FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 16











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the first time after the break. (16th overall). Scoring really depends on your fantasy baseball league settings, for example Yahoo extended week 15 for the weekend after the break and ESPN tacked those games onto the coming week. This article however is prepared based on Y! settings with week 16 beginning on Monday the 21st with scoring for week 15 continuing for the weekend after the break.

Because of this and the fact that many teams have reset their rotation after the break, it makes it difficult to determine who will have two starts for your league in this “week 16″, and most important who is the FANFOOD 2 for 2. But this is not going to stop us.

Here is everything you need to know about this coming weeks pitching matchups, whether your week 16 starts on Friday the 18th, or Monday the 21st. Included are 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 Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 16



1. Danny Salazar

Week 16 Starts: Tue 7/22-@MIN (Pino), Sun 7/27-@KC (Chen)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoword:
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Danny Salazar is the “best guess” to be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Twins. He’s the only option, really, as T.J. House will be recalled to start on Monday for the Tribe. Salazar holds a 2.32 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 31 innings across his last five starts for Triple-A Columbus. It’s possible he might only be up for the one outing with Justin Masterson (knee) beginning a rehab assignment Sunday, but he could force the Indians to keep him around if he pitches well
Last season, Salazar was stellar over 10 starts with the Tribe, striking out 65 in 52 innings while posting a 3.12 ERA and earning a start in the American League Wild Card Game. This year, the 24-year-old right-hander had a 5.53 ERA after eight starts before being sent down to the Clippers. Salazar missed some time with a right triceps injury in the Minors, but he has been solid since coming off the disabled list. In his past four outings, the righty has posted a 3.47 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and registered 29 strikeouts against six walks in 23 1/3 innings. On Monday, Salazar struck out nine, walked one and gave up one run in 7 1/3 innings against Louisville. “It sounded like he looked good. His [velocity] was good,” pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. “It looks like he’s getting ready to come up here and help out. I’ve seen his mechanics. He’s pretty much where he was last year at the end of the year. He’s looking really good. That’s exciting for us.”
from fantasy fix:
Remember Danny Salazar? I do, because I paid way too much for him in my Ottoneu auction. I knew he had his warts – home runs, perhaps stamina issues, and injury history. Nonetheless, I pulled the trigger because of his ability to miss bats. It didn’t quite work out for me. After posting a 5.53 ERA (4.71 FIP) in 40.2 innings, and seeing his strikeout and walk rates go in the wrong direction, he was sent to Triple-A



2. Jake Odorizzi

Week 16 Starts: Tue 7/22-@STL (Wainwright), Sun 7/27-BOS (Peavy)


Notes from around the web:


Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi entered the 2014 All-Star break with a 5-8 record, a 4.01 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in 101 innings.Odorizzi was not expected to be a strikeout king coming into the Major Leagues. Yes, he struck out about a batter per inning in the Minors, but those rates typically fall when facing MLB hitters. The 24-year-old has shocked many by fanning 116 men so far this year, with a 10.3 K/9 rate that ranks third in the American League. The right-hander could do with fewer walks (3.5 BB/9 rate), but he has looked very impressive in his 19 starts this year.
from cbssports:
Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi could be a second half stud. Odorizzi has emerged as a solid starter over the first half of the season, but there’s still some room for improvement. His .321 BABIP suggests he may be experiencing poor luck on balls in play. It should be noted, though, that Odorizzi doesn’t have a large sample to work with, so it’s possible this is his natural BABIP. Still, that seems hard to believe. Odorizzi is primarily a fly ball pitcher, and those types of players tend to post lower BABIPs since fly balls turn into outs more often. All the other tools seem to be there, and Odorizzi could emerge as a second half star if things break right.
from espn (below):
Jake Odorizzi had a 2.28 ERA and 25.3 percent strikeout rate in his final seven starts leading into the All-Star break, and now he works in a pitching-friendly Busch Stadium against a St. Louis Cardinals team that, while good at making contact, struggles against fastballs (.319 wOBA, third-worst). Six of jake’s seven quality starts this season came at Tropicana Field, where he has a 2.73 ERA in 11 games. One of those quality starts came against the Boston Red Sox, on May 25 (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER). He gets to pitch against them in his second start of week 16.




