FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 5











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the 5th 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 Dutch Oven Potato Boats.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 5



1. Alfredo Simon

Week 5 Starts: Mon-CHC (Samardzija), Sat-MIL (Gallardo)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Alfredo Simon improved to 3-1 in Wednesday’s start as the Reds defeated the Pirates 5-2. Simon allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. In three starts entering Wednesday, Simon had walked four total, so it was odd to see him so spotty with his command. His ERA also rose to 1.30. Simon has been a welcome addition to the Reds’ rotation and will look to continue his success against the Cubs at home in his next start.
Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon won after allowing two runs on four hits and five walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings vs. the Pirates on Wednesday. It goes to show just how hot Simon has been that the two runs he gave up on Wednesday represent a new worst for the season. While Wednesday’s five free passes are a bit troubling — the righty walked had walked just four batters in his previous 21 innings of work — there is absolutely no way to justify taking Simon out of lineups at the moment. The 3-1 righty will have a solid shot at win No. 4 when he heads home to face Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs on April 28.
from CBSsports:
Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon wasn’t at his sharpest Wednesday against the Pirates, but still pitched well enough to pick up his third win of the season, 5-2. Simon fell behind early and needed a rally to pick up the win, after allowing a run each in the first and third innings. He calmed down from that point on, ultimately finishing with two runs allowed on four hits, despite walking five in 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four, while throwing 69 of 112 pitches for strikes before he was pulled. Simon is off to an impressive start to the season through four starts, posting a 1.30 ERA in 27 2/3 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts and nine walks to go with a 3-1 record heading into his next start, Monday against the Cubs.
from rotoballer:
Simon has been quite impressive filling in for the injured Mat Latos and there’s really no reason you shouldn’t keep running him out there until the wheels fall off. Wait…the wheels are going to fall off? Yes, oh yes they will. Simon is currently sporting a 1.30 ERA through 27.2 IP. That ERA is ridiculous, but unfortunately in this case it’s just an indication of a huge amount of luck. Simon is sporting a .185 BABIP and a 91% strand rate which are both significantly better than league average, and with his average skill set (1.89 K:BB ratio) those numbers will regress to the mean in a hard ugly way. The one thing supporting’s Simon’s success is his fantastic 13.4% line drive rate, and 51.2% ground ball rate. These are repeatable skills, but Simon is simply not a good enough pitcher to maintain the elite line drive rate. To sum it all up: there are a lot of indicators that you should be selling Simon now, asap, immediately if not sooner! Don’t expect his success to continue for very long
from rotographs:
This righty has always had fairly nasty stuff, but it seemed that control and command issues would relegate him to the bullpen for good following his repeated failings with the Baltimore Orioles. Simon has been an effective reliever for the Reds but prefers to start. Still, he’s in the Reds’ rotation only because they stretched him out in spring training and then injuries to Mat Latos and Brett Marshall occurred. What gives? Simon, 33 in a couple of weeks, has more than doubled the use of his cutter since he joined Cincy. He’s pounded the zone more often in 2014 than he has in any year prior (he’s near the top 10 among qualifiers). As he told John Fay of USA TODAY Sports after one of his recent outings, “I just tried to keep the ball down and make them hit ground balls.” His grounder rate is above 50 percent for the second time in three years. Simon’s ability is legit. If he continues to sacrifice a little velocity for control and ground balls, then it’s conceivable that he’ll be useful even as he regresses. His lack of strikeouts and the uncertainty of his spot are what cloud his future. But with the way things have gone this year for the profession, would it be shocking if Latos, whose latest ailment is a strained flexor mass in his right forearm, ended up needing TJS? I could see Simon carrying at least 15-team mixed-league value for a while longer, although perhaps it’s just my inherent bias.



