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November 5, 2019
We run through the Washington Nationals' weekend in celebration, including Monday’s trip to the White House (3:00), before forecasting a slow offseason and predicting where the league’s top free agents might end up (33:51). Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram
October 31, 2019
After a postseason in which Washington trailed in five elimination games, the Nationals clawed their way through to win their first World Series since returning to the capital. We convene to discuss how they pulled it off, the future for both the Nationals and the Astros, and the 2019 postseason at large. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
October 28, 2019
With the Astros now up 3-2 over the Nationals, we discuss the odds that the Nationals can get back on track in this series. Will Stephen Strasburg keep their hopes alive in Game 6, and in that case, will we see Max Scherzer for a potential Game 7? Plus, we discuss the malaise hanging over the World Series after the fallout from Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments toward a group of reporters after the ALCS victory. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
October 22, 2019
We preview the elite starting-pitcher matchups that are dominating the narrative heading into the 2019 World Series before running down a number of X factors that we think might tip the series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
October 14, 2019
The Yankees and Astros just completed one of the most well-played games in recent playoff memory, capped by a loud Carlos Correa walk off home run. With Gerrit Cole still to throw, are the Yankees a step behind in the ALCS (1:10)? On the National League side of the bracket, the Nationals’ starting rotation has completely stifled the Cardinals offense through two games. We wonder if that series is headed toward a sweep (31:13). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
October 8, 2019
We wonder whether the American League divisional series are all but over as the Yankees sweep the Twins and the Astros tab Justin Verlander to start Game 4 (1:00). Then, we analyze the National League divisional series as they stand now, both tied at 2 and headed for fifth games (28:31). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
October 1, 2019
Ahead of the start of the 2019 playoffs, we preview the National League (2:00) and American League (29:29) first rounds, including each league’s wild card game. Then, we answer a mailbag full of playoff questions (52:46). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guests: Bobby Wagner
September 24, 2019
We share the NL (1:40) and AL (44:50) players whom we covered and talked about most in the 2019 season. In between those two segments, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle joins to discuss where the A’s stand as we head into the playoffs (27:10). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Susan Slusser
September 17, 2019
We run through the list of stars to go down with injuries in the last two weeks and wonder what kind of effect it has on both the playoff run and the playoffs themselves (1:16). Then, FanGraphs writer Jay Jaffe joins to discuss team entropy—the idea that we should root for chaos in playoff and wild-card berths as the season wraps up (23:18). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to give out awards to the least-recognized players of the 2019 season (43:56). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guests: Jay Jaffe
September 10, 2019
We convene to talk about one of the strangest stories in baseball this year—Dave Dombrowski's firing less than a year after leading the Red Sox to a World Series (1:20). Then, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic joins to forecast what’s to come in the near and far future for the Chicago Cubs, including whether Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Joe Maddon will be around much longer (21:56). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss the Houston Astros’ historic offense, the best offense compared with the rest of the league since the 1927 Yankees (47:46). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Sahadev Sharma
September 3, 2019
Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter this weekend, sparking conversations about whether the Astros' dominant rotation makes them heavy favorites heading into the postseason (1:25). Plus: Jacob Pomrenke of SABR joins to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal (16:03), and Ben Lindbergh gives the rundown on players to watch out for now that rosters have expanded in September (40:02). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Jacob Pomrenke
August 27, 2019
After shutting down rookie starter Griffin Canning for the season, the Angels have set themselves up for a year in which none of their starters will pitch 100 innings. Is this the future of baseball (1:25)? Plus: Grant Brisbee on the boring nature of Players’ Weekend and MLB jerseys (24:07), and Ben Lindbergh on MLB’s race for the first overall pick (46:28). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Grant Brisbee
August 21, 2019
The hipster baseball event of the year is A’s vs. Rays for the AL wild card—which team has the edge (1:00)? Plus, The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans on Cincinnati breakout rookie Aristides Aquino (23:16) and Ben Lindbergh on a historically good crop of young position players (38:59). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: C. Trent Rosecrans
August 16, 2019
Michael Baumann comes on to detail the failures of the 2019 Phillies—both in team building and keeping players healthy (1:00). Then Meg Schuster shares a heavy dose of Minnesota nihilism as she worries about whether 2019 will be lost to Cleveland (27:15). Host: Bobby Wagner Guests: Michael Baumann and Meg Schuster
August 13, 2019
We discuss how the juiced ball is starting to cloud the importance of baseball record books (1:00). Then, Lindsey Adler joins to talk about a weird Yankees season that has seen unlikely heroes like Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela save the day (24:01), before Ben Lindbergh closes out by talking about how the Twins have lost their grip on the AL Central (40:50). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Lindsey Adler
August 6, 2019
