Trading Tips: May 27

Trading Tips: May 27
Buying low on Brian Dozier and selling high on Brandon Belt are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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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 for the year 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.
May 27 - 5:50 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Angels to three hits and one run over six dominant innings Sunday in the Yankees’ 3-1 victory.

Not a bad day at the office for Tanaka, who finished with eight strikeouts and three walks over 104 pitches. The right-hander didn’t give up a run until Andrelton Simmons took him deep for a solo homer in the sixth. He faced Shohei Ohtani three times, recording two strikeouts and a walk. The Yankees cut Boston’s lead in the AL East to one with Sunday’s win. Tanaka will try for his seventh victory Friday night in Baltimore.
May 27 - 5:49 PM

Brett Gardner accounted for three of the Yankees’ five hits Sunday in a win over Los Angeles.

It wasn’t a big day for offense at Yankee Stadium but Gardner was responsible for most of it. Gardner singled three times, each off a different pitcher, but never got around to scoring. Sunday extended Gardner's hitting streak to seven games. He’s lifted his average from .225 to .246 during that span.
May 27 - 5:47 PM

Garrett Richards fell flat in Sunday’s loss to the Yankees, allowing three hits and three runs in just 2 1/3 innings.

The right-hander lasted just 70 pitches, finishing the day with five walks and three strikeouts. Richards blanked New York over his first two innings but came undone in the third, allowing a hit, three walks (including one with the bases loaded) and a hit-by-pitch before getting the hook from manager Mike Scioscia. Two of his three wild pitches came during his disastrous third inning. Richards, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday, just didn’t have it today. He’ll take a 3.67 ERA into his next start, which will likely come Friday against Texas.
May 27 - 5:45 PM

Zack Cozart reached base three times Sunday in the Angels’ loss to the Yankees.

He led off the game with a single off Masahiro Tanaka, walked in the third, then drew another free pass in the eighth. Cozart isn’t performing at the All-Star level he played at last year in Cincinnati, but he’s shown signs of life with six hits and three walks over his last four outings.
May 27 - 5:44 PM

Jesus Aguilar homered in his second straight game and drove in four runs to help the Brewers outlast the Mets 8-7 on Sunday.

Aguilar knocked an RBI single in the first inning before turning on an inside pitch for a three-run jack in the third. The homer was his second in as many games and his ninth on the year, giving him 30 RBI and 25 runs scored. Many were late to the 27-year-old's coming out party, but it's in full swing -- through Sunday, Aguilar is hitting .325/.390/.595 overall. Miraculously still available in 42 percent of Yahoo leagues, that number should be lower given what he's done through the season's first two months.
May 27 - 5:43 PM

Andrelton Simmons launched a solo home run Sunday in the Angels’ loss to New York.

Simmons scored L.A.’s only run of the afternoon on a sixth-inning solo blast off right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. That was his second hit of the day after leading off the fourth with a single to center field. The slick-fielding shortstop now sports a robust .332 average (third-highest in the American League) to go with four homers, five steals, 31 RBI and 31 runs scored. Sunday extended his hitting streak to five games.
May 27 - 5:43 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Cabrera capped a four-run second inning with an RBI single before hitting a frozen rope over the left field boards in the seventh inning for his eighth homer of the year. Cabrera actually left Saturday's one-sided affair after tweaking his knee but it clearly wasn't a big deal, as he was back in there a day later. That's good news for the Mets and fantasy owners, with the 32-year-old hitting a robust .316/.356/.532 in 48 games this year.
May 27 - 5:36 PM
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