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Pitching Value Meter: Dodger Double Duty

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.

A Roger Clemens mention in the notes this week ...

For the week Sept. 3-9

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Johnny Cueto - PHI, HOU
2. Clayton Kershaw - SD
3. Cliff Lee - COL
4. Cole Hamels - COL
5. Stephen Strasburg - MIA
6. Kris Medlen - COL, @NYM
7. Roy Halladay - @CIN
8. R.A. Dickey - ATL
9. Adam Wainwright - NYM
10. Matt Cain - LAD
11. Patrick Corbin - @SF, @SD
12. Edwin Jackson - CHC, MIA
13. Gio Gonzalez - CHC
14. Jeff Samardzija - @WAS, @PIT
15. Jordan Zimmermann - CHC
16. Michael Fiers - @MIA, @STL
17. Madison Bumgarner - ARI
18. A.J. Burnett - CHC
19. Yovani Gallardo - @STL
20. Mat Latos - PHI
21. Wade Miley - @SD
22. Jon Niese - @STL
23. Tommy Hanson - COL, @NYM
24. Tim Hudson - COL
25. Kyle Lohse - MIL
26. Ian Kennedy - @SF
27. Ross Detwiler - CHC, MIA
28. Josh Johnson - MIL
29. Wandy Rodriguez - HOU, CHC
30. Bronson Arroyo - HOU
31. Tim Lincecum - LAD
32. Tyler Skaggs - @SD
33. Ryan Vogelsong - ARI
34. Jeff Karstens - HOU
35. Chris Capuano - @SF
36. Paul Maholm - @NYM
37. Matt Harvey - @STL
38. Marco Estrada - @MIA
39. Trevor Cahill - @SF
40. Josh Beckett - @SF
41. Eric Stults - @LAD
42. Mike Minor - COL
43. Mark Buehrle - @WAS
44. Homer Bailey - HOU
45. James McDonald - CHC

Borderline Depending on League Format

46. Mike Leake - PHI
47. Jaime Garcia - NYM
48. Aaron Harang - SD
49. Casey Kelly - ARI
50. Jake Westbrook - MIL
51. Shaun Marcum - @MIA, @STL
52. Drew Pomeranz - @ATL, @PHI
53. Clayton Richard - @LAD
54. Kyle Kendrick - @CIN
55. Joe Kelly - NYM, MIL
56. Travis Wood - @PIT
57. Tyler Chatwood - @ATL, @PHI
58. Joe Blanton - SD, @SF
59. Ricky Nolasco - MIL, @WAS
60. Collin McHugh - @STL
61. Jeremy Hefner - ATL
62. Alex White - @ATL
63. Tyler Cloyd - @CIN, COL
64. Mark Rogers - @MIA
65. Jhoulys Chacin - @ATL
66. Andrew Werner - @LAD, ARI
67. Nathan Eovaldi - MIL
68. Chris Young - ATL
69. Bud Norris - @CIN
70. Jacob Turner - MIL, @WAS

Extreme Caution Advised

71. Barry Zito - ARI, LAD
72. Lucas Harrell - @CIN
73. Jeff Francis - @PHI
74. Chris Volstad - @WAS
75. Fernando Abad - @PIT
76. Jordan Lyles - @PIT
77. Edinson Volquez - ARI
78. Chris Rusin - @WAS, @PIT
79. Justin Germano - @WAS
80. HOU TBD - @PIT, @CIN
81. PIT TBD - HOU

Notes:
Nats GM knows more than all of us, but I still disagree with the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg will reportedly be shut down after two or three more starts. ... Meanwhile, the Braves have handled Kris Medlen quite a bit different coming off his Tommy John surgery, electing to start him in the bullpen. As a starter, Medlen is working in a 28-inning scoreless streak. Advantage: Braves. ... It's looking more and more like Roger Clemens will wind up in Houston this month. It's clearly a shameless Favre-like publicity stunt, but if you want to pick him up in 12-team NL-only leagues for the sheer novelty of it, go for it. Meanwhile, I'm left wondering whether my Clemens 84 Fleer Traded PSA 10 is worth a whole lot. ... Shaun Marcum left his most recent start with a calf injury, likely lessening the Dodgers' interest. ... Chad Billingsley (elbow) could be done for the year, but stay tuned. ... There seems to be a decent chance that Clayton Kershaw gets two starts this week. He's set to go Tuesday, but with the trip to San Francisco for a potentially make-or-break series, I could see him getting a second start given Thursday's off-day. ... Jeff Locke is probably the best bet to be the "PIT TBD" guy this week. ... James McDonald has a 2.00 ERA in his last three starts, so he's looking like a strong play again. ... Adam Wainwright was 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA in August. Safe to say he's fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. ... Eric Stults is 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his last five starts, but he's still the type who could implode at any moment. It's still hard to believe Stults lost out on the Marty McFly role. ... Kyle Kendrick has allowed a total of four runs over his last four starts but using him in Cincinnati this week seems ill-advised. ... Edwin Jackson and Clayton Kershaw wound up tied for the MLB lead in strikeouts in August with 49. ... Cliff Lee finished August with a 37:1 K:BB. Not bad.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Start 'Em

