FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 8











Welcome as we go 2 for 2 for the 8th 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 Serrano Ham-Wrapped Peppers with Anchovy-Almond Crumbs.


Lets get to it.






FANFOOD 2 for 2 week 8



1. Drew Smyly


Week 8 Starts: Mon-@CLE (Kluber), Sat-TEX (Martinez)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Drew Smyly picked up the no-decision, allowing one run over six innings as the Tigers defeated the Orioles on Tuesday. Smyly was quite effective, his only mistake coming in the first inning when Adam Jones hit a solo home run to left field. Overall, Smyly allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out seven in the effort. He now has a 2.70 ERA on the season and a 30/11 K/BB ratio. Smyly will face the Indians on the road in his next start.
Smyly has looked sharp since joining the rotation in mid-April, posting a 3.29 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP with 24 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. The youngster has plenty of upside as long as he holds onto a spot in the Tigers rotation. Smyly is set for a road matchup with the Indians next on May 19.
from cbssports:
Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly didn’t factor into the decision Tuesday after surrendering just one earned run on five hits and two walks in six innings and striking out seven in his team’s 4-1 win over the Orioles. Smyly bounced back from a loss last week to post his third quality start in his last four tries, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win after the Detroit starter surrendered a first-inning solo home run. He owns a 2.70 ERA and 30:11 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. Smyly is slated to face the Indians Monday.




2. Garrett Richards


Week 8 Starts: Mon-HOU (Keuchel), Sun-KC (Vargas)


Notes from around the web:


from rotoworld:
Garrett Richards struck out eight while allowing just five hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Phillies. Yet another impressive performance from the young right-hander. Richards cruised for most of the day but did have to wiggle out of a jam in the sixth, getting Ryan Howard to strike out and Marlon Byrd to foulout with runners on second and third. The 25-year-old’s results are finally matching his stuff, as he’s 4-0 and boasts a 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 54 strikeouts over 52 innings. He has a good chance to keep it going with home starts versus the Astros and Royals next week
Richards now has a 2.18 ERA over his past five starts and has struck out 36 batters in 33 innings during that stretch. Richards is averaging nearly 96 mph on his fastball this season and inducing grounders at a 50 percent clip, suggesting that he’s in the midst of a significant breakout. He needs to be owned in all formats and is worth trying to pick up in a trade if an opposing manager thinks this to be a simple hot start as opposed to a sustainable change.
from Y!:
Garrett Richards dominated the Phillies on Wednesday, delivering his best start yet in an excellent season. Richards went 7.0 innings against the Phils, scattering five hits, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out eight. Richards lowered his season ERA to 2.42 with the win (2.48 FIP), and his WHIP dropped to 1.06. He’s now struck out 54 batters over 52.0 innings. Entering the day, he owned the third-best average fastball velocity in the majors among qualified starters (95.8 mph), behind only Yordano Ventura and Nathan Eovaldi. Walks have been a minor issue for Richards, but less so lately — in his last four starts, he’s issued just six free passes in 27.0 frames.
from cbsports:
With his seven shutout innings at Philadelphia Wednesday, Garrett Richards recorded his fourth win and fifth consecutive quality start. But the most encouraging part of the performance was what he didn’t do: walk a batter. It was his first start with zero walks, but considering he had only two in each of his previous three, his control has vastly improved from his earlier starts. And frankly, the way he’s striking out batters, the “oh, but look at the walks” argument only goes so far anyway. Richards was always a hard-thrower, but he’s added about two miles per hour to his fastball this season. He entered Wednesday trailing only Yordano Ventura in average fastball velocity. So the bigger question than “where have the strikeouts come from?” is “why wasn’t he getting them before?” Either way, he’s getting them now. His eight in seven innings Wednesday give him 54 in 52 innings on the season, and he’s so good at keeping the ball in the park that even if the walks come and go, he’s unlikely to lose much value.



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2XSP week 8


  1. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) — Tue-@CHC (Arrieta), Sun-@CWS (Rienzo)
  2. Stephen Strasburg (WSH) — Mon-CIN (Cingrani), Sat-@PIT (Cole)
  3. Madison Bumgarner (SF) — Tue-@COL (Morales), Sun-MIN (Nolasco)
  4. Adam Wainwright (StL) — Tue-ARI (McCarthy), Sun-@CIN (Cingrani)
  5. Justin Verlander (DET) — Tue-@CLE (Salazar), Sun-TEX (Lewis)
  6. Francisco Liriano (PIT) — Tue-BAL (Gonzalez), Sun-WSH (Fister)
  7. Julio Teheran (ATL) — Tue-MIL (Gallardo), Sun-COL (Morales)
  8. Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) — Tue-@TEX (Lewis), Sun-HOU (Feldman)
  9. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) — Tue-@ATL (Teheran), Sun-@MIA (DeSclafani)
  10. A.J. Burnett (PHI) — Tue-@MIA (DeSclafani), Sun-LAD (Beckett)



