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MLB Season-Long Articles

 Weekly Catcher Review - 8/16
Posted by Ray Flowers on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 14:05

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 - Numbers and Stars
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 17:00

Byron Buxton has found his groove with the bat. Michael Conforto has been really impressive this season, even with some small concerns. Aaron Judge has had a tremendous overall season, though his performance of late has included a horrific batting average. Corey Kluber is a boss. Jake Lamb has power, but he's also still shown himself to be incapable of hitting left-handed pitching. Rougned Odor is a flat out poor offensive performer. Why on earth does Anthony Rizzo qualify at second base? Come on. Giancarlo Stanton has been out of his mind hot of late, about as hot as any player who has ever lived. Joey Votto is always hot. Are we overlooking the greatness that is Charlie Blackmon?

 Bullpen Review - 8/15
Posted by Ray Flowers on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 13:40

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.

 Hot and Cold: Week 18 MLB Review
Posted by Ray Flowers on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 15:10

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.

 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Pickups - 8/12
Posted by Jerry Colvin on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 16:54

It’s Friday night again, and with that, I am in my office listening to some bad karaoke. It could be worse I guess.

Over the next three weeks, fantasy baseball is going to become quite volatile. There will be a lot of new blood coming up for their shot, and with that, the problem of figuring out how it affects playing time, etc. So, pay close attention to what is going on, or you will be lost in the shuffle.

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

 MLB Mailbag - Week 19
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 15:37

Answer your questions is what Ray Flowers does every Friday. Ray breaks down the outlook of Rhys Hoskins and Dominic Smith. What is the outlook for the suddenly cold Sean Manaea? How should we be looking at Ryan Zimmerman right now? What is the value of Kershaw on the trade market? Is Nelson and Wood enough of a return? Speaking of Wood, does it make sense to trade him? Two Cardinals outfielders - Fowler and Pham - have been really strong performers. Which guy is the better hold? Are there any concerns with Berrios and his workload? What should folks do at catcher with Willson Contreras down?

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 8/11
Posted by Ray Flowers on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 13:50

MadBum is back to dominating. Cahill might be at his end of useful work this season. Conley just can't locate the consistency bug in Florida. Cotton continues to struggle for the Athletics. Eickhoff may not be a standout, but he's consistently producing successful outings. Gausman is all over the place, and not trustworthy in the least. Hendricks isn't being allowed to go deep into games, despite his success. McHugh is struggling to find his footing in Houston. Newcomb has a big arm, but he often fails to locate his pitches. I can't figure out Tanaka. Vargas has disappeared from relevance. Verlander is on quite the roll for the Tigers. Trevor Williams has pitched very effectively for the Pirates for months now.

 Ray's Ramblings - Bruce, Bellinger, Judge
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 17:39

Jay Bruce has been dealt to the Indians. How does his addition simplify or complicate things in the Indians outfield? Yonder Alonso cannot hit at the moment. Same thing can be said about Alex Avila, who some folks want to add in light of the Willson Contreras injury. Cody Bellinger is getting every single inch out of his talent right now. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge is still hitting homers, but his batting average is cratering. More people should be talking about Cesar Hernandez, but they aren’t. Come to think of it, why aren’t more folks talking about HOF bound Joey Votto? And what of this Domonic Smith guy?

 Ray's Ramblings - Pitcher Report - 8/10
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 15:23

Bauer is dominating all comers at the moment. Blach is getting men out, even if he never dominates. Bridwell has been a life saver for the Angels. Happ is just a guy, sorry. Kluber and Sale are dominating in historically impressive ways. Marquez is pitching very well, even if he is a Rockie. Maeda isn't going deep in games, but he's still found success of late. Miranda is a batting practice machine. Perdomo is just a guy. Brandon Woodruff has been effective in two outings for the Brewers. Should you be excited?

 The 2017 Closer Chart - 8/10
Posted by Ray Flowers on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 15:00

We all know who is closing in major league baseball, or at least we think we do most of the time. However, there are a few spots that are always in flux, and for those of you out there who are in need of a 9th inning boost, we thought it would be appropriate to speak about the closer situation across the land each week. We’re not going to just speak about those situations that are experiencing upheaval, but all the situations for each of the 30 MLB squads. To that end, every week we will be updating our 2017 Closer Chart. We'll list the closers, as well as the next two men up in case something happens to the number one guy. We'll also try to keep abreast of suspensions and injuries to bullpen arms, the bane of our existence in the fantasy game, that along with poor performance of course.