The new trade deadline has produced a waiver market similar to the NBA's—what does this mean for teams trying to build around the edges (0:55)? Plus, the Mets have been the hottest team in baseball since the All-Star break (21:41), and the Astros continue to win lopsided trades with noncontenders (43:50). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Jarrett Seidler
August 2, 2019
Claire McNear joins the show to detail the emotional journey of Giants fans in 2019, as they watched their star players get dangled in trades but then ultimately stay in black and orange (1:00). Then, Sean Yoo wonders why the Yankees haven’t been able to fix their starting rotation at consecutive deadlines, while fellow contenders like the Astros have added Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke (14:18). Host: Bobby Wagner Guests: Claire McNear and Sean Yoo
July 31, 2019
We break down the 2019 MLB trade deadline, which began with fringe moves involving relievers like Mark Melancon, but ended with Zack Greinke moving to the Astros and making them the World Series favorite. Plus, we recap the Trevor Bauer–for–Yasiel Puig trade, which broke the day before the deadline. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zack Kram
July 29, 2019
We break down which teams should have their chips in the center of the table (1:00), which teams should be trying to maximize the value of their stars (30:34), and which teams maybe shouldn’t do either. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
July 26, 2019
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig trade this offseason shook some fans to their core. Craig Gaines joins to share why that angst has passed. Plus, will this be the year the Dodgers get over the hump, or is there reason for continued anxiety for the best team in baseball heading into the postseason (2:00)? Then, Rob Harvilla calls in to delineate the Indians’ two-year fallout since the 2016 World Series (16:27). Host: Bobby Wagner Guests: Craig Gaines and Rob Harvilla
July 23, 2019
The Braves have been the most competent team in an NL East full of turmoil—why aren’t we talking more about them? Then Marc Normandin joins to discuss the latest deep dives into MLB’s cynical international practices. Finally we review the Hall of Fame ceremonies from over the weekend, which included the inductions of Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, and Edgar Martinez, among others. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Marc Normandin
July 16, 2019
Contending teams have started to make modest moves for rotation help and extra bats in the lineup—are larger moves coming down the road or will this be a slow July (0:52)? Plus, the Phillies are in a state of turmoil on the field that could lead to one off (22:58), while the Giants have overperformed expectations to the point that it might throw a wrench in their plans to trade stars like Madison Bumgarner (38:24). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Meghan Montemurro
July 9, 2019
We break down the Vlad Guerrero Jr. show that was the Home Run Derby (1:11) before calling up FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen to talk about what stood out to him at the MLB Futures Game (17:44). Then, to wrap up the pod, Ben Lindbergh comes on to speculate about what we most have to look forward to in the second half of the season (37:06). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram, Guest: Eric Longenhagen
July 2, 2019
We mourn the unexpected loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs and discuss what he meant to his team and the camaraderie of MLB teammates (0:48). Then Donnie Kwak joins the show to talk about his cousin Tommy Edman’s first few weeks in the big leagues (17:30), and finally we discuss the stark contrast between the NBA and MLB offseasons and free agency (38:35). Host: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Ben Lindbergh Guests: Donnie Kwak
June 29, 2019
In the first episode of “Why I Hate My Team,” Sean Fennessey joins to have a (relatively) reasonable conversation about the turmoil in Queens over the past two weeks (0:30). Then, Mallory Rubin describes the acute pain of watching your favorite baseball player return, in a different uniform, to your team’s home ballpark (25:00). Host: Bobby Wagner Guests: Sean Fennessey and Mallory Rubin
June 25, 2019
We detail the latest week in Mets mania (1:10), wonder how Lance Lynn became possibly the best pitcher in baseball (26:15), and try to make sense of MLB’s plan for international expansion—specifically theLondon series and the Rays' early plans for a Montreal/Tampa Bay crossover (39:39). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh Guests: Katie Baker, Craig Edwards
June 18, 2019
The Yankees traded for Edwin Encarnación this weekend and expect to get Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back soon. Is this the deepest home-run-hitting lineup of all time (1:30)? Then we check in with MLB.com Padres beat writer AJ Cassavell about the state of baseball in San Diego as it continues to be more interesting than it has been in years (18:54). Finally, we do our annual checkup on Clayton Kershaw’s status as the ace of his generation and wonder whether he’ll age as nicely as lefties like Tom Glavine have (40:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: AJ Cassavell
June 11, 2019
We bounce around a busy week in baseball news, starting with a first look at some surprising names atop the All-Star voting leaderboards (2:12) and then discussing David Ortiz’s health after he was shot in the Dominican Republic (21:31). We finish by talking about whether the home run is diminished by the ball flying out of the park seemingly easier than it ever has before (37:51). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Emma Baccellieri
June 4, 2019
We react to the first worthwhile trade of the MLB season—Jay Bruce to the Philadelphia Phillies (1:45). Then, FanGraphs lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen joins the show to go deep on the (still unfolding) MLB draft, sharing his biggest winners so far (21:00). Finally, Ben Lindbergh shares the work and reporting that went into his latest book, 'The MVP Machine': What was the impetus for writing it? What was the most surprising and resounding takeaway (45:34)? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Eric Longenhagen Buy Ben's book here!
