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Pitching Value Meter: Two Starts for Kershaw

A two-start week for Clayton Kershaw comes at the perfect time for fantasy owners, especially for those in head-to-head leagues.

Pitching Value Meter: No Taming this Tiger

Max Scherzer is one of the few things going right for the Tigers these days, as he's dominated in his recent starts.

Pitching Value Meter: Killer 'Wrighty'

Adam Wainwright not only gets two starts this week, but he gets two teams that can't hit right-handers in the Marlins and Padres.

Pitching Value Meter: Gray Gets All A's

Considering the absurd run he's on, Sonny Gray might be baseball's best mid-rotation starter after he went from ace to No. 3 in the rotation thanks to trades.

Pitching Value Meter: Darvish Still Dealing

Yu Darvish is having a down year that most pitchers would kill for, and this week he gets two starts.

Pitching Value Meter: Smooth Saling

As the second half gets into full swing, Chris Sale gets two teams this week that he usually dominates.

Pitching Value Meter: Second-Half Kickoff

All-Star starter Felix Hernandez is back in action as the second half kicks off this weekend.

Pitching Value Meter: Kershaw's Brilliance Limited this Week

Clayton Kershaw has been unreal lately, but he has only one start this week. Is that enough to knock him from the top ranking?

Pitching Value Meter: Ray of Hope

David Price has had a huge June, and that's enough to vault him to the top of this week's pitcher rankings.

Pitching Value Meter: Crowning Achievement

Felix Hernandez's 2.22 ERA is not supported by his skills -- it's too high. With two starts, he's the top pitcher in the AL this week, but is he tops in baseball?

Pitching Value Meter: Red Scare

Johnny Cueto has a 1.85 ERA but is just 6-5 thanks to a Cincinnati offense that has deprived him of run support.

Pitching Value Meter: Bumgarner Continues to Baffle Batters

Madison Bumgarner is dominating this season, and with two starts at home this week, he's the easy choice for the league's top-ranked pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: It's Good to be the King

Felix Hernandez has 30 strikeouts in his last 31.1 innings and gets two starts this week as the league's top-rated pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Making the Case for Cy Yu

Yu Darvish is a frontrunner for the AL Cy Young award and has two starts this week to continue building his case.

Pitching Value Meter: K Time for Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka has two starts this week in Chicago, giving him a great opportunity to rack up some strikeouts.

Pitching Value Meter: Wainwright vs. his Nemesis

Adam Wainwright has allowed 13 runs this year, 10 of which have come against the Cubs, who he faces this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Kershaw Returns to Mound

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return from the disabled list this week, and he gets two starts to boot, but where does that leave him in the rankings?

Pitching Value Meter: No Ordinary Joe

Has Jose Fernandez done enough to retain his claim as the NL's best pitcher even when Clayton Kershaw returns from the disabled list?

Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off

Two starts in pitcher-friendly parks makes Yu Darvish this week's top hurler, giving owners who ignored the draft-day panic a nice profit.

Pitching Value Meter: Sonny Days in Oakland

Sonny Gray, who has a friendly start this week in Houston, is becoming a more complete pitcher this year.

Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Strength

Max Scherzer hit the trifecta this week -- two starts in pitchers' parks against the National League.

Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2014 Season

Justin Verlander looks poised this year to reclaim his former position as the top pitcher in the AL, but does that mean he is the top pitcher in this week's season debut of the Value Meter?

Pitching Value Meter: Opening Day Approaches

Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the U.S., and he is about to show that he's the best pitcher in Australia as the 2014 season kicks off.

Pitching Value Meter: Season Finale

Adam Wainwright is on a roll in his last three starts and with two starts this week lands the NL's top spot in the season finale of the Pitching Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Max Value

Detroit's Max Scherzer will take a fourth attempt at win No. 20 this week with a matchup against the White Sox.

Pitching Value Meter: Weaver gets his Wings Again

Jered Weaver recovered from a beating in the Bronx to hurl three quality starts in his last four outings, setting him up for a good run this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Speeding into September

Cole Hamels dominated in August for the Phillies. What's the first week of September have in store for the Philadelphia hurler?

Pitching Value Meter: Matchup Proof

Jose Fernandez might be young, but he fears no team, including the division-leading Braves, whom he faces this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Yes Way, Jose

Jose Fernandez gets the Dodgers in one of his two starts this week and might just be one of the few pitchers who can stop the hot-hitting club.