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2XSP week 16


It really depends on your league settings and when your “week 16″ actually begins. Our 2XSP Top 10 was determined assuming your week 16 begins on Monday the 21st. As you can tell this takes away a lot of the top pitchers in the league.


  1. Chris Sale (CWS) — Mon 7/21-KC (Guthrie), Sat 7/26-@MIN (Johnson)
  2. Cliff Lee (PHI) — Mon 7/21-SF (Vogelsong), Sat 7/26-ARI (Collmenter)
  3. Julio Teheran (ATL) — Mon 7/21-MIA (Koehler), Sat 7/26-SD (Hahn)
  4. Adam Wainwright (STL) — Tue 7/22-TB (Odorizzi), Sun 7/27 (TBD)
  5. Mat Latos (CIN) — Mon 7/21-@MIL (Peralta), Sun 7/27-WSH (Roark)
  6. Mike Minor (ATL) — Tue 7/22-MIA (TBD), Sun 7/27-SD (Stults)
  7. Scott Kazmir (OAK) — Tue 7/22-HOU (McHugh), Sun 7/27-@TEX (Baker)
  8. Tanner Roark (WSH) — Mon 7/21-@COL (Morales), Sun 7/27-@CIN (Latos)
  9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) — Mon 7/21-@PIT (Volquez), Sun 7/27-@SF (Cain)
  10. John Lackey (BOS) — Mon 7/21-@TOR (Hutchison), Sat 7/26-@TB (Archer)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 16


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

As of this posting there are some pitching probables yet to be determined so there could be some SPs left off the list and maybe some added. Again, it all depends on your league settings and when your week 16 scoring period begins. Either way, here are the top pitchers going twice this “week” in Alphabetical order.