1. Justin Verlander - @LAA
2. Felix Hernandez - OAK
3. CC Sabathia - @TB, @BAL
4. David Price - TEX
5. Max Scherzer - @LAA
6. Jered Weaver - DET
7. Yu Darvish - @KC, @TB
8. Chris Sale - KC
9. Matt Harrison - @KC, @TB
10. Hiroki Kuroda - @TB
11. Jon Lester - @SEA
12. James Shields - NYY, TEX
13. Zack Greinke - @OAK
14. Matt Moore - NYY
15. Jake Peavy - MIN
16. Clay Buchholz - @SEA, TOR
17. Jeremy Hellickson - NYY
18. Brett Anderson - @SEA
19. Doug Fister - CLE
20. Tom Milone - @SEA
21. Daisuke Matsuzaka - TOR
22. Carlos Villanueva - BAL
23. Jose Quintana - MIN
24. Ryan Dempster - @KC
25. Brandon Morrow - BAL
26. Zach Britton - @TOR
27. Francisco Liriano - KC
28. Anibal Sanchez - CLE, @LAA
29. Phil Hughes - @TB, @BAL
30. David Phelps - @BAL
31. Freddy Garcia - @BAL
32. Scott Diamond - CLE
33. Brandon McCarthy - LAA
34. Jarrod Parker - LAA
35. Jason Vargas - BOS, OAK
36. Derek Holland - @TB
37. Jeremy Guthrie - TEX, @CHW

Borderline Depending on League Format

38. Dylan Axelrod - MIN, KC
39. C.J. Wilson - @OAK, DET
40. Travis Blackley - LAA, @SEA
41. Rick Porcello - CLE
42. Dan Haren - @OAK
43. Miguel Gonzalez - @TOR
44. Chris Tillman - NYY
45. Hisashi Iwakuma - OAK
46. Scott Feldman - @KC
47. Sam Deduno - @CHW, CLE
48. Ervin Santana - DET
49. Wei-Yin Chen - NYY
50. Ricky Romero - @BOS
51. Jeff Niemann - TEX
52. Blake Beavan - BOS
53. Bruce Chen - TEX, @CHW
54. Kevin Millwood - BOS
55. Luis Mendoza - @CHW
56. Aaron Cook - @SEA
57. Luke Hochevar - TEX
58. Felix Doubront - TOR

Extreme Caution Advised

59. J.A. Happ - BAL, @BOS
60. Henderson Alvarez - @BOS
61. Liam Hendriks - CLE
62. Joe Saunders - @TOR, NYY
63. Jason Hammel - NYY
64. Justin Masterson - @DET
65. Roberto Hernandez - @MIN
66. Zach McAllister - @MIN
67. Will Smith - TEX
68. Cole De Vries - @CHW
69. Corey Kluber - @DET, @MIN
70. Brian Duensing - @CHW
71. Ubaldo Jimenez - @DET

Notes:
Seven innings of two-run ball for Zack Greinke on Thursday in a win over the Red Sox. He seems poised for a strong finish given his skillset. ... Matt Moore has a 2.08 ERA since the All-Star break, so he's clearly finishing strong after a relatively disappointing start. ... Nice start by Zach Britton on Thursday - 8 innings, 1 run, 10:0 K:BB. He'll be a part of the rotation in September, one would think. ... With Jeff Niemann back, it's unclear how the Rays will slot their rotation this week. Alex Cobb could be the odd man out, but watch for an announcement over the weekend. ... Miguel Gonzalez is pitching well and is worth using in the right AL-only matchups, but beware his 4.5 K/9IP in August. ... It was as solid seven innings for Daisuke Matsuzaka in his return. I wonder if he ends up traded before this piece gets posted? ... I'm sort of regretting not using Brett Anderson in my fantasy playoffs this week. I didn't think he'd be this good this fast, particularly averaging seven innings in two starts. ... Jason Hammel (knee) returns this week to an improbable 3.54 ERA, but he's probably best benched against the Yankees. ... David Phelps has had a quietly-productive year with a 2.96 ERA and 73:21 K:BB in 70 innings, including seven K's in each of his last two starts. At this rate, he's a favorite for a 2013 rotation spot. ... Hard to imagine Carlos Villanueva maintaining a 3.10 ERA, but you have to ride him for now. ... There is some really bad pitching in the NL Central right now outside of the Tigers and to some extent, the White Sox, rotations. With their pitching, I can easily see the Tigers running away with this division. ... CC Sabathia had a 34:3 K:BB in his four August starts (30 innings), so he appears 100 percent healthy.

