Ray Flowers

MLB/NFL Analyst      

Ray Flowers has been a full-time fantasy analysist for the last 16 years – who has done that? – spending all his waking hours breaking down baseball, football and even hockey back in the day. For the past seven years, since the first day of the channel, he’s been on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio six days a week spewing opinionated analysis with his co-host Kyle Elfrink on the SiriusXM Fantasy Drive (Sirius 210, XM 87). Known for his analytical approach, Ray eschews pitching and quarterbacks early in drafts and isn’t afraid to predict outcomes that go completely against the grain if the data leads him there. When he’s not slaying Twitter with wondrous responses filled with charm and snark, or winning FSWA Writing Awards, he can be found watching a superhero flick, taking a swim or pounding vodka Red Bull’s into the wee hours of the morning.

 Catchers - Handling Runners & Pitchers
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:05

I touched on catcher framing earlier this week. A couple of you asked me for an update on the piece focusing on throwing rates for the men who wear the tools of ignorance, and since I’m nothing if not a man of the people, I thought it would be wise to listen. What follows speaks to the abilities of backstops to hold down the running game with their arm. I’ll also touch on Catcher ERA which speaks to how catchers fare calling games.


Let’s take a look at which catchers teams aren’t afraid to run on, and which catchers do a solid job cutting down runners who dare run. 

 DFS Hitting Breakdown - 4/5
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:48

The first day of the hitting breakdown went so well that we though, what the hell, let’s do it again. Obviously, while this is true, we’re going to be bring the Hitting Breakdown to you on a daily basis to help you dominate in the daily game. It’s why you’re part of the #EliteMafia, right?


Ballpark Data

2016 Ball Park Splits

 Ray's Ramblings - Early Hitter Breakdowns
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 16:58

It’s only been two days, but Ray Flowers still has plenty to say about the batters making noise on, and off, the diamond.

Jay Bruce had three walks Monday. I know everyone has moved on, everyone wants Michael Conforto, but let me say it again – Jay Bruce produces. The 30 year old slugger has average .248-31-94-85-8 per 162 games in his career. Moreover, the last five years he’s been as effective as Giancarlo Stanton. Here is the average effort of both men the last five years.

J. Bruce: .245-29-93-80-7

Stanton: .267-31-80-68-5

Khris Davis hit two homers Monday. Last year, when he hit 42 bombs, his first big fly didn’t come until April 21st.

 Ray's Ramblings - Hurler's Health
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 15:58

It’s only been a couple of days, but we’re already seeing a bunch of injuries with the men on the mound. Make it stop, please make it stop.

Santiago Casilla was the man I tabbed all offseason as the arm to own in the Athletics bullpen. It’s just one game, but the first chance the A’s had for a save it went to... Casilla who converted the chance with a scoreless 9th Monday. He’s by no means locked into the role at this point, but he shouldn’t be on waivers either if you need any help at all on the bump.

Yu Darvish allowed four runs in 6.1 innings against the Indians. He was sloppy throwing only 56-of-98 pitches for strikes as he walked five men. He just didn’t look sharp. Darvish says he will move back to the third base side of the rubber after moving to the first base side this year to help chance his fortunes. Way to stick to it Yu. He makes me nervous folks. Again, Darvish last threw 150-innings in 2013.

 Catcher Framing
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 14:21

The 2017 baseball season is underway. You know that already so it's a pretty lame statement to make I will admit. With the start of the 2017 season comes a time to reflect on the 2016 campaign with an eye toward the future. What is listed below is a quick primer on catcher's performance in 2016. We will be tracking catching data in 2017 on a weekly basis to help you to stay up with which backstops are able to help their hurlers out. We will also point out which backstops are potential landmines to their hurlers with their poor abilities to frame pitches and to aid in the defensive aspects of the game.