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Pitching Value Meter: Season Finale

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.

Quick hits for the week:

I debated whether it made more sense to do a 10-day value meter last week, stick with the normal 7-day schedule or perhaps do both. What say you readers? Which would you prefer next year should the year-end schedule lay out similarly?

This week, we're going with a bit of a bare-bones edition. Not as heavy on the player notes, and with the caveat that these matchups are far from set in stone, as teams continue to juggle their playoff rosters and non-contenders debate whether to look at younger talent. For instance, we could see Tommy Hanson instead of Tim Hudson for the season finale, particularly if the Braves have clinched or been eliminated. David Price is also slated to go in the finale, but that might depend on the next few games. You get the point.

Anyone catch Matt Moore's first big league start? OK, so it was against a Yankees lineup missing Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez, but five innings of shutout ball with 11 strikeouts is pretty spectacular regardless. Just ask Derek Jeter who fanned in his only two at-bats against Moore. He has to have have a rotation spot next year.

I'm not sure why the Nationals are giving Stephen Strasburg one more start, particularly on the road (Florida) where they won't be able to rake in the revenue that Strasburg generates. Oh well, at least the Marlins will get to play in front of more than 5,000 fans in their final game.

Cy Young contenders Clayton Kershaw and Roy Halladay are on the road for their final starts; Kershaw Sunday in San Diego and Halladay that same day in New York. Given the venue, you have to like Kershaw's chances of wrapping up the award this weekend.

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For the week Sept. 26-28

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Cliff Lee - @ATL
2. Chris Carpenter - @HOU
3. Yovani Gallardo - PIT
4. Roy Oswalt - @ATL
5. Madison Bumgarner - COL
6. Matt Garza - @SD
7. Vance Worley - @ATL
8. Shaun Marcum - PIT
9. Jaime Garcia - @HOU
10. Dan Hudson - LAD
11. Javier Vazquez - WAS
12. Bronson Arroyo - @NYM
13. Mat Latos - CHC
14. Ryan Vogelsong - COL
15. Stephen Strasburg - @FLA
16. Anibal Sanchez - WAS
17. Ryan Dempster - @SD
18. Randy Wolf - PIT
19. Hiroki Kuroda - @ARI
20. Tim Hudson - PHI

Borderline Depending on League Format

21. Homer Bailey - @NYM
22. Randy Wells - @SD
23. Jake Westbrook - @HOU
24. Ted Lilly - @ARI
25. Tim Stauffer - CHC
26. Eric Surkamp - COL
27. Joe Saunders - LAD
28. Randall Delgado - PHI
29. Kevin Millwood - @SF
30. Wandy Rodriguez - STL
31. Chris Capuano - CIN
32. Tom Milone - @FLA
33. R.A. Dickey - CIN
34. John Lannan - @FLA

Extreme Caution Advised

35. Wade LeBlanc - CHC
36. Brett Myers - STL
37. Alex White - @SF
38. Chris Volstad - WAS
39. Jeff Karstens - @MIL
40. Charlie Morton - @MIL
41. Derek Lowe - PHI
42. Chris Schwinden - CIN
43. Edinson Volquez - @NYM
44. Wade Miley - LAD
45. Dana Eveland - @ARI
46. Henry Sosa - STL
47. Ross Ohlendorf - @MIL
48. Aaron Cook - @SF

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Jered Weaver - TEX
2. C.J. Wilson - @LAA
3. Dan Haren - TEX
4. James Shields - NYY
5. Jon Lester - @BAL
6. Josh Beckett - @BAL
7. David Price - NYY
8. Ervin Santana - TEX
9. Doug Fister - CLE
10. Matt Harrison - @LAA
11. Brandon McCarthy - @SEA
12. Colby Lewis - @LAA
13. Ubaldo Jimenez - @DET
14. Gio Gonzalez - @SEA
15. Jeremy Hellickson - NYY
16. Max Scherzer - CLE

