In episode 300 of the podcast, the College Football Bros start with a look back at Week 3. They discuss Alabama's narrow win over Florida, the vulnerabilities of Clemson and Ohio State, Manny Diaz' hot seat, and a rough weekend for the Pac-12 South. After that, they enter the Trivia Zone to answer questions Michael came up with using the Play Index at Sports Reference. Then, they make their against-the-spread picks for Week 4, including Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin and Texas A&M vs. Arkansas. The Questionable Finish this week touches on binging TV shows and funny player names.
Ben and Sam banter about Kidz Bop, answer emails about facing MLB pitching, a time-traveling manager, and communicating with catchers, and then cold-call the star of the Play Index segment.
Ben and Sam discuss the Rich Hill signing and more Mike Trout punctuation, then answer listener emails about Jerry Dipoto and David Ortiz and do a double Play Index.
Ben and Sam banter about the Marlins’ unorthodox managerial move, Play Index about doubles, and answer emails about innings counts, sabermetric milestones, and more.
Ben and Sam talk to Russell Carleton about the possible fallout from rules changes intended to shorten games and increase offense, then Play Index replacement players and answer emails about breakouts and pitch clocks.
Ben and Zachary answer emails about Hall of Fame voting, stats in other sports, baseball with no projections, and more (plus a Play Index about plunkings).
This week, we talked about the Royals' post-streak outlook and where they sit in the AL Central. Part of that evaluation includes the additions of Raul Ibanez and Christian Colon to the active roster. We're not sure how the Royals are going to use these guys, but it made for an interesting Monday, at least.We then talked about an article on Baseball Prospectus about Dale Sveum and his key adjustment since taking over as hitting coach and the refreshing part of that adjustment - that it's not just buzzwords but actual application of an observation. We also played with some Play Index information like Royals players over 40 years old, consecutive 5 inning starts, and where Yordano Ventura stands among Royals rookie starting pitchers.
While the Royals were beating up on Max Scherzer, Jeff and Mike were talking about the Royals' (then) approach towards first place in the AL Central and the excitement it's bringing to fans. We talked about some of what's gone right during the streak and some of the key performers, and we also let ourselves get distracted by the game itself here and there (it happens).Then we talked about how to keep this going, and looked at who's rebounded from slow starts, who's been hot, and who's likely to keep this up. Over the last two weeks, the Royals have been on fire at the plate, but is it something they're doing differently or the numbers evening out after a slow start?We've been supported in part by Kelly's Westport Inn for years and we're glad to partner with Baseball-Reference.com and their Play Index service for the near future. Help support the show by hopping over to Baseball-Reference.com and signing up for the Play Index by using promo code "Royals" to save $6 off the regular price of $36 - it's a great tool for detailed baseball stat research, and something we play around with every day.If you find any great Royals stat trivia or trends using the Play Index, email us at email@example.com - towards the end of July, we'll give away copies of Willie Mays Aikens' book "Safe At Home" to three listeners.
Andy, Dalton, Adam, and Dan discuss strikeouts in 2013, some obscure players and obscure facts about famous players using the Play Index, and we break down how Wins Above Replacement is calculated, different versions, and its use.
High Heat Stats is kicking off its brand new podcast! Join Andy, Adam, Dalton, & Bryan as we discuss the 2013 season so far, some sweet all-time stats, the role of sabermetrics in today's game, and have a righteous baseball trivia quiz. We're proud to be sponsored by the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index!