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07-22

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 14: The Sky Is Falling (but Not Really)
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Sahadev Sharma

07-16

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 13: A Family Podcast
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Sahadev Sharma

07-16

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PECOTA Day 2.0
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Sahadev Sharma

07-09

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 12: A Face-to-Face Chat
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Sahadev Sharma

07-04

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Daisy Cutter: Grandal's Ambitions
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Sahadev Sharma

07-01

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 11: Technical Difficulties
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Sahadev Sharma

06-30

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

06-25

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 10: A Night at the Movies
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Sahadev Sharma

06-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

06-17

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 9: Unnecessary Play-by-Play
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Sahadev Sharma

06-12

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Daisy Cutter: Building an Ace From the Ground Up
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Sahadev Sharma

06-10

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 8: Lacking a Buzz on Draft Day
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Sahadev Sharma

06-05

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Daisy Cutter: Hammel Throwing Eggs
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Sahadev Sharma

06-03

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 7: Feel Free to Enjoy a Lime-A-Rita
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Sahadev Sharma

05-29

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Daisy Cutter: How the Kipnis Got His TAv
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Sahadev Sharma

05-27

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 6: An Evening with Malort
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Sahadev Sharma

05-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

05-15

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Daisy Cutter: Shark Tank
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Sahadev Sharma

05-13

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 5: A Night at Miller Park
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Sahadev Sharma

05-06

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 4: The Cubs Keep Losing and It Feels Normal
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Sahadev Sharma

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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Sahadev Sharma

05-01

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Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold Streak
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Sahadev Sharma

04-29

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 3: Cubs Keep Winning and It Feels Weird
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Sahadev Sharma

04-24

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Daisy Cutter: Carlos Rodon and the White Sox' Ace Development Program
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Sahadev Sharma

04-22

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 2: Comeback Cubs, Bullpen Woes, and Booming Bats
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Sahadev Sharma

04-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

04-16

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 1: Welcome to the BP-Wrigleyville Podcast!
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Sahadev Sharma

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: Chicago Cubs: Take This Job and Keep It
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Sahadev Sharma

04-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild: One Post, 30 Team Preview Podcasts
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-31

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 646: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 645: 2015 Season Preview Series: Washington Nationals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 644: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-26

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 643: 2015 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-26

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Daisy Cutter: Pedroia Got His Thumb Back, But Don't Call it a Comeback
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Sahadev Sharma

03-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 641: 2015 Season Preview Series: Seattle Mariners
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 640: 2015 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 639: 2015 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-20

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Daisy Cutter: In Search of Jose Abreu's Weakness
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Sahadev Sharma

03-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 638: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 636: 2015 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-16

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Daisy Cutter: Coaching Javier Baez
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Sahadev Sharma

03-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 635: 2015 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 634: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 633: 2015 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 631: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 630: 2015 Team Preview Series: New York Mets
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-09

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Kershaw Day
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Sahadev Sharma

03-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 629: 2015 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 628: 2015 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

03-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 626: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

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Brett and Sahadev talk roster management, a struggling offense, and the trade deadline.

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Brett and Sahadev look back on the first half, voice both concerns and optimism for the second half, and discuss what type of moves could help.

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July 16, 2015 6:00 am

PECOTA Day 2.0

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PECOTA has been right on some guys, and way off others.

One of the more fun things to do right before the season starts is to take a deep dive into PECOTA and see what is foreseen for that upcoming summer. Whether it's discussing players who changed PECOTA's mind with one big year, exploring how a uniquely built team projects, or looking at some out-of-the-box projections, PECOTA can provide hours of entertainment. Of course, by the end of the season, going back and seeing just how accurate some of the projections PECOTA spit out is interesting as well.

But since I'm getting a little impatient, I'm not going to wait for the end of the season. I want to know how PECOTA is doing now.

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Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs turning the tables on the Cards.

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July 4, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Grandal's Ambitions

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Sahadev Sharma

Yasmani Grandal had a poor reputation for working with pitchers; now he doesn't. How did he get here?