Pitching Value Meter: Giants Look to Cruise Madison Ave

Madison Bumgarner has a gift week as he is slated to face baseball's two worst teams in OPS vs. left-handed pitchers. Is that enough to make him the week's top starter?

Pitching Value Meter: Tough Week Ahead for Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw has two tough matchups this week, but is that enough to keep him out of the top spot in the National League rankings?

Pitching Value Meter: Leave it to Weaver

Jered Weaver is in a groove, posting a 1.32 ERA in his last six starts. He gets two starts this week, making him the AL's top starting pticher.

Pitching Value Meter: Max is Top Dog

Max Scherzer is the top dog in baseball this week with two starts against offenses that don't have much fight in them.

Pitching Value Meter: King of the Hill

Fresh off his All-Star Game appearance, Felix Hernandez gets the free-swinning Astros in his first start of the second half.

Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Effort

Max Scherzer doesn't have an easy slate of starts this week, but he hasn't gotten this far by beating up on tomato cans.

Pitching Value Meter: LA's K-Man

Even a trip to Coors Field can't knock Clayton Kershaw off his perch as the league's top starter this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Yu the Man This Week

With two starts this week, strikeout king Yu Darvish is the man to own in fantasy leagues.

Pitching Value Meter: The Wainwright Stuff

How unreal has Adam Wainwright been this year? He has more wins (10) than walks (9). This week he gets two home starts. Guess where he's ranked?

Pitching Value Meter: Move Over Felix, Kuma's the King

Hisashi Iwakuma is the king of the American League this week with starts against two free-swinging clubs.

Pitching Value Meter: Ace of the AL

Felix Hernandez is the only elite pitcher in the AL this week with two starts, making the Seattle ace an easy pick for top honors in the Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Harvey Rises to the Top

Matt Harvey could be headed for a big week with two starts, including facing the cross-town rival Yankees.

Pitching Value Meter: Miller Time in St. Louis

The young lad Shelby Miller sneaks up the rankings this week with two starts in pitcher-friendly parks. But where did the Cardinal land?

Pitching Value Meter: Still No. 1

Clayton Kershaw has only one start this week, but he's still the No. 1-rated pitcher in fantasy baseball.

Pitching Value Meter: Not A Bum

Madison Bumgarner isn't getting the attention he deserves with a 1.55 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through six starts this season. This week's Value Meter rectifies the slight.

Pitching Value Meter: No Love for Kershaw

The National League is so top heavy with two-start starters that Clayton Kershaw gets pushed down the rankings, while the American League is studs and duds this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Back on Track?

Roy Halladay's outing against a tough Cardinals lineup should hearten his owners, and he has a favorable matchup this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Not the Only Nat

Stephen Strasburg is not the only Nationals pitcher with a promising week ahead. Check out this week's pitcher rankings.

Pitching Value Meter: One-Start Studs vs. Two-Start Vanillas

Is a one-start Justin Verlander better this week than a two-start C.J. Wilson? That's the on-going debate for fantasy owners.

Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2013 Season

Baseball is back, and Clayton Kershaw gets two starts in the opening week as he debuts as fantasy's top-ranked pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: In the Home Stretch

Justin Verlander gets two starts this week in what figures to be a tricky scoring period as teams jockey rotations with the playoffs in mind.

Pitching Value Meter: Double Dip

Jered Weaver could move up a day this week, making him a two-start starter.

Pitching Value Meter: Falling Angel?

Jered Weaver has already missed one start with a shoulder injury, and he could miss more. Will he return this week?

Pitching Value Meter: Dodger Double Duty

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but it looks like he could get an extra start this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Beckett in Blue

Josh Beckett's acquisition would reshuffle the Dodgers rotation. Who would be bumped to make room for the former Red Sox?

Pitching Value Meter: Perfect Cy Young Candidate

After tossing a perfect game, where does Felix Hernandez stand in the AL Cy Young race?

Pitching Value Meter: Red Dawn

Johnny Cueto is making a case for the NL Cy Young award, but he has some stiff competition.

Pitching Value Meter: Halos Haymaker

Jered Weaver is the week's top Value Meter pitcher with two starts against division foes not named Texas.

Pitching Value Meter: Dominating D.C.

