Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 9











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




-   Week  9 –

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 talk about 7 players that can help or hurt your team in week 9.  And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe.

This time it’s Chinese Mu Shu Pork Burgers

Lets get to it.



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Yonder Alonso – 1B, SD

week 9 Matchups: @SEA,vs SEA,vs TOR

Yonder has hit safely in 8 of his last ten games. He started May on a cold streak by batting .185 (5 for 27) with a home run and six RBI in nine games. That is all behind him and makes a nice addition to your roster in week 9 with the home-and-home against the Mariners and then the lowly BJays come to town.



Jedd Gyorko – 2B/3B, SD

week 9 Matchups: @SEA,vs SEA,vs TOR

the man named Jedd, has seven hits in his past three games and is really coming along now. His average is up to .283 and all five of his homers have come in May. Don’t expect him to keep his average up this high — he strikes out a bit too much right now — but he’s a solid play in week 9.



Nick Markakis – RF, BAL

week 9 Matchups: @WAS,vs WAS, vs DET

“Man Crush” has a nice 8-game hit streak hitting .343 (12 for 35) with two homers and six RBI over this span. He is quietly putting together a nice season, and always been that guy under the radar. He has hit 2 HRs in the past 2 games and while we would like to see more power from the right fielder (5 on the year), he makes for a fine play in week 9 with the home-and-home against the Nats, plus this picture is not doing anything to cool the “Crush”.






Danny Espinosa – SS, WAS
week 9 Matchups: vs BAL,@ BAL, @ ATL

If for some reason you are one of about half the teams that have him on your roster, drop him now and pick up anybody. If you want to keep him on your team (for some reason), bench him for week 9. He has just 3 hits in his last 10 games with the average well below the Mendoza line, sitting at a pitcher-like .163. Even in his picture he looks confused.




Jose Altuve – 2B, HOU

week 9 Matchups: vs COL,@ COL, @ LAA

Jose has gone 0 for 15 in his past three games and that lofty average is starting to fall. If you are going to have an Astro on your team, it’s gotta be Altuve, but not for this week even though he has a nice home-and-home against the Rox and finishes the weekend in Texas. Trust me and bench him anyway for week 9.



Billy Butler

week 9 Matchups: vs. STL, @ STL, @ TEX

Billy is that typical streaky hitter. When he shows signs of life, you gotta have him in your lineup. You can always count on him hitting for a decent average, but his walks are down, strikeouts are up and and while his BABIP isn’t too hateful recently, he is the third pick to bench even with the I-70 showdown to start the week then in Texas.




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.


There are over 50 projected two start pitchers for week 9, and Interleague play is big early on, with all Home-And-Home Series starting Monday.


Here are the must start top options and their scheduled opponents in week 9:


Yu Darvish, 5/27 @ ARI Kennedy 6/1 vs KC Shields
Matt Harvey, 5/28 vs NYY Nuno 6/2 @ MIA Slowey
Clay Buchholz, 5/27 vs PHI Lee 6/1 @ NYY Kuroda
Chris Sale, 5/28 vs CHC Jackson 6/2 @ OAK Parker
Adam Wainwright, 5/27 @ KC Shields 6/2 vs SF Cain
Clay Buchholz, 5/27 vs PHI Lee 6/1 @ NYY Kuroda
Justin Verlander, 5/27 vs PIT Liriano 6/1 @ BAL Hammel
Madison Bumgarner, 5/28 @ OAK Parker 6/2 @ STL Lyons
Mat Latos, 5/28 vs CLE McAllister 6/2 @ PIT Gomez
Zack Greinke, 5/27 vs LAA Wilson 6/1 @ COL Chacin
Jeff Samardzija, 5/27 @ CHW Quintana 6/1 vs ARI Kennedy
Alex Cobb, 5/27 vs MIA Fernandez 6/2 @ CLE McAllister
Cliff Lee, 5/27 @ BOS Buchholz 6/1 vs MIL Burgos
James Shields, 5/27 vs STL Wainwright 6/1 @ TEX Darvish
Hiroki Kuroda, 5/27 @ NYM Niese 6/1 vs BOS Buchholz
Matt Cain, 5/27 @ OAK Straily 6/1 @ STL Wainwright
Gio Gonzalez, 5/27 vs BAL Hammel 6/2 @ ATL Maholm
C.J. Wilson, 5/27 @ LAD Greinke 6/1 vs HOU Harrell
Hyun-Jin Ryu, 5/28 vs LAA Blanton 6/2 @ COL De La Rosa





Paul Maholm, ATL

week 9 starts: 5/28 @ TOR (Morrow) & 6/2 vs WAS (TBD)

Paul Maholm allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in defeating the Twins on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Maholm’s two bad starts this year were really bad, because he’s given up just nine earned runs in the other eight. This is the fourth time he’s gone without allowing a single earned run. Overall, he’s 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA. I like his chances for your team in week 9, against the hapless BJays, and ATL owns the NATs.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 9:


