MLB Season-Long Articles

 Ray’s Ramblings - All-Star Break: Pitchers
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:14

It’s the All-Star Break so it’s a good time to reassess where we are at in 2018. In this two-part series I will cover hitters (PART I) and pitchers (PART II). Which players are overperforming? Which players have sunk like a rock? Which numbers make you want to grab a bottle of champagne to celebrate and which ones a bottom of whiskey to drown out your sorrows?

Here is a link to the All-Star Break Hitters piece.
 

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 Ray's Ramblings - All-Star Break: Hitters
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, July 16, 2018 - 13:44

It’s the All-Star Break so it’s a good time to reassess where we are at in 2018. In this two-part series I will cover hitters (PART I) and pitchers (PART II). Which players are overperforming? Which players have sunk like a rock? Which numbers make you want to grab a bottle of champagne to celebrate and which ones a bottom of whiskey to drown out your sorrows?

 

To access the IN-SEASON PREMIUM CONTENT at Guru Elite Purchase the MLB Guide for 29.99. The package includes Monthly Rankings, Rookie Reports, Bullpen Breakdowns, Pitching/Catching Metric, Player Profiles & much, much more.  You can also pick up the MONTHLY subscription for $9.99 if you would prefer to go in that direction.


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 Vlad's FAAB Values: Week 16 (special strategy edition)
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 03:11

No specific players to discuss with the All-Star break upon us, so I wanted to take the time in this week’s column to discuss some of my mid-season strategies and drivers of second-half success.

For those of us who grind away with nearly double-digit fantasy teams, or even folks who just play in a couple leagues, one sentiment is certain: we can all use a break…the All-Star break. Not only because it allows us time to focus on fantasy football draft prep, but because it gives us some much-needed rest and relaxation from the constant attention we give box scores and our rosters. We’re only human, after all. The four-day recharge is also helpful to those who only play DFS baseball because – let’s face it – even the degens needs a breather! DFS players can use some of the free time to reassess their lineup-building process and look for weaknesses/bad tendencies...


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 MLB Splits: Week 16
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 16:26

As we fall further down the wormhole of analysis each year, we search for the light. We try to grab at any branch that we fall past, but many of them simply cannot support our weight. However, there are plenty of branches that can stop your fall, plenty of areas that you can turn to for the light. Each week we will attempt to address which splits matter for hitters and pitchers. We’re talking about finding that little advantage that others don’t seem to be aware of. It’s not just some guys batting average against righties, or some relievers ERA on the road either kinda stuff. We’re talking about trying to ferret out any results that will give you the advantage that your opponents are lacking.


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 Ray's Prospect Watch - 7/13
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 13:05

Ray Flowers takes a look at some of the better prospects in the fantasy game each Friday. Which hitters are surging or struggling? Which hurlers are allowing too many walks, and which are setting down the opponent with aplomb? Ray takes a look around the minor league landscape by looking at 40 prospects you need to know for 2018.


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 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report 7/13/18
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:21

Sale and deGrom continue to dominate. So has Maeda of late. Lucchesi isn't going deep into games. Marquez has a lot of strikeouts. Peralta has been demoted. Rodon still dealing with walks. Straily is stable, but boring. Weaver has two bounce back efforts. Gio Gonzalez has been pitching poorly. Marco Gonzales has been impressive for the Mariners. Sonny Gray is back to throwing curveballs. Foltynewicz has hit a rough patch. Cahill is always hurt. Barria isn't getting much pub for his solid work. 

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 MLB Injury Report - 7/12
Posted by Benny Ricciardi on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 16:00

We have a lot of news today with the All-Star Break coming up. Not as many guys going on the DL right now, mostly because many of them will be off of it by the time games restart next week. We do have a lot of guys coming off or getting close to being ready who are likely to make their MLB reappearance after the break, so that’s where most of the action is in this week’s report...


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 Weekly Catcher Report - 7/12
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:29

Just as we’re taking an in-depth look at bullpen with our BURR metric, we will break down the catcher’s position every week as well at Guru Elite. Normally we just worry about the offensive side of the game, but as we move to the next level of analysis we’re looking more and more at the importance defensive side of the game. The report that follows will lay out how each backstop is doing while wearing the tools of ignorance. How is the catcher at blocking balls? Is he able to slow down the running game? Do pitchers perform better or worse when he is behind the dish? Basically, we’re concerning ourselves with all aspects of the main job of catchers – and it’s not the offensive side of the game. 


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 Ray's Ramblings - Is Bryce Harper a Superstar?
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:15

LeBron James.

Tom Brady.

Sidney Crosby.

Cristiano Ronaldo.

Michael Jackson.

Those men are superstars.

You know it when you see it.

At least that's my perception of the question of - who is a superstar?

I had no idea when I asked the question on Twitter Tuesday, I would be attacked with such vengeance by some.

The mere fact that I had to ask "Is Bryce Harper a superstar?" should answer the question. You don't have to ask if someone is a superstar.  It should be obvious. I’ll address the whole shebang with Harper and see if we can figure this thing out and try to understand how so many of you answer the question in the affirmative.


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 Bullpens BURR Report - 7/11
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 15:58

Bullpen Usage & Reliever Ratings, or BURR, is an idea that Flowers and Mans have been playing around with since the 2017 season. The reason for their focus is simply that bullpens are a more important part of the modern game than ever before, and the average fantasy player really isn’t factoring that into their lineup decisions in a meaningful way. Each week we will update our bullpen ratings giving you the best way to attack, or avoid, bullpens while setting your fantasy baseball lineup in the DFS game or in the season-long setup. 


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