FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 2











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the second 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 decided 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 Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 [week 2]



1. Corey Kluber

Week 2 Starts: Mon-SD (Ross), Sat-@CWS (Paulino)


from rotoworld:
Corey Kluber was rocked by the A’s in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, giving up five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings in the Indians’ loss. Kluber didn’t isolate his futility to just one frame, allowing the A’s to score at least one run in each of the first three innings. Along with the eight hits allowed, the right-hander also walked three and struck out two in the outing. More was expected of Kluber after a 2013 season in which he went 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA over 147 1/3 innings, and he’ll look for a better showing next week against the Padres.
from rotographs:
Kluber didn’t do so hot yesterday against the A’s in his 2014 debut. Listening to the radio feed, it sounds as if Kluber just couldn’t locate his hurls, and the three walks he allowed in less than four innings back that up. Kluber was so fun last year and posted a 21/3 K/BB ratio this spring, and I would be lying if I said I thought he wouldn’t bounce back next outing.
from CBS sports:
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber took the loss in his season debut Wednesday, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two in just 3 1/3 innings as his team fell to the A’s, 6-1. Kluber gave up one run in the first inning, two in the second and another two in the third. He was removed with one out and two on in the fourth, though the runner in scoring position reached on an error and didn’t end up scoring. His next start should come Monday or Tuesday against the Padres.
from :
Kluber was pretty good in 2013 — 3.85 ERA in 147 innings — so this is confirmation bias as much as anything. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Padres way back in 2007, Kluber came to Cleveland in the three-way trade that sent Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals. He finally put everything together in 2013, improving his command and cutting his walks way down. He finished with 136 strikeouts and 33 walks, a 4.1-to-1 ratio, the sixth best in the American League behind guys named David Price, Chris Sale, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Max Scherzer. I’m not saying he’s as good as those guys, but he’s not just a finesse guy who lucked into a good year, as he owns a solid fastball (93.1 mph average velocity) and terrific curve. Batters hit .196 off it with just two home runs, 50 strikeouts and no walks.
Kluber is expected to work in the middle of the rotation, and he will be worth owning in all AL-only leagues and some mixed fantasy formats. The jury is still out on whether he can equal his impressive production from last season. He is a nice addition for all rotisserie fantasy owners for his strikeouts. 


2. Tim Hudson

Week 2 Starts: Tue-ARI (Cahill), Sun-COL (Lyles)


from rotoworld:
Tim Hudson’s first start with the Giants was a rousing success, as he fired 7 1/3 shutout innings, striking out seven, in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Arizona. This was vintage Hudson. The 38-year-old scattered three hits and didn’t issue a free pass. Hudson’s ERA increased each of the last three years in Atlanta — culminating in 2013′s 3.97 — which helped savvy owners scoop up the crafty veteran at a bargain price in spring drafts. Hudson’s signature control isn’t going anywhere, and he’s going to fit AT&T Park like a glove. Arizona better have a better gameplan for Tuesday’s rematch in Hudson’s home debut.
from :
Hudson struck out seven and held the D-Backs to three hits over 7.2 shutout innings to win his Giants debut Wednesday night. The start came in the hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field, but it didn’t matter; Hudson was very efficient, with 74 of his 103 pitches going for strikes. Hudson will see the D-Backs again Tuesday — this time at home — before a second home start against the Rockies on April 13.
from CBS sports:
Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson had a flawless debut with his new team Wednesday, in a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Hudson kept the Diamondbacks’ bats quiet almost all game long, limiting them to just two doubles among three total hits. He tossed seven shutout innings in the start, striking out seven and walking none while throwing 74 of 103 pitches for strikes. The 38-year-old looked strong in his first appearance since a fractured ankle ended his season last July. His next start is set for Tuesday against this same Diamondbacks squad.
Tim Hudson won’t have to ask for respect from his relatively new teammates. He commanded it Wednesday night. The 38-year-old began his Giants tenure with a performance that deserved accompaniment from the San Francisco Symphony. He missed no notes and skipped no beats during a 7 2/3-inning serenade that sent the Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hudson wasn’t flawless, just excellent. He walked none and allowed three hits while striking out seven. Of the 103 pitches he hurled, 74 were strikes, an admirable percentage. Though Hudson surrendered two doubles and wild-pitched a runner to second base, he displayed his typical grit when it counted by holding the D-backs hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. That same toughness characterized Hudson’s comeback from a fractured right ankle, which he sustained last July 24 while covering first base as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Obviously, the prolonged layoff neither eroded his skill nor overwhelmed his senses as he returned to the mound.
from Rotographs:
So when you’re sitting there at the tail-end of your draft and deciding whether or not you should take a flier on some veteran on the comeback trail who may be able to help you now or some unproven, hyped-up kid in Double-A who may or may not get a call-up later in the year, grab Hudson. You’ve really got nothing to lose.  AT&T Park and Turner Field play relatively the same with both lending an advantage to the pitcher. Hope you took their advice.



