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Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan

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Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Jeff Sullivan (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.

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Effectively Wild Episode 1351: Season Preview Series: Yankees and Marlins

1:43:36 | Mar 22nd

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about the Mariners-A’s opening series, the emotional last game featuring Ichiro Suzuki, and the uncertain degree to which the recent rash of contract extensions reflects players’ anxiety about free agency, then pre...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1350: Season Preview Series: Astros and Tigers

1:55:48 | Mar 20th

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter at length about Mike Trout’s extension, why he may have wanted to stay with the Angels, what makes him different from other players, and why he’s underpaid despite his record contract, then preview the 2019 Houston...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1349: Wonder Hamster

1:11:09 | Mar 18th

Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, and Effectively Wild listener and Mike Trout Tier Patreon supporter Anthony Scheff banter about the Blue Jays raising salaries for minor leaguers, the team’s motivations for doing so, and whether other teams will follow sui...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1348: Season Preview Series: Indians and White Sox

1:52:54 | Mar 16th

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Meg witnessing actual baseball being played, her plans for watching the Mariners’ and Athletics’ international Opening Day matchup, Willians Astudillo’s spring training, the long list of 2019 and 2020 rules c...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1347: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Royals

1:30:56 | Mar 14th

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about parity in the NL and imbalance in the AL, then preview the 2019 Dodgers (7:08) with Los Angeles Times national baseball writer Andy McCullough, and the 2019 Kansas City Royals (1:02:45) with The Athletic’s Ro...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1346: Baseball and Eight American Pies

1:15:28 | Mar 12th

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the fallout from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s oblique injury and the signings of Adam Jones and Martin Maldonado as referenda on free agency, then answer listener emails about whether the Indians and Astros could ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1345: Season Preview Series: Nationals and Mariners

1:49:00 | Mar 9th

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Max Scherzer’s supremacy and the changes coming to the Atlantic League in 2019 as part of its partnership with MLB, include an altered base size, mound distance, strike zone, and more, then preview the 2019 N...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1344: Something Old, Something New

1:04:30 | Mar 7th

Ben Lindbergh (re)introduces new co-hosts Sam Miller of ESPN and Meg Rowley of FanGraphs. Together, they explain the show’s new format and schedule, pay tribute to departed co-host Jeff Sullivan, and answer listener emails about a team made of clones...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1343: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Rangers

1:51:51 | Mar 6th

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Steven Goldman of The Infinite Inning banter about Luis Severino’s injury and the perils of spring training, Sonny Gray’s slider problem and the perils of player development, and Ben’s series at The Ringer about scouti...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1342: Take Me Out With the Crowdfunding

1:10:53 | Mar 3rd

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Emily Waldon of The Athletic banter about how Emily got into covering the minor leagues, the perils and rewards of minor-league coverage, the progress of player development, the benefits of speaking Spanish, prospects ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1341: Jesse Thorn, Bryce Harper, and Cardinals and Giants Previews

1:54:21 | Mar 1st

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Jesse Thorn of Maximum Fun banter about Bryce Harper signing with the Phillies and the intriguing NL East, Jesse’s Giants fandom, being an ambassador of baseball to non-fans, and Jesse’s beliefs about baseball fashion,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1340: Season Preview Series: Rays and Padres

1:30:04 | Feb 27th

Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Zach Kram of The Ringer banter about Clayton Kershaw’s bum arm, a rash of semi-suspiciously-timed signings, the Atlantic League as a testing ground for MLB rules changes, the latest Bryce Harper rumors, extensions for ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1339: Jeff Got a Job

1:10:09 | Feb 22nd

In Jeff Sullivan’s final episode as the co-host of Effectively Wild (but not the podcast’s final episode), he and Ben Lindbergh discuss his new job as an analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays, what it was like to be courted by teams, why he decided to depar...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1338: Season Preview Series: Mets and Blue Jays

1:16:18 | Feb 21st

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about whether contract extensions are actually on the rise, the increasingly curious career of Rinku Singh, and Pirates owner Bob Nutting’s confusing comments about payroll, then preview the 2019 New York Mets (...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1337: Season Preview Series: Angels and Brewers

1:35:33 | Feb 20th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Manny Machado signing with the Padres and what the news means for the free-agent market and the futures of the NL West, the Phillies, and Bryce Harper, then preview the 2019 Los Angeles Angels (31:34) with...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1336: Season Preview Series: Twins and Phillies

1:16:54 | Feb 16th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about differently shaped players being in the best shape of their lives, the Luis Severino extension, and three trends: the disappearance of highly ranked pitching prospects, the plateauing of league-wide fastba...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1335: Horsed Retirement

