Updated PoD Category Chart (7/22)

Hey everyone,

With the unofficial second half of the season underway, it’s a perfect time for an updated Pitch or Ditch category chart.

POD Chart 7-22

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the chart, this is something we started doing a few years ago (special shout out to longtime 411 fan Big Barry for the framework of the idea) to help guide you not only in your Pitch or Ditch decisions but also in knowing whether or not dropping a certain pitcher would be a mistake.

We’ve divided all of the current starting rotation pitchers into five groups: Aces, Grads, PoD, DTM and Indifferent.

Aces: Fairly straightforward. Elite starting pitchers with the track record to prove it.

Grads: Not ace-caliber but also not worth dropping under any circumstances. Grads should always be started, regardless of the matchup.

PoD: These pitchers do not quite deserve a permanent roster spot but should be picked up and started in favorable matchups. If their next matchup is not so favorable, feel free to drop them. Some PoD guys could earn Grad status if they string together several consecutive strong outings.

DTM: An old 411 acronym for “dead to me”, DTM pitchers are guys that we might have once liked but have repeatedly let us down to the point where we’ve had enough of them. It takes a lot to become DTM, but once you become DTM, it’s very tough to escape that category!

Indifferent: Pitchers who are just not that good and should not be rostered.

***Note that this chart is geared towards standard 12-team mixed leagues.

Here are the changes we’ve made since our last version from early-June.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Lester grad to ace

Teheran grad to ace

Quintana PoD to grad

Arrieta PoD to grad

Simon PoD to grad

Lincecum PoD to grad

Alvarez PoD to grad

Smyly PoD to grad

Porcello PoD to grad

Bailey PoD to grad

  MLB: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Buehrle grad to PoD

Peralta grad to PoD

Haren grad to PoD

Whitley PoD to indifferent

Lewis PoD to indifferent

And as always, feel free to comment below.



Clearly you have not used Smyly in points format this season. He is fantasy TNT. PROMOTION? Is it Opposite Day on fantasy 411?


I categorized Smyly as PoD on my original version but Cory felt that he was a grad. Definitely debatable, but this was his reasoning:

“His numbers haven’t been great but they’re good, and he has excellent K potential, so there are very few matchups where I wouldn’t use him. Plus, with that offense behind him, he’s always a good shot to get a win even if he only goes 5-6 IP.”

Smyly to GRAD??????
Very Very Surprise move…..

Offered a trade in an NL only keeper league, probably going to reject
Give: Mesoraco (1 dollar) and Morse (9 dollars)
Get: Segura (18 dollars) and McGehee (1 dollar)
What are your thoughts?

Pass. Mesoraco at $1 is too valuable. I’m not sold on McGehee long-term and Segura for $18 is a decent but not great keeper price.


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