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2XSP [week 2 ]


  1. Michael Wacha (STL) — Mon-CIN (Cingrani), Sun-CHC (Jackson)
  2. Homer Bailey (CIN) — Tue-@STL (Lynn), Sun-TB (Moore)
  3. Scott Kazmir (OAK) — Mon-@MIN (Correia), Sun-@SEA (Paxton)
  4. Tony Cingrani (CIN) — Mon-@STL (Wacha), Sat-TB (Cobb)
  5. Gio Gonzalez (WSH) — Tue-MIA (Alvarez), Sun-@ATL (Harang)
  6. Matt Moore (TB) — Mon-@KC (Vargas), Sun-@CIN (Bailey)
  7. John Lackey (BOS) — Mon-TEX (Scheppers), Sat-@NYY (Kuroda)
  8. C.J. Wilson (LAA) — Mon-@HOU (Cosart), Sun-NYM (Colon)
  9. James Paxton (SEA) — Tue-LAA (Santiago), Sun-OAK (Kazmir)
  10. Mark Buehrle (TOR) — Tue-HOU (Oberholtzer), Sun-@BAL (Jimenez)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers [week 2]


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
Gio Gonzalez WAS(04/08)(04/13)
vs. MIA@ ATL
Henderson AlvarezAaron Harang
Michael Wacha STL(04/07)(04/13)
vs. CINvs. CHC
Tony CingraniEdwin Jackson
C.J. Wilson LAA(04/07)(04/13)
@ HOUvs. NYM
Jarred CosartBartolo Colon
Matt Moore TB(04/07)(04/13)
Jason VargasTony Cingrani
Tony Cingrani CIN(04/07)(04/13)
@ STLvs. TB
Michael WachaMatt Moore
Hiroki Kuroda NYY(04/07)(04/12)
vs. BALvs. BOS
Ubaldo JimenezJohn Lackey
Ivan Nova NYY(04/08)(04/13)
vs. BALvs. BOS
Wei-Yin ChenFelix Doubront
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL(04/07)(04/13)
@ NYYvs. TOR
Hiroki KurodaMark Buehrle
Scott Kazmir OAK(04/07)(04/13)
Kevin CorreiaErasmo Ramirez
Corey Kluber CLE(04/07)(04/12)
vs. SD@ CHW
Tyson RossFelipe Paulino
Jose Quintana CHW(04/08)(04/13)
@ COLvs. CLE
Franklin MoralesZach McAllister
John Lackey BOS(04/07)(04/12)
vs. TEX@ NYY
Tanner ScheppersHiroki Kuroda
Tyson Ross SD(04/07)(04/13)
@ CLEvs. DET
Corey KluberMax Scherzer
Tim Hudson SF(04/08)(04/13)
vs. ARIvs. COL
Trevor CahillTBA
Bartolo Colon NYM(04/08)(04/13)
Aaron HarangC.J. Wilson
Dan Haren LAD(04/08)(04/13)
vs. DET@ ARI
Max ScherzerTrevor Cahill
Kyle Lohse MIL(04/07)(04/13)
@ PHIvs. PIT
Kyle KendrickCharlie Morton
Henderson Alvarez MIA(04/08)(04/13)
Gio GonzalezTBA
Mark Buehrle TOR(04/08)(04/13)
vs. HOU@ BAL
Brett OberholtzerUbaldo Jimenez
Charlie Morton PIT(04/08)(04/13)
Edwin JacksonKyle Lohse
Jason Vargas KC(04/07)(04/13)
vs. TB@ MIN
Matt MooreKevin Correia
Tanner Scheppers TEX(04/07)(04/13)
@ BOSvs. HOU
John LackeyBrett Oberholtzer
Felix Doubront BOS(04/08)(04/13)
vs. TEX@ NYY
Martin PerezIvan Nova
Trevor Cahill ARI(04/08)(04/13)
@ SFvs. LAD
Tim HudsonDan Haren
Jarred Cosart HOU(04/07)(04/12)
vs. LAA@ TEX
C.J. WilsonYu Darvish
Zach McAllister CLE(04/08)(04/13)
vs. SD@ CHW
Robbie ErlinJose Quintana
Edwin Jackson CHC(04/08)(04/13)
vs. PIT@ STL
Charlie MortonMichael Wacha
Kyle Kendrick PHI(04/07)(04/12)
vs. MILvs. MIA
Kyle LohseNate Eovaldi
Aaron Harang ATL(04/08)(04/13)
vs. NYMvs. WAS
Bartolo ColonGio Gonzalez
Felipe Paulino CHW(04/07)(04/12)
@ COLvs. CLE
Jordan LylesCorey Kluber
Brett Oberholtzer HOU(04/08)(04/13)
Mark BuehrleTanner Scheppers
Kevin Correia MIN(04/07)(04/13)
vs. OAKvs. KC
Scott KazmirJason Vargas