Borderline depending on League Format

17. Brandon Morrow - @CHW
18. Erik Bedard - @BAL
19. Henderson Alvarez - @CHW
20. Blake Beavan - OAK
21. Mark Buehrle - TOR
22. Bartolo Colon - @TB
23. Jason Vargas - OAK
24. Carl Pavano - KC
25. Felipe Paulino - @MIN
26. Bruce Chen - @MIN
27. Freddy Garcia - @TB
28. Dustin McGowan - @CHW
29. Anthony Swarzak - KC
30. Jacob Turner - CLE
31. Zach Britton - BOS
32. Trevor Cahill - @SEA
33. Phil Hughes - @TB (tentative)

Extreme Caution Advised

34. Jeanmar Gomez - @DET
35. Philip Humber - TOR
36. Zach Stewart - TOR
37. Kevin Slowey KC
38. Undecided CLE SP - @DET
39. Tommy Hunter - BOS
40. Alfredo Simon - BOS
41. Undecided KC SP - @MIN

MIXED LEAGUE RANKINGS

1. Cliff Lee - @ATL
2. Chris Carpenter - @HOU
3. Yovani Gallardo - PIT
4. Jered Weaver - TEX
5. C.J. Wilson - @LAA
6. Dan Haren - TEX
7. James Shields - NYY
8. Jon Lester - @BAL
9. Josh Beckett - @BAL
10. David Price - NYY
11. Roy Oswalt - @ATL
12. Madison Bumgarner - COL
13. Ervin Santana - TEX
14. Matt Garza - @SD
15. Vance Worley - @ATL
16. Shaun Marcum - PIT
17. Jaime Garcia - @HOU
18. Doug Fister - CLE
19. Dan Hudson - LAD
20. Javier Vazquez - WAS
21. Matt Harrison - @LAA
22. Bronson Arroyo - @NYM
23. Mat Latos - CHC
24. Ryan Vogelsong - COL
25. Stephen Strasburg - @FLA
26. Anibal Sanchez - WAS
27. Ryan Dempster - @SD
28. Brandon McCarthy - @SEA
29. Randy Wolf - PIT
30. Colby Lewis - @LAA
31. Hiroki Kuroda - @ARI
32. Ubaldo Jimenez - @DET
33. Gio Gonzalez - @SEA
34. Tim Hudson - PHI
35. Jeremy Hellickson - NYY
36. Max Scherzer - CLE
37. Homer Bailey - @NYM
38. Randy Wells - @SD
39. Jake Westbrook - @HOU
40. Ted Lilly - @ARI
41. Tim Stauffer - CHC
42. Brandon Morrow - @CHW
43. Eric Surkamp - COL
44. Joe Saunders - LAD
45. Erik Bedard - @BAL
46. Randall Delgado - PHI
47. Kevin Millwood - @SF
48. Wandy Rodriguez - STL
49. Henderson Alvarez - @CHW
50. Blake Beavan - OAK
51. Chris Capuano - CIN
52. Tom Milone - @FLA
53. Mark Buehrle - TOR
54. Bartolo Colon - @TB
55. Jason Vargas - OAK
56. R.A. Dickey - CIN
57. Carl Pavano - KC
58. Felipe Paulino - @MIN
59. Bruce Chen - @MIN
60. Freddy Garcia - @TB
61. John Lannan - @FLA
62. Dustin McGowan - @CHW
63. Anthony Swarzak - KC
64. Jacob Turner - CLE
65. Zach Britton - BOS
66. Wade LeBlanc - CHC
67. Trevor Cahill - @SEA
68. Brett Myers - STL
69. Alex White - @SF
70. Chris Volstad - WAS
71. Jeff Karstens - @MIL
72. Phil Hughes - @TB (tentative)
73. Charlie Morton - @MIL
74. Derek Lowe - PHI
75. Chris Schwinden - CIN
76. Edinson Volquez - @NYM
77. Wade Miley - LAD
78. Jeanmar Gomez - @DET
79. Philip Humber - TOR
80. Zach Stewart - TOR
81. Dana Eveland - @ARI
82. Henry Sosa - STL
83. Kevin Slowey KC
84. Undecided CLE SP - @DET
85. Tommy Hunter - BOS
86. Alfredo Simon - BOS
87. Ross Ohlendorf - @MIL
88. Undecided KC SP - @MIN
89. Aaron Cook - @SF

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

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