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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Tyler Chatwood was erratic in a no-decision against the Giants on Sunday, issuing five walks over just 2 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander threw just 46 of his 88 itches for strikes in this one. He surrendered three runs on six hits while striking out three in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, where Pablo Sandoval delivered a two-out RBI infield single and Mac Williamson followed with a two-run knock. He'll try to get back on track when he brings a 4.10 ERA and horrifying 1.76 WHIP into Friday's start against the Mets in New York.
May 27 - 11:46 PM

Mac Williamson went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs as the Giants fell to the Cubs on Sunday night.

Williamson delivered a two-run single in the first inning to increase the Giants' early lead to 3-0. Unfortunately, that would wind up being the extent of their offense in the ballgame. Williamson also drew a walk in the contest, reaching base twice in his four plate appearances. He's now slashing .276/.323/.586 with three homers and eight RBI in his first 31 plate appearances this season. Now that he's the everyday left fielder, he's worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
May 27 - 11:46 PM

Ty Blach struggled in Sunday night's loss to the Cubs, giving up five runs on seven hits over his three-plus innings of work.

The left-hander also issued four free passes while striking out three on the night. Blach gave up three runs to the Cubs in the first inning, then settled in until the first two hitters reached in the fourth. He was given the quick hook, and both inherited runners immediately rode home on a three-run blast by Javier Baez. Blach will carry a troublesome 4.90 ERA and 1.60 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Phillies. He remains an underwhelming fantasy option in all formats.
May 27 - 11:46 PM

Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that the club is "open-minded" about Madison Bumgarner returning on Friday.

Bumgarner had been slated to make several minor league rehab starts, but with as well as he pitched in his debut with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, the plan may change. He'll throw around 70 pitches in his next outing, so even if he does return he probably isn't worth using from a fantasy perspective in that first start back.
May 27 - 11:02 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that the Braves will wait until Monday to announce the results of Ronald Acuna's exams.

Acuna was taken to the hospital for further evaluation after leaving Sunday's game with a left leg injury. Fantasy owners should have a contingency plan in place in the event that Acuna winds up on the disabled list.
May 27 - 9:21 PM

Frankie Montas quieted the Diamondbacks' bats Sunday in his season debut, holding them to one run over six innings in a 2-1 Athletics win.

Montas, who owned 4.39 ERA in nine starts with the A's Triple-A affiliate, dominated an admittedly diluted Diamondbacks lineup, but they all count the same. He gave up just three hits and walked two while punching out seven in the debut, earning the win for his efforts. The A's made the move to give Trevor Cahill another day of rest between starts, but given Montas' success it will be interesting to see how they handle their rotation going forward. It's a situation worth watching, and given Sunday's performance and the 25-year-old's history as a top prospect just a few years ago he could be a speculative add for fantasy owners with a roster spot to burn.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Ketel Marte went hitless in four at-bats Sunday and is now hitting .212 on the year.

Marte was given a golden opportunity as the starting second baseman for a good (at least in theory) offensive team, but he's never managed to get anything going this year. He's got just one homer and one steal in 49 games, and Marte is hitting .212/.271/.299 in 184 at-bats. The D'backs aren't rife with better options, but they could surely find someone -- anyone -- who could replicate his offensive output to date.
May 27 - 8:57 PM

Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

With a pair of runners on in a tied game in the sixth inning, Chapman yanked a Zack Greinke pitch to left field, bringing in the eventual game-winning run. The two-hit game broke an 0-for-17 slide coming into the game. It's been an up and down year for the 25-year-old, who was one of the best hitters in baseball for the first few weeks before going ice cold at the start of May. Overall, Chapman is hitting .237/.329/.437 with eight homers, 22 RBI and 32 runs scored and is really only a fantasy consideration in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
May 27 - 8:54 PM
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