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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Rhys Hoskins hit his sixth home run of the year in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

A Jack Flaherty fastball caught a little too much of the plate -- one of the few mistakes the young righty made on the afternoon -- and Hoskins deposited it into the visiting bullpen in left field in the fourth inning. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and his sixth homer this year. The power hasn't been as prominent as it was during a cameo at the end of last year, but his on-base skills have helped keep him productive for the Phils. The 25-year-old is hitting .250/.389/.453 with 27 RBI and 25 runs scored through 44 games.
May 20 - 7:36 PM

Dexter Fowler had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

That's a Fowler type of line, one we haven't seen much of from the 32-year-old recently. The steal was just his third in five tries this year, and the usually on-base proficient Fowler owns a paltry .281 OBP through 40 games this year. With Tyler O'Neill in town to push all three starting outfielders, perhaps it's the push Fowler needs to start producing at the dish and on the basepaths.
May 20 - 7:33 PM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Carpenter was one of the worst regulars in baseball up until a few days ago, but a light seems to have flipped on this week. Since Wednesday, the infielder has 10 hits, including six doubles, in 20 at-bats. He's a good hitter with a terrific batting eye when right, and it appears he's feeling good at the dish now. Opportunistic owners in leagues where Carpenter was dropped would do well to snatch him up.
May 20 - 7:28 PM

Aaron Nola allowed four runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Nola gave up seven hits and a walk in his six innings of work, snapping a five-start winning streak with the loss. To put it in contrast, he'd allowed just two runs in his previous three starts combined before letting in four Sunday. That speaks to how good he's been on the whole through 10 starts, owning a 2.37 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 57/14 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll try to get a new streak going Saturday against the Blue Jays.
May 20 - 7:25 PM

Tyler O'Neill went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

A day after hitting his first major league homer, O'Neill decided to make it two in a row with a solo shot off Phillies ace Aaron Nola in the sixth inning. He started in right field Saturday and left field Sunday, and although the Cards outfield seems set with Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler in tow, O'Neill will find his way into the lineup if he continues to mash. He's worth a speculative add in deeper leagues for his prodigious power.
May 20 - 7:20 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "there’s a growing feeling among talent evaluators" that the Braves will attempt to acquire Mike Moustakas from the Royals before the trade deadline.

That appears to be even more likely after the Braves ended the Jose Bautista experiment at third base on Sunday. Moustakas is on a very reasonable one-year deal and will be a very attractive trade chip for the Royals in July.
Source: Boston Globe
May 20 - 7:16 PM

Logan Morrison hit a bases-loaded, go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Brewers.

With two on and one out, the Brewers opted to intentionally walk Eduardo Escobar to bring up Morrison to face lefty reliever Boone Logan with the bases loaded. LoMo won the battle, lining a single off the right field wall to plate two. Morrison now has 17 RBI to go with a disappointing .211/.318/.376 line in 39 games this year.
May 20 - 7:15 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Jake Peavy is still hopeful of returning to the big leagues this season.

The 36-year-old hurler said that he'll make a decision within the next three weeks, but wanted to consult with his children first. Peavy elaborated, "I feel that I can help a team in the second half. My arm feels great. I’ve had a chance to rest it so I feel as strong as I’ve felt in a long time. I’ve kept in shape. I throw bullpens. So I’m hoping that once I make the decision to do it, that the interest will be there." Even if he is able to succeed in his comeback attempt, it's unlikey that he'll be relevvant from a fantasy perspective.
Source: Boston Globe
May 20 - 7:11 PM
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