.
Big Erv @ Wilson – I’m staying away from Erv here.
Buehrle @ Cahill – Great matchup for Buehrle.
Lester @ F. Garcia
Carpenter @ Wood – Wood improving but I’m passing here.
Vazquez @ Marquis – I don’t trust Marquis.
Halladay @ T. Hudson – This game could take less than two hours!
Capuano @ An. Rodriguez
Correia @ Greinke – Correia started to show signs of slowing down in last start.
Lincecum @ Zambrano
Latos @ Hammel - Wouldn’t blame Latos owners for sitting this one out though.
Kennedy @ Lilly
Burnett @ Price – Can’t argue with Burnett’s results so far.
Drabek @ Porcello – Drabek struggling lately. Porcello not a bad play for those willing to take the risk.
Tillman @ Matsuzaka – Dice-K too inconsistent.
Carrasco @ Mazzaro – Carrasco could be solid option before long.
Lewis @ Jackson – Not willing to gamble on Edwin here.
Pineiro @ Anderson
Liriano @ King Felix – If you don’t feel comfortable pitching Liriano here you might as well drop him.
Lee @ Westbrook
Maholm @ Lannan
Garza @ Bailey – A few more strong showings by Homer and he’s a PoD grad.
Johnson @ Pelfrey
Myers @ Hanson – Myers too erratic to count on right now.
J. Sanchez @ Jimenez – Great opportunity for Ubaldo to get back on track.
Richard @ Galarraga – Only trust Richard at home.
Marcum @ Kuroda
Buchholz @ Colon – hard to trust either in this matchup
Hochevar @ Verlander – Encore! Encore!
Fister @ Carmona
Guthrie @ Hellickson – Guthrie’s getting hammered lately
Weaver @ Ogando – Ogando way over his skis, and coming off a blister… dangerous
Romero @ Pavano – I trust Romero vs. Twins
Humber @ McCarthy
Bumgarner @ Dempster- he’s turned the corner nicely
Volstad @ Gorzelanny
Lohse @ Arroyo – don’t believe either can maintain, but gotta ride the wave…
Hamels @ Beachy
Gee @ Norris
McDonald @ Gallardo – good challenge for improving McDonald
Moseley @ De La Rosa – not trusting K-less Moseley in Coors
Saunders @ Kershaw
Shields @ Masterson – good test of Masterson’s legitimacy
O’Sullivan @ Nova
Vargas @ Britton – Britton has not been great, but great matchup
Niese @ Jimenez (Wednesday’s game PPD)
J. Garcia @ Coleman
D. Hudson @ Cain
Garland @ Morton
Zimmermann @ Lowe – Zimmermann’s K rates don’t warrant this start
Coke @ Baker – Baker’s back baby!!
Gonzalez @ Harrison
Chen @ Burnett – Don’t trust AJ. Not quite DTM, but untrustworthy IMO
King Felix @ Tillman
Price @ TBD
Lackey @ Litsch
Peavy @ Chatwood
Stauffer @ Wolf – I’ll use pretty much anyone vs. SD
Volquez @ Wandy
Niese @ Jimenez
Kuroda @ Maholm
Lee @ Nolasco
Lannan @ Hanson
Westbrook @ Garza
Galarraga @ J. Sanchez
-I’ll pitch Burnett.
-Coke is working his way back to the bullpen if he can’t shut down the Twins but he has to be a ditch.
-Harrison could have given up 100 runs his last start vs. Yankees but after some great escapes he actually settled down so maybe he can straighten out vs. A’s but I’m not optimistic.
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Here’s an updated version of our renowned Pitch or Ditch category chart:
For those of you who are new to the blog, here’s how it works.
In an effort to help you make those all important Pitch or Ditch decisions, the 411 tribunal of Mike, Cory and I have divided all the starting pitchers in the Majors into groups. It used to be four groups (Aces, Pitch or Ditch Graduates, Pitch or Ditch guys and DTMs) but we’ve now added a fifth category: Indifferent.
The difference between Indifferent and DTM is that Indifferent refers to guys who we would never even think about starting at this time. DTMs are pitchers who we’ve lost patience in but we used to start fairly regularly at some point over the past few years.
Keep in mind that these classifications are geared towards 12-team mixed leagues. We will be updating the chart frequently throughout the season so stay tuned.
