FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 17











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the 17th 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 Grilled Lemon, Tomato, & Onion Salad.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 17



1. Marcus Stroman

Week 17 Starts: 7/29 @ BOS (De La Rosa), 8/3 @ HOU (Feldman)


Notes from around the web:

from rotoworld:
Marcus Stroman allowed just one hit over seven innings and combined with two relievers on an 8-0 shutout the Red Sox on Thursday. Showing once again how huge momentum is in baseball, the Jays ended up winning three straight over Boston after getting crushed 14-1 in Monday’s season opener. The Red Sox’s lone hit today was Shane Victorino’s flare single in the seventh. However, even if that didn’t drop in, it’s unlikely Stroman would have had a chance to go for the no-no; he was at 97 pitches after seven innings and the Jays are being careful with him. The rookie is now 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman fired seven shutout innings in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday, giving up just one hit, walking two and striking out seven.Stroman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before it came to an end thanks to a bloop single by Shane Victorino — the first ball the Red Sox hit out of the infield all afternoon. Stroman, who matched a career best with his seven strikeouts, has now fired 14 straight scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.21 since joining the Jays rotation on May 31. Considering how thoroughly he dominated the Red Sox lineup on Thursday, the rookie should be starting in all formats when he hits the road for a rematch at Fenway Park on July 29.
Marcus Stroman nearly no-hit the Red Sox Thursday. True story. The Blue Jays pulled him after the seventh inning, when he allowed his first hit, but still, seven shutout innings with a strikeout per is a nice reward for his Fantasy owners. Too bad only 46 percent of them got to enjoy it. How can he be started in so few leagues if he entered the day with a 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts in nine starts? It’s in spite of my sincerest efforts to get the word out. He’s been nothing but dominant in the role and has the pedigree to back it up, making the lack of interest astounding. And Al Melchior likes him even more than I do, ranking him 34th among starting pitchers. You can get mad, Jered Weaver owners, or you can just go out and get Stroman while he’s still affordable. Stroman ended his three-start winless streak Saturday, as he took down the Rangers, 4-1. Stroman bounced back from a subpar outing in his last trip to the mound, as he finished seven innings without allowing a run Sunday. He allowed just four hits and did not issue a walk, while striking out five batters on 107 pitches in the win. Stroman improved his record to 5-2 with the win, while he lowered his ERA to 3.58 in the start. His next start is set for Thursday against the Red Sox.



2. Kyle Lohse

Week 17 Starts: (MIL) 7/28 @ TB (Odorizzi), 8/3 @ STL (Lynn)


Notes from around the web:

from rotoworld:
Kyle Lohse tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday as the Brewers defeated the Reds.Lohse was sharp, yielding only four hits and two walks while pitching into the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander ran into a bit of a rough patch in early July, but he’s back on track now with two straight one-run outings. Lohse will carry an 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Rays.
Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse won after allowing one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.Not only did Lohse pitch into the seventh inning for the third consecutive start, but he also contributed at the plate with a fifth-inning single that sparked Milwaukee’s first rally. With his 11th victory of the season, Lohse jumped into a seven-way tie for second most victories in the National League. The 35-year-old will have a great shot at win No. 12 when he hits the road to face the Rays in Tampa Bay on July 28.
Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse picked up a second straight victory during a 5-1 win Wednesday against the Reds. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three in 6 2/3 innings. Lohse (11-4) was locked in all afternoon. He didn’t allow his first hit until a two-out single to Billy Hamilton in the third inning. He did run into some trouble in the fifth inning, as he put two runners on base and allowed his only run of the game on a Hamilton sac fly. But he allowed just one more hit and a walk the rest of the afternoon before being lifted with two outs in the seventh inning. Lohse has allowed just one earned run in three of his last five starts. He will be back on the mound Monday at Tampa Bay. Lohse is 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 road starts.





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2XSP week 17

  1. Yu Darvish (TEX) — Mon-NYY (Phelps), Sun-@CLE (Bauer)
  2. Cole Hamels (PHI) — Tue-@NYM (Gee), Sun-@WSH (Strasburg)
  3. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) — Tue-@MIA (Alvarez), Sun-PHI (Hamels)
  4. Tyson Ross (SD) — Tue-STL (Lynn), Sun-ATL (Harang)
  5. Madison Bumgarner (SF) — Mon-PIT (Worley), Sun-@NYM (Colon)
  6. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) — Tue-@CLE (Bauer), Sun-@BAL (Tillman)
  7. Jesse Chavez (OAK) — Mon-@HOU (Peacock), Sun-KC (Shields)
  8. James Shields (KC) — Tue-MIN (Swarzak), Sun-@OAK (Chavez)
  9. A.J. Burnett (PHI) — Mon-@NYM (Colon), Sat-@WSH (Zimmermann)
  10. Anibal Sanchez (DET) — Tue-CWS (Quintana), Sun-COL (De La Rosa)


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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 17


