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Pitching Value Meter: Cole Powers Phillies

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.

Note for the week: A good portion of teams have off-days this week, leading to the significant possibility of rotation-shuffling. For example in Toronto, Drew Hutchison and Ricky Romero get the nods Monday and Tuesday respectively. With the Jays having Thursday off, they could in theory keep Romero on his normal schedule and give him the nod on Sunday, June 3, thus making him a two-start starter while either skipping Hutchison or pushing him to Monday. In most cases, I am making the assumption that this does NOT happen, but it certainly could.

For the week May 28 - June 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Cole Hamels - @NYM, MIA
2. Clayton Kershaw - MIL
3. Roy Halladay - MIA
4. Jordan Zimmermann - @MIA, ATL
5. Cliff Lee - @NYM
6. Lance Lynn - @ATL, @NYM
7. Ryan Dempster - SD
8. Stephen Strasburg - ATL
9. Tommy Hanson - STL, @WAS
10. Matt Cain - CHC
11. Gio Gonzalez - ATL
12. Brandon Beachy - @WAS
13. Trevor Cahill - @SF, @SD
14. Bronson Arroyo - @PIT, @HOU
15. Madison Bumgarner - CHC
16. Matt Garza - @SF
17. James McDonald - CIN, @MIL
18. Ian Kennedy - @SF
19. Zack Greinke - @LAD
20. Wade Miley - @SD
21. Mat Latos - @HOU
22. Johnny Cueto - @PIT
23. Anibal Sanchez - WAS
24. Dan Hudson - @SD
25. Tim Hudson - STL
26. Chris Capuano - @COL
27. Carlos Zambrano - WAS, @PHI
28. Johan Santana - STL
29. Jaime Garcia - @NYM
30. Josh Johnson - WAS
31. Jon Niese - PHI, STL
32. Edwin Jackson - @MIA
33. Jeff Samardzija - SD
34. Wandy Rodriguez - @COL, CIN
35. Erik Bedard - @MIL
36. Adam Wainwright - @NYM
37. Christian Friedrich - HOU
38. Chad Billingsley - MIL
39. Ted Lilly - MIL, @COL
40. Tim Lincecum - ARI
41. Yovani Gallardo - @LAD
42. Shaun Marcum - @LAD, PIT
43. Mark Buehrle - @PHI
44. Bud Norris - @COL
45. R.A. Dickey - STL
46. A.J. Burnett - CIN
47. Ryan Vogelsong - ARI
48. Travis Wood - SD, @SF
49. Ricky Nolasco - @PHI

Borderline Depending on League Format

50. Edinson Volquez - ARI
51. Kyle Lohse - @ATL
52. Aaron Harang - MIL, @COL
53. Jake Westbrook - @ATL
54. Randall Delgado - STL
55. Anthony Bass - @CHC
56. Joe Saunders - @SF
57. Paul Maholm - @SF
58. Alex White - HOU, LAD
59. Clayton Richard - ARI
60. Ross Detwiler - @MIA
61. Juan Nicasio - HOU, LAD
62. Homer Bailey - @PIT
63. Randy Wolf - PIT
64. J.A. Happ - CIN
65. Kevin Correia - @MIL
66. Joe Blanton - @NYM
67. Barry Zito - ARI, CHC
68. Kyle Kendrick - MIA
69. Charlie Morton - CIN
70. Eric Stults - @CHC
71. Lucas Harrell - @COL
72. Mike Leake - @HOU

Extreme Caution Advised

73. Jordan Lyles - @COL
74. Jeremy Guthrie - HOU
75. Dillon Gee - PHI
76. Jeremy Hefner - PHI
77. Michael Fiers - @LAD, PIT (check status)
78. Jeff Suppan - @CHC, ARI
79. Mike Minor - @WAS
80. Houston TBD - CIN
81. Jamie Moyer - LAD

Notes:
It's possible that Mike Minor get shelled Saturday (5/26) and is replaced by Jair Jurrjens who's pitching well in Triple-A. ... I'm guessing Michael Fiers replaces Marco Estrada (out for 3-to-4 starts with a quad injury). Fiers has been decent (8.0 K/9IP, 3.0 BB/9IP) in Triple-A this season. ... Kyle Lohse has allowed eight runs on a whopping 20 hits over his last two starts (12.2 innings), so the ERA correction is here. ... Jeremy Guthrie allowed three home runs to the Mariners last time out, so that's enough for me to downgrade him significantly this week despite his opponent being the light-hitting Astros. ... I still like him, but the Mariners took Christian Friedrich to the woodshed in his last start - eight runs in just five innings. ... Dan Bard has a 5.3 K/9IP and 5.4 BB/9IP. He might not be long for the rotation at this rate. He could eventually be replaced by Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) or even Roy Oswalt. ... Please tell me you saw this headline coming: "Suppan Shelled." ... Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17 ERA, 66 strikeouts) would probably win the NL Cy Young voting if it were held today. Not a bad year considering his impeding free agency. ... Wade Miley's 2.14 ERA ranks fifth in the NL. Shocking really, and it's probably what's keeping Trevor Bauer in Triple-A. ... Ryan Dempster: 2.28 ERA, zero wins. Dillon Gee: 5.33 ERA, three wins. ... Jamie Moyer has a 7.56 ERA in his last five starts. I'm starting to think he won't last the year in Colorado, but then is that really a big surprise?

