Ben and Sam answer listener emails about bat speed, umpire bias, and error bars and then Play Index about Javier Baez and Bo Jackson.
Ben and Sam banter about balls and strikes and then discuss 2014's top transactions relative to the amount of attention they received at the time.
Ben and Sam take the Ice Bucket Challenge and then discuss the signing of new Red Sox center fielder Rusney Castillo.
Ben and Sam discuss the Angels' loss of Garrett Richards and the other costliest injuries of 2014.
Ben and Sam talk to Robert Arthur about the analytical significance of the crack of the bat and his other original sabermetric research.
Has replay killed lying in baseball?
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about outfielders, strikeouts, command vs. control, and more.
Ben and Sam discuss Alex Gordon, Mike Trout, and the relationship between defensive stats and the MVP award.
Ben and Sam talk about Ben's weekend at Saber Seminar.
Ben and Sam talk to Yahoo! Sports columnist Jeff Passan about Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.
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August 15, 2014 6:00 am
Are the Diamondbacks screwing up pitchers? And is our usual approach to those questions the right one?
I remember on Opening Day, when Brandon McCarthy was facing the Giants, and it seemed like he might just be the Cy Young front-runner. He struck out all three batters in the first. He got the Giants in order on seven pitches in the second. His curveball was lethal, and his fastball
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Justin Verlander's woes, switch-pitchers, empty averages, and more.