2. Kyle Lohse

Week 5 Starts: Tue-@STL (Lynn), Sun-@CIN (Cingrani)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Kyle Lohse had another fine outing, holding the Padres to two runs (one earned) in seven innings as the Brewers took the victory on Wednesday. Lohse improved to 4-1, allowing just five hits without a walk and striking out five in the effort. The 35-year-old continues to roll, now the author of a 2.38 ERA over five starts. He’ll get to face a struggling Cardinals lineup in next week’s start.
Lohse was his usually consistent self against San Diego, winning his fourth straight game. The veteran now holds a strong 2.38 ERA on the year, and his 31 strikeouts have been unexpected but impressive. Given his dependable production and current hot streak, Lohse should be active in all formats, including in his next start when he travels to St. Louis on April 29 to face his old team.
from KFFL:
Lohse is predominately an underrated fantasy hurler whose low K-rate scares owners away from him. Early on, he has 31 strikeouts in 34 innings to go with this 4-1 record, 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. His 8.21 K/9 is considerably higher than the 5.66 K/9 he had last year. Shop him and see if you can cash in on that probably unsustainable K-rate.
from CBSsports:
Lohse limited the Padres to just one earned run in seven innings of work, and only trailed for one inning, the first. He scattered five hits through his seven innings of work and struck out five without a walk, while throwing 71 of 103 pitches for strikes. Lohse has been solid yet again this season, and has now won four decisions in a row after losing his opener. He has a 2.38 ERA through five starts and will try to keep thing rolling in his next outing, Tuesday in St. Louis.



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2XSP week 5


  1. Jose Fernandez (MIA) — Tue-ATL (Wood), Sun-LAD (Greinke)
  2. Max Scherzer (DET) — Tue-@CWS (Quintana), Sun-@KC (Vargas)
  3. Yu Darvish (TEX) — Mon-OAK (Gray), Sun-@LAA (Skaggs)
  4. Michael Wacha (STL) — Mon-MIL (Gallardo), Sun-@CHC (Samardzija)
  5. Madison Bumgarner (SF) — Mon-SD (Ross), Sun-@ATL (Wood)
  6. Tony Cingrani (CIN) — Tue-CHC (Jackson), Sun-MIL (Lohse)
  7. Alex Wood (ATL) — Tue-@MIA (Fernandez), Sun-SF (Bumgarner)
  8. Sonny Gray (OAK) — Mon-@TEX (Darvish), Sun-@BOS (Lackey)
  9. Zack Greinke (LAD) — Tue-@MIN (Pelfrey), Sun-@MIA (Fernandez)
  10. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) — Mon-@CIN (Simon), Sun-STL (Wacha)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 5


