FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 6











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the sixth 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 Grilled Avocados with Crab Salsa.

Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 6



1. Jonathon Niese

Week 6 Starts: Mon-@MIA (Eovaldi), Sun-PHI (Hernandez)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Jon Niese tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Mets’ 6-1 defeat of the Phillies on Tuesday. Niese earned his first win of 2014 last week when he yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Cardinals. He was even better on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, fanning five while surrendering just four hits and a walk. Niese will carry a stellar 2.20 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into his next outing at the Rockies’ Coors Field.
Niese has been red-hot across his past three starts, going 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in that stretch. The Mets southpaw has benefited from an unsustainable .247 BABIP, but his 3.51 xFIP suggests he is still a worthy mixed-league option despite having a low strikeout ceiling. Niese faces a tough road matchup next on May 4 against the Rockies at Coors Field.
from rotoathority:
he is pitching well. Before his injury-marred 2013, he was considered a top-40ish starter. I think he’s on his way back to that level. He should be much more widely owned.



2. Jose Quintana

Week 6 Starts: Mon-@CHC (Samardzija), Sat-ARI (Miley)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Jose Quintana struck out 10 over six innings Tuesday while allowing three runs, taking a no-decision against the Tigers. The left-hander was on point for much of the night, keeping the Tigers offense at bay. A two-run sixth inning to tie the score at 3-3 left him with nothing to show for it, unfortunately. Quintana didn’t walk a batter while surrendering eight hits in the outing. He’ll travel across town to make the start Monday when the White Sox visit the Cubs
Quintana was excellent against Detroit despite not earning the victory, and he has now recorded quality starts in five of his six outings this year. The 25-year-old now holds a 4.00 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 36 innings this year, making him a reliable spot-start option in most fantasy formats. Quintana’s next start is scheduled for May 5 in Chicago vs. the Cubs.
from the fantasy fix:
Sometimes it’s easy to see why people avoid certain guys on draft day. Quintana was drafted, but he was drafted a lot later than most people would have thought. Sometimes, fantasy players do show a bit of sophistication and that can be seen in his BABIP and left on base percentage (LOB%). Both point to a regression that will make him look rather ordinary. Still, we are talking a pitcher with a three to one strikeout to walk ratio and someone that is at least average at keeping fly balls in the ballpark. So, if he happens to be available in your league (on waivers or via trade) I would take a good look.
from CBSsports:
Jose Quintana got off to a strong start Tuesday, but ran out of steam in a no-decision. Quintana struck out 10 batters and was leading 3-1 after five innings of work, but struggled in the sixth and final inning and was forced to settled for a no-decision. He was charged with three runs on eight hits without a walk in six innings of work, but did not factor into the decision in a 4-3 loss. Quintana still finished with a quality start, his fourth in six outings. He has a 4.00 ERA and 1-2 record heading into his next start, Monday against the Cubs.


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2XSP week 6


  1. Max Scherzer (DET) — Mon-HOU (Cosart), Sat-MIN (Gibson)
  2. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) — Mon-@WSH (Zimmermann), Sat-SF (Cain)
  3. Zack Greinke (LAD) — Tue-@WSH (TBD), Sun-SF (Hudson)
  4. Scott Kazmir (OAK) — Mon-SEA (Young), Sun-WSH (Gonzalez)
  5. Homer Bailey (CIN) — Tue-@BOS (Peavy), Sun-COL (Nicasio)
  6. Jeff Samardzija (CHC) — Mon-CWS (Quintana), Sat-@ATL (Wood)
  7. Nate Eovaldi (MIA) — Mon-NYM (Niese), Sat-@SD (Stults)
  8. Matt Cain (SF) — Mon-@PIT (TBD), Sat-@LAD (Kershaw)
  9. Yordano Ventura (KC) — Mon-@SD (Stults), Sat-@SEA (Young)
  10. Shelby Miller (STL) — Mon-@ATL (Harang), Sun-@PIT (Volquez)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 6


