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 2017 Player Profile - Cody Bellinger
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 18:00

One of the best offensive games in the minor leagues is headed to the Show. After destroying minor league pitching for three weeks the Dodgers have made the surprise decision to call up their top prospect, Cody Bellinger. Needed a boost for a sagging offense, the Dodgers have decided that the wunderkind’s time is now. Is his game ready to star at the big-league level, and what does his playing time outlook appear to be in Los Angeles? Ray Flowers breaks down all the pertinent fact you need to know about the call up of one of the better hitting prospects in ball of baseball in Bellinger.

Cody Bellinger

21 years old

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 6’4”, 210 lbs

Position: First Base

 Ray's Ramblings - Cubs & Other Hitters
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 15:36

Baez is struggling, but you shouldn't be bailing. Contreras isn't as bad as you think with the bat in the early going. Yes, Heyward is good. Why didn't you listen to what I said all offseason? Yes, that was a humble brag. Bell is finally finding his footing in Pittsburgh. Has the game finally passed Beltran by? Is it really possible that Rizzo will qualify at second base in your league? Honestly, it's possible. Just nuts. Segura is ready to return from his hamstring issue for the Mariners. Is Brinson close to being called up by the Brewers? What kind of skills does he own? Is this Davidson guy from Chicago worth a look? Did we all miss on Swanson?

 Ray's Ramblings - Bullpen Review - 4/25
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 14:18

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.


This article is written from the perspective of the HITTER.

That means the following.

GREEN: This is a bullpen to target for hitters.

RED: This is a bullpen to avoid for hitters.

 2017 Player Profile: Jeremy Hellickson
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 17:18

Through four starts Jeremy Hellickson has been exemplary. OK, that might be a bit strong. How about we say that through four starts he’s drastically outpaced his draft day cost. How about we say that folks are looking at him a bit differently than they were four weeks ago. How about we say there is some mounting buzz about his start for the Phillies. All those things are fair. Despite those facts, Ray Flowers still doesn’t believe that the 30 year old righty is a breakout candidate in ’17, so with that bit of caution in the air, where will the current season end up for the Phillies starter? Let’s explore.

Jeremy Hellickson

30 years old

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190 lbs

Position: Starting Pitcher

 Hot and Cold: Week 3 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 15:01

Every Monday the plan, and plans never get changed do they, I will be posting a Hot/Cold article for Guru Elite. Usually there will be a bit more analysis than this week’s article entails. Why you ask? Because streaks/trends aren’t really streaks or trends at this point. They are merely season long numbers since we’ve only had game action for two weeks. You know who is hot as those folks are leading your fantasy team at the moment. You also know which guys stink since those fellas are the ones that you want to send to the waiver-wire or trade for 62.5 cents on the dollar. A few spots to read before you go a bailing.

Hitters What to Look For – This piece touches on the 2016 baselines you should be looking for.

Please Don’t Panic – I know this article will simply be ignored by some, but it talks about the appropriate sample sizes needed before you can draw definitive conclusions on players. Seriously, patience is something so many of us lack in the fantasy game.

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 4/24
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 13:43

Bauer can't find the consistency. Cashner just isn't good. Davies - don't give up the righty just yet. Dickey is old, and throws that knuckleball. He's still mildly effective in the right setting though. Hahn is of interest, at least in deeper leagues. Hendricks blows chunks right now, but come on, things will improve. Speaking of the Cubs, Lackey is also struggling. Folks shouldn't panic. He's been pretty good for a long while. Leake has pitched over his head. History plainly shows that. Montgomery has fooled some folks into thinking he's a top end option. Musgrove can't find it. E-Rod... another guy folks seem to think has arrived. Just not seeing it. Finally, we will finish with Stroman who has finished two of his four starts this season. 

 MLB Mailbag - Week 3
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 18:04

It's time to answer your questions in this week's mailbag piece. Why does no one like Todd Frazier? Seriously, what's wrong with him that is causing people to run from him? Should you be panicked if you invested in Carlos Martinez? Just who is Eric Thames and do you want him or this strong starting pitcher who has a muddled past? Will Randal Grichuk find his hitting shoes any time soon? How good is this Aaron Judge kid? Is dealing him for Cole Hamels a good return? Andrew Benintendi or Carlos Gonzalez? Some might think it's a close call, though Ray Flowers doesn't think there should be any hesitation with the two. 

 2017 Player Profile - Amir Garrett
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 15:24

Amir Garrett has a unique story. A former college basketball player, he played point guard for St. John’s, Garrett was late arriving to the baseball field as he played two years of hoops before turning full-time to pitching in college. Blessed with obvious athleticism, and a good deal of talent, the lefty has been stupendous to start the season. “The key for him is to harness all his pitches in the zone,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “He’s got a very good fastball. The changeup and slider have improved greatly. The changeup is a difference-maker for him to hit the ground running at the major-league level.” Amir’s staking out a case to be listed amongst the top left-handed rookie pitchers in the National League.

Amir Garrett

24 years old

Bats/Throws: R/L

Height/Weight: 6’5”, 210 lbs

Position: Starting Pitcher

 Ray's Ramblings - Hurlers and Caution - 4/21
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:19

Six men, six starting pitchers, six levels of concerns. Ray Flowers breaks down the solid starts by six arms and lays out the case for why he has concerns with each man. With Duffy, it's that not all the number suggest the breakout is real. Feldman is 34 and has never really been any good. Miley has been piling up the strikeouts, but that's not going to continue. D. Norris just lost a run of 22-straight starts without allowing more than three earned runs. Ray explains why that isn't as impressive as it sounds. Santana has killed it for the Twins, but you know what to expect. Finally, why are the Mets hell bent on blowing up the arm of Wheeler again?

 Ray's Ramblings - Bautista, Mancini & Others
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 17:09

Bautista isn't hitting anything. Is it time to panic with the veteran? Mancini has gone nuclear on pitchers. Should you care? Bellinger has been dynamic in the outfield. When is the Dodgers' youngster going to get the call? Betts finally struck out. He's a hell of a player, but where do we stand with his power stroke? Semien is out for two months now with injury. Meanwhile, Story can't put the bat on the baseball. Which players are having too much BABIP success, and which guys should see their offensive totals improve substantially once the hits start to fall?