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Business Of Baseball | Freddie Freeman Never Wanted To Leave

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 10:01

Freddie Freeman was on his way to establishing his name in the highest level of all-time Braves legends. That all changed when he failed to reach a contract agreement last offseason. Taking a closer look at the situation, Freeman always wanted to stay but he and his agents weren't on the same page. Freeman has fired his agents and now finds himself in a slightly awkward situation in LA. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Stanton & Judge To The Rescue | Brawl In Anaheim | Boston Got Better

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 8:25

Jose Urquidy was carrying a no-hitter in the seventh inning until Giancarlo Stanton broke it up with a solo home run. The Yankees hadn't had a hit for 16 innings but they'd end up winning the game on a walk-off blast by Aaron Judge (of course). Judge is running away with that MVP. Benches cleared and a fight broke out in Anaheim. The Red Sox have won seven in a row and have turned their season around. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Astros No-Hit Yankees | Appel Arrives | Phillies Can't Replace Bryce Harper

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 10:33

The Astros tossed a combined no-hitter against the Yankees on Saturday. Cristian Javier led the way with seven innings and 13 strikeouts, followed by an inning apiece from Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly. The Astros reminded us that the Yankees World Series push won't come easily. After nine long years since being the #1 overall pick, Mark Appel has been called up to the MLB. Appel has been traded, released, and even quit baseball a few years ago but he finally found his way to the MLB. The bad news in Philadelphia is Bryce Harper has suffered a fractured thumb. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Orioles Show No-Fly Zone | Elite Prospects Will Be Fine | Dansby's Breakout

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 11:59

The Baltimore Orioles secured a second straight shutout victory thanks to a big day at the plate from Adley Rutschman and stellar defense from all their outfielders. Rutschman is looking like the elite talent we expected. Dansby Swanson is having a breakout year and the Braves suddenly find themselves in striking distance of the Mets in the NL East. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Shohei Dominates Again | Braves Rally Behind Morton | Is Judge Chasing History?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 9:09

A night after an 8-RBI performance at the plate, Shohei Ohtani put the Angels on his back yet again - on the mound this time. Ohtani threw 8 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts to secure a victory against Kansas City. We've never seen anything like this before. Charlie Morton was outstanding and kept the Braves in the ballgame. Atlanta's walk-off victory kept the good times rolling. Aaron Judge keeps added two more home runs to extend his MLB lead. How many will he hit this year? All this (and more) on today's episode.

Looking at Lorenzo Cain's Career | Will Angels Regret Rendon's Contract?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 9:48

Lorenzo Cain has been released by the Milwaukee Brewers. Cain is a free agent and can sign with any team but this also might mark the end of his decorated career. Not many 17th round picks go on to become an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and World Series champion like Cain did. Anthony Rendon is out for the season yet again. This time it's wrist surgery. It looks like the Angels have another regretful mega contract on their books. All this (and more) on today's episode.

ONeil Cruz Dazzles | Examining Pittsburgh's Rebuild | Braves & Yankees Keep Rolling

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 7:52

ONeil Cruz had a 2022 debut for the ages on Monday night. All his tools were on display as he registered the fastest sprint speed & exit velocity the Pirates have had all year, as well as the fastest infield throw MLB has seen this year. How is the Pirates rebuild coming along anyway? The Braves and Yankees continue to roll. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Mike Trout Goes Off | AL MVP Race | Pirates Promote 6'7” Shortstop

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 8:14

The Seattle Mariners must be happy to see Mike Trout leave town. Trout tormented the Mariners with home runs all weekend long. Trout has blasted 5 HRs in his last 5 games and suddenly finds himself in the midst of the MVP conversation. Can he or Judge stay healthy this year? The Rogers Centre was rocking in Toronto as the Blue Jays completed a huge comeback victory over the Yankees. Oneil Cruz, the 6'7" shortstop and top Pirates prospect, is set to make his MLB debut. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Father vs. Son Lineups | Who Would Win?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 8:45

There are a lot of active players who's fathers also played in the MLB. In the spirit of Father's Day, let's take a look at a lineup made entirely of active MLB sons and another lineup made entirely of MLB fathers. Who would win?

