FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 23











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the 23rd 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 Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 23



1. Hector Santiago

Week 23 Starts: Tue-@TEX (Lewis), Sun-HOU (Peacock)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Hector Santiago struggled but got a no-decision, allowing four runs in five innings, as the Angels defeated the Twins 5-4 on Thursday. Santiago hadn’t pitched since August 27 and the rust showed, as he yielded eight hits and walked three while striking out three. However, he limited the Twins to one run until Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run home run with no outs in the sixth, chasing Santiago from the game. Now with a 3.46 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 97/44 K/BB ratio, Santiago will start next against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.
Angels southpaw Hector Santiago took a no-decision after allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings Thursday against the Twins.Santiago had been on a roll prior to Thursday, entering the contest with a 3-0 record, a 1.47 ERA and 32 strikeouts against 16 walks in his past nine appearances (seven starts) spanning 43 innings. The New Jersey native has not been efficient, though, failing to pitch past the sixth inning in 19 of his 20 starts this season. Santiago has an opportunity to bounce back on Sept. 9 against the injury-riddled Rangers in Arlington.
from cbsports:
Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago endured a rough start despite not factoring into the decision Thursday night against the Twins in Minneapolis. He was charged with four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over five innings of work. Of his 90 pitches, 54 were strikes. He owns a 3.46 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 112 innings of work. His next start will come Tuesday at Texas.




2. Michael Wacha

Week 23 Starts: Tue-@CIN (Leake), Sun-COL (Lyles)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Michael Wacha made his first start since June 17 and pitched well, despite lasting only three innings against the Brewers on Thursday. Wacha was taken out after throwing 50 pitches, as he had only gotten up to 34 pitches in his only rehab start at Double-A Springfield. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk, and struck out three. Wacha is 6-5 with a 2.80 ERA and an 86/27 K/BB ratio. He’ll attempt to pitch deeper in his next start in Cincinnati against the Reds on Tuesday.
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha did not factor in the decision after allowing a run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three innings Thursday vs. the Brewers.Wacha, who was limited to 60 pitches Thursday, returned to the mound after an 11-week absence with a stress reaction in his right shoulder and tossed 34 of 50 pitches for strikes. While Wacha needs to be owned in all formats, he may not put himself in position to win games immediately as he gradually works up his pitch count. Next up is road start against the Reds on Sept. 9.
from cbssports:
Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha lasted only three innings in his first start back from the disabled list on Thursday against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three in a 3-2 victory.Wacha has allowed just two earned runs over his last nine innings pitched for the Cardinals. He owns a 2.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 16 starts (93 1/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cincinnati.


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2XSP week 23

  1. Felix Hernandez (SEA) — Mon-HOU (Peacock), Sun-OAK (Lester)
  2. Sonny Gray (OAK) — Mon-@CWS (Danks), Sat-@SEA (Paxton)
  3. Jon Lester (OAK) — Tue-@CWS (TBD), Sun-@SEA (Hernandez)
  4. Jordan Zimmermann (WSH) — Tue-ATL (Santana), Sun-@NYM (DeGrom)
  5. Mike Minor (ATL) — Mon-@WSH (Fister), Sun-@TEX (Holland)
  6. Jacob deGrom (NYM) — Tue-COL (Bergman), Sun-WSH (Zimmermann)
  7. Marcus Stroman (TOR) — Mon-CHC (Turner), Sun-TB (Archer)
  8. Danny Salazar (CLE) — Mon-LAA (Weaver), Sat-@DET (Lobstein)
  9. Yusmeiro Petit (SF) — Tue-ARI (Miley), Sun-LAD (Hernandez)
  10. Andrew Cashner (SD) — Mon-@LAD (Hernandez), Sun-@ARI (Cahill)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 23