A.J. Burnett (PHI) — Fri 7/18-@ATL (Santana), Wed 7/23-SF (Bumgarner)
Aaron Harang (ATL) — Sat 7/19-PHI (Hamels), Thu 7/24-MIA (Alvarez)
Alex Cobb (TB) — Fri 7/18-@MIN (Gibson), Wed 7/23-@STL (TBD)
Alex Wood (ATL) — Sun 7/20-PHI (Kendrick), Fri 7/25-SD (Despaigne)
Alfredo Simon (CIN) — Sat 7/19-@NYY (McCarthy), Fri 7/25-WSH (Gonzalez)
Anibal Sanchez (DET) — Fri 7/18-CLE (Bauer), Wed 7/23-@ARI (Cahill)
Bartolo Colon (NYM) — Fri 7/18-@SD (Kennedy), Wed 7/23-@SEA (Iwakuma)
Brett Anderson (COL) — Sat 7/19-@PIT (Morton), Fri 7/25-PIT (Morton)
Bud Norris (BAL) — Mon 7/21-@LAA (Shoemaker), Sat 7/26-@SEA (Elias)
Carlos Martinez (STL) — Sun 7/20-LAD (Kershaw), Sun 7/27-@CHC (TBD)
Charlie Morton (PIT) — Sat 7/19-COL (Anderson), Fri 7/25-@COL (Anderson)
Chris Archer (TB) — Sun 7/20-@MIN (Correia), Sat 7/26-BOS (Lackey)
Chris Sale (CWS) — Mon 7/21-KC (Guthrie), Sat 7/26-@MIN (Johnson)
Chris Tillman (BAL) — Fri 7/18-@OAK (Samardzija), Wed 7/23-@LAA (Weaver)
Clay Buchholz (BOS) — Fri 7/18-KC (Shields), Wed 7/23-@TOR (Dickey)
Clayton Kershaw (LAD) — Sun 7/20-@STL (Martinez), Sat 7/26-@SF (Vogelsong)
Cliff Lee (PHI) — Mon 7/21-SF (Vogelsong), Sat 7/26-ARI (Collmenter)
Cole Hamels (PHI) — Sat 7/19-@ATL (Harang), Thu 7/24-SF (Hudson)
Collin McHugh (HOU) — Tue 7/22-@OAK (Kazmir), Sun 7/27-MIA (TBD)
Corey Kluber (CLE) — Sat 7/19-@DET, Gm. 1 (Ray), Thu 7/24-@KC (Duffy)
Dallas Keuchel (HOU) — Sat 7/19-@CWS (Noesi), Fri 7/25-MIA (Hand)
Dan Haren (LAD) — Fri 7/18-@STL (Lynn), Wed 7/23-@PIT (Liriano)
Danny Duffy (KC) — Sat 7/19-@BOS (De La Rosa), Thu 7/24-CLE (Kluber)
Danny Salazar (CLE) — Tue 7/22-@MIN (Pino), Sun 7/27-@KC (Chen)
David Phelps (NYY) — Fri 7/18-CIN (Leake), Wed 7/23-TEX (Darvish)
David Price (TB) — Sat 7/19-@MIN (Hughes), Fri 7/25-BOS (Lester)
Dillon Gee (NYM) — Sat 7/19-@SD (Ross), Thu 7/24-@MIL (Garza)
Doug Fister (WSH) — Sun 7/20-MIL (Gallardo), Sat 7/26-@CIN (Cueto)
Drew Hutchison (TOR) — Mon 7/21-BOS (Lackey), Sat 7/26-@NYY (Greene)
Drew Smyly (DET) — Sun 7/20-CLE (Tomlin), Fri 7/25-@LAA (Skaggs)
Ervin Santana (ATL) — Fri 7/18-PHI (Burnett), Wed 7/23-MIA (Eovaldi)
Felix Hernandez (SEA) — Sat 7/19-@LAA (Richards), Thu 7/24-BAL (Chen)
Francisco Liriano (PIT) — Fri 7/18-COL (De La Rosa), Wed 7/23-LAD (Haren)
Garrett Richards (LAA) — Sat 7/19-SEA (Hernandez), Thu 7/24-DET (Scherzer)
Gio Gonzalez (WSH) — Sat 7/19-MIL (Garza), Fri 7/25-@CIN (Simon)
Henderson Alvarez (MIA) — Sat 7/19-SF (Hudson), Thu 7/24-@ATL (Harang)
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) — Sun 7/20-CIN (Cueto), Fri 7/25-TOR (Buehrle)
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) — Fri 7/18-@LAA (Weaver), Wed 7/23-NYM (Colon)
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) — Mon 7/21-@PIT (Volquez), Sun 7/27-@SF (Cain)
Ian Kennedy (SD) — Fri 7/18-NYM (Colon), Wed 7/23-@CHC (Jackson)
J.A. Happ (TOR) — Tue 7/22-BOS (Peavy), Sun 7/27-@NYY (TBD)
Jacob deGrom (NYM) — Tue 7/22-@SEA (Walker), Sun 7/27-@MIL (TBD)
Jake Arrieta (CHC) — Sun 7/20-@ARI (Collmenter), Fri 7/25-STL (Lynn)
Jake Odorizzi (TB) — Tue 7/22-@STL (Wainwright), Sun 7/27-BOS (Peavy)
Jake Peavy (BOS) — Tue 7/22-@TOR (Happ), Sun 7/27-@TB (Odorizzi)
James Shields (KC) — Fri 7/18-@BOS (Buchholz), Wed 7/23-@CWS (Quintana)
Jason Hammel (OAK) — Sat 7/19-BAL (Chen), Fri 7/25-@TEX (Tepesch)
