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Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Sam Miller (ESPN), Meg Rowley (FanGraphs), and an array of guests talk about baseball with an analytical bent, covering a mix of timely topics from the serious to the absurd a few times per week.

Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, Meg Rowley


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    Effectively Wild Episode 1777: Happy Francsgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 99:36


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Rays signing 20-year-old Wander Franco to a long-term extension, rapid movement in the starting-pitcher market (capped off by the Cardinals signing Steven Matz and Mets owner Steve Cohen tweeting out his reaction), and the White Sox inking Kendall Graveman. Then (36:41) they continue their series of discussions […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1776: How Can You Not Be Romantic About Baseball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 87:33


    Ben Lindbergh talks to baseball writer and romance novelist KD Casey about Unwritten Rules, her new romance novel about catchers and catcher framing, focusing on her history as a fan and writer, the intersection of sports and romance fiction, fictionalizing MLB teams, delivering details about baseball without alienating readers who aren't fans, the ethics of […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1775: Ask the Audience

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 91:56


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on an earlier conversation about ERA vs. FIP and banter about Seiya Suzuki being posted, Noah Syndergaard's explanation of why he left the Mets, the rumored Sandy Alcantara extension and the future of the Marlins, how Canada's new policy about unvaccinated athletes could affect the Blue Jays, and […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1774: In Defense of FIP

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 95:44


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley recap the results of awards week, focusing on the controversy over Corbin Burnes's victory over Zack Wheeler in NL Cy Young voting, the inconsistency between the AL and NL Cy Young results, how voting patterns are evolving, whether anyone actually discounts the value of innings, FIP vs. ERA and a […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1773: Hats Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 98:51


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Astros re-signing Justin Verlander and MLB's plan to house minor leaguers, then (19:53) bring on listener and top-tier Patreon supporter John Choe to discuss the single game he played in indy ball, the Moonlight Graham Society he co-founded to recognize minor league cups of coffee, how his […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1772: Bananas in Pajamas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 89:18


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about a flurry of signings and other transactions, including the Tigers signing Eduardo Rodriguez, the Angels signing Noah Syndergaard, the Blue Jays extending José Berríos, and the Mets (finally) hiring a GM, Billy Eppler, plus musings on the Tigers and Mariners “turning the corner,” followups on player rankings, unorthodox […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1771: Take the Money and Pun

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 108:29


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the latest batch of silly Scott Boras quotes, featuring Meg's real-time reactions to hearing them for the first time, a “fake quote or real quote?” quiz, and a discussion of the motivations behind the superagent's annual stand-up routine, then discuss Boras's comments about competitive integrity and try to […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1770: Only the Finest Free Agents

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 79:34


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley announce new perks available to their Patreon supporters, then (12:03) bring on Ben Clemens, the lead author of FanGraphs' top 50 free agents ranking, to discuss qualifying offers, early transactions, and Wade Miley and size up this offseason's free agent class, focusing on the strong selection of shortstops and starters, […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1769: The Lockout Lookout

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 62:16


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley talk to Evan Drellich, senior writer for The Athletic, about the state of labor negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA, the major issues separating the two sides, the odds of a work stoppage, how long a potential lockout could last, how the CBA talks may affect transaction activity, how previous […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1768: The Braves Blueprint

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 91:15


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Ben's return from podcast paternity leave, the quality of the 2021 postseason, whether the Braves were underrated or simply overperformed, what teams might learn from and emulate about Atlanta's success, postseason pitcher usage and game length, the career and retirement of Buster Posey, their upcoming discussion of TV […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1767: Goodbye World Series, Hello Winter Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 68:31


    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Eric Longenhagen discuss the conclusion of the World Series, including how Brian Snitker and Dusty Baker managed their depleted pitching staffs, the future of postseason pitching, Jorge Soler's pyrotechnics, when they realized Atlanta was going to win the Series, and what's next for the Astros and the Braves. Then they […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1766: Fingers in Several Rays Pies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 55:53

    Meg Rowley and erstwhile Effectively Wild co-host and current Tampa Bay Rays employee Jeff Sullivan discuss World Series game start times, how Jeff's job has changed compared to the 2020 season, Wander Franco, the Rays' uniforms, what it is like to root (and work) for a team in the playoffs, the Rays' ALDS against Boston, […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1765: Of Cinnabon and Shifts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 43:16