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ALL Two Start Pitchers week 8


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
Justin Verlander DET(05/19)(05/24)
@ CLEvs. TEX
Corey KluberNick Martinez
Scott Carroll CHW(05/19)(05/24)
@ KCvs. NYY
Jason VargasVidal Nuno
Jason Vargas KC(05/19)(05/24)
vs. CHW@ LAA
Scott CarrollMatt Shoemaker
Johnny Cueto CIN(05/20)(05/25)
@ WASvs. STL
Doug FisterAdam Wainwright
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA(05/20)(05/25)
@ TEXvs. HOU
Colby LewisScott Feldman
Franklin Morales COL(05/20)(05/25)
vs. SF@ ATL
Madison BumgarnerJulio Teheran
Yordano Ventura KC(05/20)(05/25)
vs. CHW@ LAA
Andre RienzoGarrett Richards
Doug Fister WAS(05/20)(05/25)
vs. CIN@ PIT
Johnny CuetoFrancisco Liriano
Danny Salazar CLE(05/20)(05/25)
vs. DET@ BAL
Drew SmylyWei-Yin Chen
Andre Rienzo CHW(05/20)(05/25)
@ KCvs. NYY
Yordano VenturaMasahiro Tanaka
Yovani Gallardo MIL(05/20)(05/25)
Julio TeheranTBA
Felix Doubront BOS(05/20)(05/25)
vs. TOR@ TB
TBAJake Odorizzi
Scott Feldman HOU(05/20)(05/25)
Tyler SkaggsHisashi Iwakuma
Wily Peralta MIL(05/19)(05/24)
Mike MinorJacob Turner
Bronson Arroyo ARI(05/20)(05/25)
Adam WainwrightRafael Montero
Josh Beckett LAD(05/20)(05/25)
Rafael MonteroA.J. Burnett
Wei-Yin Chen BAL(05/20)(05/25)
@ PITvs. CLE
Francisco LirianoDanny Salazar
Stephen Strasburg WAS(05/19)(05/24)
vs. CIN@ PIT
TBAGerrit Cole
Rafael Montero NYM(05/20)(05/25)
vs. LADvs. ARI
Josh BeckettBronson Arroyo
Jake Odorizzi TB(05/20)(05/25)
vs. OAKvs. BOS
Drew PomeranzFelix Doubront
A.J. Burnett PHI(05/20)(05/25)
@ MIAvs. LAD
TBAJosh Beckett
Madison Bumgarner SF(05/20)(05/25)
@ COLvs. MIN
Franklin MoralesRicky Nolasco
Ian Kennedy SD(05/20)(05/25)
vs. MINvs. CHC
Kevin CorreiaJake Arrieta
Adam Wainwright STL(05/20)(05/25)
vs. ARI@ CIN
Bronson ArroyoJohnny Cueto
Dallas Keuchel HOU(05/19)(05/24)
Garrett RichardsFelix Hernandez
Jake Arrieta CHC(05/20)(05/25)
vs. NYY@ SD
Masahiro TanakaIan Kennedy
Drew Pomeranz OAK(05/20)(05/25)
Jake OdorizziTBA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY(05/20)(05/25)
Jake ArrietaAndre Rienzo
Julio Teheran ATL(05/20)(05/25)
vs. MILvs. COL
Yovani GallardoFranklin Morales
Mike Minor ATL(05/19)(05/24)
vs. MILvs. COL
Wily PeraltaJuan Nicasio
Corey Kluber CLE(05/19)(05/24)
vs. DET@ BAL
Justin VerlanderUbaldo Jimenez
Francisco Liriano PIT(05/20)(05/25)
vs. BALvs. WAS
Wei-Yin ChenDoug Fister
Garrett Richards LAA(05/19)(05/25)
vs. HOUvs. KC
Dallas KeuchelYordano Ventura
Colby Lewis TEX(05/20)(05/25)
vs. SEA@ DET
Hisashi IwakumaDrew Smyly
Drew Smyly DET(05/20)(05/25)
@ CLEvs. TEX
Danny SalazarColby Lewis


source: CBS Sports



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SP Notes:


Miguel Gonzalez, who was skipped the previous time through the Orioles’ rotation, is expected to rejoin their starting five on Tuesday or Wednesday. As Tuesday is the day that Gonzalez’s — or Kevin Gausman‘s, the previous time through — rotation spot next arrives, that seems a more likely day.

Chris Sale (arm) is on track to rejoin the White Sox’s rotation sometime during their weekend series versus the Yankees (4 games, Thursday-Sunday). As their fifth-starter spot arrives on Thursday of this week, and Sale was scheduled for a rehabilitation start on May 16, that seems the most obvious day.