Jeff Samardzija (OAK) — Fri 7/18-BAL (Tillman), Thu 7/24-HOU (Feldman)
Jered Weaver (LAA) — Fri 7/18-SEA (Iwakuma), Wed 7/23-BAL (Tillman)
John Lackey (BOS) — Mon 7/21-@TOR (Hutchison), Sat 7/26-@TB (Archer)
Johnny Cueto (CIN) — Sun 7/20-@NYY (Kuroda), Sat 7/26-WSH (Fister)
Jon Lester (BOS) — Sun 7/20-KC (Ventura), Fri 7/25-@TB (Price)
Jonathon Niese (NYM) — Mon 7/21-@SEA (Elias), Sat 7/26-@MIL (Peralta)
Jose Quintana (CWS) — Fri 7/18-HOU (Feldman), Wed 7/23-KC (Shields)
Josh Collmenter (ARI) — Sun 7/20-CHC (Arrieta), Sat 7/26-@PHI (Lee)
Josh Tomlin (CLE) — Sun 7/20-@DET (Smyly), Fri 7/25-@KC (Ventura)
Julio Teheran (ATL) — Mon 7/21-MIA (Koehler), Sat 7/26-SD (Hahn)
Justin Verlander (DET) — Mon 7/21-@ARI (Nuno), Sat 7/26-@LAA (Shoemaker)
Kevin Gausman (BAL) — Sun 7/20-@OAK (Gray), Fri 7/25-@SEA (Young)
Kyle Gibson (MIN) — Fri 7/18-TB (Cobb), Wed 7/23-CLE (Bauer)
Kyle Lohse (MIL) — Fri 7/18-@WSH (Strasburg), Wed 7/23-CIN (Leake)
Lance Lynn (STL) — Fri 7/18-LAD (Haren), Fri 7/25-@CHC (Arrieta)
Madison Bumgarner (SF) — Fri 7/18-@MIA (Eovaldi), Wed 7/23-@PHI (Burnett)
Marcus Stroman (TOR) — Sat 7/19-TEX (Lewis), Thu 7/24-BOS (De La Rosa)
Mark Buehrle (TOR) — Sun 7/20-TEX (Tepesch), Fri 7/25-@NYY (Kuroda)
Mat Latos (CIN) — Mon 7/21-@MIL (Peralta), Sun 7/27-WSH (Roark)
Matt Cain (SF) — Tue 7/22-@PHI (Hernandez), Sun 7/27-LAD (Ryu)
Matt Garza (MIL) — Sat 7/19-@WSH (Gonzalez), Thu 7/24-NYM (Gee)
Max Scherzer (DET) — Sat 7/19-CLE, Gm. 2 (McAllister), Thu 7/24-@LAA (Richards)
Mike Minor (ATL) — Tue 7/22-MIA (TBD), Sun 7/27-SD (Stults)
Nathan Eovaldi (MIA) — Fri 7/18-SF (Bumgarner), Wed 7/23-@ATL (Santana)
Odrisamer Despaigne (SD) — Sun 7/20-NYM (Wheeler), Fri 7/25-@ATL (Wood)
Phil Hughes (MIN) — Sat 7/19-TB (Price), Thu 7/24-CWS (Noesi)
R.A. Dickey (TOR) — Fri 7/18-TEX (Darvish), Wed 7/23-BOS (Buchholz)
Rick Porcello (DET) — Tue 7/22-@ARI (Anderson), Sun 7/27-@LAA (Santiago)
Roenis Elias (SEA) — Mon 7/21-NYM (Niese), Sat 7/26-BAL (Norris)
Rubby De La Rosa (BOS) — Sat 7/19-KC (Duffy), Thu 7/24-@TOR (Stroman)
Scott Kazmir (OAK) — Tue 7/22-HOU (McHugh), Sun 7/27-@TEX (Baker)
Sonny Gray (OAK) — Sun 7/20-BAL (Gausman), Sat 7/26-@TEX (Mikolas)
Stephen Strasburg (WSH) — Fri 7/18-MIL (Lohse), Wed 7/23-@COL (De La Rosa)
Taijuan Walker (SEA) — Tue 7/22-NYM (DeGrom), Sun 7/27-BAL (Gonzalez)
Tanner Roark (WSH) — Mon 7/21-@COL (Morales), Sun 7/27-@CIN (Latos)
Tim Hudson (SF) — Sat 7/19-@MIA (Alvarez), Thu 7/24-@PHI (Hamels)
Tim Lincecum (SF) — Sun 7/20-@MIA (Hand), Fri 7/25-LAD (Greinke)
Tom Koehler (MIA) — Mon 7/21-@ATL (Teheran), Sat 7/26-@HOU (Cosart)
Tyler Skaggs (LAA) — Sun 7/20-SEA (Young), Fri 7/25-DET (Smyly)
Tyson Ross (SD) — Sat 7/19-NYM (Gee), Thu 7/24-@CHC (Wood)
Wade Miley (ARI) — Sat 7/19-CHC (Wood), Fri 7/25-@PHI (Kendrick)
Wei-Yin Chen (BAL) — Sat 7/19-@OAK (Hammel), Thu 7/24-@SEA (Hernandez)
Wily Peralta (MIL) — Mon 7/21-CIN (Latos), Sat 7/26-NYM (Niese)
Yordano Ventura (KC) — Sun 7/20-@BOS (Lester), Fri 7/25-CLE (Tomlin)
Yovani Gallardo (MIL) — Sun 7/20-@WSH (Fister), Fri 7/25-NYM (Wheeler)
Yu Darvish (TEX) — Fri 7/18-@TOR (Dickey), Wed 7/23-@NYY (Phelps)
Zack Greinke (LAD) — Sat 7/19-@STL (Kelly), Fri 7/25-@SF (Lincecum)
Zack Wheeler (NYM) — Sun 7/20-@SD (Despaigne), Fri 7/25-@MIL (Gallardo)