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
Jason Vargas KC(04/29)(05/04)
vs. TORvs. DET
Dustin McGowanJustin Verlander
Tyler Chatwood COL(04/29)(05/04)
@ ARIvs. NYM
Mike BolsingerJonathon Niese
Franklin Morales COL(04/28)(05/03)
@ ARIvs. NYM
Wade MileyDillon Gee
Tony Cingrani CIN(04/29)(05/04)
vs. CHCvs. MIL
Edwin JacksonKyle Lohse
Jeff Samardzija CHC(04/28)(05/04)
@ CINvs. STL
Alfredo SimonMichael Wacha
Erik Bedard TB(04/29)(05/04)
John LackeyCC Sabathia
Tyson Ross SD(04/28)(05/04)
@ SFvs. ARI
Madison BumgarnerWade Miley
Yovani Gallardo MIL(04/28)(05/03)
Michael WachaAlfredo Simon
Andre Rienzo CHW(04/28)(05/03)
vs. TB@ CLE
Jake OdorizziDanny Salazar
Alfredo Simon CIN(04/28)(05/03)
vs. CHCvs. MIL
Jeff SamardzijaYovani Gallardo
Tyler Skaggs LAA(04/28)(05/04)
vs. CLEvs. TEX
Justin MastersonYu Darvish
Jonathon Niese NYM(04/29)(05/04)
Cole HamelsTyler Chatwood
Jose Fernandez MIA(04/29)(05/04)
vs. ATLvs. LAD
Alex WoodZack Greinke
Charlie Morton PIT(04/29)(05/04)
@ BALvs. TOR
Chris TillmanDustin McGowan
Sonny Gray OAK(04/28)(05/04)
Yu DarvishJohn Lackey
Alex Wood ATL(04/29)(05/04)
@ MIAvs. SF
Jose FernandezMadison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish TEX(04/28)(05/04)
vs. OAK@ LAA
Sonny GrayTyler Skaggs
Jake Odorizzi TB(04/28)(05/03)
Andre RienzoTBA
John Lackey BOS(04/29)(05/04)
vs. TBvs. OAK
Erik BedardSonny Gray
Madison Bumgarner SF(04/28)(05/04)
vs. SD@ ATL
Tyson RossAlex Wood
Justin Masterson CLE(04/28)(05/04)
@ LAAvs. CHW
Tyler SkaggsJose Quintana
Chris Young SEA(04/29)(05/04)
CC SabathiaCollin McHugh
Zack Greinke LAD(04/29)(05/04)
Mike PelfreyJose Fernandez
CC Sabathia NYY(04/29)(05/04)
vs. SEAvs. TB
Chris YoungErik Bedard
Michael Wacha STL(04/28)(05/04)
vs. MIL@ CHC
Yovani GallardoJeff Samardzija
Mike Pelfrey MIN(04/29)(05/04)
vs. LADvs. BAL
Zack GreinkeMiguel Gonzalez
Jose Quintana CHW(04/29)(05/04)
vs. DET@ CLE
Drew SmylyJustin Masterson
Kyle Lohse MIL(04/29)(05/04)
Lance LynnTony Cingrani
Dustin McGowan TOR(04/29)(05/04)
Jason VargasCharlie Morton
Wade Miley ARI(04/28)(05/04)
vs. COL@ SD
Franklin MoralesTyson Ross


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:


The Chicago White Sox demoted Charlie Leesman to Triple-A Charlotte on April 23, leaving them without a starter for April 27. That spot in the rotation would next arrive Saturday, which is the date Chris Sale (elbow) is eligible to be activated from the disabled list. Sale could return then or Sunday; the White Sox could use their April 23 fill-in for a second spot start, or the team could use Thursday’s off day to skip that spot in the rotation, as projected above.

The Detroit Tigers have shown a tendency this season to skip fifth starter Drew Smyly as off days allow; they have two off days this week, so Smyly is projected to be skipped above. Max Scherzer would lose his second start if Smyly picks up a start; Smyly would be on schedule to pitch Tuesday.

Collin McHugh is filling in as the Houston Astros’ fifth starter, though the team could choose to skip him with two off days in Week 5.

Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games, beginning with the April 24 contest and concluding with Sunday’s game this week. The New York Yankees will move everyone else up a day following Monday’s off day to compensate, but they will need a spot starter as late in the week as Saturday, presumably David Phelps.

Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Tacoma on April 27, putting him on track to return to the Seattle Mariners’ rotation either Friday or in their open spot on Saturday. With Erasmo Ramirez having been demoted to Class A High Desert on April 24, Brandon Maurer will presumably take whichever of those two starts Iwakuma doesn’t.

Matt Harrison (back) is scheduled to rejoin the Texas Rangers on April 27, putting him on track to make his second start of 2014 on Saturday.

The Atlanta Braves’ Week 5 rotation is entirely unclear due to Mike Minor’s (shoulder) impending return; Minor was scheduled for a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Mississippi on April 25, putting him on track to return as early as Wednesday. He could be pushed back as far back as Saturday, but considering Aaron Harang has been named Wednesday’s starter, the above seems a reasonable projected order.

Jake Arrieta (shoulder) has an outside chance at being ready to return late this week, but with his rotation spot currently occupied by Carlos Villanueva, who is due to pitch early in Week 5, it’s more likely he’ll return sometime during fantasy’s Week 6.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Brandon Cumpton, who made a spot start on April 24, would make another start. With the team facing a five-game schedule, it means there won’t be a Pirates two-start pitcher.

