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David Regan

David Regan

David Regan is a five-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, and was named the 2010 Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.

For the week June 7-13



Disclaimer: Rankings are based on information through Friday evening. We will update this piece with comments at the bottom of the article as new information becomes available but recommend keeping up to date with the latest player news.



Always appreciate comments on the rankings, and I expect some disagreement. I'd love to explain the rankings in more detail if you have specific questions, and if there's something in particular that you disagree with, feel free to comment below with your reasoning.




(Stephen Strasburg plus the rest of the) NATIONAL LEAGUE




    Start 'Em:


  1. Chris Carpenter - @LAD, @ARI
  2. Ubaldo Jimenez - TOR
  3. Matt Cain - @CIN, OAK
  4. Ryan Dempster - @PIT, CHW

  5. Stephen Strasburg - PIT, @CLE (trust me, I was tempted to put him No. 1)
  6. Yovani Gallardo - CHC, TEX
  7. Roy Halladay - FLA
  8. Mike Pelfrey - SD, @BAL
  9. Cole Hamels - SD, @BOS

  10. Adam Wainwright - @LAD
  11. Johan Santana - SD
  12. Tim Lincecum - OAK
  13. Johnny Cueto - SF, KC
  14. Kris Medlen - @ARI, @MIN

  15. Dan Haren - ATL, STL
  16. Clayton Kershaw - STL
  17. Derek Lowe - @ARI, @MIN
  18. Josh Johnson - @PHI
  19. Clayton Richard - @NYM, SEA

  20. Hiroki Kuroda - STL, LAA
  21. Mike Leake - SF
  22. Chad Billingsley - LAA
  23. Tim Hudson - @MIN
  24. John Ely - LAA

  25. Edwin Jackson - ATL, STL (tough starts)
  26. Roy Oswalt - @COL
  27. Barry Zito - @CIN, OAK
  28. Tommy Hanson - @ARI
  29. Randy Wells - @MIL, CHW

  30. Mat Latos - @NYM
  31. Ricky Nolasco - @TB
  32. Ted Lilly - CHW
  33. Jeff Francis - HOU, TOR
  34. Bronson Arroyo - KC

  35. Jamie Garcia - @ARI
  36. Ian Kennedy - ATL
  37. Jhoulys Chacin - HOU
  38. Anibal Sanchez - @PHI
  39. Jonathan Sanchez - @CIN


  40. Borderline


  41. Wade LeBlanc - @PHI, SEA
  42. Randy Wolf - TEX
  43. Carlos Zambrano - @MIL
  44. Aaron Harang - SF

  45. Jason Hammel - HOU, TOR
  46. Kenshin Kawakami - @ARI
  47. Joe Blanton - @BOS
  48. Jon Niese - @BAL
  49. Jamie Moyer - FLA

  50. John Lannan - PIT
  51. Luis Atilano - @CLE
  52. Jon Garland - @NYM
  53. Livan Hernandez - PIT
  54. Carlos Silva - @MIL

  55. Homer Bailey - SF, KC (tentative two-start starter)
  56. Zach Duke - @WAS
  57. Craig Stammen - @CLE
  58. Paul Maholm - @WAS
  59. Aaron Cook - HOU

  60. Rodrigo Lopez - STL
  61. Kevin Correia - SEA

  62. Extreme Caution Advised


  63. Chris Volstad - @PHI, @TB
  64. Hisanori Takahashi - @BAL

  65. Kyle Kendrick - FLA, @BOS
  66. R.A. Dickey - SD
  67. Wandy Rodriguez - @COL, @NYY
  68. David Bush - CHC
  69. Ross Ohlendorf - @DET

  70. Carlos Monasterios - STL
  71. Nate Robertson - @TB
  72. Brett Myers - @NYY
  73. Dontrelle Willis - ATL
  74. Bud Norris - @COL, @NYY (tentative two-start starter)

  75. Felipe Paulino - @COL
  76. Chris Capuano - CHC
  77. Chris Narveson - TEX
  78. Jeffrey Karstens - @WAS, @DET (tentative two-start starter)
  79. P.J. Walters - @LAD, @ARI (tentative two-start starter)

  80. Dana Eveland - CHC, @DET
  81. Todd Wellemeyer - @CIN




Projected No. 5 starters skipped: Cardinals No. 5 starter (Adam Ottavino)



Two-start starters:
Derek Lowe, Kris Medlen, Chris Volstad, Mike Pelfrey, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Johnny Cueto, Sam LeCure, Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris (tentative), Yovani Gallardo, Dana Eveland (tentative), Jeffrey Karstens (tentative), P.J. Walters (tentative), Chris Carpenter, Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel, Jeff Francis, Hiroki Kuroda, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard, Barry Zito, Matt Cain.



