Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 2




-   Week 2 –


Welcome to the first edition of the 2013 FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT.  We have reached the middle of week one and it’s never too soon to start looking ahead to your next matchup. 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. In this case it includes two starting pitchers that were considered “aces” just last year. 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 bench and players you need to start.

Lets get to it.

This week we have three hitters and three pitchers, along with a great option for streaming a two-start pitcher. And as always, followed by a great recipe. This time it’s sliders that you can make indoors until the weather cooperates, but feel free to grill them at will.



3 IN


Michael Morse, SEA (LF/RF)

vs. Hou / vs. Tex

Michael Morse has hit four home run in three days, giving him the major-league lead in home runs. His average is .375 on it goes without saying that he is off to a hot start. Morse hit nine homers in spring training and has seemed to carry it over in the games that count. He will continue this streak and MM needs to be in your lineup until he cools off.



Jed Lowrie, OAK (SS)

@ LAA / vs. DET

Jed got off to somewhat of a slow start with just one hit (a single) in his first two games, but exploded the next night hitting two doubles and a home run while adding a walk to reach base in all four plate appearances. Lowrie figures to remain a regular for the A’s this season, even after Hiroyuki Nakajima returns from the disabled list. If you don’t have one of the top guys at short, you could do worse than a guy named Jed.



Kyle Seager, SEA (2B/3B)

vs. Hou / vs. Tex

While he isn’t currently lighting it up and not quite an exciting player in terms of any one of his tools being overwhelmingly loud, his ability to contribute across the board seems to make him undervalued. Seager developed home run power last season, but his batting average was still mired in the .250s. As his strikeout and line drive rates show, Seager is too good at making solid contact to remain in that territory. If you have him benched, give your options a look, as he could be an upgrade over your current third baseman or second bagger.





Tim Lincecum, SFG (SP)

two-starts: vs. COL / @ CHC

It is nice that he got the win in his first start, but don’t let it distract you from the issue at hand. His struggles are evident and we can’t count on him being able to get opponents to struggle with RISP as much as he did in that game. Unless something changes, Lincecum is likely going to be in for a long season. It’s just one start, and I think Lincecum has to be on your bench for the coming week as his next start is scheduled for the Colorado Rockies and Carlos Gonzalez (.308 with 2 HR in 39 AB).  He gets another one in the windy city.  He could actually be the reason why you lose next week. Be cautious and consider your other options.  Obviously he needs to be owned, just not started in your week two matchup.



Roy Halladay, PHI (SP)

two-starts: vs. NYM / @ MIA

I know it the matchups sound tempting, but keep in mind that in his first start, the average velocity was 89.6 m.p.h. on his fastball and 88.3 on his cutter, according to Pitch F/X data. While the conditions weren’t ideal (there was rain) in his first start, both teams played in the same environment so that really shouldn’t be used as much of an excuse. It’s not the same Roy Halladay we have become accustomed to seeing throughout the years. The bottom line is that you need to be patient and smart with how you handle Halladay moving forward.  It’s early and I am not saying to give up on a potential ace, but put him on your bench if you have better options.  The best thing to do is just take things one start at a time, or in the case of this matchup two starts.



John Axford, MIL (RP)

@ CHC / @ STL

F.Y.I. John Axford is third in baseball the last two years with 81 saves although he blew nine chances last year. It’s all about “what have you done for me lately” and in two outings this season he’s allowed four runs while recording five outs. His fastball was down about four mph in his last outing, so perhaps his arm isn’t right. Your team would be better served if his is on your bench for the coming week until he does something for us. It would appear that Jim Henderson would be next in line a season after he produced a 13.21 K/9 mark and allowed one homer in 30.2 innings last year thanks to his 95 mph heater.



Two-Start Pitcher of the Week



Ubaldo Jimenez, CLE

vs. NYY / vs. CHW

Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez put together a solid outing in his first start of the season at Toronto. The Indians’ starter matched up against Brandon Morrow and both pitchers walked away with no-decisions. Jimenez and Morrow each left the game tied at one run apiece. The guy who couldn’t find his novelty license plate a couple of years ago, struck out six batters over six innings as he allowed one run on three hits and two walks. His only mistake was allowing a solo homer to Maicer Izturis in the third inning. Jimenez is looking for a fresh start this season after leading the majors with 17 losses last season, and he got his year off to a good start. He’ll look for his first win on Monday against the Yankees, but then has a matchup against Chris Sale and the White Sox later in the week.  I say start him for his next two starts at home.





Griddle Sliders



1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 poundground chuck

8 (3-inch) buns or rolls, split in half

2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.

Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Line a jellyroll or sheet pan with parchment paper, and place the ground chuck in the middle of the pan.

Cover the meat with a large sheet of plastic wrap.

Roll meat with a rolling pin until it covers the surface of the pan; it should be very thin.

Remove the plastic wrap, and sprinkle the meat with the seasoning mixture.

Fold the meat in half, from side to side, using the parchment paper. Use a pizza wheel to cut the meat into 8 even squares.

Wrap the buns in foil and place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the burgers on the griddle and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Remove the buns from the oven. Spread a small amount of mayonnaise or burger special sauce#1 or special sauce#2 on each bun and top with the burger and any other condiments, as desired.




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