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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Sean Doolittle shut down the Phillies in the ninth inning on Sunday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 21st save of the season.

The left-hander has been outstanding this year, converting all but one of his first 22 save chances while registering a minuscule 1.60 ERA and 0.53 WHIP. As long as he remains healthy, he should continue to produce as an upper-echelon closing option in all fantasy leagues. The only thing that holds him back from elite territory is his lack of strikeouts compared to the rest of the position.
Jun 25 - 12:36 AM

Jefry Rodriguez struggled in a no-decision against the Phillies on Sunday, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits over his four-plus innings of work.

The rookie right-hander walked three and struck out three on the night. He served up a two-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the third inning, and the rest of the damage against him came during an uprising in the fifth that chased him from the game. If he sticks around in the rotation to make another start, which could depend on the health of Jeremy Hellickson, Rodriguez will get another opportunity against these Phillies on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Jun 25 - 12:36 AM

Seranthony Dominguez suffered his first blown save of the season in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

The 23-year-old right-hander had been the most dominant arm in the Phillies' bullpen and had successfully converted each of his first four save chances on the season. He came on with a man on and a man out in the eight inning and promptly allowed a double to Bryce Harper. After getting Anthony Rendon on a weak ground ball with the infield in, the Nationals walked Juan Soto intentionally to load the bases. That set the stage for Daniel Murphy to serve a two-run single into right field to sink the Phillies. Dominguez should still have a decent amount of security in the closer's role and still owns a terrific 2.28 ERA and 0.72 WHIP in his 23 2/3 innings on the year.
Jun 25 - 12:35 AM

Rhys Hoskins blasted a two-run homer and swiped his fourth base of the season as the Phillies fell to the Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball.

Hoskins opened the scoring in the ballgame with a two-run bomb off of Nationals' starter Jefry Rodriguez in the third inning. He also singled and scored a pair of runs in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. Hoskins is now slashing .257/.379/.478 with 11 homers, 43 RBI and four stolen bases.
Jun 25 - 12:35 AM

Nick Pivetta pitched well in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday night, racking up seven strikeouts over five innings of two-run baseball.

Pivetta allowed eight hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came in the fourth inning, which included a solo home run by Anthony Rendon. He also sat through nearly an hour-long rain delay and returned to work a scoreless fifth inning. He left in line for a victory, but the Phillies' bullpen was unable to hold his lead for him. Pivetta will carry a 4.06 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into a rematch against the Nationals at home on Friday.
Jun 25 - 12:35 AM

Jhoulys Chacin was touched up for eight earned runs, nine hits and five walks with five strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings in a loss against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Chacin threw just 52 of his 89 pitches for strikes, and he posted just 12 first-pitch strikes to the 27 batters he faced. He also set a season-high with five walks issued. His ERA jumped from 3.18 to 3.82 as a result of the poor outings, its highest mark since May 10. He'll look to get back on track Saturday in Cincinnati opposite Tyler Mahle.
Jun 25 - 12:32 AM

Matt Carpenter went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 8-2 road win against the Brewers.

Carpenter started off the month with no hits over 11 at-bats, but he is now 21-for-71 (.296) with five doubles, six homers and 12 RBI over the past 18 games to raise his average from .215 to .237. He still strikes out an awful lot and his average is mediocre at best, but his extra-base ability makes him a solid fantasy option across most formats.
Jun 25 - 12:28 AM

Luke Weaver allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a victory Sunday in Milwaukee.

Weaver threw 75 of his 104 pitches for strikes, including 19 first-pitch strikes to the 25 batters he faced. He even helped his own cause with an RBI on a sacrifice at the plate. The victory ended an eight-game run without a win dating back to May 11 in San Diego. He hasn't won in front of the home folks at all this season, as all four of his wins have been on the road. He'll look to change all of that when the Cards host the Braves next Saturday night.
Jun 25 - 12:22 AM
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