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Rodney has clearly improved as a pitcher, but that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't luck involved. His 86.7% LOB% isn't sustainable. His .232 BABIP isn't sustainable. His 3.2 HR/FB rate is not sustainable. These numbers point to a likely regression, not that he's a bad pitcher. Although I did enjoy the podcast, like always, it was very informative.
I think it's dangerous to just say aw that's unsustainable, regression IS coming when it comes to relievers.

10 RPs throwing 50+ IP had 86% LOB or better last year. 9 in 2010 and 10 in 2009. Over the last three years combined, 4 reached the threshold. Norms don't apply to RPs.

A .232 BABIP is sustainable for an RP, especially in a single year. 17 hit that mark or better last year, including 3 guys w/sub .200. 11 hit the HR/FB mark including 5 at 2% or below and a pair who didn't allow a homer (Javier Lopez & Brad Ziegler).

Applying the regression marks of SPs to RPs is going leave you out in the cold on a lot of guys who put it together for a year.

Plus with Rodney, it's not like he hasn't always had really good stuff, he just hasn't been able to harness it. I get what you're saying and I'm glad you enjoy the show, I just get a little perturbed when it's assumed a player can't sustain a level. Now if someone has a .000 BABIP or 100% LOB%, sure, but the marks Rodney is putting up aren't unprecedented, especially in a single season sample.
I don't know if this is a known problem or not. But the in-browser player you use for the podcast doesn't work in Chrome. No matter where you start in the podcast after about 7-15 minutes it just stops and drops you off at the beginning.
strange - I don't have that issue and I use Chrome
I hate to go NBC on you (as they have re: the Olympics), but I'm not having the same issue so perhaps it's something with your settings?