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 Weekly Catcher Review - 6/28
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 13:54

Each week we will take a look at catcher’s ability to slow down the running game, work with a pitching staff and help their hurlers by helping them out in the old pitch framing department. These is some second level type analysis right here. Most sources break down hot/cold streaks, batter vs. pitcher data, home/road splits, etc. Why don’t we talk more about the catcher and his impact on, not only the running game, but also game calling? We at Guru Elite find value in that type of next level stuff, so that’s why each week we break down all aspects of the defensive position for the men who wear the tools of ignorance. Let’s get to the data you need to understand which catchers to attack in the running game, or which pitchers might be compromised when a certain catcher is behind the dish.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitching & Hitting
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:49

Hitting and pitching today are the topics for Ray's Ramblings. On the bump, Berrios will try to rebound from a poorish start. Butler has been effective for the Cubs but he's far from a target. Hamels had a bad outing, his first back from injury, and there are growing concerns. Marquez seems like he's just another Rockies hurler. Montgomery has been better than I thought he would be with the Yankees. Gio Gonzalez is solid... nothing more. Sale and Samardzija are making history too. On the hitting side, we will take a look at some of the leaders the last calendar year. There's also talk about catchers batting leadoff and hitting homers. 

 Ray's Ramblings - Yankees Bats & Others
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 14:58

Will glasses help Anderson to find his lost game? Are young Yankees - Austin and Wade - worth adding? Speaking of Yanks, what's the deal with Holliday? With CarGo down, what do we do with Tapia? Why isn't anyone giving credit to Moreland? Pham has been a power source of renown, but there are concerns with the Cards outfielder. Posey just keeps on hitting, though Zimmerman has started to see a slowdown.

 Bullpen Review - 6/26
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 13:51

Every Thursday we publish our 2017 Closer Chart. That piece speaks to who is closing, and who are the next men up in the never-ending chain of relievers to turn to once there’s a needed change in the 9th inning. That article is narrow in its focus merely taking a look at the 9th inning. In what follows we will survey bullpens across the land. Which bullpens limit the homer? Which give up a ton of base hits? Which pens are struggling to keep inherited runners from crossing home plate? The Bullpen Review is your one stop shop to understanding which bullpens to target, and to avoid, when you’re setting your offensive lineup.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 6/27
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:58

Let's take a look around the bump. Bridwell is starting for the Angels, for now. Gray has been really effective for the Athletics. There could be a lot of success a coming. Hellickson and Leake... do you want either one of them on your fantasy squad? Liriano and Martes simply cannot throw enough strikes to be trusted, big arms or not. Matt Moore has been maddeningly inconsistent and is not trustworthy. I'm still a fan of Odorizzi whereas Pineda simply continues to befuddle owners. Roark has been blown up the last three times he's taken the bump. Moving forward, can he be trusted? Sale doesn’t believe in study. Volquez continues to be who he has always been; a disappointment.

 Ray's Ramblings - Sanity & Performance
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, June 26, 2017 - 16:01

I’m trying, one last time, to bring some sanity to the proceedings with Cody Bellinger. Altherr has been terrific for the Phillies. Chisenhall is hitting at an All-Star level. Matt Davidson has been one of the better power bats in the American League. Brandon Drury has been one heck of an all-around performer. Can Chase Headley do anything right? Aaron Hicks was slumping, and now he's hurt. Austin Meadows hamstrings are acting up... again. Wil Myers has been pretty much the exact same performer as he was last season. A.J. Pollock is still trying to make it back. Why is no one talking about Yasiel Puig and his offense. Denard Span is hitting, and doing it very well. Giancarlo Stanton has hit 20 homers in 8-straight seasons.

 Hot and Cold: Week 12 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, June 26, 2017 - 15:09

Sample sizes matter an awful lot when it comes to the outlook of a player. Sometimes we allow players too much time to snap out of a slump. At other times, we buy into success too quickly. Each week we will take a look at the recent work on the diamond - one and two week intervals - to at least detail some of the recent success and struggles of both hitters and pitchers. If nothing else, the weekly Hot/Cold write will at least inform you were players value is in the short-term. We’ve forgotten the hot and cold starts of the season by now, at least we have in many instances. Let’s focus more on the here and now.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 6/26
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, June 26, 2017 - 11:57

Let's look at some arms, shall we? Bailey returned for the Reds with a massive thud. Bibens-Dirkx... is that a fake name? Cole has returned to being a useful piece in fantasy baseball. Cueto just can't seem to get completely over the hump. Faria is looking more legit with every start, but... Kluber is back to being a superstar. Keuchel is still hurting, and it seems like he might be out past the All-Star Game. Lamet has a huge arm, but the results have still been uneven. Lynn has seen his strong start to the season erode the last two times out as he's been blasted. Finally, is Robbie Ray elite or is now the time to consider moving on from the lefty?

 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups: Week 13
Posted by Jerry Colvin on Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 16:54

The following players were readily available in my various 15-team NFBC and CBS leagues with two catchers, five outfielders, a MI, and CI spot.



Kevan Smith, Chicago White Sox – Amazingly after three articles, and three weeks of hitting for average, he is still zero-percent owned in the NFBC. Over the last seven days, he is batting a whopping .353 with one run, and one RBI over 17 at-bats. If you need to raise your batting average, this is where I would look.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 6/23
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, June 23, 2017 - 17:06

Who is this rookie, Andrew Moore? Which of the following list of hurlers are arms you should be looking to add or hold: Jose Berrios, Mike Fiers, Junior Guerra, Rich Hill, Jeff Hoffman, Aaron Nola, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta, Jeff Samardzija and Dan Straily? Ray meanders around the pitching landscape giving his quick thoughts on the names listed.


Andrew Moore made his major league debut Thursday and the 23 year old right hander allowed three runs, six hits and recorded four strikeouts over seven innings against the Tigers.