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Justin Verlander - @BOS, NYY
2. Jered Weaver - NYY, TEX
3. Chris Sale - @TB, SEA
4. Felix Hernandez - @CHW
5. CC Sabathia - @DET
6. David Price - BAL
7. Jake Peavy - SEA
8. Yu Darvish - @LAA
9. James Shields - CHW
10. Ricky Romero - BAL
11. Jeremy Hellickson - BAL
12. Gavin Floyd - SEA
13. Justin Masterson - KC
14. Dan Haren - NYY
15. Jon Lester - DET
16. Matt Moore - CHW, BAL
17. Colby Lewis - @LAA
18. Brandon Morrow - BAL
19. Derek Lowe - MIN
20. Doug Fister - @BOS, NYY
21. Derek Holland - SEA
22. Max Scherzer - @BOS
23. Felipe Paulino - OAK
24. C.J. Wilson - TEX
25. Jarrod Parker - @MIN
26. Jason Vargas - @TEX
27. Andy Pettitte - @LAA
28. Josh Beckett - DET
29. Ivan Nova - @LAA
30. Josh Tomlin - KC, MIN
31. Ervin Santana - NYY
32. Bartolo Colon - @KC
33. Kevin Millwood - @TEX, @CHW
34. Matt Harrison - SEA, @LAA
35. Tom Milone - @KC
36. Phil Hughes - @LAA, @DET
37. Felix Doubront - DET, @TOR
38. Alex Cobb - CHW
39. Scott Diamond - OAK, @CLE

Borderline Depending on League Format

40. Wei-Yin Chen - @TB
41. Jason Hammel - @TOR
42. Hiroki Kuroda - @DET
43. Bruce Chen - @CLE
44. Henderson Alvarez - BOS
45. Rick Porcello - NYY
46. Ubaldo Jimenez - MIN
47. Drew Hutchison - BAL, BOS
48. Kyle Drabek - BOS
49. Drew Smyly - @BOS
50. P.J. Walters - @CLE
51. Philip Humber - @TB
52. Jeanmar Gomez - KC
53. Jerome Williams - TEX
54. Hector Noesi - @CHW
55. Blake Beavan - @TEX
56. Jake Arrieta - @TOR
57. Dan Bard - DET, @TOR

Extreme Caution Advised

58. Anthony Swarzak - OAK
59. Jose Quintana - @TB
60. Carl Pavano - @CLE
61. Tyson Ross - @MIN
62. Cole De Vries - OAK
63. Brian Matusz - @TB
64. Luke Hochevar - OAK
65. Graham Godfrey - @MIN, @KC
66. Tommy Hunter - @TOR, @TB
67. Scott Feldman - SEA
68. Will Smith - @CLE
69. Clay Buchholz - @TOR
70. Nathan Adcock - @CLE, OAK

