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September 12, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 285: Was the Marlins' Season a Success?/Finessing Derek Jeter's Final(?) Season

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss whether 2013 was a success or failure for the Marlins relative to expectations, then talk about how the Yankees should approach Derek Jeter's age-40 season.

September 11, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The A's and Building a Bullpen By Attrition

by Sam Miller

Why do teams pay for relievers? Because picking them up for nothing is an awful lot of work.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 284: The Best Damn Listener Email Show Period

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about Mariano Rivera's workload, rarely applied rules, FIELDf/x and shifts, quality starts, and more.

September 10, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 283: An Upper-Minors Inefficiency/The Slippery Definition of Performance Enhancement

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk about whether teams should step up advance scouting in the upper minors, then discuss the difference (or lack thereof) between the PEDs MLB bans and the procedures it allows.

September 9, 2013

Pebble Hunting: The Jeff Mathis Effect on Jose Fernandez

by Sam Miller

Is Jose Fernandez' success just the latest example of Jeff Mathis' wizardry behind the plate?

BP Unfiltered: Does The Windows 8 Kid Really 'Got Great Stuff'?

by Sam Miller

Commercials, man.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 282: Reassessing Trout vs. Harper/Top Pitchers Versus Top Position Players

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss (again) whether Mike Trout or Bryce Harper will have the better career, then talk about where they would rank today's top pitchers and position players for the future.

September 6, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Mike Trout vs. David Price

by Sam Miller

Breaking down Thursday's matchup between two players at the peak of their powers.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 281: The Soft-Tossing Starter Draft/Harry Pavlidis Explains All PITCHf/x

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben, Sam, and guest Harry Pavlidis draft slow-throwing starters, and Harry explains the intricacies of classifying pitches and scouting pitchers from PITCHf/x.

September 5, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 280: Is Billy Hamilton Worth a Roster Spot?/Five Free Agents Finishing Make-or-Break Years

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss the debatable value of Billy Hamilton, then forecast the free agencies of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Phil Hughes and others.

September 4, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: The Most Depressing Age-27 Seasons of 2013

by Sam Miller

This year's crop of players whose careers went poof when they were supposed to be peaking.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 279: You Have Questions, and We Have Answers to Some of Them

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about PED placebos, deceptively bad seasons, advanced stats in fantasy baseball, and more.

September 3, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 278: Chris Cotillo on Breaking Trades Before Finishing High School

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to MLBDailyDish.com writer Chris Cotillo about how he became a baseball newsbreaker before the age of 18.

August 30, 2013

Pebble Hunting: What We Rap About When We Rap About Baseball

by Sam Miller

An investigation into the impulse to rap about your favorite baseball team.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 277: C. Trent Rosecrans on Sabermetrics, the Reds, and the Hazards of Beat Writing

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans about the Reds, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, and the trials and travails of beat writing.

August 29, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 276: How Would Wladimir Balentien Hit in the Majors?/Oakland's Second-Half Success Narrative

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss how Wladimir Balentien's explosive season in Japan would translate to the majors, then examine the notion that Billy Beane's teams play better in the second half.

August 28, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 275: Listener Email Answers of Surpassing Wit and Clarity

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about rare plays they wish they would see, players wearing heart rate monitors, and more.

August 27, 2013

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 274: Mourning Matt Harvey/A Player Poll About A-Rod

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam try to come to terms with Matt Harvey's elbow injury, then discuss a player poll about Alex Rodriguez.

August 26, 2013

Premium Article Pebble Hunting: Five Myths About the Angels' Impending Shakeup

by Sam Miller

Why it's hard for us to decide whether managers or GMs deserve to be fired.

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 273: The State of Seattle's Front Office/The Decline of CC Sabathia

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss Jack Zduriencik and the future of the Mariners, then talk about CC Sabathia's dismaying season.

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