In general, when you think of catchers leading a pitching staff for a playoff team, it's not the youngsters who come to mind. Names like current managers Brad Ausmus and Mike Matheny come to mind. Backstops like Yadier Molina or Russell Martin are the go-to active examples. Cubs manager Joe Maddon came to the North Side in the offseason, and along with his arrival, the team added two veteran catchers—Miguel Montero and David Ross—in an attempt to jump-start its ability to compete. It's worked thus far, and Maddon knows that developing a young catcher is a process, one that can be difficult for a team with playoff aspirations.

"When guys come to the big leagues as a catcher, they're so ill-prepared regarding calling a game, understanding a game, understanding a lot of stuff, because they don't do that in the minors," Maddon recently said. "You do it on a much smaller level; it's primarily a situation where you're trying to take care of physical fundamentals, as opposed to mental fundamentals. If you have a special catcher and a really good catching instructor or program in the minor leagues, that's essential. Because to me that's one of the hardest things, it's like a quarterback in the NFL, reading a defense. They talk about how it takes five years to really understand that stuff; it takes a couple years for a catcher to understand exactly what's going on. It may sound overblown, but it's true. I really think that coming into this moment, if you have somebody to really prepare you to understand what's going on here; 60 feet, six inches I know, 90 feet to the bases I know, the gun readings, everyone has seen that. But the game could not be any more different [up in the big leagues]."

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After a wonderful podcast gets erased and lost to the world, Brett and Sahadev quickly re-record and go over the Cubs offensive struggles and more.

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June 30, 2015 2:31 pm

BP Wrigleyville

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The Cubs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak that has exposed a weakness. Are there more pressing needs? They certainly have the right talent evaluators to make the decision.

The Cubs are entering a very crucial part of the season. They’ve wrapped up one of the tougher stretches of play that they’ll likely face all season, and despite entering Tuesday on a five-game losing skid, things aren’t as bad as they appear. Yes, the losing stretch exposed some of their holes, but that may turn out to be a good thing. If they can stay afloat through the All-Star break as the team gets healthy, these recent missteps could help guide the front office as they decide what weaknesses need to be addressed and in what way—via trade, just getting healthy, or by supplementing the roster through the minor leagues.

“Any time you can improve from within, that’s the best and most efficient way to get better,” Theo Epstein told reporters a few days before his team started its current losing stretch. “You can’t always count on that, but if you can improve from within—and we know we have a manager and coaching staff that help our players relax and play their best, so we can continue developing in the big leagues. That’s always beneficial to improve the organization from within. It doesn’t mean you stop considering what may help us improve from the outside.”

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Brett and Sahadev talk about depth issues and the rare opportunities they have to go to the movies.

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June 23, 2015 8:48 am

BP Wrigleyville

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Sahadev Sharma

Jason Motte has his velocity back and a handful of saves, but it's not quite that simple.

Last night, Jason Motte locked down his second save of the season for the Cubs. Earlier that day, Sahadev Sharma took a closer look at his reemergence and the not-quite-so-straight line in which velocity returns post-Tommy John surgery. Now that Motte's velocity is ticking back up, he's worked his way back into an important role for the Cubs—though his one-note arsenal may be the thing that keeps him from reprising his dominant closer role from St Louis. Check out the full article, along with interesting quotes from Motte himself, here:

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Brett and Sahadev talk Cubs offense, Kyle Schwarber, hacking, T-ball, and give some random play-by-play.

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June 12, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Building an Ace From the Ground Up

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Sahadev Sharma

Groundballs may not be as sexy as strikeouts, but that hasn't gotten in the way of Dallas Keuchel's development.

What turns you on? No, not in that way; I’m talking metaphorically. What gets you going when watching a pitcher dominate? It’s likely a nasty slider or upper-90s heat or some other diabolical swing-and-miss pitch. But every once in a while, you’ll run into someone who likes it a little different.

“Strikeouts are definitely sexy,” Dallas Keuchel recently told me. “The baseball gurus love strikeouts and rightfully so. It’s nice to have a game where you strike out more hitters than innings pitched. But I’m trying to throw complete games. I want to look back on my career and see a lot of complete games. The strikeouts will come, but if I see complete games, that’s what turns me on, I guess.”

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Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs draft, Jon Lester, and words that have dirty words in them.

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