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Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 26

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

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PoD chart August 10.pdf  

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SIANO’S PICKS

Mazzaro @ Masterson  *The Vin man is red hot. Masterson can throw a SHO or
get rocked, not sure which guy shows up.

Scherzer @
Romero 
*Nice

Liriano @ Lee  *Nice II

Arrieta @
Jackson  *E-jack has plenty of
rest.

Wandy @ Kendrick  *Wandy out of his mind last 6 starts, you have to pitch
him.

Billingsley @
Gallardo
  *Nice III

Kennedy @ Correia  *Kennedy a blue plate
special

Carpenter
@
TBD  *Won’t be Strasburg, Zimmermann I believe
(ditch)

An. Sanchez @ Niese

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 24

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

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PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Pavano_2010.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

Davies @
Porcello

G. Gonzalez @
Carmona – Fausto too erratic to trust right now

Moseley @
Rzepczynski

Pauley @
Beckett – M’s lineup could be perfect remedy for Beckett’s recent struggles

Pavano @
Lewis

Guthrie @
Floyd – Guthrie very shaky last time out but overall he’s been pleasant surprise this year

Davis @ Big
Erv
– Might want to follow the conservative route and sit Davis for first start back but I’ll throw him out there

Zambrano @
Lannan – Big Z too wild to trust (15 walks combined over last three starts)

Norris @ Hamels – I wouldn’t blame you for pitching Norris but I don’t like this matchup

Wainwright @
Maholm

Johnson @
Dickey

Lilly @
Bush

Lowe @ De La
Rosa

Lopez @
Richard
– Clayton looks to be back on track after rough stretch

Wood @ J.
Sanchez

***Siano says:

Pitch
Carmona. He’s my 2 start special this week.

Ditch
on Davis, first start back from DL and on the road. Not sure it’s wise just
yet.

Agree
on rest.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 21-23

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

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PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Vargas_jason.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

 

Vargas @
Vazquez – Bench Vargas only if you’re running out of innings

Lee @
Bergesen

Bell @
Slowey – Slowey pitching better lately and has been very good at home

Tomlin @
Scherzer

Romero @
Dice-K – Romero has struggled vs. BOS this year so not an automatic start

F. Garcia @
Bullington – I’ve lost all confidence in Garcia…Bullington approaching the PoD radar but not yet

Price @ Anderson

Hanson @
Gorzelanny – I’ll take the conservative approach and ditch on Gorzo

Strasburg @
Kendrick

Niese @
McDonald – Pirates can’t hit, Mets can’t hit

Correia @
Narveson – Narveson decent lately but I don’t like this matchup

Wandy @
Volstad – Volstad sputtering and Astros bats finally starting to show some life

Lincecum @
Carpenter

Jimenez @
Enright - Enright could be a ticking time bomb but I’ll say pitch here

Cueto @
Billingsley

 


SUNDAY

 

Gomez @
Verlander – Start Gomez at your own risk…I’m passing

French @
Sabathia

Hunter @
Millwood – I’ll give Hunter one more shot

Marcum @
Buchholz

Danks @
Greinke

Garza @
Braden – Braden outstanding recently

Weaver @
Baker – I’ve given up trying to figure out Baker

Figueroa @
Nolasco

Olsen @
Oswalt

J. Santana @
Duke

Garland @
Parra – Garland turning out to be one of the best off-season signings

Zito @
Lohse

Minor @
Wells

Arroyo @
Kershaw

Chacin @ D. Hudson

 

MONDAY

 

Chen @
Bonderman

Moseley @
Morrow – Leave Morrow for deeper formats…Yanks have roughed him up this year

Pauley @
Lackey – Little faith in Lackey but this is a nice matchup

Liriano @ Holland

Shields @
Kazmir – Shields a tough call but he’s coming off impressive outing vs. TEX

Coleman @
Livan
– 69-year-old Livan keeps getting it done

Myers @
Blanton – Blanton continues to tease us with his inconsistency…YPNM

J. Garcia @
Ohlendorf

T. Hudson @
Hammel

Volquez @
Cain – Banking on Volquez is asking for trouble

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 20

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf  

Padilla_2010_2.jpg
ZACH’S PICKS

Masterson @
Galarraga – Galarraga worth a shot in deeper leagues

King Felix @
Burnett – A.J. so unpredictable but vs. weak M’s I have to say pitch

Wilson @
Arrieta

Cecil @
Lester
– Cecil coming off pounding but he deserves another shot

Haren @
Duensing – Duensing on quite a roll

Jackson @
O’Sullivan – Ditto for Edwin

Hellickson @
Mazzaro – Tough test for Vin but I think he’s up for it

Jurrjens @
Dempster

Pelfrey @
Karstens – Nice matchup for Pelfrey here

Marquis @
Halladay

Happ @ An.
Sanchez

LeBlanc @
Gallardo

Bumgarner @
Westbrook

Rogers @
Kennedy
– Kennedy a little risky but good for WHIP and Ks

Bailey @
Padilla – I’m jumping off the Padilla bandwagon before it totally crashes

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 18

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

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PoD chart August 10.pdf    

Carmona_2010_3.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Holland @ Shields -
ditch both, watch the show!

Rzepczynski @
G.Gonzalez

Bonderman @ Moseley -
Moseley worth a gamble in deeper leagues

Pauley @
Guthrie

Kazmir @ Lackey -
hard to trust either

Floyd @
Liriano

Carmona @
Chen

Wolf @
Wainwright

Richard @
Coleman

Johnson @
Ohlendorf

Cain @
Blanton

Livan @
T.Hudson
– I keep waiting for Hudson’s luck to run out and he
keeps getting better!