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
Two-Start Pitchers
PlayerStart #1Start #2
David Buchanan PHI(09/09)(09/14)
vs. PITvs. MIA
Edinson VolquezTom Koehler
Yusmeiro Petit SF(09/09)(09/14)
vs. ARIvs. LAD
Wade MileyClayton Kershaw
Jeremy Guthrie KC(09/08)(09/13)
@ DETvs. BOS
Justin VerlanderRubby De La Rosa
Jordan Zimmermann WAS(09/09)(09/14)
vs. ATL@ NYM
Ervin SantanaJacob deGrom
Justin Verlander DET(09/08)(09/13)
vs. KCvs. CLE
Jeremy GuthrieDanny Salazar
Jason Vargas KC(09/09)(09/14)
@ DETvs. BOS
Max ScherzerJoe Kelly
Shelby Miller STL(09/08)(09/13)
@ CINvs. COL
Dylan AxelrodFranklin Morales
John Danks CHW(09/08)(09/13)
vs. OAKvs. MIN
Sonny GrayTommy Milone
Jered Weaver LAA(09/08)(09/13)
@ CLEvs. HOU
Danny SalazarDallas Keuchel
Trevor May MIN(09/09)(09/14)
Trevor BauerTBA
Miguel Gonzalez BAL(09/08)(09/13)
@ BOSvs. NYY
Joe KellyShane Greene
Max Scherzer DET(09/09)(09/14)
vs. KCvs. CLE
Jason VargasTrevor Bauer
Doug Fister WAS(09/08)(09/13)
vs. ATL@ NYM
Mike MinorJonathon Niese
Danny Salazar CLE(09/08)(09/13)
vs. LAA@ DET
Jered WeaverJustin Verlander
Clayton Kershaw LAD(09/08)(09/14)
vs. SD@ SF
Odrisamer DespaigneYusmeiro Petit
Kyle Kendrick PHI(09/08)(09/13)
vs. PITvs. MIA
Jeff LockeBrad Penny
Yovani Gallardo MIL(09/08)(09/14)
vs. MIAvs. CIN
Brad PennyMike Leake
Felix Hernandez SEA(09/08)(09/14)
vs. HOUvs. OAK
Brad PeacockJon Lester
Chris Tillman BAL(09/09)(09/14)
@ BOSvs. NYY
Anthony RanaudoHiroki Kuroda
Chris Archer TB(09/09)(09/14)
Hiroki KurodaMarcus Stroman
Hiroki Kuroda NYY(09/09)(09/14)
vs. TB@ BAL
Chris ArcherChris Tillman
Jonathon Niese NYM(09/08)(09/13)
vs. COLvs. WAS
Jordan LylesDoug Fister
Sonny Gray OAK(09/08)(09/13)
John DanksJames Paxton
Brad Penny MIA(09/08)(09/13)
Yovani GallardoKyle Kendrick
Jacob deGrom NYM(09/09)(09/14)
vs. COLvs. WAS
Christian BergmanJordan Zimmermann
Jordan Lyles COL(09/08)(09/14)
Jonathon NieseMichael Wacha
Mike Leake CIN(09/09)(09/14)
vs. STL@ MIL
Michael WachaYovani Gallardo
Brad Peacock HOU(09/08)(09/14)
Felix HernandezHector Santiago
Marcus Stroman TOR(09/08)(09/14)
vs. CHCvs. TB
Jacob TurnerChris Archer
Joe Kelly BOS(09/08)(09/14)
vs. BAL@ KC
Miguel GonzalezJason Vargas
Michael Wacha STL(09/09)(09/14)
@ CINvs. COL
Mike LeakeJordan Lyles
Tom Koehler MIA(09/09)(09/14)
Matt GarzaDavid Buchanan
Jeff Locke PIT(09/08)(09/13)
@ PHIvs. CHC
Kyle KendrickFelix Doubront
Edinson Volquez PIT(09/09)(09/14)
@ PHIvs. CHC
David BuchananTravis Wood
Trevor Bauer CLE(09/09)(09/14)
vs. MIN@ DET
Trevor MayMax Scherzer
Jon Lester OAK(09/09)(09/14)
TBAFelix Hernandez
Mike Minor ATL(09/08)(09/14)
Doug FisterDerek Holland
Hector Santiago LAA(09/09)(09/14)
@ TEXvs. HOU
Colby LewisBrad Peacock
Dylan Axelrod CIN(09/08)(09/13)
vs. STL@ MIL
Shelby MillerJimmy Nelson


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:

At some point during the Baltimore Orioles’ upcoming 10-game homestand (begins Friday of Week 23, ends Sept. 21, which is Sunday of Week 24), they’ll need a spot/sixth starter to fill in due to Friday’s doubleheader (the opener of said homestand). The team can delay such a decision until Sept. 16 (Tuesday of Week 24) if it wishes. Ubaldo

Jimenez is considered the most likely candidate for the extra start.

The Boston Red Sox, who recalled Brandon Workman for a Sept. 3 start, might go with a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season. For now, Workman appears slotted into Allen Webster’s former spot, which aligns with Tuesday and Sunday of Week 23, but Webster could be slotted back in at any time during the week, in which case Anthony Ranaudo would lose his second turn.

The Chicago White Sox will need a fifth starter no later than Tuesday, with Scott Carroll a leading candidate to reclaim that spot.

Kyle Lobstein has been filling in as the Detroit Tigers’ fifth starter, that spot next arriving Saturday, though the team could use Thursday’s off day to push him back until Sept. 9 (Tuesday of Week 24) if they wish. Max Scherzer would pick up a second start this week in that event.

