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Pitching Value Meter: Roy's Rollin'

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.

I'm a Brandon Belt owner in multiple leagues, and I can't fathom Bruce Bochy's thinking. Belt gets off to a 1-for-11 start and now he's found pine for four games running. I guess when you have a washed up Aubrey Huff (batting .200), you have to find at-bats for him, right? Sigh ...

For the week April 16-22

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Roy Halladay - @SF, @SD
2. Stephen Strasburg - HOU, MIA
3. Clayton Kershaw - @HOU
4. Cliff Lee - @SF
5. Cole Hamels - @SD
6. Ian Kennedy - PIT, ATL
7. Tommy Hanson - NYM, @ARI
8. Yovani Gallardo - LAD, COL
9. Josh Johnson - CHC, @WAS
10. Tim Lincecum - PIT, @NYM
11. Matt Cain - PHI
12. Ryan Dempster - @MIA, CIN
13. Chad Billingsley - @MIL, @HOU
14. Kyle Lohse - CIN, @PIT
15. Gio Gonzalez - HOU, MIA
16. Matt Garza - @MIA
17. Johnny Cueto - @STL, @CHC
18. Zack Greinke - LAD
19.Jordan Zimmermann - HOU
20. Dan Hudson - PIT
21. Brandon Beachy - @ARI
22. Cory Luebke - @COL, PHI
23. Anibal Sanchez - @WAS
24. Madison Bumgarner - PHI
25. Vance Worley - @SD
26. Mat Latos - @STL
27. Jeff Samardzija - @MIA
28. Mark Buehrle - CHC
29. Erik Bedard - @ARI, STL
30. Randy Wolf - LAD
31. Jaime Garcia - CIN
32. Edwin Jackson - HOU
33. Adam Wainwright - CIN
34. Mike Minor - @ARI
35. Lance Lynn - @PIT
36. Joe Saunders - PIT, ATL
37. Joe Blanton - @SF, @SD
38. Johan Santana - @ATL
39. Shaun Marcum - COL
40. Trevor Cahill - ATL
41. Ricky Nolasco - CHC
42. Edinson Volquez - PHI
43. Jair Jurrjens - NYM
44. Jon Niese - SF
45. Wandy Rodriguez - @WAS, LAD
46. Jhoulys Chacin - @MIL
47. Chris Capuano - @MIL
48. Bud Norris - @WAS

Borderline Depending on League Format

49. Juan Nicasio - SD
50. R.A. Dickey - @ATL
51. Mike Leake - @CHC
52. Ted Lilly - @HOU
53. Randall Delgado - NYM, @ARI
54. Jeff Karstens - @ARI
55. Bronson Arroyo - @STL
56. Dillon Gee - @ATL, SF
57. Ross Detwiler - MIA
58. James McDonald - @ARI
59. Jake Westbrook - @PIT
60. Aaron Harang - @MIL
61. Homer Bailey - @CHC
62. Jeremy Guthrie - SD, @MIL
63. Ryan Vogelsong - @NYM
64. Drew Pomeranz - @MIL
65. Barry Zito - @NYM
66. Mike Pelfrey - SF
67. Jamie Moyer - SD
68. Kyle Weiland - @WAS, LAD
69. Lucas Harrell - @WAS

Extreme Caution Advised

70. J.A. Happ - LAD
71. Clayton Richard - @COL
72. Chris Volstad - CIN
73. Anthony Bass - @COL, PHI
74. Chris Narveson - COL
75. Carlos Zambrano - @WAS
76. Paul Maholm - CIN
77. Kevin Correia - STL
78. Joe Wieland - PHI
79. Josh Collmenter - ATL
80. Charlie Morton - STL