    Before Game 3 of the World Series, Meg Rowley and guest co-host Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated discuss postseason travel for sportswriters, the forgotten virtues of suburban malls, Emma's piece on how Atlanta shifted its stance on the shift midseason, and how the front office, Ron Washington, and the players came together to adopt the […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1764: Decrying the Sliderization of Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 63:44

    In a crossover event Marvel would envy, Meg Rowley and guest co-host Michael Baumann of The Ringer discuss Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, what the loss of Charlie Morton means for Atlanta, the narrative role of the starter, how to navigate the moral conundrum that is fandom, the ever-growing length of postseason […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1763: World Series Preview, Fun Fact Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 55:29

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Sarah Langs of MLB.com banter about Sarah's participation in MLB's first game to feature an all-women broadcast crew, her research process, and what makes for a good fun fact. Then Sarah shares some Braves and Astros statistical oddities ahead of the World Series, including fun facts about Joc Pederson, Brian […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1762: They Write Mike Trout Hypotheticals in Outer Space, Too

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 68:04


    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Ben Clemens discuss the Astros' pitching woes, the role of starters in the postseason, Dave Roberts' decision to have Brusdar Graterol hit in Game 5 of the NLCS, Yordan Alvarez, how a 3-2 series deficit feels for fans of the team with the upper hand, and Ben's look at Ian […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1761: Those Wacky, Tacky Balls

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 63:42

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Grant Brisbee catch up on some non-postseaosn news, including Grant's elbow injury, MLB's decision to provide housing for minor leaguers, and Rob Arthur's research suggesting spin rate and pitch movement have recovered after cratering in light of sticky stuff enforcement, then banter about Laz Diaz's strike zone in Game 4 […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1760: Choose Your Own NLCS Adventure

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 49:19

    Meg Rowley is joined by guest co-host Mike Petriello of MLB.com. They discuss Mike's role in the booth as a part of ESPN's Statcast broadcasts, how what is affectionately referred to as the Nerdcast got started, how Mike prepares for games, how he balances being analytics-heavy while still appealing to a broad audience, how the […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1759: In Hindsight, This Was Inevitable

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 59:44

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Bradford William Davis of Insider discuss his new job as an investigative features writer and what the shift from being a daily columnist has meant for how he engages with players, sources, and baseball, and the stories he's able to tell. Then they turn their attention to the playoffs and […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1758: Desperately Sweaty Energy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 76:04

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Jon Tayler of FanGraphs banter about the Boston Red Sox's victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to advance to the American League Championship Series, including Jon's experience of the series as a Red Sox fan, Alex Cora's managerial style, Boston's particular brand of chaos ball, when Jon knew Garrett Whitlock […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1757: Farewell to Rhubarb

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 72:17

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio discuss his recent trip to Monument Valley before recapping the weekend's ALDS and NLDS action and looking ahead to what might come next, including thoughts on the Giants' approach to platooning, Cody Bellinger‘s season-long slump, AJ Pollock‘s past postseason woes, the Brewers offense, Eduardo […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1756: Ichabod Crane Comes to Bat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 98:00


    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Eric Longenhagen banter about Walker Buehler's unusual approach to opening beers and their own past dental emergencies before recapping the AL Wild Card game. They consider what went wrong for the Yankees, and assess the Red Sox's good starters, potent lineup, and shaky defense, as well as Nick Pivetta and […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1755: Chaos Letdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 88:47

    Meg Rowley and guest co-host Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus recap the final weekend of regular season baseball before previewing this week's Wild Card games. They discuss the Mariners' decision not to promote Julio Rodríguez, their disappointment at the lack of tiebreaker games, franchise player farewells, the current playoff format, what comes next for Seattle […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1754: Never Tell Me the Odds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 47:59

    With the postseason around the corner, Meg Rowley and guest co-host Ben Clemens discuss the playoff picture, how the Seattle Mariners got where they are, which team Ben would prefer to see his Cardinals match up against in the NL Wild Card, and the biggest surprises of the season. Then they discuss Ben's recent work […]

    Effectively Wild Episode 1753: Bringing Up Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 62:58


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about what Shohei Ohtani might mean for the Mariners' slight playoff chances and Riley O'Brien's recent debut, before Ben shares some (good) personal news. Then (17:33) they bring on Will Leitch to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals. Will shares what it has been like to root for the team […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1752: Photo Finish

