MLB Season-Long Articles

 MLB Splits: Week 9
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, May 25, 2018 - 15:53

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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 - 5/25
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, May 25, 2018 - 12:55

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Each week we will check in with some of the better prospects in baseball. We will attempt, and it's an inexact science, to rank the minor leaguers based upon current expectations for 2018 fantasy production. Understand that things can change immediately for anyone on this list if they are traded, or more likely, if a current major league player ends up injured and the club needs a replacement. No one knows the date any of these youngsters will be called up, and that's why forecasting the performance of minor leaguers each season is nearly impossible.


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 Ray's Ramblings - Hitters & Pitchers
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:36

Is Ozzie Albies going to continue his epic start? What about Javier Baez? Who is Josh Bell? Which infielder is most concerning out of Carpenter/Crawford/Davidson/Devers? Still concerned about Benintendi? Harrison is back and Hernandez never went anywhere. The bat has left Martin and Smoak. You know which one improves, right? Jose Martinez, Kevin Pillar, Buster Posey - all solid, but have things slowed for all three? Suzuki/Flowers mashing for the Braves. Finally, who is Cody Bellinger? On the hill, Covey makes a spot start. Godley struggles while Fulmer rebounds. Gossett a mixed league option? Maeda and Aaron Sanchez… a tale of two directions.


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 Ray's Ramblings - Let Me Help You
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 13:40

Wheeler is struggling. So is Velasquez. Caleb Smith and Garrett Richards - some good, some bad. Chacin and Shields, two vets who ain't pitching badly. Lynn showing signs? Hamels and Happ, two lefties pitching pretty well. Gausman is rolling. Ditto Trevor Bauer? Chatwood... not so much with all those damn walks. Plus, Ray asks why you folks aren't letting him help you more. 


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 Bullpens BURR Report - 5/24
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 11:12

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Bullpen Usage & Reliever Ratings, or BURRis 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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 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report 5/23/18
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:47

Taking a look on the bump. Chase Anderson needs to start missing bats. Jose Berrios isn't beating himself. Walker Buehler is rollin' for the Dodgers. It's concern time for Bartolo Colon owners. Mike Foltynewicz and Nick Pivetta - which one can hold on to their hot start? Is Gio Gonzalez really this good? What about Miles Mikolas - is this thing for real? Is German Marquez a guy you can use on the road? Should you be buying Masahiro Tanaka or selling? Jason Vargas?


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 Weekly Catcher Report - 5/23
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 14:27

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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 2018 Closer Grid - 5/23
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:43

Some places in the world are safe zones where you’re wrapped in a soft blanket with a warm cup of cocoa. The bullpen is not one of those areas, not by a long shot. Each week at Guru Elite Ray Flowers will take a whirl around the carousel of crazy that is the 9th inning in major league baseball. Ray will break down all 30 team’s bullpens by listing the closer, the #2 option in the pen, the #3 option as well as listing any injured potential closing options. Ray will also make some notes, when appropriate, to guide you through the maze of the most difficult situations.


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 MLB Minor League Breakdown: Week 9
Posted by Vlad Sedler on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 16:47

Everyone loves a shiny new toy. In fantasy baseball terms, that means rookie hitters and pitchers that we fawn over and overspend for on the waiver wire.

Though some first-year hitters come out the gate red-hot, many of them inevitably hit major slumps that could negatively impact our fantasy rosters. Same goes for pitchers who step into the league with a never-before-seen arsenal, only to get exposed their second time around the big leagues. The term ‘hitting a rookie wall’ is a widely-used idiom for a reason.

This weekly offering will serve as...


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 2018 Player Profile: Goldy/Ozuna/Rizzo
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:54

Obviously doing something different this time with a triple-headed Player Profile mashup. Three men, three top-50 draft day selections, three disappointing turns to begin the year. What is going on with Paul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna and Anthony Rizzo, and will one, two or all three turn their performances around, or are one, two or three all headed toward disappointing efforts that will cause their owners to cry in the corner?


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