Trading Tips: May 20

Trading Tips: May 20
Buying low on Marcell Ozuna and selling high on Shohei Ohtani are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Ty Blach lasted just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing eight hits and four runs in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Blach has been getting by on the back of one of the league's best ground ball rates, a skill that abandoned him Sunday as the Rockies made just three outs on the ground before he exited. Fly balls in Coors Field don't play well, so he was actually fortunate to get off as easy as he did on a day when he just didn't have it. Blach didn't factor in the decision, remaining 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 11 starts this year. He'll draw a tough Cubs team in Wrigley Field on Sunday.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Giants.

Anderson allowed six hits and a walk in his 5 1/3 innings of work, the third straight start he's allowed four runs or more with fewer than six innings pitched. He entered that three-start stretch with a 3.78 ERA, and it sits at 4.74 after Sunday's game. The Reds are up next for Anderson when they visit Coors Field on Saturday.
May 20 - 8:34 PM

Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Rays Sunday.

Ohtani gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the contest. It was the third time in seven starts this year that he's struck out nine or more, and he's got five quality starts in those seven outings. The 23-year-old epitome of a dual threat is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio on the bump and is hitting .321/.367/.619 in 84 at-bats. A big test looms for Ohtani next weekend when the Halos visit the Yankees.
May 20 - 8:30 PM

Johnny Field went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Field drove a Shohei Ohtani offering over the left-center field wall in the third inning to get the Rays on the board, and he doubled and scored the Rays' other run in the eighth. In 22 games, the 26-year-old has held his own offensively, batting .308/.348/.554 with four homers through Sunday's game. Field has also played all three outfield spots, a flexibility that should help him continue to get into the lineup on a regular basis while he's producing at the plate.
May 20 - 8:24 PM

Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run and had an RBI sacrifice fly in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Maldonado plated a run in the fourth inning with the fly out, then attacked a 3-1 offering from Rays reliever Anthony Banda in the eighth inning for his second homer of the year. Not asked to do much offensively as the Angels' everyday backstop, Maldonado is hitting .248/.322/.362 in 33 games overall this year.
May 20 - 8:20 PM

Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Duffy was a thorn in the side of Shohei Ohtani and company, but he couldn't do any damage with his three hits. It was, however, another strong offensive performance for the 27-year-old, who now has 13 multi-hit performances in 32 total games this year. That's pretty impressive, and Duffy is hitting .328/.365/.438 as a result.
May 20 - 8:15 PM

Blake Parker was called up to close out Sunday's win over the Rays, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

Nobody really has any idea what to make of the back end of the Angels' bullpen with Keynan Middleton now sidelined, so it's worth noting that Parker got the call to protect a three-run lead. He did it with little drama, allowing a hit but striking out two, including Johnny Field to end it, for his second save of the year. Parker is perhaps the most talented option that exists for manager Mike Scioscia, one who could provide some strikeouts and good ratios for fantasy owners along with saves. If he's available in your league, it's worth speculating that Sunday was a harbinger for things to come.
May 20 - 8:12 PM

Sergio Romo started his second consecutive game -- and the Rays' second consecutive game -- Sunday against the Angels, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Tired of hearing old-timers lament the good ol' days, Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to Romo for the start in both Saturday and Sunday's games. Of course, Romo went one inning Saturday before getting four outs Sunday, but it was still technically two starts in two days for the right-hander. The Rays are going against the grain with their pitching staff this year, and the 35-year-old is part of that. In 20 appearances, including the two starts, Romo has a 4.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the year.
May 20 - 8:08 PM
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