Wacha & Wainwright Face Off | Young Bats Blossoming in Baltimore

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 7:49

Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha were a 1-2 punch for the Cardinals back in 2013 during their World Series run. They faced off against each other in Boston for the first time almost nine years later. What is the "big inning" and why should defenses try to avoid it? Adley Rutschmann and Ryan Mountcastle are heating up for the Orioles. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Braves Win 14th Straight | Anderson Paces LA | Can Anyone Catch Yankees or Mets?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 7:29

Make that 14 consecutive wins for the Atlanta Braves. Spencer Strider threw gas, Austin Riley homered twice, Orlando Arcia knocked out four hits. Nobody can stop the defending champions right now. Tyler Anderson carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Angels but Shohei Ohtani had other plans. Lots of teams are streaking but can anyone really catch the Yankees or Mets? All this (and more) on today's episode.

Mikolas Misses No-No By Inches | Gonsolin Pushes ERA Lead | Tatis & Buehler Updates

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 6:43

Miles Mikolas was one strike away from history. Mikolas threw 8 2/3 no-hit innings on a career high 129 pitches against the Pirates. At least the Cardinals won. Fernando Tatis Jr. was expected to return by now but he hasn't even been cleared to swing yet. When can we expect him back? The MLB leader in ERA is currently LA's Tony Gonsolin. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Twins Unleash Lethal Combination | Elite Blue Jays Offense Returns | Phillies and Braves Stay Hot

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 10:22

Arraez, Buxton, and Correa - also known as ABC - is the Twins lethal combination at the top of that lineup. This trio is a nightmare for opposing pitchers and has done serious damage in recent games. Another Alek Manoah masterpiece plus plenty run support equals an easy Blue Jays win. The Phillies and Braves stayed hot but Ozzie Albies suffered a foot fracture. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Braves Win 11th Straight | New York Is Home To Baseball's Best

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 8:57

The Atlanta Braves won their 11th straight game on Sunday afternoon. Adam Duvall and William Contreras have been on fire at the dish lately. New York is the center of the baseball world right now because the Mets and Yankees are MLB's best teams. Matt Carpenter was sleeping on his couch a month ago, now he's picking up multi-homer games on the biggest stage. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Standout Sophomores in 2022

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 8:42

Young players generally take a while to develop. It's rare for a rookie to hit the ground running. Talented players, however, will eventually start to shine. There are several sophomore players impressing in 2022. Who are they?

Weekend Roundtable | Phillies Roar Back To Life | Baseball's Dennis Rodman?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 18:08

Apparently firing Joe Girardi was the right move. The Phillies won't stop winning as they've extended their win streak to 8 games and are suddenly back in contention. Why are Juan Soto's numbers down this year? José Ramirez is an extra base machine. Jazz Chisholm Jr. is the Marlins best player but he's gotten on some nerves; some call him baseball's Dennis Rodman. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Best Pitchers | Early All Star Performers | Shohei Snaps Angels Skid

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 11:07

If the season ended today, may people might be surprised to see Nestor Cortes take home the major hardware. Who else are the voters still bullish on? Cortes is the  Yankees ace and has truly earned his keep in that rotation. The Angels have finally snapped their losing streak, thanks to two-way effort from Ohtani. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Strasburg Set To Return | AL Teams Flip-Flop

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 10:43

The Nationals are set to welcome Stephen Strasburg back to the rotation after a whole calendar year away. Strasburg peaked in 2019 when he led the NL in innings pitched and won World Series MVP, but the former #1 overall pick hasn't been healthy much since then. American League teams are going to different types of streaks, but it's still very early. The season is a marathon. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Angels Fire Joe Maddon | Impressive Aces of All Ages

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 8:41

Mired in a 12-game losing streak, the Angels look to reverse their fortune and have fired manager Joe Maddon. The Angels got off to a hot start this year but have fallen in the wrong direction. They have the two best players in the world. What will it take for the Angels to win? From Justin Verlander to Alek Manoah, some starters have made a strong All-Star case already. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Players of the Week | J-Rod Runs Wild | Phillies Play Better Without Girardi?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 10:54

Yordan Alvarez and Brendan Rodgers took home Player of the Week honors in the AL and NL, respectively. Julio Rodriguez is now locked in as the Mariners CF and a middle-of-the-order threat. J-Rod leads MLB in stolen bases and is really starting to shine. Bryson Stott and Bryce Harper led the Phillies to yet another post-Girardi win. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Padres Have a Rookie Ace | Yankees Are Baseball's Best | Andujar Requests Trade