Stephen Strasburg takes the hill twice at home this week for the Nationals.

Pitching Value Meter: Think Blue

Two starts this week makes Clayton Kershaw the Value Meter's top-ranked pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Roy Wonder

Roy Halladay is slated to return Tuesday from the DL. Lucky for the Dodgers.

Pitching Value Meter: All-Star Week

Justin Verlander is one of the sure things during the whacky week of the All-Star Game.

Pitching Value Meter: Sale-a-brate Good Times

With two starts at home this week, Chris Sale gets the nod as the top AL pitcher in the latest edition of the Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Ready for Rangers Return

Derek Holland's shoulder injury is progressing to the point that he might return this week. Get him back in your lineup.

Pitching Value Meter: House of Cain

Matt Cain's perfecto was impressive, but it can't touch Sandy Koufax's for three simple reasons.

Pitching Value Meter: Still Searching for a W

The season is young, but it's already been crazy: a perfect game, three no-hitters, Lance Lynn and R.A. Dickey have nine wins - and Cliff Lee has zero.

Pitching Value Meter: Top of the Charts

Cliff Lee gets two starts this week, making him the Value Meter's top pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Cole Powers Phillies

Cole Hamels is stating his case for the NL Cy Young with a strong season for the Phillies. But is he the top-ranked pitcher in this week's Value Meter?

Pitching Value Meter: Cy Yu

Yu Darvish, who tops the pitcher rankings this week with two starts, is looking like the early favorite for the AL Cy Young award.

Pitching Value Meter: On the Trade Block?

Is it time for NL-only owners to start worrying about Cole Hamels getting traded?

Pitching Value Meter: Top Tiger

Justin Verlander gets a couple of starts against two of the league's worst-hitting clubs this week, which makes him the Value Meter's top starter.

Pitching Value Meter: Nats Own K Street

Stephen Strasburg enters the week with 25 Ks in 25 innings, but he's still third on his team in strikeouts.

Pitching Value Meter: Felix Holds Court

Fresh off a 12-strikeout performance, Felix Hernandez tops the AL rankings with two starts this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Roy's Rollin'

Roy Halladay stands atop the pitcher rankings with two starts this week, including one at Petco Park.

Pitching Value Meter: Everything's Aces

Justin Verlander squares off against James Shields this week in one of the better pitching matchups on the board.

Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2012 Season

Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw tops the list of the inaugural Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Season Finale

The season finale of the Value Meter belongs to Cliff Lee, who's had an outstanding year and is the top-ranked pitcher entering the final week.

Pitching Value Meter: Cy Young Race

The NL Cy Young race is down to three candidates. Has Clayton Kershaw done enough to get your vote?

Pitching Value Meter: Read to Return, Finally

Johan Santana appears set to return to the mound this week. Temper expectations for his 2011 debut.

Pitching Value Meter: Welcome Back

Stephen Strasburg returns to the mound this week with two starts, but is that enough to make him the week's top-ranked pitcher? Is the Value Meter author nuts?

Pitching Value Meter: Dodger Blues

Clayton Kershaw, this week's top Value Meter pitcher, has been one of the few bright spots for the Dodgers this year.

Pitching Value Meter: Under the Radar

Josh Beckett isn't a strong Cy Young candidate yet, but he was solid again in his last start and sports a 2.46 ERA.

Pitching Value Meter: The Future is Bright

Cliff Lee has two starts this week, which makes him the Value Meter's top pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Ace of the League

Not only is Justin Verlander's heater the fastest in the game, but it's also the most effective. No surprise that he tops the AL Value Meter this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Ks For Days

Clayton Kershaw makes two road starts this week, but with 67 strikeouts in his last seven starts, he is the top ranked pitcher on this week's Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: No Taming this Tiger

Justin Verlander, who has two starts this week, is making his case for the Cy Young award by averaging 7.5 innings per start this year.

Pitching Value Meter: Roy Wonder

Roy Halladay starts the second half in a familiar spot - atop the Value Meter with two starts this week.

Pitching Value Meter: All-Star Gem

Jered Weaver is an All-Star, but he'll have a more inviting start in his first game back from the break.