May 28, 2019
We open this week’s show by processing what it means for the Red Sox to see the Dustin Pedroia era truly on its last legs and then memorializing the life and career of Bill Buckner (1:00). Then, Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill joins the show to break down the upcoming NCAA men’s baseball tournament and its respective pro prospects (18:40). Finally, we theorize over how the Athletics have managed to rip off 10 straight wins and what that means for a surprisingly lively AL playoff race (41:16). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Teddy Cahill
May 21, 2019
We go over the nose-diving Nationals, who are now nine games under .500 with seemingly no answers for how to get better (1:20), before putting it into context with their division rivals, the Mets, and why it always seems like the sky is falling in on them even though they’re only slightly below expectations this season (21:05). Finally, we finish by going over the long-standing criticism of Robinson Canó and why it’s a tired argument that’s only propped up by the New York media (39:02). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
May 14, 2019
After the teams on Giants ace Madison Bumgarner's no-trade list were revealed, we speculate about whether that means he’ll get traded or not—and whether it’ll be to a contender (1:52). Then, Baseball Prospectus managing editor Craig Goldstein joins to talk about the statistical outlier seasons of the Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo and Hyun-Jin Ryu (20:15). Finally, Ben Lindbergh closes out the podcast by sharing some of the highlights from his piece on home run robberies and putting into perspective just how bad the Marlins’ 2019 season has been so far (40:05). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Craig Goldstein
May 7, 2019
We bounce around the leading headlines from the past week, including the return of Shohei Ohtani and the Boston Red Sox's divided clubhouse (1:30). Then, Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Aaron Gleeman joins the show to break down how the Twins have leap-frogged Cleveland in the AL Central (25:00). Finally, we wave goodbye to our preseason optimism for the Reds and wonder how they’re playing well but still losing games (45:35). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Aaron Gleeman
April 30, 2019
We hand out some early-season MLB superlatives (2:45), before discussing the Blue Jays’ recent call-up of Vlad Guerrero Jr.—baseball’s top prospect (26:08). Then Ben Lindbergh closes the show out by joining to theorize what might happen to baseball if ‘Avengers: Endgame’ were real life and we lost half the crop of MLB players (43:30). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Katie Baker
April 23, 2019
Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are off to almost unfathomably hot starts. Are their performances sustainable, lucky, or a little bit of both (1:49)? Then, with the Tim Anderson suspension, MLB proves that it never runs out of creative ways to step on its own feet (23:10). Finally, the Yankees are experiencing a rash of injuries we thought wasn’t possible, yet they remain over .500 and in contention for the AL East—how have they done it (32:45)? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Tyler Tynes
April 16, 2019
We mull over Zach Kram’s preseason prediction that the Tampa Bay Rays would win the AL East and wonder: Should that prediction be expanded (2:20)? Then, The Athletic's Astros beat writer, Jake Kaplan, calls into the show to talk about the slow start and resurgence of Houston, the most-stacked team in baseball (21:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to recap last week’s Ozzie Albies extension (36:30). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
April 9, 2019
The Red Sox haven’t gotten off to the start they hoped after steamrolling their way to a World Series victory last October (4:15), while the Mariners have—against all odds—seemingly stolen their thunder (23:30). Plus, which preseason predictions look correct, and which have we already soured on (40:20)? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Meg Rowley
April 2, 2019
The Braves signed Ronald Acuña Jr. to one of the most team-friendly long-term deals in recent memory (1:30), and we wonder whether the Cleveland Indians’ bad first weekend and shallow lineup mean that 2019 isn’t going to be the cakewalk we all thought it’d be (8:41). Then The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro joins to share an insider’s take on Bryce Harper’s loud, successful first week in Philadelphia (20:00). Finally, are the Padres the most exciting team in baseball (36:03)? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Meghan Montemurro
March 26, 2019