1:06:06 | Feb 14th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s visa problem, Doug Fister’s retirement and CC Sabathia’s retirement tour, Johnny Cueto’s late horses, the current size of Yoenis Cespedes, players’ newly coordinated messaging about ba...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1334: Season Preview Series: Braves and Diamondbacks

1:17:24 | Feb 12th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the return of Brett Lawrie and two-way draftee Kyler Murray’s decision to pursue playing football over baseball, then preview the 2019 Atlanta Braves (8:45) with From the Diamond host Grant McAuley, and th...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1333: Season Preview Series: Rockies and Pirates

1:15:47 | Feb 9th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a bunch of proposed rules changes, FanGraphs readers’ responses to them, and the general desirability of change of some sort, then preview the 2019 Colorado Rockies (19:57) with former Rockies outfielder a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1332: The Life of Riley

1:17:42 | Feb 8th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan dissect the trade that sent catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins to the Phillies for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, and Will Stewart, honor the legacy of Frank Robinson, and then (22:28) bring back 88-year-old 1950s tw...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1331: Season Preview Series: Reds and Athletics

0:00 | Feb 5th

In the first installment of the seventh annual Effectively Wild season preview series, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Bryce Harper, Scott Boras, team meetings with free agents, the season preview series, the Super Bowl, and mortality, t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1330: Rough Drafts

1:13:55 | Feb 2nd

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about rumors and the offseason, then answer listener emails about forming a team from remaining free agents, the definition of “Baseball IQ,” small-market teams banding together, the best thing for a team to be ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1329: Statheaded Elsewhere

1:04:54 | Jan 31st

Ben Lindbergh and ESPN’s Sam Miller banter about offseason content-creation strategies, recurring columns, and an alternate history in which Orlando Cepeda could have prevented writers from citing stats in stories, then (21:45) talk to longtime Baseb...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1328: National Past Time

0:00 | Jan 31st

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about players playing for their lives, Bryce Harper rumors, Harper’s fame vs. Mike Trout’s, feeling less intense anticipation than they used to, the Red Sox signing the previously permabanned Jenrry Mejia, and u...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1327: Marginal Wince

0:00 | Jan 25th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about good and bad news for much-traveled pitcher Oliver Drake, the Dodgers’ signing of A.J. Pollock and the team’s perplexing offseason plan and lack of NL West competition, the Cubs’ signing of Brad Brach, and...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1326: Hall of Flames

1:14:00 | Jan 24th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the Hall of Fame results, including why (and whether) the Hall matters, Mariano Rivera’s unanimous election, the greatness of Mike Mussina, the stagnation of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, the perplexing case o...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1325: Book Learning

1:12:30 | Jan 22nd

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and the Sonny Gray trade, then (19:11) bring on Padres podcaster David Marver to talk about the Padres supposedly opening their books, what information the team actually revealed, the wa...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1324: The Salary Trap

56:13 | Jan 19th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s final winter league stats, the retirement of Ricky Romero, the upside of a slow market, and the anticlimax of a big free-agent signing, then (11:25) bring on Baseball Prospectus direct...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1323: Bed God

57:59 | Jan 19th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Yankees signing Adam Ottavino and the Angels signing Cody Allen, super-pens vs. improvised pens, and Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Trout, then (15:19) bring on Baseball Prospectus writer Sung Mi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1322: Read All About It

1:19:31 | Jan 17th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben and Travis Sawchik finishing their new book, The MVP Machine, Willians Astudillo’s MVP voting results, the Kyler Murray baseball/football decision and why it’s unusual for players in his situation to h...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1321: You Are the Boss of Me

1:06:16 | Jan 12th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo being plunked in reprisal for his home-run pimp, the surprisingly small contract of Yasmani Grandal and the state of the Brewers and the NL Central, Jed Lowrie and the Mets’ positional l...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1320: Mets Are From Mars

1:05:55 | Jan 10th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo going viral yet again, his iconic winter-league home-run pose and the state of celebration in baseball, the improbable personality of an improbable player, Astudillo’s future in Minnesot...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1319: Scott, Bore Us

1:07:57 | Jan 9th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new (and also old) team, the Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Keon Broxton, the Yankees signing Zach Britton, how data and technology have helped some free agents and hurt others, the state of ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1318: The Keeper of the Game

1:07:34 | Jan 4th

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about New York Met Rymer Liriano and the minor league free agent draft, David Robertson signing with the Phillies, Robertson’s underrated record, and a Sabermetrics Mount Rushmore, then (14:43) talk to Retroshee...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1317: Alphabatical Order

