FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 13












Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the 13th time this season. Here is everything you need to know about this coming weeks pitching matchups and our 2 choices for pitchers that have two favorable starts on the schedule. These are the pitchers that you may consider adding to your weekly roster or ones that you may want to pick up and stream a start. If you are new to this game or unfamiliar with the strategy of streaming starting pitchers, click here for a refresher and some great links you can use.


Streaming is using as many starting pitchers as you can to try to accumulate as many counting stats as possible (Wins and Ks primarily). There is nothing wrong with streaming, if the leagues rules allow it. It could be done by any owner during the season, so you need to be informed.


In this article you will find the FANFOOD Top 10 Pitchers with two starts, followed by a list of all of them. The FANFOOD 2 for 2 Starting Pitchers will be not be chosen from the “MUST STARTS”, those pitchers will always be in your lineup. They may be the Starting Pitchers outside the TOP 10 that you probably have on your bench or ones that you could find on the waiver wire. They are guys that we feel will give you two  quality starts.  [ +/- 6 IP,  +/- 3 ER ].  


Also included in this article are some SP notes to help you decide on next weeks roster, followed by one streaming starter for each day of the week that the stat geeks over at the Muthaship think will be a viable option for your fantasy roster in the coming days. And if all this wasn’t enough, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s Smoked Bratwurst.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 13



1. Alex Cobb

Week 13 Starts: Mon-PIT (Volquez), Sat-@BAL (Tillman)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Alex Cobb took a loss despite allowing just an unearned run over seven innings Wednesday against the Orioles. The unearned run was entirely the result of errors on consecutive plays from Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce in the fifth. Cobb has gone without allowing an earned run in four of his nine starts this year, yet he’s won just one of those outings with the punchless Rays providing little support. Overall, he’s 2-5 with a 3.48 ERA
Rays right-hander Alex Cobb took a tough-luck loss after allowing one unearned run on four hits and four walks with six strikeouts in seven innings vs. the Orioles on Wednesday.Cobb clearly pitched well enough to win, but the anemic Rays offense couldn’t score a run against O’s starter Kevin Gausman. Still, Cobb’s fantasy owners were likely just happy to see another solid performance. Since a three-start stretch from May 27-June 7 that saw the righty post a 9.39 ERA across 15 1/3 choppy innings, he has now given up just one run in his past 13 1/3 frames. Cobb will look to keep that hot streak going against the Pirates at home on June 23
from cbssports:
Alex Cobb allowed only an unearned run to the Orioles over seven innings Wednesday, but still got tagged with his fifth loss. Cobb (2-5) struck out six, walked four and allowed four hits in his second consecutive strong outing. Second baseman Ben Zobrist misplayed a grounder in the fifth, leading to the only run Cobb allowed. Cobb has allowed one earned run over his last 13 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.48. He’ll face the Pirates on Monday.



2. Tim Hudson

Week 13 Starts: Tue-SD (Hahn), Sun-CIN (Bailey)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoword:
Tim Hudson was shelled for seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the White Sox. It was the worst outing of the season for Hudson, who entered Wednesday’s start with a shiny 1.81 ERA and watched that mark climb to 2.39. Chicago tagged him for 12 hits — including two home runs. Hudson should bounce back in his next start at home against the Padres
Giants right-hander Tim Hudson lost after allowing seven runs on 12 hits and one walk with no strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings vs. the White Sox on Wednesday.It was Hudson’s shortest outing of the season except for his three-inning stint on May 22 in a suspended game against the Rockies. Likewise, the 12 hits he allowed matched a career high that he last reached on Sept. 2, 2005. The veteran also went from the Major League leader in ERA (1.81) to a tie for eighth place with Yu Darvish (2.39) after the shaky performance. Still, Hudson will get a great chance to bounce back in a very favorable matchup vs. the Padres at home on June 24.
from cbssports:
Tim Hudson has been lights-out recently, but the White Sox turned the lights out on him early Wednesday.
Hudson was removed after yielding seven earned runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings and lost for the third time in 10 decisions. He walked one and fanned none. His troubles started immediately on a two-run homer by Jose Abreu in the first. His swan song was a three-run blast by Adam Dunn in the fifth. Hudson, who had surrendered just three earned runs in 26 previous innings, will seek to bounce back Tuesday against San Diego.


