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 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 5/23
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 17:01

It's time to look at pitchers. Foltynewicz just can't turn the corner. Fulmer seems to be nearly the exact same guy he was last year. Greinke has been a boss... like I said he would. Lackey has been fine... other than his massive homer spike. Miley has been... Miley, and that's not very good. Odorizzi is on the list of pitchers I trust. I warned about Triggs. His last outing showed why. Vargas is starting to show cracks. There's still time to deal him. Wainwright is improving, slowly. Finally, who is this Lamet kid from the Padres and should you care?

 2017 Player Profile - Gleyber Torres
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 16:33

Gleyber Torres is one of the best prospects in baseball. Previously a Cub, and now a Yankee, there is a ton of hype around the youngster in the baseball world. Obviously, that excitement has trickled down to the fantasy universe causing all of you to ask me questions about Torres on a daily basis. In this Player Profile, I’ll breakdown what kind of player that Torres is and whether or not he has the makeup, as currently constructed, to be an immediate fantasy contributor. I will then discuss the chances that he will be called up and take a shot, albeit a complete stab in the dark, at positing when we might see one of the best young stars in the game starring in the major leagues with an NY on his ballcap.  

Gleyber Torres

20 years old

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’1”, 180 lbs

Position: Shortstop / Third Base

 Bullpen Review - 5/23
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 14:28
 2017 Player Profile - Matt Adams
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 17:12

With Freddie Freeman expected to miss 10 or so weeks with his broken left wrist, and with nothing in house they could trust, the Braves did the logical thing and made a deal to fill the void. The Braves sent cash and Juan Yepez so the Cardinals in exchange for Matt Adams. As happens once or twice every year, the fantasy universe falls in love with the “potential” of Adams, nevermind the fact that he’s never lived up to the expectations that have dogged him for years. In this Player Profile I will explain, yet again, why going all in on the potential slugger is going to doom your fantasy squad.

Matt Adams

28 years old

Bats/Throws: L/R

Height/Weight: 6’3”, 240 lbs

Position: First Base

 Ray's Ramblings - FAAB & Middle Infielders
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 16:11

Each week we all struggle over what to spend on free agents in fantasy baseball is we use the FAAB model (Free Agent Acquisition Budget). In these leagues, which are usually $100 or $1,000 to spend over the course of the season, we struggle with whether to go that extra dollar or not as we place those bids. I’ll use the example of Bradley Zimmer to illustrate how things went last weekend before proposing that we all enact the Vickery Method to help to smooth the process out. I will also detail the recent work of a series of suddenly productive middle infielders: Kipnis, Sanchez, Swanson and Travis.

 Hot and Cold: Week 7 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 14:34

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.

 MLB Mailbag - Week 7
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 16:50

It's Friday, so let's answer some of your questions. Should you roster Alonso or Smoak if you lost Freeman? Speaking of first baseman, what's the deal with this Bell guy from the Pirates? Bellinger has struggled of late. Would you be trading him? How much do this year's numbers matter? What's the deal with Peraza? Is it time to give up on the Reds' infielder? Castillo or Gattis behind the dish? Has Walked tamed the long ball even though he's pitching in the heat of the desert?


Justin Smoak & Yonder Alonso are commonly suggested as Freeman replacements. Whose resurgence do you feel is more sustainable?

 Ray's Ramblings - Veto A Trade?
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 14:40

Trades are a huge part of the fantasy game. Seasons can often be won if you buy that piece at the right moment. Conversely, if you sell that part at the wrong time, right before he takes off, you might beat yourself up for months. Regardless of the side you find yourself on, trades are a ton of fun, and we all love trying to “win” the deal no matter how big or small the deal is. Sometimes though, trades go horribly wrong. I’m not speaking about the deal you make that doesn’t work – like your guy goes on the DL three days after you acquire him – I mean those deals that just don’t make any sense at all. What do we do in a scenario where the is simply an awful trade consummated? Should the commissioner of the league veto the deal? Should the trade be put up for a league vote to see if it should be overturned? Should you simply leave the deal in place thinking that folks are allowed to manage their squad any way they deem fit? We shall take a look at these questions in what follows.

 Ramblings - Benintendi, Thames, Turner, Freeman
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 16:46

Did we totally miss the boat as an industry when we suggested that Trea Turner was a star? Were we too quick to anoint Andrew Benintendi as a star? What has happened with Eric Thames who has recently pulled back of late. Did you see the news about Freddie Freeman? How much time will he miss with his injury and whom will the Braves call on to replace him.


Let’s take a look at three of the men who were off to hot starts this season, or players that everyone had to have: Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Eric Thames and Trea Turner. Here are some table to consider.

The pace of the four men.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 5/18
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 15:20

Should you be worried about Carlos Carrasco? Is Cobb "back" to his pre-surgery form? Can Cueto turn around a slow start to the season? Danny Duffy... thoughts? Is Derek Holland a sell now candidate? John Lackey has turned around his slow start to the season. Lynn has been everything the Cards could have hoped for. JC Ramirez... where have the strikeouts gone? Same question for you Stephen Strasburg. Andrew Triggs has been marvelous to this point. Is he a hold or a sell?