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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Gerrit Cole surrendered four hits and three runs over seven innings Sunday in the Astros’ 14-inning loss to Cleveland.

He notched eight strikeouts and two walks over 112 pitches. Cole served up a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez in the first inning then gave up another run in the second on Greg Allen’s RBI double. Fortunately, he was able to overcome his rough start, allowing just four base-runners after the second inning. The story, of course, was Cole’s showdown with Trevor Bauer, his former college teammate/nemesis, though neither factored in the decision. An early Cy Young contender, Cole will take an impressive 5-1 record into his next start Friday versus Boston. He’ll be opposing Chris Sale in that game.
May 27 - 7:41 PM

Ken Giles allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning Sunday in Houston’s extra-innings loss to the Indians.

What a disaster. With Houston leading by a comfortable 8-3 margin in the ninth inning, Giles imploded in spectacular fashion, allowing consecutive hits to Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso without recording a single out. Manager A.J. Hinch lifted him for Will Harris, who did nothing to stop the bleeding as Cleveland miraculously closed the gap and went on to win in extra innings. Giles isn’t the only one deserving of blame—this was a colossal meltdown by the entire bullpen. But this isn’t the first time Giles has self-destructed following a dismal postseason and a similar disaster against the Yankees earlier this year. Look for the Astros to address their growing bullpen need at the trade deadline. Kelvin Herrera and Zach Britton should be among their top targets.
May 27 - 7:39 PM

Evan Gattis hammered a pair of home runs Sunday in the Astros’ loss to the Indians.

Gattis put Houston ahead 8-3 by slugging a three-run homer in the eighth inning. He wasn’t finished, later adding a solo shot to give the Astros a 9-8 advantage in the 13th. Houston’s bullpen coughed up the lead in both instances as the Astros eventually fell in 14 innings. Sunday marked Gattis’ first multi-homer game since July 18 of last year.
May 27 - 7:37 PM

Making his Mariners debut Sunday, Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure the save in a 3-1 win over the Twins.

The first thought for some upon seeing Colome get the call in a two-run game was that he, and not Edwin Diaz, might close games for the M's going forward, but Diaz had pitched in four of the past five games and was unavailable for Sunday's contest. That throws some cold water on the idea Colome might still retain some fantasy value after the trade. He'll fill in for the occasional save chance when Diaz is overworked, but the 29-year-old can be safely dropped in most formats, even after Sunday's aberration.
May 27 - 7:37 PM

Jose Altuve chipped in with four hits and two RBI Sunday in the Astros’ loss to the Indians.

He singled in each of his first two at-bats before plating George Springer with an RBI double in the sixth inning. Altuve added to his haul with a big eighth inning, driving in Springer with another base hit and later scoring on an RBI single by Yuli Gurriel. He nearly collected a fifth hit in the ninth but was robbed on a nice diving catch by center fielder Greg Allen. Had it fallen, it would have been Altuve’s 11th hit in as many at-bats. Unreal. Altuve hasn’t hit for as much power this year (only three homers) but he’s not giving fantasy owners much to complain about with his .330 batting average, which ranks fourth in the American League.
May 27 - 7:37 PM

Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 Sunday, including the game-winning, two-run double in the eighth inning of a win over the Twins.

Healy had a pair of singles already before he stepped to the dish with two on and two out in the eighth. That's when he lined an Addison Reed offering over a leaping Ehire Adrianza and into the left-center field gap, plating two on the ball that rolled all the way to the outfield wall. After a hot stretch in early May Healy had cooled in recent days, but Sunday's game raised his line to .254/.286/.485 with eight homers, 22 RBI and 21 runs scored.
May 27 - 7:31 PM

Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in a win over the Twins on Sunday.

Twins starter Jose Berrios made a mistake, one of the few from either starter on the afternoon, and Seager parked it in the seats in right field in the fourth inning. The homer was his first since May 16, and his ninth overall. The notoriously streaky hitter is still waiting for his first real hot stretch of the year, and fantasy owners are surely waiting impatiently as well. Seager is hitting .224/.283/.424 on the season and while he can't be dropped, it's still a frustrating situation for owners of the 30-year-old.
May 27 - 7:26 PM

Ben Gamel went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Twins.

Gamel missed the first two weeks of the season with an oblique strain and hit just .121/.171/.212 in the April games in which he did play, but he's found something in May. Through Sunday, the 26-year-old is batting .338 this month. Gamel has also found his running legs in recent days, racking up three steals in his past five games. He lacks the offensive upside to be mixed-league relevant, but Gamel is certainly in play in AL-only leagues these days.
May 27 - 7:21 PM
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