Trading Tips: April 22

Trading Tips: April 22
Buying low on Joey Votto and selling high on Bryce Harper are among the bold tips offered by Fred Zinkie this week.
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Francisco Liriano gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Royals on Sunday.

Liriano cruised through the first five innings, striking out six and allowing no hits through those first five. Things quickly went downhill in the sixth, as he gave up a solo shot to Whit Merrifield to open the season, and two more runs came in. The southpaw still owns a solid 3.13 ERA for his efforts on the year, and he's at least earned the right to stay in the Detroit rotation for the foreseeable future. His next start will come on Saturday against Baltimore, and you might want to look elsewhere considering how right-handed the Orioles' lineup is.
Apr 22 - 4:41 PM

Eric Skoglund gave up four runs over five innings in a no decision on Sunday against the Tigers.

Skoglund gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three. The southpaw has now had three straight starts with similar lines, and he owns a rather unhealthy 8.59 ERA in response. His next scheduled start will come on Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago.
Apr 22 - 4:37 PM

Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to help the Royals beat the Tigers 8-5 on Sunday.

The homer came off of Buck Farmer, and it broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh. He now has six homers on the season, and he's slugging a robust .612 mark on his 2018 campaign. In what is clearly a rebuilding year for the Royals, we should start hearing trade rumors about Moustakas soon. It won't matter where he's playing if he keeps hitting like this in terms of his fantasy value.
Apr 22 - 4:34 PM

Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth inning and struck out two in the Indians' victory over the Orioles on Sunday.

Miller now has three holds on the season. He's allowed five hits on the year, and he's struck out 16 over his 9 1/3 innings. Even without saves, Miller has fantasy relevance because of his ability to miss bats and keep hitters off the bases. There aren't many better relievers in baseball.
Apr 22 - 4:29 PM

Manny Machado homered twice in a 7-3 loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Both homer came off of Corey Kluber, and Machado now has eight on the season. The Orioles aren't very good, but Machado is. He now has a .356/.434/.713 line to begin his 2018 campaign. We wonder when we'll start hearing the trade rumors for the 25-year-old shortstop, as it's pretty clear that Baltimore isn't going to contend in Machado's last year under contract.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Matt Kemp is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Nationals.

It's surprising, seeing as Kemp is a .318/.333/.591 hitter with a homer and six RBI in 24 career plate appearances against Jeremy Hellickson. Joc Pederson is starting in left field and batting fifth for the Dodgers on Sunday.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Andrew Cashner allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.

The one bright spot for Cashner was that he was able to strike out seven while walking just two, but outside of that the right-hander was ineffective against the Cleveland lineup. Cashner is back on the mound on Friday in a home start against the Tigers.
Apr 22 - 4:23 PM

Corey Kluber picked up his third win over the season while giving up three runs in seven innings against the Orioles on Sunday.

Kluber wasn't as sharp as he has been in his other starts, but the 2017 Cy Young winner was still able to have an effective outing by keeping the aggressive Baltimore lineup off-balance -- for the most part. Manny Machado did hit two homers off the ace, but his ERA still sits at a very crisp 1.96. He'll look to lower that in his next start on Friday against the Mariners.
Apr 22 - 4:19 PM
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