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2XSP week 13


  1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) — Tue-@KC (Duffy), Sun-STL (Miller)
  2. Felix Hernandez (SEA) — Mon-BOS (Lackey), Sun-CLE (Masterson)
  3. Chris Sale (CWS) — Mon-@BAL (Chen), Sat-@TOR (Stroman)
  4. Zack Greinke (LAD) — Mon-@KC (Guthrie), Sat-STL (Lynn)
  5. Drew Smyly (DET) — Tue-@TEX (Lewis), Sun-@HOU (Feldman)
  6. John Lackey (BOS) — Mon-@SEA (Hernandez), Sun-@NYY (Whitley)
  7. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) — Mon-CIN (Simon), Sat-WSH, Gm. 1 (Gonzalez)
  8. Adam Wainwright (StL) — Thu-@LAD (Beckett)
  9. Homer Bailey (CIN) — Tue-@CHC (Arrieta), Sun-@SF (Hudson)
  10. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) — Mon-@MIL (Garza), Sat-@CHC, Gm. 1 (Samardzija)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 13


Favorable Parks for Pitchers: CLE, LAA, LAD, MIA, MIN, NYM, OAK, PIT, SD, SF, SEA, STL, TB
Unfavorable Parks for Pitchers: ARZ, BAL, BOS, CIN, COL, CWS, MIL, NYY, TEX, TOR
PlayerStart #1Start #2
David Buchanan PHI(06/24)(06/29)
vs. MIAvs. ATL
Andrew HeaneyAaron Harang
Gio Gonzalez WAS(06/23)(06/28)
Matt GarzaJeff Samardzija
Jorge De La Rosa COL(06/24)(06/29)
vs. STL@ MIL
Shelby MillerYovani Gallardo
Jeremy Guthrie KC(06/23)(06/29)
vs. LADvs. LAA
Zack GreinkeMatt Shoemaker
Shelby Miller STL(06/24)(06/29)
Jorge De La RosaClayton Kershaw
Roberto Hernandez PHI(06/23)(06/28)
vs. MIAvs. ATL
Nathan EovaldiErvin Santana
Jeff Samardzija CHC(06/23)(06/28)
vs. CINvs. WAS
Alfredo SimonGio Gonzalez
Mark Buehrle TOR(06/24)(06/29)
vs. NYYvs. CHW
David PhelpsJose Quintana
Clayton Kershaw LAD(06/24)(06/29)
@ KCvs. STL
Danny DuffyShelby Miller
Nathan Eovaldi MIA(06/23)(06/28)
@ PHIvs. OAK
Roberto HernandezJesse Chavez
Aaron Harang ATL(06/24)(06/29)
Scott FeldmanDavid Buchanan
Yovani Gallardo MIL(06/24)(06/29)
vs. WASvs. COL
Jordan ZimmermannJorge De La Rosa
Felix Hernandez SEA(06/23)(06/29)
vs. BOSvs. CLE
John LackeyJosh Tomlin
Kyle Gibson MIN(06/24)(06/29)
Matt ShoemakerColby Lewis
Chris Archer TB(06/24)(06/29)
vs. PIT@ BAL
Jeff LockeWei-Yin Chen
Alfredo Simon CIN(06/23)(06/28)
Jeff SamardzijaMatt Cain
Scott Feldman HOU(06/24)(06/29)
vs. ATLvs. DET
Aaron HarangDrew Smyly
Chase Whitley NYY(06/23)(06/29)
@ TORvs. BOS
Marcus StromanJohn Lackey
Alex Cobb TB(06/23)(06/28)
vs. PIT@ BAL
Edinson VolquezChris Tillman
Wei-Yin Chen BAL(06/23)(06/29)
vs. CHWvs. TB
Chris SaleChris Archer
Matt Cain SF(06/23)(06/28)
vs. SDvs. CIN
Andrew CashnerAlfredo Simon
Jhoulys Chacin COL(06/23)(06/28)
vs. STL@ MIL
Lance LynnMatt Garza
John Lackey BOS(06/23)(06/29)
Felix HernandezChase Whitley
Zack Greinke LAD(06/23)(06/28)
@ KCvs. STL
Jeremy GuthrieLance Lynn
Marcus Stroman TOR(06/23)(06/28)
vs. NYYvs. CHW
Chase WhitleyChris Sale
Matt Garza MIL(06/23)(06/28)
vs. WASvs. COL
Gio GonzalezJhoulys Chacin
Jose Quintana CHW(06/24)(06/29)
Miguel GonzalezMark Buehrle
Chris Sale CHW(06/23)(06/28)
Wei-Yin ChenMarcus Stroman
Matt Shoemaker LAA(06/24)(06/29)
vs. MIN@ KC
Kyle GibsonJeremy Guthrie
Jeff Locke PIT(06/24)(06/29)
@ TBvs. NYM
Chris ArcherBartolo Colon
Andrew Heaney MIA(06/24)(06/29)
@ PHIvs. OAK
David BuchananTommy Milone
Edinson Volquez PIT(06/23)(06/28)
@ TBvs. NYM
Alex CobbJonathon Niese
Tim Hudson SF(06/24)(06/29)
vs. SDvs. CIN
Jesse HahnHomer Bailey
Bartolo Colon NYM(06/24)(06/29)
vs. OAK@ PIT
Sonny GrayJeff Locke
Andrew Cashner SD(06/23)(06/29)
@ SFvs. ARI
Matt CainMike Bolsinger
Colby Lewis TEX(06/24)(06/29)
vs. DETvs. MIN
Drew SmylyKyle Gibson
Lance Lynn STL(06/23)(06/28)
Jhoulys ChacinZack Greinke
Homer Bailey CIN(06/24)(06/29)
Jake ArrietaTim Hudson
Drew Smyly DET(06/24)(06/29)
Colby LewisScott Feldman


