The Inaugural Pitch or Ditch Category Chart of 2015 (4/29)

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Bartolo Colon wasn't even drafted in most 12-team mixed leagues. He's already a Grad.

Bartolo Colon wasn’t even drafted in most 12-team mixed leagues. He’s already a Grad.

Zach here,

With the month of April drawing to a close, what better time to release our first Pitch or Ditch category chart of the 2015 season!

POD Chart 4-29-15

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the chart, this is something we started doing a few years ago (special acknowledgment 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 almost always be started.

PoD: These pitchers do not 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.

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Jose fernandez, not on your list but on DL. ace?

Streaming has been disastrous for me thus far, especially in QS leagues.

Can’t remember it working out once yet.

Alex Cobb?

I left out pitchers who have yet to make a start this season.


Strasburg an “ace” ? Would say he’s the definition of inconsistency myself…

drop Napoli?

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