Episode 39: The Intentsode!

This might be the best podcast you hear all season. We welcomed Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball (@drivelinebases) to discuss the nitty-gritty mechanics of Cleveland starters Justin Masterson, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer for segment one. During segment two, Nick and Joe covered an extensive recap of the recent Tigers-Royals series and what it does and doesn’t tell us about those teams as a whole. Download it here, or catch it on iTunes!

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Abreu, Ventura, and the Year of the AL Central Rookie

ROY? It could be his year.

Modern MLB is prospect crazy. Teams horde them, push them, and lock them up within weeks of their debuts. Fans pay weirdos to watch prospects and write about their minor league progress. Front offices like them in particular because, when the team is bad, you can sell all the poor performance as a fun learning experience for all! Enjoy watching Andres Torres seven years before he becomes a good starter and build your hipster cred! And so on.

I love prospects even more than most people. When I came to realize that every AL Central team would have at least one impact rookie in their lineup, I was ecstatic. Friends, those rookies have not disappointed. So today, I’d like to compare this year’s rookie class with divisional classes through the ages. Is this year the best ever? Let’s find out!

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Episode 38: The Farmersode!

Enjoy our first recording of the season! Joe, Nick, and Aaron take a comprehensive look at the Cleveland rotation, elite offense out of Chicago and Minnesota, and White Sox radio commentator Ed Farmer gets some love.

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Episode 37: The Spartysode

We welcomed Kevin Pajor (@3GamesToLove), Larry Von Kurtze (@LarryVonKurtze), and Tom Flynn (@mighty_flynn) to the pod for a White Sox roundtable. It’s the perfect way to get ready for an exciting 2014 season!

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Max Scherzer’s Enlightened Salary Gambit

Yeah, yeah, Max Scherzer turned down a contract worth more money than any of us will ever see in our lifetimes. The Tigers offered him an extension worth approximately $144 million on a 6 year deal. This is almost as much money as Chipper Jones earned in his entire career, which is notable because even Chipper Jones believed that turning down this contract was “greedy.” Chipper Jones also believes that the author of this piece is “chunky.” While the former is a matter of personal opinion, the latter is unequivocally true.

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Episode 36: The Delayisode

Enjoy!

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Episode 35: The BlueSkyisode

Lots of Royals and former Royals discussion with podcast zombie Jason, then Nick and Joe talk about relevant things.

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Episode 34: The Roombasode

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Tigers Bats Need Rescue

Tigers starting pitchers have thrown 21 innings with 2 earned runs in the ALCS. That's an 0.86 ERA, but yet they are down 2-1. While a bullpen meltdown was a factor, they have dug themselves a deeper hole by failing to hit. On a mission to win a World Series by any means necessary, Owner Mike Ilitch has an idea.

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Concise Ceys for Cleveland’s Wild Card Contest

Thanks to a stunning display of pitching, and also thanks to Minnesota accepting our podcast bribe to throw their games (the bribe was an old Grady Sizemore jersey, a 6 pack of Founders Breakfast Stout, and carpenter jorts sized for Ron Gardenhire), Cleveland is going to the playoffs! Their 24 game improvement was impressive, and good enough to get to the next level, but we know Cleveland fans are hungry for a championship (and Melt). Before they can play for a championship, they have to participate in baseball's newest time-honored tradition: the Wild Card Game. It will be a difficult task, but in the interest of divisional solidarity, I'm going to help out with some keys for the game.

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