Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 4











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




-   Week 4 –

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 have 5 position players, and a starting pitcher to talk about along with a great option for streaming a two-start pitcher. And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s Grilled Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce.

Lets get to it.



3 IN



Austin Jackson – CF, DET 
week 4 matchups: vs KC, vs ATL

Austin has cut his strikeout rate significantly to begin the season, although he notched four punch-outs in one game this past Wednesday. He plays all his games at home this coming week, where he hits about 30 points higher for his career. He will retain his early season surge this coming week. Start him with confidence.



Torii Hunter – RF, DET
week 4 matchups: vs KC, vs ATL

Torii with two i’s plays on the same team as AJAX and also has been playing well of late. Many people were worried that Hunter leaving the Angels for Detroit would kill his declining HR total, (he only has 1 this year), but he is getting on base, and scoring runs atop that stacked lineup in Detriot.



Nick Swisher – (1B,RF), CLE
week 4 matchups: @ CHW, @KC

Swisher is off to a solid start for the Tribe. Swish is seeing the ball well right now and has multiple hits in half of his last 6 games. You may think you have other options at the positions, you may have, but are they better right now?






Nelson Cruz – RF, TEX
week 4 matchups: @ LAA, @ MIN

Nelson Cruz has been stymied by right-handed pitchers over the last few years. In 2012, Cruz hit just .244/.296/.430 against right-handers, and his struggles have continued this year, as Cruz has hit just .231/.268/.359 in 39 at-bats against righties.  He hit his second homerun on Thursday, and may be turning it around.  Is that enough to start him this coming week?



Asdrubal Cabrera – SS, CLE
week 4 matchups: @ CHW, @KC

Asdrubal doesn’t have more than 1 hit any game this year, not good for the #2 hitter for Cleveland. He was a player that everyone thought was on steroids after exploding for 25 HRs in 2011. Especially considering he hit only 18 HRs in his 4 years in the MLB. Last season he hit 16, and his SB numbers were cut in half. It’s time to start looking for a different starting SS for your team.



Brandon McCarthy
week 4 start: vs COL 

Brandon didn’t last long in his outing against the Yankees this past Tuesday night. He allowed three runs on nine hits over four innings of work in a 4-2 loss. The right-hander gave up all of his damage in the fourth when after putting two men on, he surrendered a three-run homer to Robinson Cano. He was done after throwing 102 pitches, 60 for strikes. It’s the third straight subpar start for the right-hander, who now owns a 7.47 ERA and 2.04 WHIP on the year. He’s a better real-life pitcher than fantasy pitcher, and when he’s struggling like this it makes him virtually unusable. His week 4 start will be a turnaround game at home against the Colorado, who he will face at Coors Field on Sunday. He is not worth a starting roster start this week and possibly longer.



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 4:

  • Felix Hernandez, 4/22/13 @ HOU Peacock 4/27/13 vs LAA Vargas
  • David Price, 4/23/13 vs NYY Hughes 4/28/13 @ CHW Sale
  • Cole Hamels, 4/23/13 vs PIT Locke 4/28/13 @ NYM TBD
  • Jon Lester, 4/23/13 vs OAK Colon 4/28/13 vs HOU Norris
  • Max Scherzer, 4/23/13 vs KC Davis 4/27/13 vs ATL Medlen
  • Jeff Samardzija, 4/23/13 @ CIN Cingrani 4/28/13 @ MIA Nolasco
  • Chris Sale, 4/23/13 vs CLE McAllister 4/28/13 vs TB Price
  • Matt Moore, 4/22/13 vs NYY Sabathia 4/27/13 @ CHW Quintana
  • R.A. Dickey, 4/23/13 @ BAL Gonzalez 4/28/13 @ NYY Hughes
  • Alexi Ogando, 4/23/13 @ LAA Hanson 4/28/13 @ MIN Worley




Kyle Lohse, MIL
two week 4 starts: 4/22/13 @ SD &  4/27/13 @ LAD

Kyle Lohse made his third start for the Brewers on Wednesday night against the Giants and could not get in the win column despite another quality outing. He allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings of work. Lohse made it through the first five frames unscathed before running into trouble in the sixth. In that inning he was tagged with a three-spot. The right-hander threw 71 of his 102 pitches for strikes and left with the game tied at 3-3. Lohse also struck out six and walked one in a no decision. He has two starts scheduled for week 4; Monday against the Padres in San Diego and later in the week in LA. Neither Matchup is all that great or all that bad as he is facing Jason Marquis and Chad Billingsley. We were going to pick Ogando, but now consider him a must-start.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 4:

  • Mike Minor, 4/22/13 @ COL Francis 4/28/13 @ DET Porcello
  • Justin Masterson, 4/22/13 @ CHW Quintana 4/27/13 @ KC Davis
  • A.J. Griffin, 4/22/13 @ BOS Aceves 4/27/13 vs BAL Tillman
  • Chris Capuano, 4/23/13 @ NYM Laffey 4/28/13 vs MIL TBD
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, 4/23/13 @ HOU Norris 4/28/13 vs LAA Hanson
  • A.J. Burnett, 4/22/13 @ PHI Lannan 4/27/13 @ STL Westbrook
  • Shelby Miller, 4/22/13 @ WAS Haren 4/28/13 vs PIT Locke
  • Dan Haren, 4/22/13 vs STL Miller 4/27/13 vs CIN Leake
  • Wade Miley, 4/22/13 @ SF Vogelsong 4/27/13 vs COL Francis
  • Ryan Vogelsong, 4/22/13 vs ARI Miley 4/28/13 @ SD Marquis
  • Ross Detwiler, 4/23/13 vs STL Wainwright 4/28/13 vs CIN Cingrani
  • J.A. Happ, 4/22/13 @ BAL Tillman 4/27/13 @ NYY Sabathia
  • Phil Hughes, 4/23/13 @ TB Price 4/28/13 vs TOR Dickey
  • Bud Norris, 4/23/13 vs SEA Iwakuma 4/28/13 @ BOS Lester
  • Tommy Hanson, 4/23/13 vs TEX Ogando 4/28/13 @ SEA Iwakuma
  • Tony Cingrani, 4/23/13 vs CHC Samardzija 4/28/13 @ WAS Detwiler
  • Patrick Corbin, 4/23/13 @ SF Cain 4/28/13 vs COL TBD
  • Carlos Villanueva, 4/22/13 @ CIN Leake 4/27/13 @ MIA Sanabia
  • Jason Vargas, 4/22/13 vs TEX Grimm 4/27/13 @ SEA Hernandez
  • Miguel Gonzalez, 4/23/13 vs TOR Dickey 4/28/13 @ OAK Colon
  • Wade Davis, 4/23/13 @ DET Scherzer 4/27/13 vs CLE Masterson
  • Jose Quintana, 4/22/13 vs CLE Masterson 4/27/13 vs TB Moore
  • Bartolo Colon, 4/23/13 @ BOS Lester 4/28/13 vs BAL Gonzalez
  • Ricky Nolasco, 4/22/13 @ MIN Worley 4/28/13 vs CHC Samardzija
  • Chris Tillman, 4/22/13 vs TOR Happ 4/27/13 @ OAK Griffin
  • Vance Worley, 4/22/13 vs MIA Nolasco 4/28/13 vs TEX Ogando
  • John Lannan, 4/22/13 vs PIT Burnett 4/27/13 @ NYM Gee
  • Jeff Francis, 4/22/13 vs ATL Minor 4/27/13 @ ARI Miley
  • Mike Leake, 4/22/13 vs CHC Villanueva 4/27/13 @ WAS Haren
  • Brad Peacock, 4/22/13 vs SEA Hernandez 4/27/13 @ BOS Aceves
  • Alfredo Aceves, 4/22/13 vs OAK Griffin 4/27/13 vs HOU Peacock
  • Justin Grimm, 4/22/13 @ LAA Vargas 4/27/13 @ MIN Pelfrey
  • Jeff Locke, 4/23/13 @ PHI Hamels 4/28/13 @ STL Miller
  • Jason Marquis, 4/22/13 vs MIL Lohse 4/28/13 vs SF Vogelsong





Grilled Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce


Since the yogurt and cucumbers in the Tzatziki Sauce need to drain for 30 minutes, start making the sauce before the patties. Although we prefer the richness of plain whole milk yogurt, low-fat yogurt can be substituted. Greek yogurt can also be substituted, but use 1/2 cup and skip the step of draining. While we didn’t like the flavor of dried mint, dried dill may be used in place of fresh, but reduce the amount to 1/2 teaspoon. For the patties, we prefer the flavor of fresh oregano, but 1 teaspoon of dried can be substituted. If using pocketless pitas do not cut top quarters off pocketless pitas; instead, use a portion of a fifth pita to create pita pieces . The patties can be prepared and refrigerated for up to a day or frozen before cooking as directed (frozen patties should be thawed in refrigerator prior to cooking). This recipe can be doubled.



Tzatziki Sauce:
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced fine (about 1/2 cup)
3/8 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves or dill

Lamb Patties:
Vegetable oil for cooking grate
4 (8-inch) pita breads (see note above)
1/2 small onion, chopped coarse (about 1/3 cup)
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano leaves
2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
1 pound ground lamb

1 large tomato, sliced thin
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)



For the Tzatziki Sauce: Line fine-mesh strainer set over deep container or bowl with 3 paper coffee filters or triple layer of paper towels. Spoon yogurt into lined strainer, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine cucumber, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice in colander set over bowl and let stand 30 minutes.

Discard drained liquid from yogurt. Combine thickened yogurt, drained cucumber, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic, and mint in clean bowl.

For the Patties: About 20 minutes before grilling, light large chimney starter filled 3/4 full with charcoal (4 1/2 quarts, or about 75 briquettes) and allow to burn until coals are fully ignited and partially covered with thin layer of ash, about 20 minutes. Build modified two-level fire by arranging all coals over half of grill, making sure they are in even layer, leaving other half empty. Position cooking grate over coals, cover grill, and heat grate until hot, about 5 minutes; scrape grate clean with grill brush. Dip wad of paper towels in vegetable oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate. Grill is ready when side with coals is medium-hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above grate for 3 to 4 seconds).

Cut top quarter off each pita bread. Tear one quarter into 1-inch pieces, and discard remaining three top quarters. (You should have about 1/4 cup pita pieces.) Process onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, and pita bread pieces in food processor until smooth paste forms, scraping down sides of workbowl as necessary, about 30 seconds.

Transfer onion mixture to large bowl; add lamb and gently mix with hands until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal pieces and roll into logs. Gently flatten logs into rectangular patties, about 1/2 inch thick, 2 1/2 inches wide, and 7 inches long.

Place patties on hotter side of grill. Cook, turning once using spatula, until well browned and crust forms on each side, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer patties to plate. While patties rest, place pita in single layer on hotter side of grill. Cook, turning once, until each pita is thoroughly warmed and faint grill marks appear, 30 to 40 seconds. Remove pita from grill and wrap tightly with aluminum foil.

Using soupspoon, spread 1/4 cup Tzatziki Sauce inside each pita. Put 1 patty in each pita and top with tomato slices, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, and 2 tablespoons feta. Serve immediately.





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