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 98:13


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Giancarlo Stanton's awe-inspiring weekend at Fenway, the most aesthetically pleasing home run hitters, what the Cardinals' 16-game winning streak portends (or doesn't portend) for their playoff hopes, and the last week in the remaining playoff races. Then (26:32) they bring on Patreon supporter Dylan Buell to talk about […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1751: The Playoff Matchups Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 77:35


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about teams pitching around Shohei Ohtani and a second conspiracy theory about Rays/Jays Cardgate, then rank the fun quotient of potential playoff teams and draft their preferred playoff matchups. Audio intro: Steve Gunn, "Protection" Audio outro: Frankie Siragusa, "I Don't Want to See You Again" Link to article about Ohtani's walks […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1750: The Gift of the Maggi

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 83:10


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Cardinals being unbeatable, the Giants setting a record for outperforming PECOTA, the Orioles' and Diamondbacks' race to MLB's worst record, the White Sox and Yankees also having identical records (and the vagaries of unbalanced schedules and divisional assignments), the saga of Drew Maggi's call-up and demotion and […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1749: Cheat Sheet

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 82:28


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the unwritten rules controversy stemming from Kevin Kiermaier absconding with a Blue Jays scouting card, the Padres' collapse, dysfunction, and outlook for 2022, the Cardinals' surge and the Braves' revamped outfield, Anthony Gose's return to the majors as a pitcher, a number of injured arms making comebacks, the […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1748: On the Clock

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 92:50


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the potential benefits of a 15-second pitch clock and the massive winning-percentage mismatch between the NL's impending wild card winners, then answer listener emails about intentionally swinging at a wild pitch to reach base, the obsolescence of ERA, whether Statcast should be used instead of video to make […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1747: Embrace the Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 71:31


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Jake Arrieta's sub-replacement pitching and the sorry state of the Padres' starting staff, Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, and the NL MVP race, Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and the competing, persuasive narratives of the AL MVP race, and the ascendance of micro sports betting. Then (31:49) they talk […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1746: They’re Saying Boo-urns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 91:44


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Padres reliever Austin Adams tying the single-season hit by pitch record (and some resulting safety concerns), Corbin Burnes pitching (most of) the season's record-setting ninth no-hitter and the changing norms around pulling pitchers mid-no-no, Max Scherzer's recent run, pitchers whose whole careers are covered by pitch-tracking tech, and […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1745: The State of the Starting Pitcher

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 72:10


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Blue Jays' hot streak and playoff outlook and the meaning of clutchness, then meet major leaguers Andy Ibáñez of the Rangers and Janson Junk of the Angels. After that (37:07), they're joined by Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus to discuss the state of starting pitching, the future […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1744: The Pretty Good Players Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 77:01


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Salvador Perez's power output, durability, defense, and career, Shohei Ohtani's offensive slump, the Rays calling up Josh Lowe to go with Brandon Lowe (but not Nathaniel Lowe), and the desirability of being teammates with one's brother or father, then draft unsung players who are having good seasons that […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1743: On the Bubble

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 88:50


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Mike Yastrzemski, “bubble guts,” and the right way for a manager to publicize a player's intestinal distress, then follow up on Miguel Cabrera and the factors that influence players' career ratios of pitchers homered off of to total home runs, review the state of the standings, discuss the […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1742: The Race (and Series) of the Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley talk to The Athletic's Grant Brisbee and SB Nation's Eric Stephen about the last series of the regular season between the tied-for-first-place Dodgers and Giants, the historic greatness of their race, the state of (and outlook for) their respective rosters, the strengths and weaknesses of each team, their secret sauces, […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1741: Call Up the Cavalry

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 90:49


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Wander Franco coming into his own, Kevin Newman's steep offensive falloff post-spring training, a strikeout milestone for Robbie Ray, the Kendall Graveman–Abraham Toro trade and promotions/extensions for the Mariners' Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais, the new-and-improved Blake Snell, Austin Adams' historic hit-by-pitch pace, Cardinals radio broadcaster Mike Shannon […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1740: Thumb WAR

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 98:07


    Ben Lindbergh talks to Defector's David Roth about the Mets' freefall in the standings, the extremely Metsy controversy surrounding multiple players giving the thumbs down to fans, and how the franchise still practices Wilpon-era self-sabotage. Then (46:18) Ben “benters” with Ben Clemens from FanGraphs about the post-sticky-stuff collapse of demoted Cleveland closer James Karinchak, the […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1739: Poff Piece