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
Jorge De La Rosa COL(07/29)(08/03)
Edwin JacksonAnibal Sanchez
Jordan Zimmermann WAS(07/28)(08/02)
@ MIAvs. PHI
Nathan EovaldiA.J. Burnett
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA(07/29)(08/03)
Trevor BauerChris Tillman
Henderson Alvarez MIA(07/29)(08/03)
vs. WASvs. CIN
Stephen StrasburgMike Leake
Chase Anderson ARI(07/28)(08/02)
@ CINvs. PIT
Homer BaileyVance Worley
Jered Weaver LAA(07/29)(08/03)
Chris TillmanJake Odorizzi
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC(07/28)(08/02)
vs. COL@ LAD
TBAHyun-Jin Ryu
Vance Worley PIT(07/28)(08/02)
Madison BumgarnerChase Anderson
Tyson Ross SD(07/29)(08/03)
vs. STLvs. ATL
Lance LynnAaron Harang
Nathan Eovaldi MIA(07/28)(08/02)
vs. WASvs. CIN
Jordan ZimmermannHomer Bailey
Aaron Harang ATL(07/29)(08/03)
Josh BeckettTyson Ross
Chris Tillman BAL(07/29)(08/03)
vs. LAAvs. SEA
Jered WeaverHisashi Iwakuma
Trevor Cahill ARI(07/29)(08/03)
@ CINvs. PIT
Mike LeakeFrancisco Liriano
Scott Feldman HOU(07/29)(08/03)
vs. OAKvs. TOR
Jeff SamardzijaMarcus Stroman
Jesse Chavez OAK(07/28)(08/03)
@ HOUvs. KC
Brad PeacockJames Shields
Josh Beckett LAD(07/29)(08/03)
vs. ATLvs. CHC
Aaron HarangEdwin Jackson
Stephen Strasburg WAS(07/29)(08/03)
@ MIAvs. PHI
Henderson AlvarezCole Hamels
Jake Odorizzi TB(07/28)(08/03)
vs. MILvs. LAA
Kyle LohseJered Weaver
Yu Darvish TEX(07/28)(08/03)
vs. NYY@ CLE
David PhelpsTrevor Bauer
Cole Hamels PHI(07/29)(08/03)
Dillon GeeStephen Strasburg
Madison Bumgarner SF(07/28)(08/03)
vs. PIT@ NYM
Vance WorleyBartolo Colon
A.J. Burnett PHI(07/28)(08/02)
Bartolo ColonJordan Zimmermann
Mike Leake CIN(07/29)(08/03)
vs. ARI@ MIA
Trevor CahillHenderson Alvarez
Ian Kennedy SD(07/28)(08/02)
@ ATLvs. ATL
Ervin SantanaErvin Santana
James Shields KC(07/29)(08/03)
vs. MIN@ OAK
Phil HughesJesse Chavez
Brad Peacock HOU(07/28)(08/02)
vs. OAKvs. TOR
Jesse ChavezR.A. Dickey
Marcus Stroman TOR(07/29)(08/03)
Rubby De La RosaScott Feldman
Anibal Sanchez DET(07/29)(08/03)
vs. CHWvs. COL
Jose QuintanaJorge De La Rosa
Jose Quintana CHW(07/29)(08/03)
@ DETvs. MIN
Anibal SanchezPhil Hughes
Kyle Lohse MIL(07/28)(08/03)
Jake OdorizziLance Lynn
David Phelps NYY(07/28)(08/03)
Yu DarvishClay Buchholz
Ervin Santana ATL(07/28)(08/02)
vs. SD@ SD
Ian KennedyIan Kennedy
Clay Buchholz BOS(07/28)(08/03)
vs. TORvs. NYY
R.A. DickeyDavid Phelps
Trevor Bauer CLE(07/29)(08/03)
vs. SEAvs. TEX
Hisashi IwakumaYu Darvish
R.A. Dickey TOR(07/28)(08/02)
Clay BuchholzBrad Peacock
Edwin Jackson CHC(07/29)(08/03)
vs. COL@ LAD
Jorge De La RosaJosh Beckett
Bartolo Colon NYM(07/28)(08/03)
vs. PHIvs. SF
A.J. BurnettMadison Bumgarner
Francisco Liriano PIT(07/29)(08/03)
Tim HudsonTrevor Cahill
Phil Hughes MIN(07/29)(08/03)
James ShieldsJose Quintana
Lance Lynn STL(07/29)(08/03)
@ SDvs. MIL
Tyson RossKyle Lohse
Homer Bailey CIN(07/28)(08/02)
vs. ARI@ MIA
Chase AndersonNathan Eovaldi


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:

Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) has yet to begin a rehabilitation stint, but could embark on an assignment early this week. The team has indicated the longer it takes before he begins rehab, the more minor league starts he will need to get ready, which makes sometime during Week 19 the earliest Jimenez may return. This gives Kevin Gausman a few more opportunities to prove he belongs in the majors.

Rumors continue to swirl in Boston as Jake Peavy is drawing interest from contenders as well as the possibility the Red Sox might deal Jon Lester as they have tabled contract extension discussions. Brandon Workman is the most likely candidate to join the rotation in the event of an opening, though Allen Webster may get an audition at some point as well.

