Trading Tips: April 22

Trading Tips: April 22
Buying low on Joey Votto and selling high on Bryce Harper are among the bold tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Justin Bour went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Bour had an RBI double in the first inning and added an RBI single in the eighth, driving in both of the Marlins' runs on the afternoon. He's now hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Bour has 13 RBI to go with four homers, seven runs scored and a .243/.325/.432 line through 21 games overall.
Apr 22 - 5:05 PM

Alex Colome got the win over the Twins on Sunday by pitching a clean ninth inning.

Colome was excellent on Sunday, striking out the side and earning the victory after Carlo Gomez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. It's been a very disappointing beginning to his 2018 season, and his ERA still sits at 7.00 even after the clean inning. Here's hoping his strong performance leads to him pitching like the 2017 version going forward.
Apr 22 - 5:04 PM

Yonny Chirinos struck out six over 4 2/3 innings of work while allowing two runs in his start on Sunday against the Twins.

Chirinos did allow four hits and two walks, but he was able to limit the damage to just the two runs against the Minnesota lineup. The 24-year-old rookie has pitched relatively well in his first month of big-league action, and he offers some fantasy appeal in AL-only leagues. You'll likely want a different starter in your lineup on Saturday when he's pitching in Boston against the Red Sox.
Apr 22 - 5:02 PM

Josh Hader allowed only an unearned run over two innings of work Sunday against the Marlins, earning his third save of the year.

Each of his three saves have been of the two-inning variety, as Brewers manager Craig Counsell has resorted to a sort of postseason-like usage of the 24-year-old. Hader has been up to the task, owning a 1.23 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings thus far. It's not a monopoly, but among the Brewers relief options, Hader is the pitcher to own until closer Corey Knebel comes back.
Apr 22 - 5:01 PM

Phil Hughes gave up two runs over 3 1/3 innings in his first start of the season on Sunday against the Rays.

Hughes needed 70 pitches to get through his three-plus innings, and he walked two and struck out two. He missed the first month of the season with an oblique injury, and there was clearly some rust to shack off for the 31-year-old right-hander. He's tough to trust as a fantasy option, and you should probably avoid him in his next start on Friday against the Reds.
Apr 22 - 4:59 PM

Caleb Smith struck out a career-high 10 while allowing two runs over six innings in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Smith was dominant save for a two-batter stretch to begin the fourth inning, when Lorenzo Cain singled ahead of a Christian Yelich two-run homer. Those were the only two hits Smith allowed, and he didn't walk a batter. It's a shame his brilliance didn't net him his first win, but such is life as a Marlin in 2018. Smith will look to replicate his success, with a better result, Saturday against the Rockies.
Apr 22 - 4:57 PM

Junior Guerra allowed only an unearned run over five innings in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Guerra gave up five hits and a walk, striking out four in the effort. He's now allowed just one earned run over his first three starts combined, resulting in a 0.56 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. That's a very promising development after the 33-year-old put up a 5.12 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 21 appearances last season. A good litmus test will come Saturday when Guerra squares off against the Cubs in Chicago.
Apr 22 - 4:56 PM

Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off two-run homer in Tampa Bay's 8-6 victory over the Twins on Sunday.

The homer came off of Addison Reed, and it is third homer of the season for Gomez. The veteran outfielder has gotten off to a horrific start to his time with the Rays, and even with the homer his OPS sits at just .536. It's early, however, and Gomez is too talented to have these paltry numbers all season.
Apr 22 - 4:56 PM
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