Baseball’s biggest news, trends, trades and highlights, all broken down from an analytical angle. Each week, MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by guests from around the league to keep you up-to-date on the Majors’ most important topics using the same data as cutting-edge MLB front offices.
Gerrit Cole has 78 strikeouts and 3 walks | Plus: Seattle’s future is now
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about attending baseball games and the ridiculous heights that Gerrit Cole is achieving, discuss how the Mariners have turned the future into the present by calling up Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic, look into the White Sox dominating against lefthanded pitching, point out how little support the Phillies have given to Bryce Harper, and shine a light on Travis Bergen and Patrick Mazeika.
John Means made history, somehow | Plus: Baseball’s surprising best home run park
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk through John Means’ no-hitter and the controversial dropped third strike rule, look at which teams have had the worst fortune in extra innings games, look at Tony La Russa’s admission that he didn’t know the rule for the runner on second, point out why Byron Buxton is playing deeper, shed some light on Angel Stadium being the best lefty home run park in baseball, point out why Cincinnati is the best place to go long, shine a light on Cole Sulser and Adolis Garcia, and rant about Giancarlo Stanton’s perception and the state of the NL East.
The Rockies finally made the change | Plus: Mike Trout’s best month
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman, the leadership change in Colorado, how the Giants are making it interesting in the NL West, whether it’s time to worry about Francisco Lindor and the Mets offense, gawk at how Mike Trout is somehow having the best month of his career, focus on Omar Narváez and Garrett Whitlock, and finish with thoughts on the validity of the 2020 Dodgers title, whether it matters if Madison Bumgarner gets a no-hitter or not, and recap Trevor Bauer’s comments about Fernando Tatis Jr.
What the A’s are doing, and Yankees are not | Plus: Time to trade Scherzer?
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the 11-game winning streak of the Oakland A’s, the terribly disappointing start of the Yankees, wonder if it’s too early to ponder Max Scherzer trade destinations, highlight the upcoming Dodgers/Padres series as baseball’s best rivalry, note the huge difference in Kenley Jansen’s performance when he has extra rest, point out Trevor Story’s bizarre start to the season, praise Joey Gallo’s RBI bunt, and focus on Evan Longoria and Trevor Rogers.
The Carlos Rodón no-hitter is the best story of the year | Plus: Acuña is making changes
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the ramifications of Carlos Rodón's no-hitter, what it means for the White Sox, how it fit into a crazy night of baseball, what Ronald Acuña Jr.'s newfound plate discipline improvements mean for the rest of the National League, how Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s. best-in-baseball Sprint Speed improvement bodes well for the Blue Jays, dive into the turnaround of the Red Sox, highlight Philip Evans and Jazz Chisholm, and rant about scoring decisions and Atlantic League rule changes.
The 2021 playoffs odds are already changing | Plus: David Adler on early Statcast standouts
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss how much – and for which teams – the 2021 playoff odds are already changing in the season’s first week, discuss how the breakout Reds managed to get off to such a good start, dissect all of Tony LaRussa’s early season bullpen management moves, gawk at the idea of a Home Run Derby in Coors Field, push back against the idea of a shift ban being unfair to lefty batters, call out Mets Twitter for caring too much about lineup decisions, and welcome on David Adler to highlight some early season Statcast standouts like Akil Baddoo, Byron Buxton, and Michael Kopech.
With-out the bunt, the stolen base, and the hit and run: baseball is vapid. What a concept: the on-field product? The freaking product? Not everything is a product. Ya’ll got some business illness on the brain. But wait, maybe you are right, right on the money! You have a diagnosis with this: it’s why baseball is dying amongst fans; it has been turned into a product, and nothing more. It is ageist to not like the Giants because the players are older.
Thank You for being the voice of reason in understanding the concept of beyond a shadow of a doubt and instant replay reviews of calls. As the rule is written.....
COVID Rebuttal 2
I love this podcast. It’s insightful and concise. Recently, someone left a one-star review because the hosts mentioned vaccines. What?! Regarding their vaccine talk on a mid-January 2021 episode, they spoke for around 2 minutes about how baseball wants to facilitate vaccine distribution by using stadiums as distribution locations. Baseball has a lot of problems, but for me, it’s encouraging to know that baseball wants to help resolve this public-health problem.
The implication of this one-star listener’s review is something I hear often: leave politics out of sports. But sports and politics are intertwined and they always have been. When we talk about labor negotiations, player salaries, and franchise value, we are talking about something that’s deeply political. When we celebrate Hank Aaron and his accomplishments, part of that conversation centers on race and the forms of racism and exclusion Aaron experienced. Lambasting a sports podcast because it has the nerve to mention (for about two minutes!) the ways sports intersect with the world at large is absurd.
I left a five star review because the show is interesting and different, but also because the last guy left a one star review because the hosts talked about getting vaccinated. What a ridiculously unfair reason to leave a one star review.