We weigh the Jacob deGrom contract against the extensions of Chris Sale, Justin Verlander, and Kyle Hendricks (2:00). Then, we run through our annual fake prop bets to preview the upcoming 2019 season (19:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
March 19, 2019
We react to Mike Trout agreeing to the largest contract in North American sports history, and posit that it probably doesn’t even amount to what he’s actually worth to the Angels (1:40). Then, we run through all 30 teams, division by division, and give our predictions for whether they’ll go over or under their predicted win totals in the Las Vegas sports books (30:08). Finally, we give a few enticing futures bets for the 2019 season (63:55). Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram
March 14, 2019
Michael Baumann is joined by Mallory Rubin to discuss Game 6 of the 2011 World Series in a special 'MLB Show'–'Rewatchables' crossover. The two break down how different baseball looked just eight years ago, the managerial blunders that potentially altered baseball history, the mythmaking performance of David Freese, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann and Mallory Rubin
March 12, 2019
We run through some of the news of the past week—including a two-pound chicken tender being offered at the Texas Rangers’ stadium, Vlad Guerrero Jr. getting injured, and Adam Jones finally landing with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2:00). Then, in the final installment of our preseason trend series, we discuss the ways that pitch speed and selection, as well as pitcher usage, training, and health have drastically altered the way baseball is played in just the past five years (32:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
March 5, 2019
With a few more days to process the news and observe how Bryce Harper is being received in Philadelphia, we go deep on the structure of his contract, the immediate returns on ticket and merchandise sales, and the now-stacked NL East (2:20). Then, Marc Normandin joins the podcast to discuss the current state of labor relations between players and owners, what the future holds for the next CBA negotiations, and the history of owner collusion that led us to this point (38:16). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Ben Lindbergh Guest: Marc Normandin
March 1, 2019
After months of speculation, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of 13 years and $330 million—the most total money for a contract in MLB history. We give our immediate reactions to the length of the contract, the backlash, the Phillies' team-building strategy, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram
February 26, 2019
We take a look at Nolan Arenado’s eight-year, $260 million deal with the Colorado Rockies and the recent run of extensions this offseason — including Aaron Hicks and Miles Mikolas (3:42). Then freelance journalist and data consultant Rob Arthur joins the show to talk about how fast analytics are changing in baseball, how accurate our assumptions about players are, and what this might mean in the future for the on-field product and front-office decision-making (37:22). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Rob Arthur
February 20, 2019
We reconvene the 'MLB Show' to discuss the biggest move of the offseason: Manny Machado's breaking the hot stove dry spell by signing the largest free-agent contract in baseball history. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
December 4, 2018
We break our hiatus to discuss the Mariners selling their roster pieces off. First, Robinson Canó and Edwin Diaz to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and prospects (1:00). Then, Jean Segura and two relievers to the Phillies for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana (14:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram
November 28, 2018
Josh Donaldson lands in Atlanta (2:20), most teams in the league are looking to blow it up (11:40), and Kyler Murray has a big decision to make (28:25). Then, where did MLB go wrong with Cindy Hyde-Smith and what does it do from here? (39:10). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
November 20, 2018
Is Paxton the top-10 pitcher the Yankees need? Plus, Adrián Beltré's two-decade career has come to an end, assessing the state of the Cy Young and MVP races, and wondering what the hell is going on on Bryce Harper’s head.
November 13, 2018
Dr. Lorena Martin’s accounts of sexism and racism inside the Seattle Mariners front office (2:03), some early offseason trades (14:11), Rookie of the Year (29:22), and Joe Mauer sailing off into the sunset (46:22). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
November 6, 2018
A rapid-fire look at offseason news headlines — including Clayton Kershaw re-upping with the Dodgers and the Mets hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to be their GM (3:07). Then, a breakdown of the notable free agents and where they fit best (33:44).