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:

Though Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter says he doesn’t want to utilize a six-man rotation, using one for another week makes sense, considering the team has a Friday doubleheader. That’s the rationale behind the projected order above.

The Boston Red Sox’s rotation is in a state of flux due to Felix Doubront’s (shoulder) and Clay Buchholz’s (knee) impending returns, as well as Brandon Workman’s six-game suspension, which expires following Monday’s game. Doubront was scheduled to start June 20, and Buchholz was deemed ready to rejoin the rotation during fantasy’s Week 13; Buchholz would be on four days’ rest Tuesday (or five Wednesday) after he tossed 87 pitches and six scoreless innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on June 19. Between these three and Rubby De La Rosa, the team has two rotation spots to fill from four pitchers, so be prepared for further changes to the listed order above.

Rain postponed Zach McAllister’s (back) return to the Cleveland Indians’ rotation, originally scheduled for June 19, and he wasn’t scheduled to start before Week 13. With two off days, the Indians could keep him in the bullpen all week.

Tyler Skaggs (hamstring) threw a bullpen session June 18 and is a candidate to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels’ rotation this week. He could slide into Matt Shoemaker’s spot, which next arrives Friday of Week 13.

Brad Mills was to replace Drew Pomeranz (hand) in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation June 20, and that spot would next arrive Friday of Week 13. Because of a pair of off days, however, the Athletics could skip Mills this week, in which case Sonny Gray would pick up a second start (Sunday at Miami).

The Toronto Blue Jays, seeking to give R.A. Dickey (groin) two additional days’ rest, pushed the knuckleballer back to June 22, promoting Liam Hendriks for a spot start June 20. It’s unclear whether Hendriks figures into the rotation after that one turn, but if he doesn’t, the team’s Week 13 rotation would follow the order above.

Gavin Floyd left his June 19 start with a fractured elbow and is headed for the DL. He’d have been scheduled to start Wednesday of Week 13, but if he’s unable to go, Alex Wood, who threw 73 pitches in his most recent start for Triple-A Gwinnett on June 18, seems an obvious candidate to fill in. One possibility: Wood could pitch for Gwinnett on Monday to further build up his pitch count, then join the Atlanta Braves in time to pitch in one of the Saturday doubleheader games, the latest date the team could push back Floyd’s rotation spot. The Braves would need two spot starters in that arrangement, though, as they’ll need at least one for that day either way.