Ervin Santana, 5/28 vs STL Lyons 6/2 @ TEX Tepesch
Trevor Cahill, 5/27 vs TEX Darvish 6/2 @ CHC Jackson
Ryan Dempster, 5/28 vs PHI Cloyd 6/2 @ NYY Nuno
Jose Fernandez, 5/27 @ TB Cobb 6/1 vs NYM Niese
Francisco Liriano, 5/27 @ DET Verlander 6/1 vs CIN Leake
Zach McAllister, 5/28 @ CIN Latos 6/2 vs TB Hellickson
Jorge De La Rosa, 5/28 @ HOU Lyles 6/2 vs LAD Ryu
Brandon Morrow, 5/28 vs ATL Maholm 6/2 @ SD Smith
Ubaldo JImenez, 5/27 @ CIN Leake 6/1 vs TB Cobb
Tim Hudson, 5/27 @ TOR Buehrle 6/1 vs WAS Gonzalez
Ian Kennedy, 5/27 vs TEX Darvish 6/1 @ CHC Samardzija
Jeremy Hellickson, 5/28 vs MIA Slowey 6/2 @ CLE McAllister
Jason Hammel, 5/27 @ WAS Gonzalez 6/1 vs DET Verlander
Jose Quintana, 5/27 vs CHC Samardzija 6/1 @ OAK Straily
Mike Leake, 5/27 vs CLE Jimenez 6/1 @ PIT Liriano
Jhoulys Chacin, 5/27 @ HOU Norris 6/1 vs LAD Greinke
Nick Tepesch, 5/27 @ ARI Kennedy 6/2 vs KC Santana
Bud Norris, 5/27 vs COL Chacin 5/30 @ COL Nicasio
Kevin Slowey, 5/28 @ TB Hellickson 6/2 vs NYM Harvey
Edinson Volquez ,5/27 @ SEA Harang 6/1 vs TOR Buehrle
Scott Diamond, 5/28 @ MIL Peralta 6/2 vs SEA Maurer
Mark Buehrle, 5/27 vs ATL Hudson 6/1 @ SD Volquez
Rick Porcello, 5/28 vs PIT Gomez 6/2 @ BAL Jurrjens
Jarrod Parker, 5/28 vs SF Bumgarner 6/2 vs CHW Sale
Jonathon Niese, 5/27 vs NYY Kuroda 6/1 @ MIA Fernandez
Edwin Jackson, 5/28 @ CHW Sale 6/2 vs ARI Cahill
Dan Straily, 5/27 vs SF Cain 6/1 vs CHW Quintana
Vance Worley, 5/27 @ MIL Burgos 6/1 vs SEA Harang
Brandon Maurer, 5/28 vs SD Smith 6/2 @ MIN Diamond
Wily Peralta, 5/28 vs MIN Diamond 6/2 @ PHI Cloyd
Jeanmar Gomez, 5/28 @ DET Porcello 6/2 vs CIN Latos
Tyler Cloyd, 5/28 @ BOS Dempster 6/2 vs MIL Peralta
Jair Jurrjens, 5/28 @ WAS TBD 6/2 vs DET Porcello
Vidal Nuno, 5/28 @ NYM Harvey 6/2 vs BOS Dempster
Aaron Harang, 5/27 vs SD Volquez 6/1 @ MIN Worley
Joe Blanton, 5/28 @ LAD Ryu 6/2 vs HOU Harrell
Jordan Lyles, 5/28 vs COL De La Rosa 6/1 @ LAA TBD
Hiram Burgos, 5/27 vs MIN Worley 6/1 @ PHI Lee
Burch Smith, 5/28 @ SEA Maurer 6/2 vs TOR Morrow
Erik Bedard, 5/29 @ COL Chatwood 6/1 @ LAA Wilson
Tyler Lyons, 5/28 @ KC Santana 6/2 vs SF Bumgarner





Chinese Mu Shu Pork Burgers


These wonderfully flavorful and juicy burgers contain most of the same ingredients found in the Chinese restaurant classic, Mu Shu Pork (also spelled Moo Shu Pork). In restaurants it is made from shredded pork, scrambled eggs, wood ear mushrooms, day lily buds, ginger, garlic, green onions, and served on tortilla-like Chinese pancakes slathered with rich, sweet, hoisin sauce, and rolled up like a burrito. Here it’s deconstructed and reconfigured it as a colorful, flavorful, better burger.



1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup carrots, peeled and shredded with a peeler or box grater
1 raw egg
3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated on the small holes of a box grater
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like things hot)
6 good quality buns, brioche would be nice, kaiser will work fine
1 large sweet red bell pepper
4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons white sesame seeds
4 leaves Romaine lettuce (or another crunchy lettuce), chopped
1/4 cup scallions, chopped on a bias

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Mix the burger ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Form into 4 patties about 3/4″ thick the same diameter as your buns and slightly concave in the center (they will puff up when cooked). Wash your hands thoroughly after handling the raw meat and egg mixture.

Prepare the a 2-zone grill and clean the grates well. Clean grates is important because these burgers are not as firm as regular hamburgers.

Slice the bell in half, discard the seeds and stem, and wash. Place the two halves skin down over the hot part of the grill and close the lid. Cook until the skin blackens and blisters, about 5 minutes. Remove the pepper, put it in a bowl, and cover it with a plate so the steam will loosen the skin. Peel the skin and cut the roasted meat into thin strips.

Brush oil on the grates on the hot zone of the grill so the burgers will not stick. Place the patties on the grates. Cook the burgers with the cover on, for about 7 minutes or until they begin to turn dark in color.

Gently flip the burgers being careful not to allow them to break apart. Place 1 teaspoon of hoisin sauce on the cooked side of each burger and spread it around with a spoon. Remove when internal temperature of the burger is 160°F. If the coals flare up or the meat begins to char, move the burgers to the medium heat zone.

While the burgers are cooking, toast the cut side of the buns over the medium heat zone, watching them carefully so they do not burn. Remove them and spread the chopped Romaine on the bottom halves of the buns, and the red pepper strips on top of the lettuce.

When the burgers are done, set them on the lettuce, hoisin side up, sprinkle them with sesame seeds and scallions. Put the top of the bun next to the colorful burger and serve.





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