Notes: Jose Quintana
gets the first crack at replacing John Danks (shoulder) in the White Sox rotation. ... I wonder if KC starter Will Smith is living a life some consider a myth? Dumb rap jokes aside, Smith isn't worthy of fantasy consideration, so he'll fit right in with the Royals pitching. ... You probably know this already, but once Neftali Feliz (elbow) returns to the active roster, it could be as a reliever. His fantasy value would plummet, as Joe Nathan has been a solid closer. The value of Alexi Ogando, however, would rise, as he'd presumably be the new fifth starter. ... Josh Tomlin will rejoin the rotation Monday, and he represents an interesting AL-only play with home starts against the offensively-challenged Royals and Twins. ... Ivan Nova has increased his K/9IP from 5.3 to 9.6 year over year. That's worth exploring more in a future article. ... Colby Lewis has a 53:9 K:BB in 60 innings. He's positioning himself for some nice free-agent offers this winter. ... Hopefully, no more jerking around of Chris Sale, who now has a 2.50 ERA on the year. Leave him in the rotation, please. ... Kevin Millwood has a streak of 17 scoreless innings. He's starting to become relevant in shallower formats, though you should remain a bit wary. ... Derek Lowe leads the AL with a 2.15 ERA despite a 15:18 K:BB. Smoke, meet mirrors. ... Jeremy Hellickson has cut his BB/9IP from 3.4 to 3.1, but with a minor league rate of 2.1, there's more growth potential there. He's been a nice surprise this year. ... Zach Britton (shoulder) could be two weeks away from a return. His return could put Brian Matusz's job in jeopardy. ... I originally had Brandon Morrow slotted as the No. 6 AL pitcher this week, but that was before Friday's ugly start. It was the Rangers, but boy was that brutal.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Justin Verlander - @BOS, NYY
2. Cole Hamels - @NYM, MIA
3. Jered Weaver - NYY, TEX
4. Chris Sale - @TB, SEA
5. Clayton Kershaw - MIL
6. Roy Halladay - MIA
7. Jordan Zimmermann - @MIA, ATL
8. Cliff Lee - @NYM
9. Felix Hernandez - @CHW
10. Lance Lynn - @ATL, @NYM
11. Ryan Dempster - SD
12. Stephen Strasburg - ATL
13. CC Sabathia - @DET
14. Tommy Hanson - STL, @WAS
15. Matt Cain - CHC
16. Gio Gonzalez - ATL
17. Brandon Beachy - @WAS
18. Trevor Cahill - @SF, @SD
19. David Price - BAL
20. Bronson Arroyo - @PIT, @HOU
21. Madison Bumgarner - CHC
22. Matt Garza - @SF
23. Jake Peavy - SEA
24. James McDonald - CIN, @MIL
25. Ian Kennedy - @SF
26. Yu Darvish - @LAA
27. Zack Greinke - @LAD
28. James Shields - CHW
29. Ricky Romero - BAL
30. Jeremy Hellickson - BAL
31. Wade Miley - @SD
32. Gavin Floyd - SEA
33. Justin Masterson - KC
34. Dan Haren - NYY
35. Jon Lester - DET
36. Matt Moore - CHW, BAL
37. Mat Latos - @HOU
38. Colby Lewis - @LAA
39. Johnny Cueto - @PIT
40. Anibal Sanchez - WAS
41. Dan Hudson - @SD
42. Brandon Morrow - BAL
43. Tim Hudson - STL
44. Derek Lowe - MIN
45. Chris Capuano - @COL
46. Carlos Zambrano - WAS, @PHI
47. Johan Santana - STL
48. Jaime Garcia - @NYM
49. Josh Johnson - WAS
50. Jon Niese - PHI, STL
51. Edwin Jackson - @MIA
52. Jeff Samardzija - SD
53. Doug Fister - @BOS, NYY
54. Wandy Rodriguez - @COL, CIN
55. Derek Holland - SEA
56. Erik Bedard - @MIL
57. Adam Wainwright - @NYM
58. Christian Friedrich - HOU
59. Chad Billingsley - MIL
60. Ted Lilly - MIL, @COL
61. Tim Lincecum - ARI
62. Max Scherzer - @BOS
63. Felipe Paulino - OAK
64. C.J. Wilson - TEX
65. Jarrod Parker - @MIN
66. Yovani Gallardo - @LAD
67. Jason Vargas - @TEX
68. Andy Pettitte - @LAA
69. Josh Beckett - DET
70. Shaun Marcum - @LAD, PIT
71. Ivan Nova - @LAA
72. Josh Tomlin - KC, MIN
73. Ervin Santana - NYY
74. Bartolo Colon - @KC
75. Kevin Millwood - @TEX, @CHW
76. Matt Harrison - SEA, @LAA
77. Tom Milone - @KC
78. Phil Hughes - @LAA, @DET
79. Felix Doubront - DET, @TOR
80. Alex Cobb - CHW
81. Scott Diamond - OAK, @CLE
82. Mark Buehrle - @PHI
83. Bud Norris - @COL
84. R.A. Dickey - STL
85. Wei-Yin Chen - @TB
86. Jason Hammel - @TOR
87. Hiroki Kuroda - @DET
88. A.J. Burnett - CIN
89. Ryan Vogelsong - ARI
90. Travis Wood - SD, @SF
91. Ricky Nolasco - @PHI
92. Edinson Volquez - ARI
93. Kyle Lohse - @ATL
94. Aaron Harang - MIL, @COL
95. Bruce Chen - @CLE
96. Jake Westbrook - @ATL
97. Randall Delgado - STL
98. Anthony Bass - @CHC
99. Joe Saunders - @SF
100. Paul Maholm - @SF

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

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