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 8:31

It's not often we see pitchers look better in the MLB than Minors but Mackenzie Gore is doing just that. Gore is the frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year and he's just getting started. Move over Dodgers, but the Yankees are the best team in baseball. Miguel Andujar was sent down to AAA but he's also requested a trade. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Phillies Fire Girardi | New Dodgers Lefty Shines On Big Stage | Astros Extend Yordan Alvarez

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 11:36

The Phillies have fired Joe Girardi. Philadelphia is off to a poor start this season and are looking for a change in direction. Girardi's mismanagement of the bullpen was a factor but the Phillies poor defense is the front office's fault. Tyler Anderson stretched his scoreless inning streak to 26. Joe Musgrove and Gerrit Cole flirted with history. The Astros extended Yordan Alvarez with a 6-year, $115 million deal. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Yankees Do It All | Do The Marlins Have The Best Rotation?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 8:17

Nestor Cortes and Jameson Taillon delivered brilliant outings to help the Yankees sweep a doubleheader against the Angels. The Yankees continue to show how combining good pitching with timely hitting is the name of the game. Looking strictly at stats, Sandy Alcantara is the best pitcher in the National League right now. Do the Marlins might have the best rotation in the league? All this (and more) on today's episode.

More Trouble In Philly | Potential Juan Soto Trade?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 10:02

Jean Segura is out with a fractured finger for 10-12 weeks. This is the latest blow to a Phillies team that came into 2022 with big expectations. They might need to tap into the trade market to save their season. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo responded to speculation about trading Juan Soto. So isn't going anywhere but how can the Nats build around him. The clock is ticking. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Power Rankings | Division Leaders Take Shape | Coors Field Moonshot

Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 6:09

Memorial Day Weekend is a milestone in the MLB season. It's when we typically take note of the division leaders and front offices start to define their strategy for the season. Are the Padres legit? We saw a 496-foot blast at Coors Field, which is the stadium's second longest since 2015. Framber Valdez tossed a complete game 2-hitter for Houston. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Plummer's Redemption | Gore Leads NL Rookie of the Year Race

Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 7:19

The latest Mets hero is rookie OF Nick Plummer. Plummer's game-tying home run in the 9th inning was his first career hit and set the stage for a walk-off victory in extras. Mackenzie Gore has settled into the big leagues nicely. Gore went seven scoreless innings in his latest start; he's the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Russell Martin Hangs 'Em Up | White Sox To Cut Dallas Keuchel?

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 9:43

Russell Martin has called it a career. Martin enjoyed 14 years in the MLB and was one of the better catchers in the game. His athleticism and strong bat were unique at the catcher position. The White Sox have designated Dallas Keuchel for assignment. Keuchel was getting Cy Young votes as recently as 2020. What happened? Carlos Martinez tested positive for PEDs so he's been suspended for 80 games. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Mookie Regains MVP Form | Slap Heard 'Round The World? | Embracing The Youth Movement

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 13:03

Mookie Betts has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He's quietly put up great numbers ever since he got to LA. That's just what we've come to expect of the former MVP. Why did Tommy Pham slap Giants Joc Pederson during a pregame altercation? The Royals and Mariners are embracing a youth movement and it's paying off so far. All this (and more) on today's episode.

What Happened to Vlad's Bat? | The Book Is Out

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 7:37

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tormented pitchers last year to the tune of 48 HRs and a second place finish in MVP voting. He's been slowed down this season so far because pitchers have figured out how to pitch to him. What exactly is Vlad's weakness and how can he make the necessary adjustment? All this on today's episode.

Joc Carries Giants | The Younger Contreras Brother Settles In

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 7:03

Joc Pederson hit 3 HRs and drove in 8 runs to help the Giants end their losing streak. Joc is a Bay Area native but there's good reason why he's never struggled to find jobs around the league. William Contreras is settling in nicely for the Braves. He might not catch every night but his bat has proven too good to hold out of the lineup. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Judge Making An MVP Case | Teams On A Roll | J-Rod Show Comes Home

Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 8:59

Aaron Judge widened his MLB-lead in the HR category with two more blasts on Monday night. Judge is the early frontrunner for AL MVP. Great timing for him with free agency pending. Will the Twins just run away with their division? Julio Rodriguez has been great this month and flashed his power for the first time at home. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Tim Anderson Gets Last Laugh | Quinn's Speed Steals Win In Philly | Pay Attention To Minnesota

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 12:16

Tim Anderson was greeted with boos in each of his at-bats at Yankee Stadium but he ended up getting the last laugh. Anderson belted a back-breaking 3-run HR to cap his night in the Bronx. The Phillies walked off the Dodgers thanks to Roman Quinn's speed. The Twins are good and it's really that simple. All this (and more) on today's episode.

