ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion alongside other top analysts.
SNY’s Steve Gelbs joins Buster to discuss new Mets owners Steve Cohen declaring war on the NL East, the excitement level of Mets fans and who the team could land in free agency with its new resources (6:40). Then, Jeff Passan stops by to talk about Devin Williams winning NL Rookie of the Year, the non-tender date being a ticking time bomb, which teams are going to spend money this winter and the Phillies confusing front office situation (14:29). Plus, Hembo on why he thinks the writers got the MVPs wrong (39:10).
One Last Time
Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Justin Turner refusing to stay isolated during the postgame celebration, his take on the Blake Snell situation after covering the Rays during the World Series and free agency already looking ugly for the players (8:15). Then, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about the wackiest season ever, giving credit to the teams for adapting to an usual lifestyle while playing, their concern for the sport and if Turner will be suspended (22:33). Next, Hembo stops by to be the only person in civilization to defend Kevin Cash (35:14). And finally, Todd Radom administers the last quiz of the season (42:31).
Married to Analytics
Karl Ravech and Buster discuss Kevin Cash’s decision to pull Blake Snell, how analytical decisions are dividing baseball fans, if the championship means more to Dave Roberts or Clayton Kershaw, and Justin Turner returning to the World Series celebration after a positive COVID test (12:55). Then, Jake Odorizzi talks about what he saw in Snell’s stuff early on, if he thought Cash would pull Snell, if the decision will cause a rift between player and manager, and where the game is as an entertainment product (31:41). Later, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the Dodgers’ winning percentage, Mookie Betts’ home run and her favorite stat of the entire season (45:08).
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss the consistent force of the Dodgers lineup, Blake Snell being pulled early if he gets into trouble, Dave Roberts’ pitching strategy, why Austin Barnes should start at catcher in game six, Manuel Margot being half an inch away from stealing home, layoffs in ticket offices and Tony LaRussa being rumored for the White Sox job (5:33). Later, Hembo drops by to talk about possible vindication for Clayton Kershaw and Snell’s magic number (21:40).
I Shrieked, As I Often Do
Dan Shulman joins Buster to discuss calling a chaotic final play in Game 4 of the World Series, why the Rays walking off felt like a college basketball game, Clayton Kershaw’s Game 5, Dave Roberts’ move to replace Kershaw with Dustin May and Tyler Glasnow’s inability to command the strike zone (10:09). Then, Sarah Langs stops by to play The Numbers Game with notes on the cost of failing to steal home, the Dodgers scoring with two outs and Tampa Bay’s homer-centric offense failing them in Game 5. (30:50) Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about Walker Buehler being the Derek Jeter of postseason pitchers, struggling to describe the Game 4 ending, Manuel Margot’s failed steal of home and Randy Arozarena’s 28 playoff hits (37:16).
Catch During Mud Season in Front of a Sugar House
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi joins Buster to discuss pitching with Kevin Kiermaier as his center fielder, the Rays developmental philosophy, his thoughts on rule changes from the short season possibly becoming permanent and Charlie Morton’s cold-bloodedness (6:54). Then, Chris Singleton hops on to talk about Morton vs. Walker Buehler in game three, if the series pendulum has swung back toward the Rays and the first time he met Cody Bellinger (24:17). Plus, Todd Radom with the weekly quiz (34:31).