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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Brandon Belt swatted a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning to propel the Giants to a 9-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday.

In a 5-5 game in the seventh inning, Belt stepped to the dish with two on and lefty Jake McGee on the bump for the Rox. Belt delivered, as he has often this year, knocking a three-run jack over the right field wall to give the Giants the late lead. The first baseman has surprisingly been one of the best hitters in the National League this year, batting .313/.413/.594 with 11 homers, 29 RBI and 28 runs scored. He's been especially dangerous in the past week, recording six multi-hit games since last Sunday. Few are locked in like he is right now.
May 20 - 9:13 PM

Trevor Story finished 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Story knocked an RBI double in the fourth inning and added a run-scoring single in the fifth, adding to his RBI total of 35 that's second-best in the National League. Story also has 10 homers, which rank among the league leaders as well, and he's hitting .250/.335/.512 in 47 games.
May 20 - 9:07 PM

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Rockies on Sunday.

Hernandez muscled up in the fifth inning, lifting a fly ball to center field that just kept carrying and eluded a leaping Charlie Blackmon for the two-run shot. The laser show from Gorkys has been a surprise, as Sunday's homer was his fourth this year after he entered the year with five total homers in 232 career games. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant offensive surprise all around for the Giants this year, batting .279/.308/.430 while hitting leadoff at points for the club.
May 20 - 9:02 PM

Nolan Arenado filled up the stat sheet Sunday, going 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a stolen base and a run scored in a loss to the Giants.

Arenado collected three of the Rockies' 13 hits in the loss, and he's got five multi-hit games in his last eight contests. He's not putting up prolific offensive numbers but Arenado has been one of the best hitters, in terms of average, so far this year, batting .331 with a .418 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage. As the weather continues to warm up, his power numbers should tick upward as well.
May 20 - 8:53 PM

Ty Blach lasted just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing eight hits and four runs in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Blach has been getting by on the back of one of the league's best ground ball rates, a skill that abandoned him Sunday as the Rockies made just three outs on the ground before he exited. Fortunately for him, AT&T Park is spacious enough that the fly balls didn't hurt him as much as they could have on a day when he just didn't have it. Blach didn't factor in the decision, remaining 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 11 starts this year. He'll draw a tough Cubs team in Wrigley Field on Sunday.
May 20 - 8:38 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Giants.

Anderson allowed six hits and a walk in his 5 1/3 innings of work, the third straight start he's allowed four runs or more with fewer than six innings pitched. He entered that three-start stretch with a 3.78 ERA, and it sits at 4.74 after Sunday's game. The Reds are up next for Anderson when they visit Coors Field on Saturday.
May 20 - 8:34 PM

Shohei Ohtani struck out nine while allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings in the Angels' 5-2 win over the Rays Sunday.

Ohtani gave up six hits, including a solo homer, and walked one in the contest. It was the third time in seven starts this year that he's struck out nine or more, and he's got five quality starts in those seven outings. The 23-year-old epitome of a dual threat is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 52/14 K/BB ratio on the bump and is hitting .321/.367/.619 in 84 at-bats. A big test looms for Ohtani next weekend when the Halos visit the Yankees.
May 20 - 8:30 PM

Johnny Field went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Angels on Sunday.

Field drove a Shohei Ohtani offering over the left-center field wall in the third inning to get the Rays on the board, and he doubled and scored the Rays' other run in the eighth. In 22 games, the 26-year-old has held his own offensively, batting .308/.348/.554 with four homers through Sunday's game. Field has also played all three outfield spots, a flexibility that should help him continue to get into the lineup on a regular basis while he's producing at the plate.
May 20 - 8:24 PM
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