The Orioles' Future Arrives | Tempers Flare In NY | Trout Reaches Major Milestone

Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 10:23

Adley Rutschman, baseball's top prospect, has been promoted to the MLB. The former number 1 overall pick made his debut on Saturday and gave the Orioles a taste of his potential. A switch-hitting catcher with a strong bat and glove, Rustchman has a rare set of tools. Josh Donaldson set off an incident on the field when he chirped at Tim Anderson. What exactly happened? Mike Trout scored his 1000th career run. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Mets Face Toughest Test | Trevor Story Breaks Out | An Ace In Arizona

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 8:42

Max Scherzer has suffered an oblique strain and will miss 6-8 weeks. He joins Jacob deGrom and Tylor Megill on the sideline. They've been great so far but the Mets now face their toughest test of the season so far. Trevor Story broke out for Boston in a big way with 3 HRs, a stolen bases and 7 RBIs. The Cardinals promoted two of their top prospects and they happen to be childhood friends. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Twins Future At Shortstop | Ohtani Dials Up Velo | Gerrit Cole & Yankees Stay Dominant

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 12:13

Royce Lewis impressed in his first few weeks of big league action but the Twins have sent him back down to AAA with Carlos Correa returning from injury. Can we expect Lewis to be make in the MLB soon? Shohei Ohtani had his triple digit velocity again in his latest start. The Yankees are off to their best start since 1998 and nobody is stopping them. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Cubs Rookie Delivers Magic | Astros Play HR Derby | Pitchers With 0.00 ERAs

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 7:37

It had been six years since a Cubs rookie (Willson Contreras) homered in his first MLB at-bat. Christopher Morel predicted he'd do the same and made good on his promise. The Astros teed off in Boston as they blasted 5 home runs in the second inning en route to a blowout victory. Six pitchers still have a 0.00 ERA. Who are they? All this (and more) on today's episode.

Conforto Might Come Back? | Marlins Next Young Arm | Cueto Impresses In Season Debut

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 10:49

Scott Boras suggests that Michael Conforto might make a late-season comeback as a hitter-only. Is it even worth it and would any team sign him? The Marlins have a steady cop of young arms and there seems to be another one on the way. Johnny Cueto is back in the big leagues and made a strong impression in his White Sox debut. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Pirates Win Without a Hit | Now Pitching... Albert Pujols? | Nasty Nestor Keeps It Going

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 10:48

The Pirates won their game against the Reds without securing a hit. It doesn't happen often but sometimes patience is all it takes. Rookie RHP Hunter Greene threw 7.2 no-hit innings for Cincinnati with an MLB-high 118 pitches. The Cardinals blew out the Giants and Albert Pujols made his pitching debut. Nestor Cortes now leads the American League in ERA. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Hitters With Momentum | Teams On Pace For 100 Wins

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 8:24

As the weather heats up, so are some hitters. Bryce Harper is showing why he's the reigning NL MVP. Are we seeing the rebirth of Christian Yelich? Seven teams are currently on pace for 100 wins, including a few surprises. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Impressive Catcher In Cincinnati | Kumar Rocker To Re-Enter Draft | Kelenic Demoted

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 14:05

Can anyone stop the Yankees or Mets? It's always a nice bonus when a catcher has a good bat. The Reds know this: they have Tyler Stephenson who now has the equivalent of one full season under his belt. Kumar Rocker (2021 #10 overall pick) will pitch in an independent league in the coming months as he prepares to re-enter the MLB Draft. The Mariners demoted Jarred Kelenic ahead of this weekend's matchup with the Mets. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Padres Want Robinson Cano? | Phillies Thankful For Universal DH

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 7:46

Robinson Cano's career isn't over after all. Cano is poised to sign an MLB deal with the Padres. San Diego could use some extra depth at the moment and Cano is a cheap, low-risk option. Bryce Harper has a partially torn UCL. He'll be shut down from throwing for at least four weeks but he'll DH in the meantime. The universal DH has come to the rescue. All this on today's episode.

