Trading Tips: May 27

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Elieser Hernandez surrendered six hits and two runs over five innings Sunday in the Marlins’ loss to the Nationals.

He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone while throwing 44 of his 73 pitches for strikes. Hernandez allowed his first run in the fourth when he served up a solo home run to Anthony Rendon. He gave up another run the following inning on Stephen Strasburg’s RBI single to right field. The rookie from Venezuela doesn’t have a win yet but has pitched well over five appearances this year (three starts), contributing an impressive 2.50 ERA across 18 innings of work. He’ll grab another start Friday night in Arizona.
May 27 - 5:58 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ is dealing with a sore shoulder that he sustained while diving during Saturday's game.

Happ was supposed to be in the Cubs' lineup on Sunday night, but he was held out due to the shoulder soreness. He's considered day-to-day and could be available off of the bench on Sunday.
May 27 - 5:57 PM

Justin Bour smashed his 10th homer Sunday in the Marlins’ loss to Washington.

Bour singled off Stephen Strasburg in the second then upped the ante by leading off the eighth inning with a solo bomb off Sammy Solis. That marked Bour’s first homer off a lefty this year. Bour’s power numbers are about where they usually are, though he’s struggled to a .236 average with 42 strikeouts in 157 at-bats. That can be improved on.
May 27 - 5:57 PM

Bryce Harper socked his NL-leading 16th homer Sunday in the Nationals’ win over Miami.

He took left-hander Jarlin Garcia deep for a solo blast in the sixth inning but was hitless in his other three trips to the plate. Harper boasts impressive power numbers (16 long balls, 38 RBI) but he’s been striking out a ton (11 punch-outs in his last four games) and his batting average has now dipped into the low .230s. That’s well below his career mark of .282.
May 27 - 5:56 PM

Anthony Rendon belted his fifth round-tripper of 2018 Sunday in the Nationals’ win over the Marlins.

He got the scoring started by drilling a fourth-inning solo shot off Marlins starter Ellieser Hernandez. Rendon also doubled in the sixth and drew an intentional walk the following inning. The 27-year-old has been a mild disappointment coming off last year’s breakout season, but seems to be on the right track with five hits in his last 11 at-bats.
May 27 - 5:54 PM

Brandon Kintzler nabbed his second save Sunday in Washington’s win over the Marlins.

Closer Sean Doolittle was given the afternoon after pitching on both Friday and Saturday. Kintzler made the most of his opportunity, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning. The 33-year-old was an All-Star for Minnesota last year and should be first in line for saves if Doolittle ever gets hurt.
May 27 - 5:53 PM

Stephen Strasburg surrendered just three hits over five shutout innings Sunday in the Nationals’ win over the Marlins.

He notched eight punch-outs and two walks over 103 pitches. Strasburg got into a jam when he allowed a single and a hit-by-pitch in the second inning but escaped trouble by fanning J.T. Riddle and Lewis Brinson to end the frame. He also had a good day offensively, driving in Wilmer Difo with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Sunday’s gem lowered Strasburg’s season ERA to 3.13. The former first overall pick will make his next start Friday against Atlanta.
May 27 - 5:52 PM

Aroldis Chapman converted his 11th save Sunday in New York’s win over the Angels.

The flame-throwing left-hander finished his outing with two strikeouts while throwing 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes. Chapman always makes things interesting in the ninth inning and Sunday was no different. He led off the frame by walking Shohei Ohtani, then allowed Ohtani to advance to third base on a pair of wild pitches. Despite a few hiccups here and there, Chapman carries a brilliant 1.27 ERA along with an equally remarkable 16.45 K/9. In the American League, only Edwin Diaz, Craig Kimbrel and Shane Greene have more saves than Chapman this year.
May 27 - 5:50 PM
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