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
Jeremy Guthrie KC(05/06)(05/11)
Robbie ErlinRoenis Elias
Jordan Zimmermann WAS(05/05)(05/11)
vs. LAD@ OAK
Zack GreinkeJesse Chavez
Shelby Miller STL(05/05)(05/11)
Aaron HarangEdinson Volquez
Drew Hutchison TOR(05/06)(05/11)
@ PHIvs. LAA
Roberto HernandezJered Weaver
Henderson Alvarez MIA(05/06)(05/11)
vs. NYM@ SD
Bartolo ColonRobbie Erlin
Roberto Hernandez PHI(05/06)(05/11)
vs. TOR@ NYM
Drew HutchisonJonathon Niese
Jered Weaver LAA(05/05)(05/11)
vs. NYY@ TOR
David PhelpsDrew Hutchison
Yordano Ventura KC(05/05)(05/10)
Eric StultsChris Young
Jeff Samardzija CHC(05/05)(05/10)
vs. CHW@ ATL
Jose QuintanaAlex Wood
Eric Stults SD(05/05)(05/10)
vs. KCvs. MIA
Yordano VenturaNate Eovaldi
Juan Nicasio COL(05/06)(05/11)
vs. TEX@ CIN
Robbie RossHomer Bailey
Max Scherzer DET(05/05)(05/10)
vs. HOUvs. MIN
Jarred CosartKyle Gibson
Clayton Kershaw LAD(05/06)(05/11)
@ WASvs. SF
TBATim Hudson
Kyle Kendrick PHI(05/05)(05/10)
vs. TOR@ NYM
J.A. HappDillon Gee
Scott Kazmir OAK(05/05)(05/10)
vs. SEAvs. WAS
Chris YoungGio Gonzalez
Nate Eovaldi MIA(05/05)(05/10)
vs. NYM@ SD
Jonathon NieseEric Stults
Aaron Harang ATL(05/05)(05/11)
vs. STLvs. CHC
Shelby MillerEdwin Jackson
Kyle Gibson MIN(05/05)(05/10)
Zach McAllisterMax Scherzer
Chris Tillman BAL(05/06)(05/11)
@ TBvs. HOU
Chris ArcherBrett Oberholtzer
Chris Archer TB(05/06)(05/11)
vs. BALvs. CLE
Chris TillmanTBA
Robbie Erlin SD(05/06)(05/11)
vs. KCvs. MIA
Jeremy GuthrieHenderson Alvarez
Brett Oberholtzer HOU(05/06)(05/11)
Robbie RayChris Tillman
J.A. Happ TOR(05/05)(05/10)
@ PHIvs. LAA
Kyle KendrickTyler Skaggs
Jonathon Niese NYM(05/05)(05/11)
@ MIAvs. PHI
Nate EovaldiRoberto Hernandez
Jesse Chavez OAK(05/06)(05/11)
vs. SEAvs. WAS
Roenis EliasJordan Zimmermann
Robbie Ross TEX(05/06)(05/11)
@ COLvs. BOS
Juan NicasioJohn Lackey
Zach McAllister CLE(05/05)(05/10)
vs. MIN@ TB
Kyle GibsonErik Bedard
Matt Cain SF(05/05)(05/10)
TBAZack Greinke
Jordan Lyles COL(05/05)(05/10)
vs. TEX@ CIN
Martin PerezAlfredo Simon
Chris Young SEA(05/05)(05/10)
@ OAKvs. KC
Scott KazmirYordano Ventura
Zack Greinke LAD(05/05)(05/10)
@ WASvs. SF
Jordan ZimmermannMatt Cain
Roenis Elias SEA(05/06)(05/11)
@ OAKvs. KC
Jesse ChavezJeremy Guthrie
Mike Pelfrey MIN(05/06)(05/11)
Matt Garza MIL(05/05)(05/11)
vs. ARIvs. NYY
Mike BolsingerDavid Phelps
Jose Quintana CHW(05/05)(05/10)
@ CHCvs. ARI
Jeff SamardzijaWade Miley
David Phelps NYY(05/05)(05/11)
Jered WeaverMatt Garza
Martin Perez TEX(05/05)(05/10)
@ COLvs. BOS
Jordan LylesJon Lester
Edwin Jackson CHC(05/06)(05/11)
vs. CHW@ ATL
TBAAaron Harang
Tim Hudson SF(05/06)(05/11)
Charlie MortonClayton Kershaw
Jarred Cosart HOU(05/05)(05/10)
Max ScherzerMiguel Gonzalez
Homer Bailey CIN(05/06)(05/11)
@ BOSvs. COL
Jake PeavyJuan Nicasio
Mike Bolsinger ARI(05/05)(05/11)
Matt GarzaTBA


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:


The Boston Red Sox have the option of skipping a starter because of Monday’s and Thursday’s off days. Jake Peavy would pick up a second start in that event.

The Chicago White Sox have recently been going with “bullpen days” in their fifth-starter spot, which next arrives Tuesday. Chris Sale might not be ready to return by then, but Felipe Paulino or Tommy Hanson could be candidates. Hector Noesi was the starter the last time that spot worked, on April 30.

After demoting Carlos Carrasco to their bullpen during the past week, the Cleveland Indians need a fifth starter for Tuesday’s (and therefore also Sunday’s) game. Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin are the two leading candidates.

