Updated Pitch or Ditch Category Chart (6/4)

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Trevor Bauer

Zach back with you,

We’ve reached the one-third mark of the season, which means that by now you should have a pretty good idea as to the strengths and weaknesses of your teams and whether or not you have a realistic shot at a league title. But regardless of where you stand, we here at the 411 are here to help, so hopefully you find this updated Pitch or Ditch chart useful.

New POD Chart 6-4-15

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. Aces should be started 100% of the time, regardless of the opponent or the venue.

Grads: Not quite ace-caliber but also not worth dropping under any circumstances. Grads should be started 99% of the time.

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: 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 and will never pitch them again, no matter what.

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.

And finally, here’s a list of the changes we have made since the last version of the chart, posted in late-April:


Pineda grad to ace
Archer grad to ace
Keuchel grad to ace
deGrom grad to ace
Gray grad to ace
Zimmermann grad to ace
Lester grad to ace
Arrieta grad to ace
Bauer PoD to grad
Salazar PoD to grad
Haren PoD to grad
Hammel PoD to grad
C. Martinez PoD to grad
Lorenzen indifferent to PoD
Vogelsong indifferent to PoD


Kennedy grad to PoD
Hudson grad to PoD
Kendrick PoD to indifferent
Butler PoD to indifferent
Guthrie PoD to DTM

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How is Anibal Sanchez still a grad? How many brutal starts do you need to see before demotion? Also, you didn’t mention Jose Fernandez, who is due back very soon off the DL. Is he an ace?

Not many more, but he’s built up a fairly long leash over the years. Feel free to bench Anibal for now, but he still shouldn’t be on any waiver wires. Yes, Fernandez is an ace. He wasn’t included on the chart because he has yet to make a start this year.


Where would hector Santiago land in this? Previous to his last start he had an ERA of 2.11, I feel he should be at least mentioned here

Santiago is a legitimate PoD guy.

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