Detmers No-Hitter & Angels Roll | Aaron Judge's Bet Is Working | Verlander Stays Vintage

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 8:51

Prior to Tuesday night, rumors swirled about Angels rookie LHP Reid Detmers being sent down to the Minors for further seasoning. Those rumors have been squashed since Detmers delivered a no-hitter against Tampa Bay. It was a wild night in Anaheim. Aaron Judge hit a walk-off HR for the Yankees as his monster year continues. Justin Verlander flirted with a no-hitter in yet another vintage outing. All this on today's episode.

The Josh Naylor Game | Cortes Flirts With No-Hitter | Hendricks Schools Padres

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 7:42

Josh Naylor had a night for the ages in Chicago. Naylor had 8 RBIs including an 8th inning RBI double, 9th inning grand slam, and 11th inning 3-run HR. Opposing pitchers should take note. Nestor Cortes has been the Yankees best starter this season. In his latest act, Cortes carried a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Kyle Hendricks took the Padres to school, helping end the Cubs' losing streak. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Mother's Day Walk-Offs | Strong Teams We Didn't See Coming

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 11:25

Mother's Day celebrations were on display across the league. A handful of teams topped it off with walk-of victories. Gleyber Torres' HR was his seventh career walk-off hit. Jorge Alfaro made his mom's prediction come through with a pinch-hit blast. Don't look now, but the Angels are on top of the AL West. Ohtani & Rendon delivered the latest heroics. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Twins Pitching Impresses | Much Improvement In Miami | A-Rod's Bloodlines Enter Spotlight

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 8:18

You may not have guessed the Twins would have one of MLB's best pitching staffs this year, but here they are. Sonny Gray returned an led a shutout effort for Twins pitchers. Jhoan Duran is a budding new closer they will lean on. Miami called up hometown prospect 3B Joe Dunand, who homered in his first MLB at-bat. Dunand is A-Rod's nephew. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Amazin' Mets Do It Again | Twins Promote No. 1 Overall Pick

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 7:36

The Mets are having a magical season. There's no other way to put it. They entered the ninth inning of Thursday's contest with a 0.2% win probability. One 7-run rally later, the Mets clinched the victory. The Twins have promoted 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick, Royce Lewis. Lewis will temporarily take over at shortstop for the injured Carlos Correa. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Wainwright and Molina Set Record | Reflecting On Gallen/Chisholm Trade

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 8:59

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina have been at it for a very long time. With their win on Wednesday, they tied the record for the most wins by a pitcher/catcher combination. Zac Gallen was traded from the Marlins to the Diamondbacks after a strong rookie year. Miami got Jazz Chisholm in exchange. Both players faced off this week. Which team got the best of the trade? All this (and more) on today's episode.

Dusty Baker Gets 2,000th Win | Yankees Won't Lose | Why Joc Pederson Is Thriving in SF

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 8:58

Dusty Baker secured his 2,000th managerial win as the Astros defeated the Mariners. Baker is Cooperstown-bound, along with the handful of other managers who have accomplished this feat. The Yankees just won't lose and Aaron Judge won't stop mashing. Joc Pederson has a very specific role and he's great at it. Why are the Giants are a great team for him to play for? All this (and more) on today's episode.

Surprises Atop Statistical Leaderboards

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 8:05

Who would've guessed Eric Hosmer would lead MLB in average through three weeks? Or that the Twins would own the American League's best team ERA after losing some key arms the past year? We go through all the surprises atop the leaderboards.

Mets Cut Robinson Cano | Young Mariners Lead The Way | Judge Stays Hot

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 13:55

Robinson Cano has been designated for assignment by the New York Mets. They will most likely have to release him because no team will want to take on his huge contract. Has Cano played his final MLB game? Logan Gilbert and Julio Rodriguez showed why the Mariners' youth movement is so exciting. Aaron Judge hit two more homers as the Yankees extended their win streak to nine. All this (and more) on today's episode.

Kershaw The Strikeout King | What The Marlins Are Doing Well | Springer Haunts Astros

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 10:11

Clayton Kershaw now sits alone atop the Dodgers strikeout list. No other Dodgers pitcher has amassed as many career strikeouts. The Marlins just finished one of their best Aprils in franchise history and are riding strong pitching this year. They have a seven game win streak. George Springer already loves hitting against his former team. All this (and more) on today's episode.

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