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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Blaine Hardy allowed one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the White Sox on Sunday.

Hardy didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three. The only real blemish for the right-hander was a solo shot by Matt Davidson. Outside of that the White Sox were able to threaten rarely, and he made the key pitches when necessary. Hardy's ERA drops to 3.32 on the season, and he could make another start on Sunday when Detroit faces the Indians on Sunday.
Jun 17 - 5:53 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a homer in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Castellanos also walked. The homer was a two-run shot off of James Shields in the first inning, and it gave Blaine Hardy and the Tigers pitching staff all the run support it would need. It's been a strong season for the infielder-turned-outfielder, and he now has nine homers to go along with a .310/.353/.502 line on the 2018 season over 70 games.
Jun 17 - 5:50 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

The homer gives Polanco nine on the season, with this one being a solo shot off of Anthony DeSclafani. It's been a disappointing 2018 season for the 26-year-old outfielder, but Sunday was a nice reminder that there's big-time talent in Polanco's left-handed bat. That being said, he's hitting just .211/.313/.427 in 2018, and at some point, he needs to produce. Hopefully that time starts in the second-half.
Jun 17 - 5:46 PM

Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and stole two bases in a win over the Pirates on Sunday.

Hamilton was able to show off his impressive speed all afternoon both as a runner and as a defender, and the two steals give him 13 on the season. He's struggled with the bat for most of 2018 -- and most of his career, if we're being honest -- but there have been signs of life as of late. If he's available in your league and you need help in the steals category, he's worth picking up despite his .197 average.
Jun 17 - 5:43 PM

Raisel Iglesias allowed a run over his 1 1/3 innings against the Pirates, but picked up his 10th save on Sunday.

Iglesias was not at his best on Sunday, and allowed an RBI single by Austin Meadows that cut the Reds lead to 8-6. He was still able to get the necessary outs, and he punched out two Pittsburgh hitters to help the ole stat line. Iglesias still has a solid 2.45 ERA on the 2018 season, and he's 10-for-12 in save opportunities.
Jun 17 - 5:41 PM

Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Pirates on Sunday.

He allowed just three hits in the contest, and DeSclafani walked just one while striking out four. The only reason this line didn't end up better is that two of those three hits were solo homers. Still, it's easily the best start of the season for DeSclafani, who has made just three starts because of an oblique injury. Start number four comes against the Cubs on Saturday.
Jun 17 - 5:38 PM

Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer to help the Reds to an 8-6 victory on Sunday over the Pirates.

The homer came off of Joe Musgrove, and it gives the underrated third baseman 14 on the season. Somewhat quietly, Suarez now has his line on the year up to .297/.384/.569, and the 14 homers and 52 RBI are more impressive when you remember he missed a couple of weeks while on the disabled list. He's also homered in back-to-back games, and his hitting streak extends to eight.
Jun 17 - 5:34 PM

Joe Musgrove allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

It was easily the worst start for Musgrove this year, as the former Astro wasn’t fooling the Cincinnati hitters at all, despite having six strikeouts in the four-plus innings. Musgrove was due for a bad start; it just wasn’t expected to happen against the Reds’ mediocre lineup. He still has a 3.68 ERA on the season, and he’ll attempt to get back on track when he faces the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Jun 17 - 5:30 PM
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