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 96:53


    Ben Lindbergh talks to The Ringer's Zach Kram about how the red-hot Yankees have salvaged their season, mounted their longest winning streak in 60 years, and put themselves in playoff position. Then (27:33) Ben brings on John Poff, former major leaguer and Stat Blast star, to discuss his brief big league career, walking away from […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1738: Molina and the Mound

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 91:06


    Ben Lindbergh follows up on a Stat Blast that generated a lot of listener emails, then (13:04) talks to former major leaguer and current Angels catching coach José Molina about his unparalleled receiving skills, fooling umpires, the importance of framing compared to throwing, blocking, and game-calling, whether stealing strikes can be taught, aspects of catcher […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1737: Walk on, Walk Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 89:41


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Ben's post-concert encounter with a podcast listener, Miguel Cabrera's 500th home run and the future of the 500-homer club, the latest sighting of Tom's enigmatic message to Caitlyn at Great American Ball Park, the Rockies possibly promoting a GM from within (again), and a few pennant race updates, […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1736: The Wildest Week in Sports Card History

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 77:06


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on a conversation about protective headgear for pitchers by discussing softball face masks, then banter about whether MLB necessarily needs a legalized sticky substance or a pre-tacked ball, and attempt to unpack a distressing message from “Tom” to “Caitlyn” on the video board at a Reds game. Then […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1735: In Play, Run(s)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 89:44


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Germán Márquez and the ethics of diarrhea disclosure, stretched pitching staffs that were supposed to be deep, the Orioles and Diamondbacks competing for MLB's worst record, a somewhat deceptive salary floor in MLB's economic proposal (and the future of the ongoing CBA talks), Mets owner Steve Cohen's critical […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1734: Win Some, Lose Some

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 76:14


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on a recent observation about a baseball-related line in Twilight, then banter about petards, Ben's latest trip to see Shohei Ohtani at Yankee Stadium, Tyler Gilbert's improbable no-hitter, the playoff hopes of the Padres, Reds, and Giants (and reshuffling in the NL East and AL East), the lows […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1733: Corn-Fed Beef Boys

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 84:09


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Field of Dreams Game, “playing catch” vs. “having a catch,” scouting baseball movies, and a quibble with baseball in Twilight, answer listener emails about extending the Field of Dreams Game concept to other settings (and other baseball movies), the aesthetics of no-doubt dingers and wall-scrapers, saving the […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1732: Wanna Bet?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 79:05


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about an Alek Manoah semi-fun fact, a day without any starters going deep into games, economical outings by Adam Wainwright and Corbin Burnes, Cody Bellinger's bat, a legal decision involving the Phillie Phanatic that may have implications beyond baseball, Joey Gallo feeling small, and the cost of Ray's lost […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1731: In Good Standings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 75:01


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about their imperfections, follow up on flying horses, Justice Blackmun omitting Mel Ott from Flood vs. Kuhn, and a possible defense of pitcher hitters, then assess the state of the standings and playoff races, contemplate a position change for Fernando Tatis Jr., discuss the Field of Dreams Game, and […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1730: The Mike Trout 30th Birthday Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 90:50


    Ben Lindbergh, Meg Rowley, and Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of Céspedes Family BBQ banter about Jake's baseball bike trip (and Jordan's accompanying car ride) from New York to Chicago. Then, in honor of Mike Trout's 30th birthday, they draft their favorite things about Trout and his incredible career. Audio intro: Jay-Z, "30 Something" Audio outro: Smash […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1729: That’s Just Like, Your Opinion, Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 98:34


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about baseball (and steeplechase?) at the Olympics, then answer listener emails about teams intentionally drafting players they don't intend to sign, Willy Adames as an NL MVP candidate, Dominic Smith and reverse platoon splits, secret ball-strike counts, and which is better (or worse), position-player pitchers or pitcher hitters, then […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1728: On Guardians

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 74:13


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Mets not signing first-round pick Kumar Rocker, owner Steve Cohen's comment about the decision, and the amateur draft as a salary-suppressing institution, then discuss how injuries have destabilized some of the major end-of-season awards races. After that (31:51), they talk to Cleveland native (and Baseball Prospectus writer) […]


    Effectively Wild Episode 1727: One Trade Deadline to Rule Them All

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 108:20


    Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley recap the busiest trade deadline ever, first examining why it was so frantic and then going division by division to analyze the actions or inaction of every team that made a trade (which was, well, every team). Audio intro: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, "Heard You're Moving" Audio outro: Vanessa Peters, "Moving Day" […]


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