Pitching Value Meter: On the Prowl

The Tigers' Justin Verlander dominated in June with a 0.92 ERA, and he leads off July as the top-ranked pitcher in this week's Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Week of Intrigue

Justin Verlander vs. the surprising Dillon Gee is one of a number of intriguing matchups this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Interleague Play Continues

Jered Weaver is slated for two starts this week, one of which is up the road at Dodger Stadium in this year's installment of the Freeway Series.

Pitching Value Meter: Cy Young Campaign

Justin Verlander is the early favorite for the AL Cy Young, and with two starts this week, he's the top pitcher in this edition of the Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: It's Good to be the King

Felix Hernandez gets two starts this week, and even though they come on the road, he's our No. 1-ranked starter.

Pitching Value Meter: How the Sausage is Made

This week's Value Meter offers a peak behind the curtain to see just how is it that a Josh Beckett ends up as the top-ranked AL pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Two Starts for Hamels

Cole Hamels leads the National League this week, though AL pitchers dominate the mixed league rankings.

Pitching Value Meter: Interleague Play Begins

The AL and NL intersect this week, creating some interesting pitching matchups, including Josh Johnson vs. David Price.

Pitching Value Meter: Top of the Charts

With two starts this week, Tim Lincecum tops the latest edition of the Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: Red Ready

Johnny Cueto is nearing a return from the DL, and it could come as early as this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Halo Power

With starts against the A's and Rays this week, Jered Weaver tops the latest edition of the Value Meter. His sidekick in Anaheim isn't a bad option, either.

Pitching Value Meter: In Full Control

Clayton Kershaw continues to improve his control, but unfortunately he only has one start this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Off and Running

It was an insane first week of the season, but Felix Hernandez looked good. He gets two starts this week, and is the Value Meter's top-ranked hurler.

Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2011 Season

A mid-week Opening Day means extra starts in the first week of fantasy action for some pitchers. Yovani Gallardo gets three starts, but he's not the top-ranked pitcher in this year's inaugural Value Meter.

Pitching Value Meter: This is It: The 2010 Finale

In the final Value Meter of the season, Felix Hernandez is the AL's top-rated pitcher this week as he gets two more starts to make his Cy Young case.

Pitching Value Meter: Weaver's the One

Jered Weaver takes the mound twice this week, making him the week's top-rated AL pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: Johan's Future ... ?

Johan Santana received some stunning news that leaves his 2011 fantasy value in question.

Pitching Value Meter: Down the Stretch They Come

Tim Lincecum has two advantageous starts this week, but he's not the week's top-rated pitcher. Who is?

Pitching Value Meter: Cy Young Charge

Felix Hernandez gets two start this week against rather anemic offenses as he tries to convince voters that he is Cy Young worthy.

Pitching Value Meter: The 'Wright Choice For the Top Spot

Adam Wainwright gets two starts next week, and they will both come against teams that are among the bottom five in the league in runs scored. No surprise: Wainwright heads this week's Top 100.

Pitching Value Meter: Favorable Schedule

Johan Santana has a promising week ahead with starts against the Astros and Pirates.

Pitching Value Meter: Two Starts for Tim

Two starts this week make Tim Lincecum the league's top starting pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: This Week's Rankings

Yovani Gallardo has good matchups in two starts this week. but does that make him the NL's top-rated pitcher?

Pitching Value Meter: Time's Up?

Jamie Moyer is done for the foreseeable future with an elbow injury. Have we seen the last of the ageless wonder?

Pitching Value Meter: A Giant on the Mound

Tim Lincecum shut out the Mets in his last start. This week, he has two NL West rivals on deck, which places him atop the pitcher rankings.

Pitching Value Meter: Lone Star All-Star

As we head to the All-Star break this week, Cliff Lee heads to his fourth team in less than a year after getting traded to the Rangers.

Pitching Value Meter: Leave it to Weaver

Jered Weaver hits the road for two starts this week against mediocre-hitting clubs.

Pitching Value Meter: Home Cookin'

Adam Wainwright sits atop the pitcher rankings this week with two starts at home.

Pitching Value Meter: Two for Tim

Tim Lincecum has had his ups and downs this year, but he's back atop the value meter with two starts this week.

Pitching Value Meter: Interleague Play is Back

Adam Wainwright faces two of the AL's worst-hitting clubs this week, which makes him the week's top-rated pitcher.

Pitching Value Meter: It's Showtime

The Stephen Strasburg shows debuts this week against a couple of lackluster teams. Is that enough to make him this week's top-ranked pitcher?