October 29, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the ease with which Boston dispatched Los Angeles to win its fourth World Series of the century (1:30). Then, the three discuss what this means for generational ace Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers going forward (40:32).
October 26, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the dominance of the Red Sox lineup through Games 1 and 2 of the World Series (1:15). Then, the trio discuss some leaguewide hiring news, including the three managerial hirings and the Mets’ GM search (44:26).
October 22, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to look back at the Dodgers’ triumph over the Brewers in the NLCS (2:26) and discuss the most prominent upcoming storylines of the World Series (12:42). Then they give their World Series predictions and MVP picks (47:06).
October 19, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to break down Game 6 (and possibly 7) of the NLCS (1:18). Then, the three give a postmortem on their “Astros in five games” prediction (30:00).
October 15, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss another substandard playoff start from Clayton Kershaw, Dave Roberts’s strange roster choices, and a shaky Brewers bullpen (1:53). Then, they wonder whether Red Sox ace Chris Sale can get over a stomach illness that dampened his Game 1 start, and whether the Red Sox offense can keep the team alive in Houston (35:13).
October 11, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to predict storylines and key players for the AL and NL Championship Series, including whether the Red Sox stand a chance against the juggernaut Astros (8:40), and whether Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen will look human against a deep Dodgers lineup (27:26).
October 10, 2018
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gleefully calls his buddy JackO, a Yankees fan, to discuss Boston's win over New York in the 2018 ALDS.
October 9, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the shortcomings of Yankees manager Aaron Boone against his counterpart Alex Cora (2:25). Then, they recap the disappointing performance gaps in the NL Division Series and wonder whether the Dodgers and Brewers will match up more evenly (28:33).
October 4, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to break down the NL division series matchups between the Braves and Dodgers and the hipster-baseball-fan series of the year, the Brewers and Rockies (1:11). Then Ben Lindbergh comes on to share his experience at the wild-card game at Yankee Stadium (26:00) and give predictions on how the AL division series will unfold (27:30).
October 2, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann brings on Zach Kram to talk about how the Athletics aren’t as much of an underdog against the Yankees in the AL wild card as some might think (1:47). Then, Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss the Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers tiebreakers as well as how the ensuing wild-card game between the Cubs and the Rockies will shake out (24:14).
September 25, 2018
Ringer staff writers Michael Baumann and Zach Kram discuss the players who most excited and fascinated the Ringer staff in 2018, including Shohei Ohtani and Matt Chapman (1:53). Then, Ben Lindbergh hops on to discuss the story lines from this season we’ll remember most (38:42). New York and Boston Go Nuts, and We Go Nuts About Shohei Ohtani | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 130) Sam Miller: The Year That ... : Finding the single memory that defines each baseball season since 1903
September 18, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about reasons to enjoy baseball even if your team isn’t in the pennant race (2:10). Then producer Bobby Wagner steps in front of the microphone to join Baumann in fielding listener questions during a special mailbag segment (19:41). Finally, Ben Lindbergh jumps in to discuss the National League’s best interleague performance in 15 years, and how the balance of power has shifted (40:56).
September 11, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ringer senior editor Ryan O’Hanlon to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers’ dogged pursuit of the first-place Cubs as well as how to judge how tight a playoff race is (1:56). Then staff writer Ben Lindbergh weighs in on the NL East race and the potential effects of bad weather on baseball down the stretch (29:11).
September 4, 2018
In this episode, Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann solicits bold predictions for the MLB stretch run. Zach Kram joins the show to talk about the Tampa Bay Rays’ chase for the AL wild card (0:00), Claire McNear predicts that Bryce Harper will put one last exclamation point on his Nationals career (16:00), and Ben Lindbergh talks about Jacob deGrom’s historically low win total and how it might help him win the NL Cy Young Award (26:00).
August 28, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to draft the eight MLB playoff races and rank them from most to least interesting (2:30). Then Ben Lindbergh joins the show to talk about Aaron Nola’s weird statistical season, how WAR and advanced defensive metrics work, and the state of public sabermetrics (32:30).