Notes: Zack Greinke
is off to a terrible start, but isn't that about the time you should consider buying low? "How low" depends on your league, but there might be an opportunity. ... Tim Hudson (back) had a horrible first rehab start this week (four innings, nine hits, five runs), but put more stock in his next start than this one. ... Chad Billingsley has a 15:1 K:BB in 14.1 innings over two starts and could be poised for a season in which he's a legitimate No. 2 starter. ... Tim Lincecum is averaging just 90 mph with his fastball over two starts (12.91 ERA). This compares to averages of 92.4, 91.4, and 92.3 over the past three years. ... Mat Latos has a 5:5 K:BB over 9.2 innings in his first two starts. That's not quite what the Reds had in mind when they emptied their farm system for him, but let's not panic just yet. ... It's easy to forget Ross Detwiler was a former top-six overall pick. After striking out six in five two-hit shutout innings in his 2012 debut, Detwiler looks like a nice NL-only option. ... Joe Wieland makes his big-league debut in Dodger Stadium on Saturday (barring a last-minute change). Wieland checked in with a 150:21 K:BB in 155.2 minor league innings last year and should be scooped up in NL-only leagues immediately. Dustin Moseley appears to have a serious should injury, leaving the possibility Wieland could stick around if he impresses this weekend.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Justin Verlander - @KC, TEX
2. Jered Weaver - OAK, BAL
3. Dan Haren - OAK, BAL
4. CC Sabathia - MIN, @BOS
5. Ricky Romero - TB, @KC
6. James Shields - @BOS, MIN
7. Felix Hernandez - CLE
8. David Price - @TOR
9. C.J. Wilson - OAK
10. Jon Lester - TEX
11. John Danks - BAL, @SEA
12. Brandon McCarthy - @LAA, CLE
13. Colby Lewis - @BOS, @DET
14. Derek Holland - @BOS
15. Matt Moore - MIN
16. Neftali Feliz - @DET
17. Chris Sale - @SEA
18. Yu Darvish - @DET
19. Justin Masterson - @SEA, @OAK
20. Philip Humber - BAL, @SEA
21. Hiroki Kuroda - MIN
22. Ervin Santana - OAK
23. Jason Vargas - CLE, CHW
24. Gavin Floyd - BAL
25. Max Scherzer - @KC
26. Bartolo Colon - @LAA
27. Josh Beckett - TEX
28. Ubaldo Jimenez - @OAK
29. Wei-Yin Chen - @CHW, @LAA
30. Ivan Nova - @BOS
31. Matt Harrison - @DET
32. Brandon Morrow - TB
33. Jake Arrieta - @CHW, @LAA
34. Jake Peavy - BAL
35. Derek Lowe - @SEA
36. Tom Milone - @LAA
37. Clay Buchholz - NYY
38. Jeff Niemann - @TOR, MIN

Borderline Depending on League Format

39. Drew Smyly - @KC, TEX
40. Jason Hammel - @CHW
41. Jeremy Hellickson - @TOR
42. Danny Duffy - DET, TOR
43. Luis Mendoza - TOR
44. Liam Hendriks - @TB
45. Tyson Ross - @LAA, CLE
46. Graham Godfrey - CLE
47. Blake Beavan - CHW
48. Tommy Hunter - @CHW
49. Dan Bard - TB, NYY
50. Henderson Alvarez - TB
51. Jeanmar Gomez - @OAK
52. Luke Hochevar - DET
53. Felix Doubront - NYY
54. Phil Hughes - MIN
55. Kyle Drabek - @KC
56. Josh Tomlin - @SEA
57. Rick Porcello - TEX
58. Brian Matusz - @LAA
59. Bruce Chen - DET
60. Jonathan Sanchez - TOR

Extreme Caution Advised

61. Carl Pavano - @NYY, @TB
62. Nick Blackburn - @NYY
63. Kevin Millwood - CLE
64. Francisco Liriano - @NYY
65. Jerome Williams - BAL
66. Hector Noesi - CHW
67. Freddy Garcia - MIN, @BOS
68. Joel Carreno - @KC (could be Brett Cecil here)
69. Adam Wilk - TEX
70. Jason Marquis - @NYY, @TB (tentative)