The Chicago White Sox have transferred Felipe Paulino to the 60-day disabled list. The chances are remote that Paulino pitches again this season.

The Cleveland Indians haven’t announced the probables for Friday and Saturday, but the expectation is for Justin Masterson to come off the disabled list and take one spot, with Danny Salazar or Zach McAllister capturing the other.

C.J. Wilson threw a simulated game last week and is expected to go on a rehabilition assignment this week in the hopes of returning early next month. Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago continue to audition for the fifth spot in the Los Angeles Angels rotation.

The Minnesota Twins’ search for a fifth starter continues as Kris Johnson was sent back to Triple-A. Logan Darnell is next in line and could push Anthony Swarzak back to the bullpen.

The much-awaited return of Taijuan Walker to the Seattle Mariners rotation was short-lived with the indication he may not be returning anytime soon. There’s a chance James Paxton is given the opening on Aug. 2. If Paxton isn’t quite ready, Tom Wilhelmsen could get another spot-start.

Wednesday will be interesting, as David Price is scheduled to start what may be his last game for the Tampa Bay Rays. With the trading deadline the following day on July 31, all eyes will be on St. Petersburg to see if Price indeed takes the hill. Assuming Tampa does not get back a major-league-ready starter in the event Price is dealt, Alex Colome could be called upon to fill the void.

Despite struggling in his return from the disabled list, Josh Beckett (hip) will remain in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation. That is, unless, the team fortifies the back end of their starting five with a deadline deal.

The St. Louis Cardinals are returning Carlos Martinez to the bullpen, which leaves an opening on Aug. 2. Barring an acquisition via trade, Tyler Lyons and Marco Gonzales are candidates to fill the void until Michael Wacha is ready to return in September.

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Streamer’s Delight


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


Tsuyoshi Wada (COL, Monday): The deceptive southpaw faces a Colorado Rockies team that is below average away from home. If Wada can keep the walks in check (he issued four free passes to the San Diego Padres in only four innings of work after returning to the majors), he’s got a chance at a big strikeout day as the Rockies carry a hefty 23 percent whiff rate versus left-handers.

Nathan Eovaldi (CIN, Friday): Eovaldi’s strikeout rate has fallen off markedly as he’s fanned more than three only once in his past eight starts. Since losing Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, the weakened Reds attack is striking out 22 percent of the time so Eovaldi has a chance to get back on track.

Trevor Bauer (SEA, Tuesday): While the acquisition of Kendrys Morales should help, the Mariners sport a .295 wOBA versus right-handers.

Marcus Stroman (@HOU, Sunday): It’s a bit surprising Stroman’s ownership didn’t jet past the 75 percent unowned filter to be a candidate for this distinction following his sparkling effort against the Boston Red Sox last Thursday afternoon, but as of this writing, he’s eligible. Houston sports a .292 wOBA versus right-handers so who knows, maybe Stroman will flirt with another no-hitter.

Joe Kelly (@SD, Wednesday): It’s almost not fair selecting a candidate facing the Padres but Kelly is still not owned in a majority of ESPN leagues. After a brief three-inning stint upon his return from the disabled list, Kelly went seven strong against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 19 so he appears set to again stabilize the back end of the St. Louis rotation.

Jonathon Niese (SF, Friday): Niese’s ownership is tempered as he is also a recent returnee from the disabled list. Though he gave up four runs to the Seattle Mariners in his first start back, six punchouts with two walks in six innings suggests his stuff is fine. The Giants bring a league average attack against southpaws to Citi Field but Niese should be up for the challenge.

Josh Tomlin (SEA, Thursday): Streaming against Seattle is almost as fruitful as doing it versus San Diego. Tomlin carries an impressive 8.0 strikeouts per nine mark along with an even more impressive 1.1 base on balls per nine. He’s been a victim of too many homers. Seattle is 17th in the league in long balls, so Tomlin has a good chance to avoid his nemesis and let his skills shine.




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Grilled Lemon, Tomato, & Onion Salad


Sugared, roasted lemons are edible from rind to flesh and give this salsa-like mix a bracing jolt of sourness.



1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
½ teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
½ teaspoon ground allspice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1½ pound mixed small tomatoes, such as Sun Gold, cherry, or heirloom, halved
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, torn if large
¼ cup purple sprouts or microgreens (optional)



Preheat grill for indirect cooking (325°F). add some wood chips, or chunks, or smoking bag/pan.

Cook lemon slices in a medium saucepan of boiling water 2 minutes to remove bitterness. Drain and pat dry.

Gently toss lemon slices with sage, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl. Spread out on a grill cooking flat pan with holes and grill away from direct heat until lemons are no longer wet and only slightly colored, 15–20 minutes.  move to direct heat for a minute or so, Let cool.

Whisk pomegranate molasses, allspice, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add lemons, tomatoes, onion, parsley, mint, and sprouts, if using, and toss gently; season with salt and pepper.

If you are feeling adventurous, grill the onions and tomatoes.







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