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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Brad Hand walked two hitters, but pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up a save on Sunday against the Pirates.

Hand now has 14 saves on the season, and he's blown only two opportunities in 2018. The left-handed stopper didn't have his best stuff or command, but he was able to escape unscathed against the Pirates lineup. Hand likely won't be on the trade market after signing a three-year extension, but he's still fantasy relevant despite playing for a not-so-good San Diego team because of his reliability.
May 20 - 5:14 PM

Tim Anderson had a single, stolen base and run scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Anderson singled in the third inning, then stole second base and scored on a Leury Garcia two-run single. Anderson now has 11 steals on the year, tied for third-most in the American League and fifth-best in the majors. The 11 stolen bases and his seven homers are certainly nice, but the 24-year-old has struggled to a .234/.292/.405 line overall.
May 20 - 5:10 PM

Trevor Williams allowed four runs over six innings on Sunday in a no decision against the Padres.

Williams didn’t put any runners on via walk, and he was able to strike out five against the San Diego lineup. The only big mistake for the right-hander was a two-run homer to Christian Villanueva, and outside of that Williams kept the San Diego lineup from inflicting much damage. The former Marlins prospect now owns a solid ERA of 3.05 on the season, with a WHIP of 1.05 for good measure. It’ll be tough to keep that up all year considering he doesn’t miss many bats (40 strikeouts in 59 innings), but he’ll try to keep up the good run against the Cardinals on Saturday.
May 20 - 5:09 PM

Nationals placed RHP Ryan Madson on the 10-day DL with a pectoral strain.

Madson was unavailable on Sunday due to the issue and it appears he'll be sidelined a bit longer. No corresponding move has been announced yet.
May 20 - 5:09 PM

Jordan Lyles gave up four runs in 5 ⅔ innings in a no decision on Sunday against the Pirates.

Lyles wasn’t close to the dominant effort we saw in his previous start where he flirted with a perfect game, as he allowed seven hits and walked two against Pittsburgh. Two of those hits were homers, and Lyles now owns a 3.11 ERA on the 2018 campaign. He’ll be back on the mound on Sunday against the Dodgers.
May 20 - 5:08 PM

Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 8-5 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.

The homer gives Villanueva 12 on the season, and this one came off of Trevor Williams in the fourth inning to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. The hits haven't fallen like they were early in the season, but the 26-year-old infielder has still posted an impressive line of .250/.322/.568 along with the dozen homers and 26 RBI over 39 games. It also makes back-to-back games with homers on the season, so another streak could be coming.
May 20 - 5:07 PM

Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts confirmed Sunday that Alex Wood was pulled from his start early due to cramps.

It doesn't sound like anything that should be an issue moving forward, which is good news for fantasy owners. Consider him day-to-day.
May 20 - 5:05 PM

Mike Minor struck out nine while allowing three runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Minor gave up six hits without issuing a walk, but a solo homer in the second inning and three singles in the third were enough to do him in. It was a step in the right direction, even if it still went down as a loss, but there hasn't been a whole lot for Minor to feel good about in recent weeks. With Sunday's loss, he dropped to 3-3 with a 5.59 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in nine starts this year. The Royals offer a softer opponent for the southpaw, and we'll see if he can take advantage of it when the two sides meet Saturday.
May 20 - 5:03 PM
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