Trading Tips: June 24

Trading Tips: June 24
Buying low on Jake Lamb and selling high on Jon Lester are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Mitch Moreland popped a two-run home run Sunday against the Mariners.

Moreland's blast off of Marco Gonzales in the sixth inning finished off the scoring for the Red Sox. The Boston first baseman was slumping earlier this month but has heated back up, going 12-for-27 at the dish over his last seven contests.
Jun 24 - 4:11 PM

Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless ninth against the Cubs on Sunday to pick up his 13th save of the season.

The Cubs didn't exactly make Iglesias work hard on Sunday, and he needed just seven pitches -- six strikes -- to pick up the save. The scoreless clean inning lowers his ERA to 2.23, and Iglesias's WHIP also falls to 1.02 with the effort.
Jun 24 - 4:08 PM

Mike Zunino struck out in all three of his plate appearances in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

He wasn't the only one, as Chris Sale piled up 13 whiffs against the Mariners. That said, Zunino has really been fighting it at the plate lately with just one hit over his last six games. He's kept his fantasy value afloat with 11 home runs but is batting just .194/.256/.417 overall.
Jun 24 - 4:07 PM

Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in a comeback victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

Votto's double gave the Reds the go-ahead run, and it's the 16th two-bagger of the year for the former MVP. He also walked, and his on-base percentage on the season rises to .433 with his four times on base against Chicago. You'd love to see more power, but it's tough to complain about a .305/.433/.457 line for Votto over 76 games.
Jun 24 - 4:07 PM

Jesse Winker hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to help the Reds to an 8-6 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.

The homer came off a completely ineffective Pedro Strop, and it's the fifth homer on the 2018 season for Winker. The left-handed hitting outfielder has seen his share of ups-and-downs, but that's to be expected from a player in his first full MLB season. His .263 average and .381 slugging percentage leave a lot to be desired, but the .378 on-base percentage speak to his offensive potential. Don't be surprised if Winker is much better in the second-half of the year.
Jun 24 - 4:04 PM

Sal Romano allowed five runs over five innings with six strikeouts in a no decision against the Cubs on Sunday.

Romano was strong through the first four innings, but things fell apart on the right-hander in the fifth, as he allowed all five runs in that frame. There’s been more good than bad for Romano as of late, but he still owns a 5.40 ERA, and is always a risky play in fantasy. We’ll see him back on the mound when the Reds and Romano take on the Brewers on Friday.
Jun 24 - 4:01 PM

Mike Montgomery struck out six hitters while allowing four runs over six-plus innings in a no decision versus the Reds on Sunday.

Montgomery was much better than his line indicates, as he was exceptional against the Reds’ lineup before running trouble into the seven that his bullpen couldn’t bail him out of. He was able to overcome command problems in his start against the Dodgers, but he had no such issues against Cincinnati with just two walks. Montgomery’s ERA has dropped from 5.33 to 3.39 since moving to the rotation, and his WHIP is a strong 1.15 on the 2018 campaign. He’ll look to keep this good run going against the Twins on Saturday.
Jun 24 - 4:01 PM

Clay Buchholz was lifted from Sunday's start against the Pirates with tightness in his left side.

Buchholz had thrown just 53 pitches over five scoreless frames before being pulled. If it's an oblique injury -- and it almost certainly is -- Buchholz likely will require a disabled list stint.
Jun 24 - 3:44 PM
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