With only five games on their schedule, the Washington Nationals have the luxury of skipping either Tanner Roark or Taylor Jordan in their rotation. However, with Gio Gonzalez reporting some shoulder tightness during his April 23 start, it’s smarter to assume they will keep everyone in turn.


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Dreaming of Streaming


Seven streaming candidates, one for each day of the week.


Wade Miley (@SD, Sunday): The San Diego Padres had a major league-low .269 weighted on-base average (through April 24), and Miley was 2-for-3 in quality starts with a 2.65 ERA at Petco Park last season.

Ian Kennedy (ARI, Saturday): Revenge! This is Kennedy’s first start of 2014 against his former team, and his third overall against them. In his only one that occurred at Petco (Sept. 25, 2013), he recorded a win and a quality start (7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K’s).

Nate Eovaldi (ATL, Wednesday): His career success against the Atlanta Braves is impossible to ignore; he is 6-for-7 in quality starts (including an active streak of five straight) with a 1.88 ERA and 1.12 WHIP against them.

Tyler Skaggs (CLE, Monday): It’s my belief that the younger the pitcher, the more you want to lean on his home matchups. The hot-starting Skaggs gets a home game against a Cleveland Indians team that has a wOBA 38 points lower against left- (.287) than right-handers (.325).

Jonathon Niese (@PHI, Tuesday): On a day somewhat lighter in streaming candidates, Niese’ recent history against the Philadelphia Phillies stands out; he has a 2.14 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in seven starts against them since the beginning of 2012.

Tyler Lyons (@CHC, Friday): It’ll be Lyons’ first career start versus the Cubs, but that’s a favorable matchup, as they have the majors’ sixth-worst wOBA (.289). He’s also coming off a strong 2014 debut.

Vidal Nuno (SEA, Thursday): It’s a bold one, but bold is necessary on a day with only seven games. Nuno pitched well in his first spot start of 2014, and now he faces an ice-cold, lefty-laden Seattle Mariners lineup.


source: Tristan H. Cockcroft | :



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Dutch Oven Potato Boats


The first thing to do is get some coals going for your Dutch oven.

While that is happening, get your potatoes ready. Use 6-8 good size potatoes. Make sure they’ll all fit in the bottom of your Dutch oven.

Cook the potatoes. You can cook these in the dutch oven, or cheat and cook them in the microwave.

When the potatoes are done, take a pound of sausage and start it cooking in your Dutch oven, stirring, and breaking it up so that it is somewhat crumbly.
While that is happening, take each one of your potatoes and slice them lengthwise in half. Take each half and cut 1/4″ of the bottom off.

Now make hash cuts in the potatoes so that you can remove most of the white potato flesh. Don’t cut all the way through the potato or it will be difficult to make the boats.

Take a spoon and spoon out most of flesh. The leftover parts of the potatoes are the hulls of the boats.

When the sausage is all cooked, add the potato flesh to the Dutch oven, mix well, and let it cook together, even browning if you can get that to happen. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

When the potato-sausage mixture is done (warm all the way through), remove Dutch oven. Put some coals on the Dutch oven lid to get is started heating up.
Start spooning the potato-sausage mixture into the potato boats. Don’t fill them completely full. In fact, fill them just half full. If your boats are a little weak, you might want to put them into the Dutch oven before you start filling them, to reduce the handling needed.

Take 5-6 eggs, mix well, and then pour a little bit of the egg mixture into each of the boats. If you run out, beat another egg and continue. Spoon more of the potato-sausage mixture onto each of the boats, heaping it up.

Finally, sprinkle cheese of the top of each boat.

Put the Dutch oven back on the coals and put the lid back on. The heat from the coals on the lid should melt the cheese and the overall heat cook the eggs.
Let it cook until the cheese is melted and the eggs are done, probably around 20-30 minutes.

You could substitute bacon for the sausage. You could also spice things up by adding different things to the potato-sausage mixture:

  • diced tomatoes
  • green chilis
  • cheese
  • mushrooms
  • minced garlic













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