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SP Notes:

Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment on July 23, at a location yet to be determined, which rules him out of the Baltimore Orioles’ rotation for Week 16. Kevin Gausman will continue to fill in for Jimenez.

The Chicago White Sox announced only their July 18-21 starters in advance of publishing time, but Scott Carroll is expected to serve as their fifth starter on July 22 and 27.

The Cleveland Indians need a sixth starter due to their July 19 doubleheader, and are expected use the “26th man” rule to recall Zach McAllister for that assignment. He would then probably be returned to the minors, as Danny Salazar is the favorite to start on July 22. It is unclear how the remainder of the team’s Week 16 rotation will play out, but what’s projected above is the most likely scenario. Justin Masterson (knee) is ineligible to be activated before July 23, and he’ll make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Columbus on July 20. He could be a candidate to rejoin the rotation by July 25.

The Detroit Tigers also need a sixth starter due to their July 19 doubleheader, with Robbie Ray the leading candidate. He’d be on five days’ rest and would presumably then be returned to Triple-A Toledo after the game.

C.J. Wilson (ankle) is ineligible to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels’ rotation before July 25, though he could be a candidate to replace either Matt Shoemaker (scheduled for July 26) or Hector Santiago (July 27) during that final weekend of Week 16.

The Minnesota Twins hadn’t yet announced their fourth and fifth starters as of publishing time, but Kris Johnson and Yohan Pino were the leading candidates for those July 21-22 assignments, Pino having made a July 17 start for Triple-A Rochester to keep him on schedule. Ricky Nolasco is eligible to return from the DL before July 22, so it’s entirely possible that the team could grant him, Alex Meyer or Trevor May a start sometime during Week 16.

The New York Yankees hadn’t yet announced their fourth or fifth starters as of publishing time, though Shane Greene is likely to start on July 21. Chase Whitley is the favorite to start on July 22, though the team could also turn to Jeff Francis or David Huff for that game.

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was unwilling to declare Taijuan Walker his fifth starter when announcing the team’s initial second-half rotation, though Walker is considered the favorite for that spot, which arrives next on July 22. Walker would be on turn to pitch; he was scheduled to start for Triple-A Tacoma on July 17.

Due to two off days (July 21 and 24), the Tampa Bay Rays don’t require a fifth starter during Week 16. Jeremy Hellickson, who was demoted to Double-A Montgomery on July 13, is expected to rejoin the team sometime during their July 28-Aug. 3 homestand, so while he’s probably not going to start for the team before July 29 (Tuesday of Week 17), it’s possible he could get a start late in Week 16.

The Atlanta Braves announced only their July 18-20 starters, though they previously had indicated that they wanted to split up their left-handers, Mike Minor and Alex Wood, which makes it highly likely that Julio Teheran will pitch on July 21 and Minor on July 22.

The Chicago Cubs had announced neither their fourth or fifth starters as of publishing time, nor whether they planned to push back said fifth starter to July 26, the latest time it would be needed. Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada are the leading candidates for either spot.

Mat Latos (back) and Homer Bailey (knee) will start the Cincinnati Reds’ July 21-22 games in a yet-to-be-determined order, with the one who reports he’s healthiest first the most likely one to get the July 21 assignment. That matters because the one who works July 22 will start only once in Week 16.

Eddie Butler (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Colorado Rockies’ rotation on July 22, the next date the team will need a fifth starter.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the All-Star break that he hopes Josh Beckett (hip) will be able to return from the DL on July 22, the next time the team will need a fifth starter.

As of publishing time, the Miami Marlins had only announced their July 18-20 starters. Tom Koehler is expected to be a member of their second-half rotation, so he’s probably on track for July 21. The team will need to select a fifth starter no later than July 22, but regardless of the team’s July 21-22 pitching order, those pitchers will each pitch twice in Week 16 facing the same matchups.

The Milwaukee Brewers hadn’t yet announced their fourth and fifth starters as of publishing time, though Wily Peralta was likely to assume one of those spots. It was unclear, however, whether Jimmy Nelson would remain in the team’s rotation in place of Marco Estrada.

Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the New York Mets’ rotation on July 21, with Jacob deGrom likely to serve as their fifth starter on July 22. Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to the bullpen to begin the second half.

As of publishing time, the St. Louis Cardinals had not announced their starters beyond the July 18-20 weekend. Adam Wainwright, curiously, was not scheduled to pitch in that series, making it highly likely that he’d start their July 22 game. It is unclear, though, whether the team would use five starters — Shelby Miller would be their most obvious fifth-starter choice — as the Cardinals have two off days (July 21 and 24) and could go with only four in Week 16.

Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) was scheduled to throw during the Washington Nationals’ July 17 workout, after which point the team will determine his status. He’s expected to avoid the DL, in which case he’d pitch either July 22 or 23, with Tanner Roark likely to assume the other start.

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Dreaming of Streaming


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



Wade Miley (@PHI; Friday, July 25): The Philadelphia Phillies have batted just .201/.253/.310 as a team against left-handers since June 1, and Miley concluded the season’s first half with three consecutive quality starts resulting in a 1.25 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 27.5 percent strikeout rate.

Charlie Morton (COL; Saturday, July 19): The Colorado Rockies are an ordinary offense in road games, with .244/.295/.388 triple-slash rates that result in the majors’ ninth-worst weighted on-base average (.294). Morton, meanwhile, is 6-for-8 in quality starts with a 2.13 ERA at PNC Park.

Danny Duffy (CLE; Thursday, July 24): The Cleveland Indians have the majors’ sixth-worst wOBA against left-handers (.297), and remember, they’ve faced a lot of them (1,114 plate appearances, fourth-most). Duffy also has a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in eight games (six starts) at Kauffman Stadium.

Nathan Eovaldi (SF; Friday, July 18): He’s 7-for-10 in quality starts at Marlins Park this season, and he’s facing a San Francisco Giants team that has missed the third-most often on swings at pitches clocked 94 mph or faster (24.2 percent). The significance? Eovaldi has thrown 59 percent of his total pitches 94 mph or faster.

Tyler Skaggs (SEA; Sunday, July 20): Only the San Diego Padres have a worse team wOBA against lefties than the Seattle Mariners (.283, backed by .247/.294/.348 triple-slash rates). Skaggs pitched a quality start in his only career game against them, whiffing eight Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26.

Jonathon Niese (@SEA; Monday, July 21): Once again, the Mariners struggle mightily against left-handers, which is precisely why the New York Mets held Niese back until Monday the 21st. Niese warrants your start in his first game back; he had six straight quality starts before his early exit from his July 4 appearance.

Jake Odorizzi (@STL; Tuesday, July 22): He had a 2.28 ERA and 25.3 percent strikeout rate in his final seven starts leading into the All-Star break, and now he works in a pitching-friendly Busch Stadium against a St. Louis Cardinals team that, while good at making contact, struggles against fastballs (.319 wOBA, third-worst).

Trevor Bauer (@MIN; Wednesday, July 23): Forty-eight of his 70 K’s this season have come on breaking balls (curveballs and sliders), and the Minnesota Twins have managed .201/.244/.287 rates against breaking balls this year, their resulting .237 wOBA fourth-worst in the majors.

Jake Odorizzi (BOS; Sunday, July 27): Six of his seven quality starts this season came at Tropicana Field, where he has a 2.73 ERA in 11 games. One of those quality starts came against these Boston Red Sox, on May 25 (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER).

Jarred Cosart (MIA; Saturday, July 26): The Miami Marlins have .252/.308/.346 team rates on the road since June 1, their 3.75 runs-per-game average during that time span eighth-worst in the majors. Consider this a good opportunity for Cosart, who had sub-3.00 ERAs in both May and June, to bounce back.

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Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette



3 cups chickpeas (or 2 (15-ounce) cans, drained and rinsed)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 ears grilled corn, cut from the cob
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 lime, juiced and zested


In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onions, corn, tomatoes, basil and chives. Toss well with the salt and pepper. In a small saucepan, add the oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, lime juice and zest. Heat over low heat and whisk until the mixture is warm and garlic cloves are sizzling a bit.

Pour the liquid over the chickpeas and and toss well to coat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. It tastes better as it sits! Serve with toasted baguettes spread with coconut oil or whipped feta.










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