Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 14

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Because it’s never too early to start thinking about your next week’s matchup.

 

FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT

 

-   Week 14 –

Each week, the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT will not include players that are locks for your starting rosters, just the ones that are considered “fringe” starters. The 3 IN/OUT are the ones that you may have on the bench or ones that you can find on the waiver wire. Either way, they are the players you should start and players you need to bench.

This week we will again talk about the players that can help or hurt your team in week 14, and followed by a great recipe for Grilled Eggplant Parm.

 

Lets get to it.

 

 

3 IN

 

 

Neil Walker, 2B, PIT
week 14 matchups: vs PHI, @ CHC

 

Neil Walker connected for a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning this past Wednesday. It was Walker’s sixth home run and second in 23 June games. He has hit safely in four of his last six games, which includes three multi-hit performances. Walker is batting .368 (7 for 19) with one home run, two RBI, three doubles, four walks and six runs in his last six games. He has also has struck out only once in his last six games after striking out eight times over a five-game stretch from June 15-19. Walker recently told the media that he won’t stop switch-hitting, despite his considerable platoon advantage as a left-handed swinger, where he’s hit almost 100 points higher and has collected all five of his homers. Matchup happy mixed leaguers in daily leagues might consider swapping Walker out against southpaws to extract maximum value, but those in weekly leagues should start him in week 14.

 

 


Leonys Martín – CF, TEX
week 14 matchups: vs SEA, vs HOU

Martin has collected at least one hit over his last 11 games, and has received plenty of playing time of late. He began the season platooning with Craig Gentry, but he played his way into a consistent role. Martin is hitting .288/.339/.452 in 177 at-bats, I like him for week 14 against some tasty matchups.

 

 

Adam LaRoche – 1B, WAS
week 14 matchups: vs MIL, vs SD

Adam followed a five-game hitless streak with a six-game hit streak. He’s now gone deep 11 times this season. LaRoche’s season OPS sits at an underwhelming .785, but he’s been on fire since the beginning of May. In 48 games since, LaRoche is hitting .319/.398/.536 with eight home runs. His home matchups are nice ones in week 14, so plug and play.

 

 

3 OUT

 

 

Brandon Crawford – SS, SF
week 14 matchups: @ CIN, vs LAD

Brandon had a nice second half last year that carried that into the spring and early into the season. Making him a popular pickup. But as I always say, this league is all about, what have you done for me lately, and it hasn’t been great as his On-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage has taken a nose dive since the beginning of June, dropping 60 points.  leave him on the bench or waiver wire for week 14.

 

 


Carlos Santana – C/1B, CLE
week 14 matchups: @ KC, vs DET

Santana took a hard foul ball off his left knee on Tuesday. Carlos Santana got some rest Wednesday as he was not in the starting lineup the next game against the Orioles in Baltimore. Manager Francona insisted that Santana was sitting due to Cleveland playing four games this weekend against the White Sox, and not due to the injury. He is batting .273 on the year with 10 homers and 32 RBI, has gone just 3 for 21 (.143) over his last six games. It’s tough to bench him, but if there was any week, this is the one.

 

 

Mark Trumbo – 1B/3B/LF/RF, LAA
week 14 matchups: vs STL, vs BOS
Trumbo is hitting .249/.323/.469 in 305 at-bats and has been struggling. “I don’t know if it’s a timing issue, but he doesn’t look as comfortable in the batter’s box as he did before,” said manager Mike Scioscia. Howard Kendrick was in the cleanup spot. Scioscia wasn’t sure whether he’d stick Trumbo back in the cleanup spot when the slugger returns to the lineup. Trumbo has gone through spells like this before and you should bench him until he proves he is healthy and hitting.

 

 

Two-Start Pitcher of the Week

 

The FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT Two-start pitcher will not include top tier starters. Those pitchers will always be on your starting roster for the upcoming week. It’s those fringe starters, the ones you use to fill your last roster spot that we think will give you 2 quality starts in one week.

 

Here are the must start top options and their scheduled opponents in week 14:

  • Clayton Kershaw, 7/2 @ COL Oswalt 7/7 @ SF Lincecum
  • Jordan Zimmerman, 7/1 vs MIL Gallardo 7/6 vs SD Marquis
  • Stephen Strasburg, 7/2 vs MIL Peralta 7/7 vs SD TBD
  • Homer Bailey, 7/2 vs SF Lincecum 7/7 vs SEA Saunders
  • Patrick Corbin, 7/2 @ NYM Hefner 7/7 vs COL Oswalt
  • Doug Fister, 7/2 @ TOR Wang 7/7 @ CLE Kazmir
  • Jeff Locke, 7/2 vs PHI Hamels 7/7 @ CHC Feldman

 

FANFOOD PICK:

 

Andy Pettitte- NYY

week 14 starts: 7/1 @ MIN Diamond 7/6 vs BAL Tillman

Andy Pettitte just missed making history Wednesday night against the Rangers. He’ll have to wait for his next start. Pettitte finished one strikeout shy of tying the Yankees franchise record for strikeouts. Whitey Ford has 1,957 strikeouts with the Bronx Bombers and Pettitte stands at 1,956 after mowing down six Wednesday. He’ll look for the record and his first win since June 8 when he takes the mound Monday at Minnesota. But Andy is not happy with his recent performance. “I just need to get sharper, whether it’s my focus, whether it’s maybe a little bit more work. I knew I would probably go back to that eventually. Maybe I need to do a little bit more work on the side.” Now you would think that would not make him a good pick for two starts in week 14, but there is something about him getting pissed, and he will have a nice ovation when he comes home after breaking the Yankees franchise record for strikeouts, have something to prove and feed off the energy of the fans.