Notes:
He's heeeeeere!!! Stephen Strasburg makes his much-anticipated major league debut on Tuesday, June 8, at home against the Pirates. Much has been written, so no more will be said here other than if you've been rostering him all year, now is the time to cash in. As an added bonus, he gets two starts this week against seemingly favorable opponents. Homer Bailey (shoulder) is eligible to come off the DL on June 8, so I have him penciled in for two starts. That could easily change, with Sam LeCure possibly starting on Tuesday and Bailey on Sunday (6/13). I have P.J. Walters getting two starts in St. Louis, but if you saw Walters pitch lat time out, you know this is tentative as well. Adam Ottavino could get one or both of Walters' starts. A Super-Two type situation seems to be the only reason the Giants are keeping Madison Bumgarner in Triple-A. He has a 1.29 ERA in his last nine starts and should be replacing Todd Wellemeyer any day. I can't believe the Pirates are actually using Dana Eveland every fifth day. Brad Lincoln has a 2.03 ERA and 37:5 K:BB in his last six starts (40 innings) for Triple-A Indianapolis. I have to think Lincoln replaces Eveland, perhaps as early as this week. Bud Norris (biceps) is eligible to return June 8, and though I have him as a two-start starter, it's likely Brian Moehler gets one of those starts. Either way, that slot in the rotation is scheduled to pitch in Colorado and in New York against the Yankees, so don't use either of these guys this week. Tim Lincecum finished fourth in the NL in WHIP last year but is just 17th in 2010. Wondering if he's even going to be a top-10 NL starter this year. I could easily see him outside of the top 5. Clayton Kershaw has a 1.08 ERA in his last five starts. He won't win a Cy Young this year, but it's pretty easy to see him ripping off a couple in a row in the next five years. Adam Wainwright led the NL in strikeouts in May with 47. Safe to say he's taken another step forward in his development. Chris Capuano's return from Tommy John surgery is a nice story, and he'll get a real chance at securing a rotation slot despite his subpar first outing. After all, it's not like any of the non-Gallardo starters are doing much. I'm not sure I'm going out on a limb in saying that Kris Medlen is the Braves' second-best starter behind Tommy Hanson right now. Medlen doesn't strike out a ton of guys, but a 36:9 K:BB in 48.1 innings is still quite good. Kudos to you if you had patience with Edwin Jackson as he opened at 1-5 with a 7.44 ERA in his first eight starts. In his last four, Jackson is 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA, including nine shutout innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers.






AMERICAN LEAGUE



    Start 'Em:


  1. Jered Weaver - @OAK, @LAD
  2. Philip Hughes - @BAL, HOU
  3. Felix Hernandez - @TEX, @SD

  4. Cliff Lee - @TEX, @SD
  5. Jon Lester - @CLE
  6. Colby Lewis - SEA, @MIL
  7. Jeff Niemann - TOR, FLA
  8. Justin Verlander - PIT

  9. CC Sabathia - @BAL
  10. Shaun Marcum - @TB
  11. James Shields - FLA
  12. Clay Buchholz - @CLE
  13. David Price - TOR

  14. Matt Garza - FLA
  15. Kevin Slowey - KC, ATL
  16. John Danks - DET
  17. Andy Pettitte - HOU
  18. Zack Greinke - @MIN (guessing no Cy Young repeat in the AL)

  19. Scott Baker - KC
  20. Francisco Liriano - ATL
  21. Daisuke Matsuzaka - @CLE, PHI
  22. Armando Galarraga - @CHW, PIT
  23. A.J. Burnett - @BAL

  24. Max Scherzer - @CHW
  25. Jason Vargas - @SD
  26. Fausto Carmona - BOS, WAS
  27. Rick Porcello - @CHW
  28. Jeremy Bonderman - PIT

  29. Carl Pavano - KC
  30. Ervin Santana - @OAK
  31. Jake Peavy - @CHC
  32. Brian Matusz - NYM
  33. Gio Gonzalez - @SF