Notes:
So much for spring training stats. Francisco Liriano has a 10.00 ERA through his first two starts. It's not exactly panic time just yet, but it's certainly time for some concern. ... Jerome Williams is back and will get the start Sunday against the Yankees. It's probably a good idea to bench him for this one until we see how effective he can be. Should Williams struggle, Garrett Richards could be the guy to get the call from Triple-A. ... Ricky Romero used to be the butt of "THIS guy was taken ahead of Troy Tulowitzki in the draft?" jokes, and while the Blue Jays would certainly be better off having taken Tulo, Romero has turned himself into one of the league's better pitchers. He's obviously an every-week starter. ... If I'm going to own any Royals starters (I don't), it's going to be Danny Duffy. Duffy's four walks highlight the main concern about him, but holding the A's to one hit over six shutout innings was a nice start to 2012. ... Freddy Garcia (three runs over 4.2 innings) is the early leader in the race to be booted from the rotation once Andy Pettitte is ready. Phil Hughes still has time here to catch up, however. ... Let's see what happens when he faces the Angels and Yankees, but a nice first start for Neftali Feliz - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka (Tommy John) hit 94 mph in an extended spring game and could be ready to return by June. That's about how long Dan Bard has to prove he should stick in the rotation.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Roy Halladay - @SF, @SD
2. Justin Verlander - @KC, TEX
3. Stephen Strasburg - HOU, MIA
4. Jered Weaver - OAK, BAL
5. Dan Haren - OAK, BAL
6. CC Sabathia - MIN, @BOS
7. Ricky Romero - TB, @KC
8. Clayton Kershaw - @HOU
9. James Shields - @BOS, MIN
10. Cliff Lee - @SF
11. Cole Hamels - @SD
12. Ian Kennedy - PIT, ATL
13. Tommy Hanson - NYM, @ARI
14. Yovani Gallardo - LAD, COL
15. Felix Hernandez - CLE
16. Josh Johnson - CHC, @WAS
17. Tim Lincecum - PIT, @NYM
18. David Price - @TOR
19. C.J. Wilson - OAK
20. Matt Cain - PHI
21. Ryan Dempster - @MIA, CIN
22. Chad Billingsley - @MIL, @HOU
23. Kyle Lohse - CIN, @PIT
24. Gio Gonzalez - HOU, MIA
25. Jon Lester - TEX
26. John Danks - BAL, @SEA
27. Matt Garza - @MIA
28. Johnny Cueto - @STL, @CHC
29. Brandon McCarthy - @LAA, CLE
30. Zack Greinke - LAD
31. Colby Lewis - @BOS, @DET
32. Jordan Zimmermann - HOU
33. Derek Holland - @BOS
34. Matt Moore - MIN
35. Dan Hudson - PIT
36. Neftali Feliz - @DET
37. Chris Sale - @SEA
38. Yu Darvish - @DET
39. Justin Masterson - @SEA, @OAK
40. Brandon Beachy - @ARI
41. Philip Humber - BAL, @SEA
42. Cory Luebke - @COL, PHI
43. Hiroki Kuroda - MIN
44. Anibal Sanchez - @WAS
45. Madison Bumgarner - PHI
46. Ervin Santana - OAK
47. Jason Vargas - CLE, CHW
48. Vance Worley - @SD
49. Mat Latos - @STL
50. Jeff Samardzija - @MIA
51. Mark Buehrle - CHC
52. Erik Bedard - @ARI, STL
53. Gavin Floyd - BAL
54. Max Scherzer - @KC
55. Randy Wolf - LAD
56. Jaime Garcia - CIN
57. Edwin Jackson - HOU
58. Bartolo Colon - @LAA
59. Josh Beckett - TEX
60. Adam Wainwright - CIN
61. Mike Minor - @ARI
62. Ubaldo Jimenez - @OAK
63. Lance Lynn - @PIT
64. Joe Saunders - PIT, ATL
65. Joe Blanton - @SF, @SD
66. Wei-Yin Chen - @CHW, @LAA
67. Johan Santana - @ATL
68. Shaun Marcum - COL
69. Trevor Cahill - ATL
70. Ivan Nova - @BOS
71. Ricky Nolasco - CHC
72. Edinson Volquez - PHI
73. Matt Harrison - @DET
74. Jair Jurrjens - NYM
75. Jon Niese - SF
76. Brandon Morrow - TB
77. Jake Arrieta - @CHW, @LAA
78. Jake Peavy - BAL
79. Derek Lowe - @SEA
80. Tom Milone - @LAA
81. Clay Buchholz - NYY
82. Wandy Rodriguez - @WAS, LAD
83. Jeff Niemann - @TOR, MIN
84. Jhoulys Chacin - @MIL
85. Chris Capuano - @MIL
86. Drew Smyly - @KC, TEX
87. Bud Norris - @WAS
88. Jason Hammel - @CHW
89. Jeremy Hellickson - @TOR
90. Danny Duffy - DET, TOR
91. Juan Nicasio - SD
92. R.A. Dickey - @ATL
93. Mike Leake - @CHC
94. Luis Mendoza - TOR
95. Liam Hendriks - @TB
96. Ted Lilly - @HOU
97. Randall Delgado - NYM, @ARI
98. Jeff Karstens - @ARI
99. Tyson Ross - @LAA, CLE
100. Bronson Arroyo - @STL

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

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