August 21, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, who are resurgent under new manager Mike Shildt, and their exciting rookie center fielder Harrison Bader (1:20). Then Little League World Series superfan Mark Titus joins the show to discuss the action in Williamsport (22:10) before Ben Lindbergh closes the episode with a look at how the much-discussed all-or-nothing approach to team building has affected the MLB pennant races (36:18).
August 14, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the surprisingly crowded NL West race, then goes over the highlights and disappointments of the Players Weekend nicknames and uniforms with Sean Yoo. Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to break down where the AL West race stands in the aftermath of Seattle's sweep of the Astros.
August 7, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Shaker Samman about which teams make for enticing playoff-prop-bet candidates (01:00) and Danny Heifetz about players who might get your fantasy team over the hump (13:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show, ostensibly to talk about the Yankees, but really to listen to Michael hoot and holler about Lance Lynn (35:00).
August 1, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Bill Simmons, Zach Kram, and Ben Lindbergh to discuss all the action from a frenetic last day before MLB's non-waiver trade deadline. They talk about the Baltimore Orioles' two-week teardown, Chris Archer's trade to the Pirates, the balance of power between the two leagues, and how the day's transactions will shape the pennant race.
July 24, 2018
The Mets are having an exciting couple of weeks, so this week's show is a Metstravaganza. Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann brings on Zach Kram to talk about the recent Jeurys Familia trade and the potential Jacob deGrom trade (02:00). Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey explains what the Wilpon ownership group is doing wrong, and what it's like to root for a team that can't get out of its own way (19:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh speculates on where the franchise might head from here, and when the Mets might be competitive again (42:30). Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Sean Fennessey and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
July 17, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann discusses the latest Manny Machado–to-the-Dodgers rumors with Zach Kram (02:00), then talks to Robert Mays about his beloved Chicago Cubs (21:30). Then Ben Lindbergh breaks down the ignoble end to Mike Matheny's tenure in St. Louis, with home run derby chat scattered throughout (36:00).
July 10, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the All-Star rosters, including the snub of Rays lefty Blake Snell, and find out what works and what doesn't in the Midsummer Classic (01:00). Then Ben Lindbergh joins the podcast for a spirited conversation about the two worst teams in MLB, the Royals and Orioles, and how Baltimore ought to handle trade speculation about free-agent-to-be Manny Machado (23:00). Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
July 3, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Washington Nationals' brutal June and the Oakland Athletics' chances of breaking into the AL playoff race (01:15). Then Megan Schuster comes on the pod to talk about our staff's favorite player: Twins rookie utilityman Willians Astudillo (18:10). Finally, Ben Lindbergh explains why the Colorado Rockies just demoted their Opening Day starter, and how that demotion is even weirder than it looks (27:47).
June 26, 2018
The Ringer's Zach Kram talks to Michael Baumann about trade deadline possibilities around the league (01:30) before "The Chief" Craig Gaines joins the show to discuss Matt Kemp and the resurgent Dodgers (19:00). Then, Ben Lindbergh discusses the Cleveland Indians' hold on the AL Central (36:30). Credits: Hosted by: Zach Kram, Michael Baumann, Craig Gaines, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
June 19, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks about the red-hot Houston Astros with Zach Kram (01:15) and takes apart the newly released All-Star Game uniforms with Ringer designer Matt James (18:15). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to explain how a ragtag team out of Seattle is keeping pace with Houston's juggernaut (32:30). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Matt James, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
June 12, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who lays out the implications of Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury and what it means for the Angels and baseball (01:30). Then Claire McNear discusses the surprisingly resilient Giants, who remain in the NL West hunt despite a slew of pitcher injuries (20:15). Finally, Ben Lindbergh defends his anti-DH stance and attempts to balance joy with efficiency (29:00). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Claire McNear, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
June 5, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann attempts to shoehorn the MLB draft into numerous conversations: first with Zach Kram on Clayton Kershaw's latest injury, then with Rodger Sherman on why Oakland drafted Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and finally with Ben Lindbergh on the Phillies' rough weekend and the perils of the shift.
