Updated PoD Category Chart (9/9)
There was no way we were going to let the 2014 season come to an end without posting one final update to our 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 late-July.
Kluber grad to ace
McCarthy PoD to grad
Porcello PoD to grad
Duffy PoD to grad
Hughes PoD to grad
Shoemaker PoD to grad
Keuchel PoD to grad
McHugh PoD to grad
Wheeler PoD to grad
deGrom PoD to grad
Roark PoD to grad
Liriano PoD to grad
Nuno indifferent to PoD
Buehrle grad to PoD
Burnett grad to PoD
Nolasco PoD to DTM