  34. C.J. Wilson - SEA
  35. Dallas Braden - LAA
  36. Doug Fister - @TEX
  37. Ben Sheets - LAA, @SF
  38. Jeremy Guthrie - NYM

  39. Javier Vazquez - HOU

  40. Borderline


  41. John Lackey PHI (guess you probably have to use him, but what a disappointment)
  42. Nick Blackburn - ATL
  43. Trevor Cahill - LAA

  44. Jake Westbrook - WAS
  45. Wade Davis - TOR
  46. Ricky Romero - @COL
  47. Mark Buehrle - @CHC
  48. Rich Harden - @MIL

  49. Freddy Garcia - DET
  50. Joel Pineiro - @LAD
  51. Chris Tillman - NYY
  52. Brett Cecil - @TB
  53. Gavin Floyd - DET, @CHC

  54. Scott Kazmir - @OAK, @LAD
  55. Justin Masterson - BOS
  56. Luke Hochevar - @CIN
  57. Brian Bannister - @CIN


  58. Extreme Caution Advised


  59. Kyle Davies - @MIN, @CIN
  60. Vincent Mazzaro - LAA, @SF (tentative two-start starter)
  61. Scott Feldman - SEA, @MIL
  62. Kevin Millwood - NYY

  63. Tim Wakefield - @CLE, PHI
  64. Brandon Morrow - @COL
  65. David Huff - BOS, WAS
  66. Mitch Talbot - BOS
  67. Gil Meche - @MIN

  68. Joe Saunders - @OAK
  69. Bradley Bergensen - NYY, NYM (tentative two-start starter)
  70. Ian Snell - @TEX
  71. Tommy Hunter SEA
  72. Brian Tallet - @TB, @COL (tentative two-start starter)




Projected No. 5 starters skipped:
None


Two-start starters:
Bradley Bergensen (tentative), Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Philip Hughes, Jeff Niemann, Brian Tallet (tentative), Gavin Floyd, Fausto Carmona, David Huff, Armando Galarraga, Kyle Davies, Kevin Slowey, Scott Kazmir, Jered Weaver, Ben Sheets, Vincent Mazzaro (tentative), Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, Scott Feldman, Colby Lewis


Notes:
Even if Bradley Bergensen does start Tuesday, it's against the Yankees, so that should result in a performance that hastens a call to Triple-A Norfolk for Jake Arrietta. Arrietta has a 1.77 ERA in 11 starts and is the team's No. 1 pitching prospect still in the minors. Tim Wakefield has allowed 15 runs in 9.2 innings over his last two starts, so with Josh Beckett (back) out another 3-to-4 weeks, the Sox could turn to Boof Bonser. It being hard to see that going well, keep Michael Bowden in mind, though Bowden has a 5.10 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket. With the return of Brett Anderson's troublesome left elbow, the A's are going to turn to either Tyson Ross or Vincent Mazzaro this week. Both have struggled recently, but I'll roll the dice on Mazzaro who seemingly has a bit more upside. Jason Vargas has a 9:9 K:BB in 25.2 innings over his last four starts. I have to think that 2.92 ERA is about to take a major hit. Jeremy Hellickson has a 1.08 ERA an 29:3 K:BB in 25 innings over his last four starts. There isn't a more major-league ready pitcher currently in the minors, but unless Wade Davis' 36:29 K:BB catches up to him, Hellickson is stuck waiting for a trade or injury. It's hard to not like the Detroit rotation right now.Its No. 5 starter was robbed of a perfect game, Max Scherzer struck out 14 in his return to the rotation and Jeremy Bonderman had a 1.33 ERA in May. Next to the Rays, this is the deepest rotation in the AL. Still wondering whether Ricky Romero is for real, but the jump in his dominance sure appears to be 9.2 K/9 vs. 7.1 a year ago. Shaun Marcum and David Price are scheduled to hook up Tuesday. Might watch that one around the Strasburg debut. Jesse Litsch (Tommy John surgery) struggled in his last Triple-A rehab outing and will need at least one more start there before the Jays consider him for their rotation. No structural damage for Derek Holland (shoulder), but he'll obviously be out awhile. I wouldn't expect much from his replacement, Tommy Hunter. Jon Lester was 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 45 strikeouts in May. Jered Weaver is probably the early AL Cy Young favorite, but Lester has plenty of time to make a run at the award.