1:07:45 | Jan 3rd

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Yankees signing Troy Tulowitzki, Whit Merrifield’s vaguely worded optimism about the Royals, and the necessity of unrealistic expectations, then answer listener emails about holiday sports conversation...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1316: Oh Say Can Yusei

1:18:32 | Jan 2nd

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mariners signing Yusei Kikuchi, Willians Astudillo’s last 10 days, and Oliver Drake’s latest designation for assignment, and then grade the Hall of Fame’s many choices of in-game artifacts from the 201...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1315: The 2019 Minor League Free Agent Draft

1:17:32 | Dec 28th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller review the top candidates for the most enduring baseball memory of 2018, then conduct the sixth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 11 minor league free agents each and ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1314: What We Missed in 2018 (NL Edition)

1:07:01 | Dec 27th, 2018

In the second of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each National League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving the Baby Braves, Charlie Culberson, and Dansby Swanson...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1313: What We Missed in 2018 (AL Edition)

1:17:27 | Dec 24th, 2018

In the first of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each American League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving Mike Scioscia, Myles Straw, Stephen Piscotty, Rowdy Tel...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1312: A Puig of Their Own

0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Daniel Murphy, Trevor Cahill, Anibal Sanchez, and Andrew Miller signings, react in real time to the three-team Jurickson Profar trade, and answer listener emails about signing Bryce Harper for one year...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1311: Rickrolled

1:03:56 | Dec 20th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Royals signing Terrance Gore and turning themselves into a bad-but-entertaining team of stolen-base threats, the Angels signing Matt Harvey and how they stack up, the renaming of Safeco Field, and the ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1310: Pool Party

1:05:14 | Dec 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Astros’ signing of Michael Brantley, the curious cases of blocked prospects Kyle Tucker and Alex Verdugo, the Mets’ signing of Wilson Ramos, and the unique career of globe-trotting Trey Hillman. Then (...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1309: Manager Overboard

58:27 | Dec 15th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about why there have been so many Noah Syndergaard trade rumors, then answer listener emails about whether Giancarlo Stanton would be better if he raised his launch angle, how and when a manager who kept intenti...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1308: What Happened in Vegas

1:12:12 | Dec 14th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s sartorial choice during his MLB Network appearance at the Winter Meetings, Willians Astudillo striking out twice against the same pitcher in a pro game for (possibly) the first time, Scott Boras and...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1307: The Baines of Our Existence

1:13:09 | Dec 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about expected activity at the Winter Meetings, the pointlessness of the Winter Meetings, and the Hall of Fame elections of Lee Smith and Harold Baines (yes, that Harold Baines). Then (23:04) they talk to FanGra...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1306: Terrance Gore is Going

1:08:43 | Dec 7th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and discuss Nathan Eovaldi re-signing with the Red Sox, the Cardinals-Diamondbacks trade involving Paul Goldschmidt, Luke Weaver, and Carson Kelly, and the significance of good teams tra...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1305: Corbin McCarthy

1:15:24 | Dec 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s Venezuelan Winter League MVP chances, the latest scuttlebutt about banning the shift (and why it reflects the right impulse but the wrong solution), and the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1304: The Roving Righty

1:37:46 | Dec 4th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the nomadic Andy Wilkins, revisit the Mariners-Mets trade and Robinson Cano’s graceful decline so far, discuss the Mariners-Phillies trade, the career of Jean Segura, the Mariners’ rebuild, Jerry Dipoto’s ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1303: Who Says Cano

1:07:52 | Dec 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a busy week in rumored (and completed) transactions, touching on the Mets-Mariners blockbuster revolving around Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, the Indians trading Yan Gomes to the Nationals (a rare trade be...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1302: No True Outcomes

1:01:03 | Nov 28th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Robinson Cano, Madison Bumgarner, and Paul Goldschmidt trade rumors, what makes for a slow or exciting offseason, and the cooling effect that superteams can have on the hot stove, then (16:14) bring on Sup...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1301: Twilight Doubleheader

59:15 | Nov 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new/old home, the Braves signing Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann and converting Johan Camargo, the Pirates signing Lonnie Chisenhall, and the Twins claiming C.J. Cron, then (11:20) talk to B...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1300: Baseball Driver

1:21:38 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about minor-league pay, the surprising prospect past of Neil Walker, and the impending posting and pitching of NPB star Yusei Kikuchi. Then (13:43) they bring on Cubs Double-A outfielder Connor Myers to discuss ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1299: The Whiff Heard Round the World