The Colorado Rockies, who demoted Juan Nicasio to Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 16, recalled Christian Friedrich to assume his rotation spot June 21. That turn would align with Thursday of Week 13, but it probably depends upon Friedrich’s performance; Pedro Hernandez and Franklin Morales are potential alternatives.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Gerrit Cole (shoulder) could rejoin the rotation as early as Saturday, though Cole’s former rotation spot arrives Thursday of Week 13. Vance Worley is likely to get another turn on that date, but Cole could be a candidate to replace Edinson Volquez on Sunday, or the team could choose to go to six starters for one turn through the rotation.

The St. Louis Cardinals skipped Michael Wacha’s scheduled June 22 start, giving Carlos Martinez that turn, though all indications were that it was a one-start decision and that Wacha would return as normally scheduled Friday of Week 13.

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Dreaming of Streaming


Seven streaming candidates, one for each day of the week, and ranked in terms of overall quality.


Trevor Bauer (@SEA, Friday): Three of his six starts since his recall have been quality starts, and he has a 22.7 percent K rate in those games. Now he faces a Seattle Mariners offense with the majors’ third-worst weighted on-base average in the past calendar month (May 20-June 19), .287.

Danny Duffy (LAD, Tuesday): It’s difficult to bet against a pitcher riding the kind of streak he has facing the schedule he has his past three outings; the Los Angeles Dodgers also have mediocre .226/.305/.366 rates against left-handers this season.

Jarred Cosart (ATL, Thursday): What he has done to elevate his game of late — he has eight quality starts in his past 10 games — comes down to the improvement of his cutter. The Atlanta Braves, meanwhile, have .190/.277/.280 rates on plate appearances that ended with a cutter, whiffing 37 times against them, second-most in the majors.

Tommy Milone (@MIA, Sunday): Remember when the Miami Marlins were one of the majors’ best home teams? No longer: They have .230/.304/.351 rates and have averaged 3.9 runs per game there the past calendar month (May 20-June 19). Milone also has four quality starts in his past five appearances.

Brandon McCarthy (@SD, Saturday): He tossed seven shutout innings of three-hit, six-strikeout baseball at San Diego’s Petco Park on May 3, and his 2.90 year-to-date xFIP bodes well for him in a park that affords pitchers good fortune on batted balls.

Kevin Gausman (CWS, Wednesday): The Chicago White Sox have hit right-handers well this season (.314 wOBA) and have a .321 wOBA the past two weeks (June 6-20), but Gausman is a command artist riding a streak of three consecutive quality starts who should be able to rise above the challenge.

Wei-Yin Chen (CWS, Monday): Monday is an awful day for streaming — only seven of the day’s scheduled starters are available in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues — so Chen gets the nod primarily based upon his recent hot streak of three consecutive quality starts. It helps that the opposing White Sox have the majors’ sixth-worst wOBA against left-handers in 2014 (.291).

source: Tristan H. Cockcroft | :



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Smoked Bratwurst




Quality uncooked bratwurst, chorizo or other uncooked sausages.
Some form of bun or bread
Condiments as mentioned above
Charcoal briquettes
1 cup of wood smoking chips
or a fistful of Wood Chunks
An instant-read thermometer like a Thermapen, or a leave-in probe style thermometer



Fire up your chimney starter with 20 briquettes on your 22.5″ Weber kettle

In the meantime, put a briquette basket on one side of the grill only, and a big water pan covering the whole middle part of the grill.
This helps maintain a steady temperature inside the kettle, because water stores heat pretty well.
It will also help the meat retain its moisture during the long cook by increasing the general moisture in the cooking environment.
When your briquettes are white hot, put them in the briquette basket you put on the one side of the grill.
Put two smokebombs (a handful of soaked wood chips wrapped in aluminium foil) on the briquettes.
Putting them out towards the edge of the fire makes them last longer.
Wait 5-10 minutes until they start smoking.
Replace these as often as you please once they are smoked out.
This is especially important the first 4 hours, after that the meat won’t really soak up the smoky flavours anymore.
Put the grate on, sausages away from the fire on the opposite side, put the lid on
Refill with wood chips when it stops smoking
After about 60-90 minutes sausages should be ready.
If one of them bursts, you’re running too hot.
Don’t do that.
Use your thermapen to check the temperature, uncooked sausage HAS TO be cooked all the way through, ground meat is something you don’t serve rare.
take them off the grill when they’re at 185 F









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