Tommy Milone (shoulder fatigue) had his Sept. 7 start skipped, and it is unclear whether he’ll be ready to rejoin the Minnesota Twins’ rotation the next time his turn arrives Saturday. Logan Darnell might fill in if Milone isn’t ready.

The New York Yankees will need a spot/sixth starter to fill in due to Friday’s doubleheader. It has been previously hinted by the team that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) could return for one of those games, though he’s an extreme long shot.

The Texas Rangers’ rotation is entirely uncertain, as the team went with a six-man rotation during Week 22, except said that it wanted to keep only Derek Holland on a regular four-days’-rest schedule. It’s unclear whether the Rangers will use five or six starters this week, or whether Holland will pitch Friday (that’d be four days’ rest for him), but what’s listed above follows last week’s order.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who added Randall Delgado to their rotation Sept. 4, will go with a six-man rotation for the remainder of the season.

The Chicago Cubs continue to utilize a six-man rotation, meaning Week 23 (next week) will be the only one of the final three 2014 regular-season weeks during which they’ll have a two-start pitcher.

Henderson Alvarez (oblique) was tentatively set to start for the Miami Marlins on Sept. 7, but if he was unable to go, Brad Hand seemed likely to fill in. That spot in the Marlins’ rotation next arrives on Friday of Week 23.

The Milwaukee Brewers have been using a six-man rotation, and there are no indications that they’ll remove someone just yet.

Source: ESPN


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Dreaming of Streaming


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


Marcus Stroman (CHC, Monday): He’s 9-for-10 in quality starts with a 2.97 ERA in his home games this season, and thus far he has a 3.34 ERA and 1.20 WHIP when he is making his first career start against a given opponent, as is the case here.

Kevin Gausman (NYY, Friday): Current, active New York Yankees have combined for a .185 batting average, seven K’s and only one extra-base hit (a Brett Gardner home run) in 27 trips to the plate in their careers against Gausman.

Jose Quintana (OAK, Thursday): Much of this one is about the Oakland Athletics’ recent offensive struggles; they have batted .233/.310/.357 against left-handers since the beginning of August, their .459 rate of soft contact third-highest in the majors.

Drew Hutchison (CHC, Wednesday): So much for the wide home/road split; he has three consecutive quality starts with a 0.83 ERA and 30.0 percent strikeout rate at Rogers Centre. The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, have averaged just 3.7 runs per game in their past 11 games away from Wrigley Field.

Derek Holland (ATL, Sunday): He’s a curve/slider-reliant pitcher, all six of his K’s in his 2014 debut and 129 of his 189 K’s in 2013 coming off either pitch, and he’s going up against an Atlanta Braves team that has been rather swing-and-miss-prone this season, especially lately against curves and sliders. Since Aug. 1, no team has swung and missed (38.5 percent) or struck out (39.0 percent) at a higher rate against breaking balls than the Braves.

Hector Santiago (@TEX, Tuesday): Since the All-Star break, he has a 2.06 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, including a quality start at Texas’ Globe Life Park on Aug. 17 (6 IP, 1 ER). Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios might have good histories against Santiago — they combined have batted .304 (7-for-23) with four home runs against him in their careers — but beyond them, the other Texas Rangers are combined .171 hitters with no extra-base hits, 12 strikeouts and just three walks in 46 plate appearances against him.

Odrisamer Despaigne (@ARI, Saturday): The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled mightily since losing Paul Goldschmidt to injury, batting just .225/.288/.322 with a major league-low .272 wOBA since his last appearance (Aug. 1). Despaigne, a natural matchups choice, has posted a 2.41 ERA in his three starts against them.


source: Tristan H. Cockcroft |



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Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce




2 lbs (2 containers) of Campari tomatoes, or medium vine ripened tomatoes
1 poblano pepper
½ large onion, sliced into thick rings for the grill
1 bulb garlic, put cloves onto skewer for grilling
1 large bunch fresh basil or oregano to taste
½ teaspoon sugar (to cut the acidity)
¼ cup water (optional)
sea salt, fresh ground pepper to taste



Set up a grill for medium high direct heat (375-400 degrees).

Grill all ingredients until nice char marks have begun to form.

Put garlic cloves onto a skewer and grill them until they begin to brown.

Once all the ingredients have begun to char and caramelize on the grill, remove and place in a pot.

In a large bowl, blend all the grilled ingredients and fresh herbs with a stick blender.

Add water, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.

Trust me, once you’ve had this marinara, you will be spoiled forever!








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