The Inaugural PoD Category Chart for 2016 (4/27)

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Robbie Ray

Zach here,

With the end of April comes the first Pitch or Ditch category chart of the 2016 season!

PoD Chart 4-27-16

For a number of years now, we have been posting these charts roughly once per month during the season, and longtime 411 fan Big Barry deserves a special acknowledgement for suggesting the framework of the idea. For those unfamiliar with the format, in an effort to help you make those all important Pitch or Ditch decisions and determine whether or not a certain player deserves to remain on your roster, we have divided all of the pitchers currently in starting rotations into four groups: Aces, Grads, PoD and Indifferent. Note that I’ve tweaked the definitions for this year, mainly lowering the bar for Grads. Also keep in mind that the chart is geared towards standard 12-team mixed leagues. And of course, a pitcher’s designation will likely fluctuate throughout the season (especially between PoD and Grad). With each updated version of the chart, we will list the changes made since the previous post.

Aces – Elite starters with the track record to prove it. These pitchers should be in your active lineups regardless of the matchup.

Grads – Pitchers who aren’t ace material but should not be dropped and should be started in the vast majority of matchups.

PoD – Consider adding these guys off the waiver wire to start in favorable matchups, but feel free to drop them afterwards if you need the roster spot.

Indifferent – These pitchers are too risky to trust in any matchup and should remain on the waiver wire.

That’s it for now. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

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What would McCullers and Wheeler be on this list? I have both stashed on my roster. Thanks!

I’d categorize them as Grads to start, so yeah, both are certainly worth hanging onto.


Likely one can figure it out, but what again is the color code. Thx.

The color key is included at the bottom of the page.


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