source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:

• With the Detroit Tigers’ April 3 game postponed, the team skipped Drew Smyly’s first scheduled start of 2014 — that originally slated for April 5 — and was prepared to utilize him out of the bullpen for a few days. Depending upon his usage, he could make a start on Wednesday or be used strictly in relief until Week 3.
• With only five games and two off days on their schedule for Week 2, the Seattle Mariners could choose to skip new fifth starter Chris Young’s turn in the rotation.
• The Texas Rangers claim that they will use a six-man rotation for now, though it is possible that they’ll revert to five sometime during Week 2. They have already announced Tanner Scheppers their Monday starter, and they have Colby Lewis on the comeback trail, so their rotation this week is currently unclear beyond Monday.
• Ervin Santana is tentatively scheduled to make his Atlanta Braves debut on Wednesday, though the team could push him back as late as Saturday if they wish, thanks to Monday’s off day.
• Carlos Villanueva is currently serving as the Chicago Cubs’ fifth starter, but the team is taking a start-by-start approach with his individual assignments.
• The Philadelphia Phillies will need to decide on their fifth starter in time for Sunday’s game, with Jeff Manship a leading candidate.



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Streamer’s Delight


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



  1. Tyson Ross (@CLE, Monday): He finished 2013 on a high note (2.93 ERA, 9.56 K/9 in second half) and had seven K’s in five innings in his 2014 debut.
  2. James Paxton (OAK, Sunday): It’s streak-riding at its finest. Coming off a solid finihs to 2013, Paxton enjoyed a dominating 2014 season debut.
  3. Jason Hammel (PIT, Wednesday): He tossed a quality start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his 2014 debut and now he has a rematch with them, this time at home.
  4. Hector Santiago (@SEA, Tuesday): Let’s not forget that the Seattle Mariners, despite their hot start, are an awfully left-handed, awfully K-prone offense.
  5. Brett Anderson (@SF, Saturday): Coors Field games are the ones to avoid with Anderson; the San Francisco Giants have a .300 wOBA versus left-handed pitchers since the beginning of 2013.
  6. Tyler Skaggs (NYM, Friday): He enjoys quite the favorable schedule to begin 2014; after facing the K-prone Houston Astros (April 5), Skaggs faces a New York Mets team that whiffed a whopping 39 times in their season-opening three-game series.
  7. David Hale (NYM, Thursday): It’s beating up on the Mets, yes, but this is a home game for a right-hander against a team with lefties off to a rough start.

source: Tristan H. Cockcroft | :



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Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning from DIVA Q




Montreal Steak Spice



3 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons butcher grind black pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon dill seed
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon Thai crushed red pepper Flakes
1 tablespoon dried mustard



Mix all ingredients in a small bowl then transfer to a grinder.

Grind for 10-15 seconds until fully mixed and finely ground. *please note this is optional. You can leave it much more coarse depending on your taste preference.

Store in an airtight container.

Use on pork or beef.







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