 

Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 14:

  • Matt Moore, 7/1 @ HOU Bedard 7/6 vs CWS Sale
  • John Lackey, 7/2 vs SD TBD 7/7 @ LAA Hanson
  • R.A. Dickey, 7/1 vs DET Alvarez 7/6 vs MIN Diamond
  • Cole Hamels, 7/2 @ PIT Locke 7/7 vs ATL Medlen
  • Tommy Milone, 7/2 vs CHC Feldman 7/7 @ KC Mendoza
  • Kris Medlen, 7/2 vs MIA Koehler 7/7 @ PHI Hamels
  • Tim Lincecum, 7/2 @ CIN Bailey 7/7 vs LAD Kershaw
  • Jose Fernandez, 7/1 vs SD Marquis 7/6 @ STL Westbrook
  • Scott Feldman, 7/2 @ OAK Milone 7/7 vs PIT Locke
  • Bronson Arroyo, 7/1 vs SF Kickham 7/6 vs SEA Bonderman
  • Yovani Gallardo, 7/1 @ WAS Zimmermann 7/6 vs NYM Marcum
  • Jason Marquis, 7/1 @ MIA Fernandez 7/6 @ WAS Zimmermann
  • Scott Kazmir, 7/2 @ KC Mendoza 7/7 vs DET Fister
  • Jason Hammel, 7/2 @ CWS Danks 7/7 @ NYY Hughes
  • Chien-Ming Wang, 7/2 vs DET Fister 7/7 vs MIN Deduno
  • Jake Westbrook, 7/2 @ LAA Hanson 7/7 vs MIA Fernandez
  • Wade Miley, 7/1 @ NYM Marcum 7/6 vs COL Nicasio
  • Scott Diamond, 7/1 vs NYY Pettitte 7/6 @ TOR Dickey
  • Justin Grimm, 7/2 vs SEA Saunders 7/7 vs HOU Harrell
  • Tommy Hanson, 7/2 vs STL Westbrook 7/7 vs BOS Lackey
  • Wily Peralta, 7/2 @ WAS Strasburg 7/7 vs NYM Hefner
  • Phil Hughes, 7/2 @ MIN Deduno 7/7 vs BAL Hammel
  • Roy Oswalt, 7/2 vs LAD Kershaw 7/7 vs ARI Corbin
  • Jose Alvarez, 7/1 @ TOR Dickey 7/6 @ CLE Masterson
  • Erik Bedard, 7/1 vs TB Moore 7/6 @ TEX Darvish
  • Samuel Deduno, 7/2 vs NYY Hughes 7/7 @ TOR Wang
  • Lucas Harrell, 7/2 vs TB Hernandez 7/7 @ TEX Grimm
  • Shaun Marcum, 7/1 vs ARI Miley 7/6 @ MIL Gallardo
  • Jeremy Hefner, 7/2 vs ARI Corbin 7/7 @ MIL Peralta
  • Luis Mendoza, 7/2 vs CLE Kazmir 7/7 vs OAK Colon
  • Joe Saunders, 7/2 @ TEX Grimm 7/7 @ CIN Bailey
  • Tom Koehler, 7/2 @ ATL Medlen 7/7 @ STL Westbrook
  • John Danks, 7/2 vs BAL Hammel 7/7 @ TB Hernandez
  • Roberto Hernandez ,7/2 @ HOU Harrell 7/7 vs CWS Danks
  • Mike Kickham, 7/1 @ CIN Arroyo 7/6 vs LAD Fife

 

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Grilled Eggplant Parm

 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized eggplants (about 6 to8″ long)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 large portobello mushroom
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 cup fired up marinara sauce or canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup fresh mozzarella

 

PREPARATION

 

Preheat the grill to medium heat and set it up in a 2-zones.

A lot of recipes call for salting and squeezing the eggplant. I have never found this necessary if the fruit is fresh and firm. But there is a trick to reduce any stray bitterness: Remove some, but not all of the skin. This also makes it easier to cut and chew. The skin has a lot of flavor, but it can be tough. Peel the eggplants partially by making long vertical stripes. If you don’t stripe it, the skin can form hard leathery bands that are difficult to cut and bite. Now slice the tubes widthwise into 1/2″ thick disks and put them in a large bowl. They look cool if you slice on a slight angle. Add the mushroom to the bowl. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and olive oil, and toss them until lightly coated with oil and seasoning. Add more oil if necessary.

Grill the mushroom and eggplant over medium high direct heat until they begin to soften but not until they are limp. Back in the bowl they go. Leave the grill running.

In a metal baking pan, spread the eggplants out on the bottom. They can overlap if necessary. Cut the mushroom into bite-size chunks and scatter them on top of the slices. Sprinkle on the herbs. Then spoon the tomato sauce on making sure each slice of eggplant is well covered. Next goes the Parmigiano-Reggiano, then place a disk of the fresh mozzarella on top of each disk of eggplant.

Put the pan on the grill in the indirect heat zone and close the lid. Depending on your grill it will take about 20 minutes for the cheeses to melt. You can wait until it begins to brown slightly, but fresh mozz is slow to brown. Then serve with a big red wine and a loaf of crusty bread. Maybe some garlic bread. I like to cut off hunks and put it on the bread and make open face sandwiches.

 

Serve with. Garlic bread and tossed green salad with an oil and vinegar dressing.

 

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