- Week 4 Results- 


4 Hits

3 Misses

Season to date: 11-9-1

It was an up and down week for the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT picks. Here is what they did, followed by a recipe for Mussels on the Grill.




Brandon McCarthy was hit hard again as he suffered his third loss of the season in week 4 Friday night against the Rockies. McCarthy, who made his fifth start of the season, gave up a two-run single to Michael Cuddyer in the first, a bases-clearing double to Troy Tulowitzki in the fifth and a solo home run to Wilin Rosario in the sixth. The right-hander, who I told you to bench in week 4, was charged with six runs and nine hits in six innings of work in a 6-3 defeat. He did strikeout 7, which is good, but everything else wasn’t.




Austin Jackson had seen his batting average quickly plummet in a matter of games. Jackson was batting .393 as of April 16, but after a 0-for-5 performance last Wednesday against the Royals, Jackson was mired in a 1-for-30 slump that had dropped his season average to .275. “That’s part of the game,” Leyland said, per The Detroit News. “Sometimes you’re doing really well, you’re really in a groove, then all of a sudden, you subconsciously try to do a little bit more, and it ends up being a little bit less until you get it evened out again. I don’t think it’s anything more than that. People don’t hit at a .420 clip all year. It’s not fair to expect anyone to do that.” Austin reached base four times on Saturday, and hit a 3-run homer in the finally against the Braves to save his week and make my pick worthy. It wasn’t an overly impressive line, but I feel he helped with six runs.




Torii Hunter hit safely for the 19th time in 22 games yesterday, and is batting .375 with one homer and 11 RBI. “I have to watch him,” Leyland said, “but he’s really doing well. And we did have back-to-back days off [with the rainout Tuesday], so that helps. But I have to watch him. It’s not easy in the cold weather for anybody, let alone one of our elder statesmen. I have to watch him and not get greedy.” He helped your team last week with a decent average and a few runs, but he is lacking in the power department and you can forget about steals:




Kyle Lohse had a good week and has not allowed more than two runs in four of his first five starts. Although he dislocated his left pinkie finger in his first start of the week, he pitched well yesterday but was pegged with the loss against the Dodgers. Lohse (1-2), who made his fifth start of the season, served up a pair of solo homers to Carl Crawford, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with two runs and five hits in seven innings of work in a 2-0 defeat. He struck out four and did not issue a walk in 95 pitches, 69 strikes. Your team didn’t get a lot of strikeouts from Kyle, but the ERA and WHIP were good:






Nelson Cruz has been extremely impressive with the bat recently. That said, his ability to remain on the field every day may be even more impressive. “He’s an animal, look at him,” manager Ron Washington said. “At some point I’m going to give him a day off, but I got him a day DHing and I’ll get him another day DHing. It’s jut that he’s been productive and sometimes it’s hard to pull that out of the lineup.” Cruz started yesterday for the 25th time in 25 games and is one of only three Rangers who can claim that this year. He didn’t get a hit for first time in the week and sounds like he needs a rest. If you didn’t listen to me and started him in week 4, you were rewarded with these stats:



After serving as DH in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Royals, Nick Swisher manned first base for the Indians in the nightcap. The 32-year-old has been playing both first and right field early on. “I don’t think it’s the easiest thing for him,” manager Terry Francona told “He made the comment to me the other day, ‘Sometimes you’ve got to do the dishes.’ It was a good comment. He gets it. He tries very hard to do what’s right for our team, which I appreciate like you can’t believe.” Francona added he notifies Swisher two days beforehand what position he will be playing. “I want to do whatever [Francona] needs me to do, whatever makes this team better,” Swisher said. “With the relationship that I have with him, and the communication that he has, he definitely lets you know a little earlier. But it’s definitely a lot different being at first base than it is out there in right field. At first base, it’s easy to make that nice little quick throw. Then you go out to the outfield, you’ve got to let that thing rip.” Nick has turned in extreme lefty/righty splits so far in the 2013 season, going .355/.487/.581 in 39 plate appearances against lefties and .211/.318/.342 in 44 plate appearances against righties. It’s a call back to 2011, when Swisher posted a .957 OPS against lefties and a .763 OPS against righties. While his overall line this season is solid, he’ll have to make improvements against right-handers to remain productive overall. Last week he was far from productive, and if you started him like I told you to, he did not help your team:



Asdrubal Cabrera had a productive day at the plate during yesterday’s doubleheader against the Royals. He collected three hits in Game 1 before finishing 2 for 5 with a RBI and run scored in the nightcap. Cabrera has now collected six hits over his 13 at-bats since returning to the lineup from a quadriceps injury and raised his average from .156 to .208 over that span. If Torii with two i’s week can be considered good for your team than Drubel’s can as well:








Grilled Mussels


2 pounds mussels
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, divided
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Bunch of Lemon Thyme
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley



Remove beards on mussels, and scrub shells well with a brush.

Discard open or cracked mussels. Set aside.

Combine 1/4 cup lemon juice and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.

Sprinkle mussels with salt, black pepper, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Place mussels in a grill basket.

Grill, with lid closed, over high heat (400º to 500º) about 10 minutes or until shells open.

Discard any unopened mussels.

Add mussels to lemon mixture; toss well.

Drizzle with remaining lemon juice, and sprinkle with parsley and Lemon Thyme.

Serve immediately.


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