The Detroit Tigers announced that Robbie Ray will fill in for the injured Anibal Sanchez on Tuesday, meaning Ray will presumably also start Sunday.

Scott Feldman (biceps) was scheduled to throw a simulated game May 4, and he’s a candidate to rejoin the Houston Astros’ rotation sometime this week. Collin McHugh, his fill-in, might have pitched well enough to remain in the starting five.

The New York Yankees have the option of pushing fifth starter David Phelps back, as they did this past week when rainouts allowed, because of Thursday’s off day. In that event, Hiroki Kuroda would pick up a second start.

The Oakland Athletics will need a spot starter for one of Wednesday’s doubleheader games. Josh Lindblom got the last such assignment, and that he had his most recent outing for Triple-A Sacramento aligned with a Wednesday start suggests that he’s the leading candidate (ahead of Arnold Leon) for this one.

The Seattle Mariners will need a spot starter of their own for that game, with Erasmo Ramirez, set for a May 2 start and therefore on schedule, the leading candidate.

Tony Cingrani (shoulder) was placed on the DL on May 1, but the Cincinnati Reds can merely use Monday’s and Thursday’s off days to skip his spot in the rotation.

Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) was scheduled to rejoin the Colorado Rockies’ rotation on May 4, setting him up for his second start of 2014 on Friday. He’ll slide right into the spot previously occupied by Tyler Chatwood, who is now on the DL.

Clayton Kershaw is tentatively expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation Monday, but he could be held back for Tuesday if the team prefers to keep Zack Greinke on regular rest. Either way, both are aligned as two-start pitchers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will need a Monday starter because of their May 1 doubleheader, with Jeff Locke a leading candidate. Wandy Rodriguez is also on the comeback trail, and might be ready to rejoin the rotation by week’s end.

The St. Louis Cardinals will need a fifth starter for Tuesday’s game, and assuming he’s not needed in relief before then, Tyler Lyons should take that assignment.

Doug Fister (lat) is currently aligned for a Wednesday start, but Taylor Jordan’s demotion leaves the Washington Nationals without a starter for Tuesday. The team will probably ask a spot start from Ross Detwiler, Craig Stammen or Blake Treinen. In that event, the team might not have a two-start pitcher in Week 6, unless it chooses to skip Tanner Roark’s turn in the rotation.


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Streamer’s Delight


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


Tyson Ross (MIA, Friday): His average fastball velocity has increased more recently — 92.7 in his past four starts — and he’ll be facing a Miami Marlins team that has averaged 2.7 runs per game with a .274 wOBA in road games in 2014.

Jose Quintana (ARI, Saturday): The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to an awful start, and Quintana has pitched well at home since the beginning of 2013, with a quality-start percentage of 62 and a 3.28 ERA in his 21 games.

Drew Hutchison (@PHI, Monday): It’s a play for strikeouts; Hutchison’s 27.3 percent K rate ranks ninth among qualifiers, and he’s facing a Philadelphia Phillies team that has whiffed in 22 percent of its PAs against righties this year.

Matt Harrison (COL, Thursday): No team in baseball has a wider home/road wOBA split than the Colorado Rockies; theirs is 107 points wide (.409 home, .302 road).

Jeremy Guthrie (@SD, Tuesday): Petco Park games are obvious streaming opportunities, especially with the San Diego Padres ranked dead last in baseball in both runs per game (2.66) and wOBA (.262).

Brandon Cumpton (SF, Wednesday): He has a 2.90 ERA and 0.99 in his first seven big league starts, gets a home assignment and will be facing a San Francisco Giants team batting .232/.302/.385 (.294 wOBA) in its past five series.

Roenis Elias (KC, Sunday): He has a 3.25 ERA and 24.8 percent K rate in his past four starts, two of which came against the Texas Rangers and one against the New York Yankees. The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, have baseball’s second-worst wOBA against left-handers thus far (.266).

source: Tristan H. Cockcroft | 



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Grilled Avocados with Crab Salsa



6 large avocados, cut in half lengthwise, with pits removed
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lime
kosher salt

For salsa:
1 1/2 cups lump crab, fresh or canned
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


In medium bowl, combine all salsa ingredients and place in fridge.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Cut avocados lengthwise and remove pits.
Combine olive oil and lime juice in a small bowl.
Brush mixture onto each avocado, sprinkle with salt and place onto grill, flesh side down.
Cook for exactly one minute.
When avocados have obtained a nice grill mark pattern on them, remove heat and place onto a platter.
Spoon crab salsa into space where pit used to be, and serve.












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