Updated PoD Category Chart (7/22)
With the unofficial second half of the season underway, it’s a perfect time for an updated Pitch or Ditch category chart.
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.
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
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.