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A weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Atkins focused on baseball, beer and life.

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A weekly podcast hosted by Matthew Atkins focused on baseball, beer and life.

    Biggest Surprises So Far

    Biggest Surprises So Far

    We're just three weeks into the 2024 MLB season, but this year has already produced some big surprises. Teams that we didn't expect to do well are leading the divisions. MVP-caliber players are off to slow starts. So which teams and players have us shocked at this point?
    Plus, Mike Trout is back to looking like Mike Trout - he leads the league in home runs and has already matched his stolen base total from the past three seasons combined. Can he lead to Angels to success with his level of play?

    • 17 min
    Ohtani Investigation, More Pitchers Head to the IL

    Ohtani Investigation, More Pitchers Head to the IL

    Federal authorities have released an affidavit detailing their investigation into Shohei Ohtani's former translator, and it looks like Ohtani had no involvement in the gambling scandal at all. Text and phone call records are pretty incriminating for Ippei Mizuhara, who is now accused of stealing more than $16 million from Ohtani. Mizuhara is expected to appear in court this week for an arraignment, and we'll follow the case as it develops further. 
    Plus, star pitchers Shane Bieber and Spencer Strider are on the IL with elbow injuries. What's the catalyst behind the rise in pitcher injuries this year? Is it the pitch clock, or the longer-term issue of an uptick in velocity? 

    • 28 min
    First Week Reactions

    First Week Reactions

    We're through one week of the 2024 MLB season, and there's been plenty of action. Lots of home runs, MLB debuts and even a no-hitter. We break down a few opinions on the first week of games and debate whether they're overreactions or reasonable. Plus, the Oakland A's will play the next three seasons in Sacramento, the latest drama in their saga of leaving Oakland. And, which new ballpark foods would we try this year?

    • 35 min
    2024 American League Preview

    2024 American League Preview

    Opening Day is just 24 hours away! With the season coming up, we take this week to preview the American League in 2024 and predict which teams will make the postseason. How good will the Yankees be with Juan Soto? Can the Rangers repeat their success from last year? Will we see a dark horse team come out of the AL Central? We answer all these questions and more on today's episode!

    • 53 min
    2024 NL Picks and Predictions

    2024 NL Picks and Predictions

    The first games of the 2024 MLB season are just a day away with the Seoul Series coming up tomorrow morning. With the Padres and Dodgers about to start the season, we though we'd take this time to go over our picks and predictions. We pick our division winners, NL Pennant winner and predict how many wins each team will end up with. Did we get them all right? Let us know your thoughts!

    • 42 min
    Pitcher Injuries; Cease Traded

    Pitcher Injuries; Cease Traded

    As we get deeper into Spring Training and closer to Opening Day, we're seeing more and more pitchers go down with injuries. This week, reigning AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole received news that he'll miss 1-2 months with an elbow injury. Milwaukee Brewers closer Devin Williams will miss 3 months with stress fractures in his back. Where do these teams go to fill those holes in their pitching staff?
    Plus, Dylan Cease finally gets traded. What we think of the deal that sends him to the Padres. And, a look at the week in college baseball around the Commonwealth. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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What a game

I think they do a great job and are fun to listen to.

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Great Content!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for two years and I have loved how Matthew has grown as a podcaster. He does a great job of getting interesting guests and I look forward to tuning in every week!

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Best analysis

IMHO, the episodes on Gamblers (Hall of Fame eligibility) and Rule changes are the best and show Matt's passion for the game as well as great analysis and logic.

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