Anibal Sanchez (finger) was scheduled to rejoin the Tigers’ rotation on May 18, setting him up for a Friday start during Week 8.

Matt Shoemaker has been serving as the Angels’ fifth starter, that spot arriving on Saturday of Week 8, though the team could choose to skip him following Thursday’s off day.

The Yankees have given no indication that Chase Whitley‘s May 15 start was a one-and-done, though they could push him back to Saturday.

The Rangers’ rotation is in a state of day-to-day flux, with Yu Darvish the only pitcher absolutely guaranteed a start in Week 8.

The Blue Jays have demoted Dustin McGowan to the bullpen, so they’ll need a fifth starter either on Tuesday or as late as Saturday if they wish to push it back following Monday’s off day. Todd Redmond and Marcus Stroman are the two most obvious candidates for the assignment, and Saturday seems the most likely date for it, in order to keep Mark Buehrle on schedule for a Thursday divisional game.

Though the Marlins reportedly signed Randy Wolf to fill the injured Jose Fernandez‘ rotation spot, Anthony DeSclafani pitched well enough in a May 14 spot start to remain in the starting five, with Wolf working out of the bullpen. That spot arrives on Tuesday, though the Marlins could push DeSclafani back as far as Saturday, due to Monday’s off day.

The Phillies will next require a fifth starter, currently Roberto Hernandez, on Saturday.

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation on May 18, setting him up for a Saturday start during Week 8.

Source: :


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Dreaming of Streaming


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


Ubaldo Jimenez (CLE, Saturday): There’s a bit of a “revenge” factor going on with this matchup, but this pick is mostly about Jimenez’s recent string of success, including 20 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings in his past three turns combined.

Phil Hughes (@SD, Wednesday): An extreme fly-baller in a spacious ballpark like Petco Park? Yes, please. It’s especially opportune timing considering Hughes hasn’t walked any of the past 119 batters he has faced.

Dallas Keuchel (@LAA, Monday): The Los Angeles Angels might be one of the game’s most productive lineups against left-handed pitchers, but Keuchel’s slider alleviates a good chunk of that on-paper concern.

Drew Pomeranz (@TB, Tuesday): Back-to-back scoreless appearances — he totaled 13 K’s in 10 shutout innings in them — have him looking like a worthy streamer.

Robbie Erlin (CHC, Friday): After hitting left-handed pitchers effectively in April, the Chicago Cubs have struggled to the tune of .232/.294/.389 triple-slash rates and a .290 wOBA against them in the month of May.

Jake Arrieta (@SD, Sunday): His pitch count is the far greater concern than the matchup; he hasn’t been afforded more than 82 pitches in any of his first three starts. Still, the opposing San Diego Padres have averaged just 3.4 runs per game at home.

Chris Young (HOU, Thursday): The Houston Astros represent a moderate-risk matchup because they’ve got some pop and Young is an extreme fly-baller; that said, the Astros also generate the league’s highest rate of soft contact against fastballs, Young’s most frequently used pitch (.367 soft-hit average).

source: Tristan H. Cockcroft | 




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Serrano Ham-Wrapped Peppers with Anchovy-Almond Crumbs




2 thick-fleshed red bell peppers, each 9 to 10 ounces, stems and seeds removed, cut lengthwise into 12 wedges (total)

12 thin slices Serrano ham, each about 8 inches long and 3 inches wide (4½ to 5 ounces total)

12 shavings manchego cheese or Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese (made with a vegetable peeler)


for the Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil


for the Crumbs:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 anchovies (from a tin), drained, patted dry and chopped
1 cup coarse sourdough bread crumbs (without crust) (about 1½ ounces)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
⅓ cup roughly chopped roasted, salted almonds
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly until the vinaigrette is emulsified.

Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the pepper wedges, skin side down, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until they are softened but not limp and the skins are blackened and blistered, 10 to 12 minutes (do not turn). Transfer to a rimmed platter and, when cool enough to handle, peel away and discard the charred skin. Drizzle the peppers with ⅓ cup of the vinaigrette and marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

In a heavy, medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Add the anchovies and stir until they dissolve, about 1 minute. Add the bread crumbs and garlic. Stir constantly until the crumbs are crisp and golden, 4 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking and burning. Mix in the almonds, parsley, rosemary, and pepper. Transfer the crumbs to a plate and let cool.

Lay the ham slices out on a work surface. Place one pepper wedge crosswise on each ham strip, about 3 inches from one end. Top each pepper with a cheese shaving, and then divide the crumb mixture between the pepper slices. Fold the shorter ham end over the pepper and roll everything up to enclose the filling completely. Place the rolls seam side down on a platter. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing over the rolls. Serve at room temperature.






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