Your comments are more than welcomed!
Davies @ F. Garcia
Pineda @ Arrieta – throw out Arrieta’s rout at TEX and he’s been terrific
Sonnanstine @ Tomlin – Rays are en fuego and I don’t believe Tomlin can keep it up
Lester @ Drabek – big Drabek fan but the walks are a concern for now
Anderson @ Lewis
Porcello @ Liriano – wait and see on Liriano
Danks @ Pineiro – gamble on Pineiro vs. struggling ChiSox
Lilly @ Correia
Halladay @ Johnson – oh, baby!
Marquis @ T. Hudson
Bailey @ Myers – Myers not the same as last year
Carpenter @ Zambrano
Richard @ Marcum – Richard on the road = ditch
Pelfrey @ Hammel – Pelfrey on the road = ditch
Kennedy @ Lincecum
***SIANO SAYS “Pitch on Tomlin. They can’t win every day those Rays.”
Duensing @ Buchholz – Clay has been erratic but this is a nice matchup.
Hellickson @ Guthrie – Last time Guthrie faced TB…eight shutout innings.
Verlander @ Romero
McCarthy @ Hochevar – McCarthy starting to fade but how bad can he be vs. KC?
Colon @ Holland – A bit dangerous for Colon but can’t sit him right now regardless of opponent.
White @ Weaver
Floyd @ Fister
Arroyo @ Coleman
Gallardo @ Lohse – Wouldn’t blame Yovani owners for sitting this one out. I’ve never owned Lohse and never will, so maybe I’m biased!
Jurrjens @ Oswalt
Norris @ Morton – Let’s see how Bud follows up his roto monster performance!
Garland @ Young – I’ll take a shot on Garland here in decent matchup.
Gorzelanny @ Volstad – Gorzelanny on a roll.
D.Hudson @ Moseley – Moseley bound to crash at some point though.
Chacin @ Bumgarner – Bumgarner’s back on track.
Penny @ Reyes
Pavano @ Matsuzaka – Pavano’s been roughed up in two of his last three starts…I’ll roll the dice on Matsuzaka.
Davis @ Bergesen
Sabathia @ Ogando – Ogando’s lone non-quality start came against Yankees, so he’s risky.
Ross @ Francis – After hot start, Francis has been awful of late.
Carmona @ Haren
Buehrle @ Bedard – Outstanding matchup for Buehrle. Bedard worth a gamble in deeper leagues.
Kershaw @ Dickey
Livan @ An. Sanchez – Livan still inconsistent. Anibal needs to get back on track.
Happ @ McDonald
Narveson @ McClellan – Narveson fading and I don’t like this matchup. Also scared to pitch McClellan.
Cueto @ Dempster – Don’t like playing guys in first start back from DL. Need to see one more solid outing from Dempster.
Saunders @ Harang – Starting to get a little concerned about Harang but will pitch him here.
De La Rosa @ Vogelsong
Hanson @ Hamels
Scherzer @ Morrow
Liriano @ Lester - A no-no will do a lot to quiet the critics.
Cahill @ Wilson
Jackson @ Big Erv – Pitch Jackson though his inconsistency has been maddening.
Billingsley @ Karstens
Worley @ Vazquez
Wood @ An. Rodriguez – Rodriguez impressive in first career start but I don’t trust him just yet.
Latos @ Greinke
Capuano @ TBD – Passing on Capuano at Coors.
Shields @ Britton
Coke @ Litsch
Baker @ Matsuzaka – Have to start Dice-K vs. awful Twins, though I won’t watch…
Nova @ Harrison
Gonzalez @ O’Sullivan
Masterson @ Chatwood – Masterson due for some “regression” but won’t be here
Humber @ King Felix
Volquez @ Garza
Lowe @ Lee
Wandy @ Maholm
Kuroda @ Niese
TBD @ Nolasco
Wolf @ J. Garcia – Cards can rake but Wolf is en fuego
Galarraga @ Stauffer
Jimenez @ Cain
***SIANO SAYS “Dice-K was not good last start, had some elbow tightness and then pitched in the mess Wednesday night. He may not even make that start but if he does I don’t trust him against anyone due to those circumstances. Lowe was on a roll but has cooled off so I agree on him and the rest including Baker, who has been red hot but now gets a test. Worth running him out there but I’d be nervous.”