 



TOP 100 (12-Team Mixed Leagues, assuming five starters per team)





  1. Chris Carpenter - @LAD, @ARI
  2. Jered Weaver - @OAK, @LAD

  3. Philip Hughes - @BAL, HOU
  4. Felix Hernandez - @TEX, @SD
  5. Cliff Lee - @TEX, @SD
  6. Ubaldo Jimenez - TOR
  7. Matt Cain - @CIN, OAK

  8. Ryan Dempster - @PIT, CHW
  9. Stephen Strasburg - PIT, @CLE (trust me, I was tempted to put him No. 1)
  10. Yovani Gallardo - CHC, TEX
  11. Roy Halladay - FLA
  12. Jon Lester - @CLE

  13. Mike Pelfrey - SD, @BAL
  14. Cole Hamels - SD, @BOS
  15. Colby Lewis - SEA, @MIL
  16. Adam Wainwright - @LAD
  17. Jeff Niemann - TOR, FLA

  18. Justin Verlander - PIT
  19. Johan Santana - SD
  20. Tim Lincecum - OAK
  21. CC Sabathia - @BAL
  22. Johnny Cueto - SF, KC

  23. Kris Medlen - @ARI, @MIN
  24. Dan Haren - ATL, STL
  25. Shaun Marcum - @TB
  26. Clayton Kershaw - STL
  27. Derek Lowe - @ARI, @MIN

  28. Josh Johnson - @PHI
  29. James Shields - FLA
  30. Clay Buchholz - @CLE
  31. David Price - TOR
  32. Clayton Richard - @NYM, SEA

  33. Matt Garza - FLA
  34. Kevin Slowey - KC, ATL
  35. Hiroki Kuroda - STL, LAA
  36. John Danks - DET
  37. Andy Pettitte - HOU

  38. Mike Leake - SF
  39. Zack Greinke - @MIN (guessing no Cy Young repeat in the AL)
  40. Chad Billingsley - LAA
  41. Tim Hudson - @MIN
  42. Scott Baker - KC

  43. John Ely - LAA
  44. Edwin Jackson - ATL, STL (tough starts)
  45. Francisco Liriano - ATL
  46. Roy Oswalt - @COL
  47. Barry Zito - @CIN, OAK

  48. Tommy Hanson - @ARI
  49. Daisuke Matsuzaka - @CLE, PHI
  50. Armando Galarraga - @CHW, PIT
  51. A.J. Burnett - @BAL
  52. Randy Wells - @MIL, CHW

  53. Max Scherzer - @CHW
  54. Mat Latos - @NYM
  55. Jason Vargas - @SD
  56. Fausto Carmona - BOS, WAS
  57. Rick Porcello - @CHW

  58. Jeremy Bonderman - PIT
  59. Ricky Nolasco - @TB
  60. Carl Pavano - KC
  61. Ted Lilly - CHW
  62. Jeff Francis - HOU, TOR

  63. Ervin Santana - @OAK
  64. Bronson Arroyo - KC
  65. Jamie Garcia - @ARI
  66. Ian Kennedy - ATL
  67. Jhoulys Chacin - HOU

  68. Jake Peavy - @CHC
  69. Anibal Sanchez - @PHI
  70. Jonathan Sanchez - @CIN
  71. Brian Matusz - NYM
  72. Gio Gonzalez - @SF

  73. C.J. Wilson - SEA
  74. Dallas Braden - LAA
  75. Doug Fister - @TEX
  76. Ben Sheets - LAA, @SF
  77. Jeremy Guthrie - NYM

  78. Wade LeBlanc - @PHI, SEA
  79. Randy Wolf - TEX
  80. Javier Vazquez - HOU
  81. Carlos Zambrano - @MIL
  82. Aaron Harang - SF

  83. John Lackey PHI (guess you probably have to use him, but what a disappointment)
  84. Nick Blackburn - ATL
  85. Trevor Cahill - LAA
  86. Jason Hammel - HOU, TOR
  87. Jake Westbrook - WAS

  88. Wade Davis - TOR
  89. Kenshin Kawakami - @ARI
  90. Joe Blanton - @BOS
  91. Jon Niese - @BAL
  92. Jamie Moyer - FLA

  93. John Lannan - PIT
  94. Luis Atilano - @CLE
  95. Jon Garland - @NYM
  96. Livan Hernandez - PIT
  97. Carlos Silva - @MIL

  98. Ricky Romero - @COL
  99. Mark Buehrle - @CHC
  100. Rich Harden - @MIL