May 30, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Denard Span–Álex Colomé trade and the Mariners' surprising staying power in the pennant race (02:30). Then Ben Glicksman comes on to talk about Yankees wunderkind Gleyber Torres (21:30), and Ben Lindbergh explains why—despite what you might have heard—Mike Trout is still the best player in baseball (37:15). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Ben Glicksman, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
May 22, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who details the Tampa Bay Rays' innovative and controversial new pitching tactics (01:45). Then Claire McNear drops by to talk about Rich Hill's blisters and the league's latest teenage sensation, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (20:15). Finally Ben Lindbergh makes a quick appearance—though not as quick as the fastballs of relievers Jordan Hicks and Josh Hader, who have made headlines this week for different reasons (33:00). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Claire McNear, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
May 15, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to examine the impact of Robinson Cano testing positive for a banned diuretic, from how the 80-game suspension will hurt this year's Mariners to how it could hurt Cano's Hall of Fame chances (02:00). Then Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis joins the podcast to talk about the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on sports betting, how it reflects on baseball's colorful history with gambling, and how it might change the way we talk about the game going forward (21:00). Finally, Megan Schuster explains what's so special about Twins rookie right-hander Fernando Romero and breaks down the bizarre start to the race for the AL Central (36:00).
May 8, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann starts this week's show by joining Zach Kram to stare at the Braves' young stars in slack-jawed awe (01:55). He then talks Yankees-Red Sox and the star qualities of Luis Severino and Mookie Betts with Paolo Uggetti (22:25) before asking Ben Lindbergh if Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher in baseball (37:08).
May 1, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann wanted to talk to Zach Kram about the dominant Arizona Diamondbacks, but fittingly, the Dodgers overshadowed their rivals again by announcing that star shortstop Corey Seager is out for the season (03:00). Then he talks about Gerrit Cole's impressive April with Ringer editor Ben Glicksman (19:30), and Ben Lindbergh gives his thoughts on Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius's power surge (33:45).
April 24, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about baseball's holy trinity leading the league in homers (02:00). Then, Rodger Sherman shares his proposal for what should happen to teams that get no-hit (20:30), and Ben Lindbergh breaks down the early AL favorites (32:30) and explains how throwing strikes ain't all it's been cracked up to be (44:30).
April 18, 2018
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the upside-down NL East (01:15) and NL Central races (10:00) then marvels at the Angels' hot start with Ben Lindbergh (21:15). Finally Ringer senior editor and staff contrarian Ryan "O'Headline" O'Hanlon joins the pod to talk about whether pitch framing is dishonorable (37:30) and whether Aaron Judge is still the worst player in baseball (46:15).
April 10, 2018
The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the 8-1 Mets (01:45), then brings in Ben Lindbergh to marvel at Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani's stellar week (16:00). Finally, Bill Simmons drops by to talk about Ohtani's unique star potential (30:45), the Red Sox (46:30), and the story lines that could make this regular season one to remember (53:00).
April 3, 2018
The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Chris Ryan about rookie Phillies manager Gabe Kapler's creative bullpen use (01:00). Then he brings in Zach Kram to talk about Shohei Ohtani's debut(s) (16:00) and Sean Yoo to talk about the Yankees' return to Evil Empire status (28:15), before Ben Lindbergh closes with the Astros' new-look rotation (38:00) and the awkward timing of Yuli Gurriel's suspension (47:00). You can find the official Ringer merch store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop
March 27, 2018
Ringer writer Michael Baumann examines the Vegas win total over/unders for all 30 teams, featuring Zach Kram on the AL West (02:00) and NL Central (14:00), Claire McNear on the NL East (23:30) and NL West (29:45), and Ben Lindbergh on the AL Central (37:30) and AL East (44:15). You can find the official Ringer merch store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop
March 22, 2018
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons links up with Jack-O to get ready for the 2018 baseball season by checking up on whom the Yankees have in their outfield (2:46) and surveying the starting lineup (13:40) before wrapping up the show with some spring 2018 prop bets (26:02).
March 20, 2018
The Ringer's Michael Baumann kicks off the 2018 baseball season by needling Mallory Rubin about Manny Machado's future in Baltimore (01:15) and chatting with Zach Kram about the unique problems that Shoehei Otani poses for fantasy baseball (08:30). Then Sean Fennessey joins the show to discuss the confusing and frustrating Mets (22:00) and Ben Lindbergh closes out the show with free-agency talk (34:30). Read Claire McNear's article on the future of Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals here: https://t.co/af1FgWUhxH
November 6, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann catch up with a wave of early-offseason moves, including a quintet of managerial hirings and the emergence of a new model of manager (06:00), the players association's perplexing stance on Shohei Otani (27:30), the opt-in decisions of a trio of pitchers (and the extension of Justin Upton) (39:00), potentially era-ending option decisions regarding Andre Ethier, Ichiro Suzuki, and Jose Bautista, and the Yasmani Grandal trade market (49:00).