Dickey @
Myers

Volquez @ R. Lopez -
Volquez worth a shot if you can risk ERA and WHIP for K’s and wins

Hammel @
Kuroda – Hammel has come back to earth

***Zach says “Pitch Carmona if you’re not projected to go way over your league’s innings limit. Yeah, Fausto’s been inconsistent this year, but I love the matchup. Agree on rest.”

 

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 17

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf    

Gomez_jeanmar.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Verlander @
Sabathia

French @
Millwood

Weaver @
Buchholz

Hunter @
Garza
– Hunter may be
fading a bit but I’ll give him one more

Danks @ Baker – Baker’s
been so unreliable this year, but if you’re going to gamble, do it at
home

J.Gomez @
Greinke
– Gomez is a fluke
but ride the wave vs. the weak Royals

Morrow @
Braden

Nolasco @
Duke

Zito @
Oswalt

Olsen @ Minor
– tough matchup for Minor but he’s impressive

J.Santana
@
Figueroa

Garland @ Wells – I’m
finally losing faith in Wells

Bush @
J.Garcia

Arroyo @ D.
Hudson

Chacin @ Kershaw
-
Chacin a worthwhile gamble in deeper leagues

 

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 14-16

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf    

    
Garcia_freddy_2.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Matusz @
Sonnanstine

Porcello @
Jackson

Vargas @
Talbot

Hughes @
O’Sullivan

Cahill @
Duensing

Lester @
Lewis

Cecil @ Big Erv – Big Erv
: Angels :: Dice-K : Red Sox

Zambrano @
Carpenter

Latos @
Bumgarner
– awesome
matchup

Kennedy @ Marquis -
Kennedy OK for deeper leagues and chasing wins/K’s

Maholm @
Figueroa

West @
Leake

Lilly @
Lowe

Halladay @
TBD

Narveson @
Rogers

 

SUNDAY

King
Felix
@
Masterson

Arrieta @
Hellickson

Galarraga @ F. Garcia
– Big Chief a pure wins-case, little upside though

Burnett @
Bannister

Mazzaro @
Slowey – conservatives might bench Slowey but I like the
matchup

Dice-K @ Wilson – not
much faith in continued success from either

Romero @
Haren

An.
Sanchez
@
TBD

Padilla @
Minor

Enright @
Strasburg

Karstens @
Norris

Dempster @ Lohse – Dempster a
little shaky lately but has upside

Parra @
Jimenez

LeBlanc @
Lincecum
– If you took
Lincecum in the 2nd/3rd round, you better start him
here!

Kendrick @ Pelfrey -
not sold on Pelfrey’s “return” yet

 

MONDAY

French @
Bergesen – Bergesen on a roll, and great matchup

Scherzer @
Vazquez

Lee @
Price
– top of the Cy
Young ballot on display here

Marcum @
Anderson

Volstad @
McDonald

Billingsley @
Jurrjens

Correia @
Gorzelanny

Niese @ Happ – both
OK for deeper leagues but I’m leery

 

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, August 13

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart August 10.pdf                                            

Shields_james.jpg
SIANO’S PICKS

Pauley @
Carmona

Guthrie @
Shields

Beckett @
Hunter

Bonderman @
Buehrle

Moseley
@
Davies

Gonzalez @
Pavano
*Gonzalez is very risky here but brings big
K’s. I’m very on the fence.

Rzepczynski @
Kazmir

Saunders @
Lannan

Johnson @ Volquez *Which Volquez shows up? You know? I
don’t.

Hamels @ Dickey *Dickey a high risk medium
reward.

Kuroda @ T.
Hudson

Ohlendorf @
Myers *Myers has been just
wow.

Diamond @
Westbrook

Gallardo @ De La
Rosa

Richard @ J.
Sanchez

***Cory saysSome
disagreements here! Ditch Carmona and Shields, both awful in the 2nd half. Pitch
Guthrie vs. erratic Rays. He’s having an awesome 2nd half. Only pitch Buehrle if
chasing wins and can risk the ratios. Not loving DLR or Richard, but I’ll get
on board with Siano for now.”

POD Category Chart Version V

Hey guys,

Below you’ll find the updated Pitch or Ditch category chart:

PoD chart August 10.pdf                                            

Even though there are only 25 pitchers listed as DTM, I strongly advise everyone to choose their PoDers carefully. Now is not the time to risk losing a significant number of points in ERA and WHIP as it’ll become more and more difficult to repair the damage as the end of the season draws near. Don’t waste valuable innings on mediocre pitchers facing less than ideal matchups.

A reminder as to how the chart works:

We’ve
divided all the starting
pitchers in the Majors into four groups:
Aces, Pitch or Ditch graduates, Pitch or Ditch guys and DTM’s (players
you shouldn’t even think about starting right now). Keep in mind that these
classifications are geared towards 12-team mixed leagues and are of
course subject to change as the season progresses. We’ll be posting
updated versions every two weeks.

Some of these decisions were very tough so let us know what you think. All opinions are welcome.

-Zach

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 12

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next day. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD
chart July 23.pdf

Wells_randy_2010.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Lackey @ Mills – I don’t trust Lackey anymore.
Millwood @ J.Gomez
Liriano @ Floyd
Sabathia @ Chen
Hammel @ J. Santana – Hammel had a nice run but has cooled lately
Lopez @ Wolf
Wells @ Cain – Still a believer in Wells
Duke @ Garland – OK on Garland at home vs. Pirates
Nolasco @ Livan – Still a believer in Nolasco
Kershaw @ Blanton

***Siano says “Agreed. Lackey still has AL-only value but he’s risky in mixed leagues. The Mariners and A’s would be nice but alas he went to the beast.”

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