Trading Tips: June 17

Trading Tips: June 17
Buying low on Gary Sanchez and selling high on Jake Arrieta are among the trading tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Andrew Benintendi finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 9-3 victory in Seattle.

Benintendi has been on fire since the end of May, going 30-for-84 (.357) to raise his average from .272 to .299 since May 25. He has rattled off 10 multi-hit efforts during the impressive stretch, too. Unfortunately he has managed just one extra-base hit, a homer, over his past seven outings, but he is doing enough in the batting average and RBI departments where fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently.
Jun 17 - 10:01 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two earned runs, six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over six innings in a victory in Seattle on Sunday.

Rodriguez threw 70 of his 113 pitches for strikes in the quality start, moving to 9-1 while lowering his ERA to 3.59. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 25 batters he faced, winning his sixth straight outing. He has also lowered his ERA in each of his past six starts, going from 4.68 on May 15 to just 3.59 after this victory. He'll look to keep it rolling in the right direction in a rematch against Mike Leake and the Mariners at Fenway Park next Saturday.
Jun 17 - 9:55 PM

Caleb Ferguson allowed four runs - three earned - and two hits with a walk and six strikeouts over five innings in a loss Sunday against San Francisco.

Ferguson threw 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes while posting 13 first-pitch strikes against the 19 batters he faced. It was his best showing to date, but he still failed to record a quality start in three appearances. He has a ways to go before he'll be worth using in fantasy leagues. His next scheduled start is tentatively set for next weekend against the Mets, but he is an extremely risky streamer option.
Jun 17 - 9:37 PM

Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's road win against the Dodgers.

Belt had his first hit and RBI since returning from the 10-day disabled list after an emergency appendectomy. He was hitless on Saturday, but he looked good enough on Sunday to feel confident in starting him across the board heading into the new week. Belt is slashing .302/.397/.548 through 55 games with 12 homers and 33 RBI.
Jun 17 - 9:33 PM

Hunter Strickland worked two-thirds of a scoreless inning with one strikeout to secure his 14th save of the season in Sunday's road win against the Dodgers.

Strickland needed just eight pitches in the save opportunity, throwing five strikes. He bounced back nicely after blowing a save in his most recent outing on June 14 in Miami. However, he has converted 12 of his past 13 save chances. Mark Melancon is in the bullpen, too, and he has closing history. However, it appears Strickland remains in firm control of ninth-inning duties for now.
Jun 17 - 9:30 PM

Chris Stratton allowed one unearned run with three hits and a walk over six innings in a road win Sunday against the Dodgers.

Stratton threw just 54 of his 96 pitches for strikes, managed first-pitch strikes to only eight of the 21 batters he faced and he uncorked a wild pitch. However, he continuously did a great job of bailing himself out, and the Dodgers certainly helped him out with some lazy swings and poor at-bats. He has won six of his eight decisions over nine outings since the start of May. He'll look to keep the good times rolling Friday against Jordan Lyles and the Padres in a favorable matchup.
Jun 17 - 9:25 PM

Mark Canha finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-5 victory against the Angels.

It was a much-needed big game for Canha, who was tearing the cover off the ball in Cactus League spring play. However, he entered this contest with only one multi-hit performance over his past 21 outings. In fact, his average had slipped from .284 to .238 just since May 12. Perhaps this multi-hit effort will get him going again.
Jun 17 - 9:15 PM

Blake Treinen worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts in Sunday's relief victory against the Angels.

Treinen threw 18 of his 21 pitches for strikes in the impressive outing, lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.06. He has converted 15 of his 17 save chances, and his last blown save came way back on April 18. He has yielded just two earned runs over his past 22 innings over his past 19 appearances, making him one of the best fantasy closer options around.
Jun 17 - 9:11 PM
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