November 2, 2017
The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Game 7 of the World Series, dwelling on the Dodgers’ lack of timely hitting, Yu Darvish’s Series struggles, the argument that Clayton Kershaw should have started Game 7 instead, and how the Astros-Dodgers battle stacks up historically. Then they talk about the effectiveness of (and backlash to) tanking, how hard it is to win titles, whether teams can still become dynasties in baseball today, and how the Astros and Dodgers set up for the future (spoiler: pretty well).
October 30, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the story lines and hangover from a historic World Series Game 5, including home runs and slick balls (04:30), Clayton Kershaw's renewed postseason struggles (11:30), bad (and depleted) bullpens (14:00), a series of incredible comebacks and unlikely events involving baseball's best teams and biggest stars (24:00), and Yuli Gurriel's deferred suspension (31:30). Then they bring on colleague and brand-new baseball writer Shea Serrano to discuss the experience of seeing Game 5 through the eyes of a newly minted Astros fan (40:00).
October 26, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann go deep on Game 2 of the World Series, a classic tilt between the Astros and Dodgers. They dissect Dave Roberts's fateful decision to pull starter Rich Hill after four innings (02:45), then draft their favorite moments from the game (13:00), from the eight home runs (16:00) to the bat flips (18:00) to a series of bizarre outfield deflections (27:30). They conclude by discussing the Yankees' controversial decision to part ways with manager Joe Girardi (45:45).
October 23, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann close the book on the championship series by reviewing the Astros' incredible curveball usage (and bullpen avoidance) in ALCS Game 7 (02:45), tipping their caps to the vanquished Cubs and Yankees (14:00), and discussing their top reasons to be excited about the World Series and explaining why the Dodgers-Astros matchup seems so even (21:00). They finish by reflecting on the dismissal of Dusty Baker and the managerial moves of the Mets, Tigers, and Red Sox (49:00).
October 19, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down both championship series, starting with the Yankees' comeback from an 0-2 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over the Astros (05:00), the resurgence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (08:00), the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium (15:45), misleading momentum (19:30), and the Astros' issues on offense and in the bullpen (21:00). Then they discuss how the Dodgers have outplayed the Cubs en route to a 3-1 series lead (38:00) and how the Cubs saved themselves in Game 4 (43:30), and wrap up with a conversation about how postseason managing has evolved more quickly than some managers can handle (50:15).
October 16, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Ben's furtive baseball-watching on his wedding weekend (02:00), then break down both of the 2-0 championship series (05:00), beginning with the brilliance of Astros starters Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander (12:00), the riveting tag team of José Altuve and Carlos Correa (21:30), the exciting send-off Altuve gave Game 2 (25:00), and the offensive struggles of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (27:30), and ending with the heroics of Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner (30:30), the latest backlash against Puig (42:30), the Cubs' faltering bullpen and Joe Maddon's flagging tactical reputation (48:00), and a discussion about which series is more likely to produce a comeback (52:00).
October 12, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann marvel at a sick Stephen Strasburg's brilliant performance in Game 4 of the NLDS (02:00) and condemn the macho culture that questioned his character before the start (10:00). Then they analyze the Yankees' unlikely recovery to beat Cleveland after trailing 2-0 in the ALDS (25:30), preview the Astros-Yankees ALCS (35:00), salute the three teams eliminated from the playoffs this week (48:30), and reflect on the firing of former Red Sox skipper John Farrell (49:30).
October 9, 2017
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the weekend's playoff action, starting with Joe Girardi's curious relationship with the challenge and Aaron Judge's untimely slump (02:00), then David Price's emergence as Boston's only trustworthy pitcher (23:00) and Jose Altuve's .700-plus batting average (32:45). Then they wrestle with Clayton Kershaw's playoff reputation (37:45), whether Arizona is good enough to come back from a 2-0 deficit (42:00), and Joe Maddon's bullpen management in the Cubs' Game 2 loss to Washington (46:00).
October 6, 2017
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Ryan O’Hanlon present the casual fan’s guide to baseball playoffs by explaining what they look forward to most in October (2:10). Plus, they are joined by The Ringer’s resident Cubs fan Robert Mays to chat about his team’s chances of repeating as the World Series champions (50:19).
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