MIXED LEAGUE TOP 100

1. Johnny Cueto - PHI, HOU
2. Clayton Kershaw - SD
3. Justin Verlander - @LAA
4. Felix Hernandez - OAK
5. CC Sabathia - @TB, @BAL
6. Cliff Lee - COL
7. Cole Hamels - COL
8. Stephen Strasburg - MIA
9. Kris Medlen - COL, @NYM
10. David Price - TEX
11. Max Scherzer - @LAA
12. Jered Weaver - DET
13. Roy Halladay - @CIN
14. R.A. Dickey - ATL
15. Adam Wainwright - NYM
16. Matt Cain - LAD
17. Yu Darvish - @KC, @TB
18. Chris Sale - KC
19. Patrick Corbin - @SF, @SD
20. Matt Harrison - @KC, @TB
21. Edwin Jackson - CHC, MIA
22. Gio Gonzalez - CHC
23. Jeff Samardzija - @WAS, @PIT
24. Jordan Zimmermann - CHC
25. Michael Fiers - @MIA, @STL
26. Madison Bumgarner - ARI
27. A.J. Burnett - CHC
28. Yovani Gallardo - @STL
29. Hiroki Kuroda - @TB
30. Jon Lester - @SEA
31. James Shields - NYY, TEX
32. Zack Greinke - @OAK
33. Matt Moore - NYY
34. Jake Peavy - MIN
35. Clay Buchholz - @SEA, TOR
36. Mat Latos - PHI
37. Wade Miley - @SD
38. Jon Niese - @STL
39. Tommy Hanson - COL, @NYM
40. Jeremy Hellickson - NYY
41. Brett Anderson - @SEA
42. Tim Hudson - COL
43. Kyle Lohse - MIL
44. Ian Kennedy - @SF
45. Doug Fister - CLE
46. Ross Detwiler - CHC, MIA
47. Josh Johnson - MIL
48. Wandy Rodriguez - HOU, CHC
49. Bronson Arroyo - HOU
50. Tim Lincecum - LAD
51. Tyler Skaggs - @SD
52. Tom Milone - @SEA
53. Ryan Vogelsong - ARI
54. Jeff Karstens - HOU
55. Chris Capuano - @SF
56. Paul Maholm - @NYM
57. Matt Harvey - @STL
58. Marco Estrada - @MIA
59. Trevor Cahill - @SF
60. Josh Beckett - @SF
61. Daisuke Matsuzaka - TOR
62. Carlos Villanueva - BAL
63. Eric Stults - @LAD
64. Mike Minor - COL
65. Jose Quintana - MIN
66. Ryan Dempster - @KC
67. Brandon Morrow - BAL
68. Mark Buehrle - @WAS
69. Zach Britton - @TOR
70. Francisco Liriano - KC
71. Anibal Sanchez - CLE, @LAA
72. Phil Hughes - @TB, @BAL
73. David Phelps - @BAL
74. Homer Bailey - HOU
75. Freddy Garcia - @BAL
76. James McDonald - CHC
77. Scott Diamond - CLE
78. Brandon McCarthy - LAA
79. Jarrod Parker - LAA
80. Jason Vargas - BOS, OAK
81. Derek Holland - @TB
82. Jeremy Guthrie - TEX, @CHW
83. Mike Leake - PHI
84. Jaime Garcia - NYM
85. Aaron Harang - SD
86. Casey Kelly - ARI
87. Dylan Axelrod - MIN, KC
88. Jake Westbrook - MIL
89. C.J. Wilson - @OAK, DET
90. Travis Blackley - LAA, @SEA
91. Rick Porcello - CLE
92. Shaun Marcum - @MIA, @STL
93. Dan Haren - @OAK
94. Drew Pomeranz - @ATL, @PHI
95. Miguel Gonzalez - @TOR
96. Clayton Richard - @LAD
97. Kyle Kendrick - @CIN
98. Joe Kelly - NYM, MIL
99. Chris Tillman - NYY
100. Hisashi Iwakuma - OAK

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

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