Updated PoD Category Chart (5/15)

Zach here,

Alright, the time has finally arrived for an updated Pitch or Ditch category chart! Click on the link below to download the PDF

POD Chart 5-15

A quick reminder as to how the chart works:

We’ve divided all of the current starting rotation pitchers in the Majors into five groups: Aces, Grads (pitchers who should not be dropped and can be started almost all the time), Pitch or Ditch (guys who you should be picking up to start in favorable matchups but do not deserve a regular roster spot), DTMs (guys who we are fed up with and would not start under any circumstances for the time being) and Indifferents (guys who we don’t feel any ill-will towards but who just aren’t that good). Keep in mind that we’re basing this on a standard 12-team mixed league.

Here are the changes we’ve made to the chart since the mid-April version:

MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox


Harvey grad to ace

Bailey PoD to grad

Jimenez DTM to PoD

Kazmir indifferent to PoD

Grimm indifferent to PoD

Feldman indifferent to PoD

Slowey indifferent to PoD

MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants


Vogelsong grad to PoD

Jackson grad to PoD

Niese grad to PoD

Beckett grad to PoD

Worley PoD to indifferent

Sanabia PoD to indifferent

By the way, Ryan Vogelsong has completely ruined the ERA/WHIP of two of my teams (fortunately, I had the sense to bench him Wednesday night). Personally, he’s DTM, but to be nice, we’ve listed him as PoD. He’s on a short leash though.

Feel free to post your questions and/or comments.


I’m not so sure Ian Kennedy is still a Grad. xFIP 4.49 (this has gone up three years in a row now,) 7.16 K/9 (down from last year by a full K,) HR/FB rate is up for the third year also, currently 11.5%!

He’s had two decent starts in a row, but yesterday was due for the LOSS if D-backs didn’t score 4 times in bottom of 5th.

Kennedy is a PoD.


I own Kennedy in a bunch of leagues so I might be a little biased, but I haven’t lost faith in him. He looked a lot better his last time out and the K’s returned. I don’t really pay attention to W/L record and he was actually due for some good luck after getting no-decisions in two other starts this year where he deserved a W. Ultimately though, the true test for me when deciding PoD vs. Grad is determining whether or not the pitcher truly deserves to be dropped in a 12-team mixed league, and with Kennedy, I think the answer is still No.


Oh and Travis Wood… soon to be Grad, should be already actually.🙂

How far from Ace status is Shelby Miller? He has been performing like an ace since being called up.

Good job on this, you can tell it’s thought out, and not just thrown together. The only thing I noticed that stood out to me is, I believe Sale should be considered an ace. He had a torching (Cleveland 8 runs) but don’t all aces catch those sometimes? (Verlander in fact, just last night)

Despite that 8 run game, he’s carrying a 2.88e/0.94wh, Strong K rate…49K in 56 IP. Managed to do well last year despite the ChiSox management yanking him around between SP/RP.

Just made the Angels look absolutely silly this past Sunday night on National TV.

Seems like people want to discount him because of that *alleged* injury risk he carries with his delivery, and he keeps motoring along.

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