1:13:11 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Willians Astudillo strikeout (and Astudillo vs. other, more highly-touted Twins), the team-switching saga of Oliver Drake, and the singular skill of Nathan Eovaldi, then answer listener emails about chan...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1298: The Paxton Pact

1:19:08 | Nov 21st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Tommy Milone and Willians Astudillo, Bryce Harper’s awful fielding in 2018, two more examples of percentages greater than 100, and Adrian Beltre’s retirement and atypical, incredible career, then (23:34) b...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1297: Cistulli and Desist

1:14:24 | Nov 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a big day for Willians Astudillo, the still-overlooked greatness of Anthony Rendon, the mystery of Jeff Mathis, John Middleton’s comments about the Phillies’ impending spending spree, and the Orioles hirin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1296: Hot Prospect Content

1:23:51 | Nov 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s current strikeout-less streak, a few more people who gave much more than 100 percent, and end-of-season-award voting, including Mike Trout’s showing in the AL MVP race, Jacob deGrom an...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1295: The 120-Percent Podcast

1:11:04 | Nov 13th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jose Altuve and other players claiming to give (much) more than 100 percent and Joe Mauer’s retirement and Hall of Fame case, then answer listener emails about Shohei Ohtani’s future role, whether Mike Tro...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1294: Signs Language

1:15:43 | Nov 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Carter Capps-like cricket bowler, another Scott Boras nautical analogy, the latest Mariners-Rays trade (this time involving Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia, and Mallex Smith), how fans felt about the 2018...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1293: Offseason Draft Day

1:11:55 | Nov 8th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the possibility of the Mariners selling and what a Jerry Dipoto-led rebuild would look like, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia signing and GM Brian Cashman’s comments about the luxury tax, scenes from the GM meetin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1292: Strat and Tats

1:33:20 | Nov 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s 2019 Steamer projections and turnover in the Astros front office and field staff, then (13:17) bring on Arnie Pollinger and Robin Perlow, husband and wife administrators of the 40-year...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1291: Power Ball to the People

1:16:04 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller recap the results of their 2018 minor league free agent draft and the surprising season of Wade LeBlanc, banter about Willians Astudillo and Delmon Young, discuss the defining memory of the 2018 sea...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1290: Circling the Wagenen

1:18:23 | Nov 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Boston’s outfield rotation during the World Series, the significance of declining World Series ratings, the Orioles and the difficulty of classifying “tanking” teams, Manny Machado’s public persona and whe...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1289: Postseason Finale

1:00:24 | Oct 29th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan recap the last three games of the World Series, including a wild and interminable Game 3, Game 4’s divisive managerial decisions, Game 5’s matchup of diverging starter narratives, how this World Series and postseason s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1288: The More You Don’t Know

57:53 | Oct 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about how teams project the outcomes of matchups between batters and pitchers, the perils of second-guessing well-informed managerial decisions, and why teams still make mistakes, then answer listener emails abo...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1287: Contact High

1:12:09 | Oct 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a home-run robbery by 40-year-old Endy Chavez and some managerial news, then discuss the first two games of the World Series, focusing on the Red Sox strikeout narrative, the disappointment of Clayton Kers...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1286: World Serious

1:04:55 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, how long it takes to fall asleep, and international signings, then review the end of the NLCS, discuss the worst way to lose, forecast the legacy and future of the Brewers, and preview ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1285: October Gets in Gear

1:20:47 | Oct 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a wild week of playoff baseball, including all the action from Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS and Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS, Joe West’s infamous fan-interference call against the Astros, Andrew Benintendi’s gam...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1284: The Ghosts of Game Seven

1:12:32 | Oct 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Game 3 of the NLCS, the apparent breakouts of Orlando Arcia and Brock Holt, Josh Hader as Poochie, why Yasmani Grandal and other playoff catchers can’t catch, whether a “cruising” pitcher is actually likel...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1283: Hey, Look, a Playoff Episode

1:05:34 | Oct 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the lack of non-playoff banter and discuss the first two games of each championship series, touching on Clayton Kershaw bias, Matt Barnes curveballs, the finer points of pitcher-batter matchup stats, Josh ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1282: Play-By-Playoffs

1:19:03 | Oct 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the response to their writing about the demise of the starting pitcher, the sources of their unease about baseball’s bullpen takeover, and the difficulty of previewing playoff rounds, then set up and break...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1281: The Scary Sac Fly

1:08:41 | Oct 11th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an engaging Game 4 of the ALDS and sum up the Red Sox-Yankees series, the end of Astros-Indians, and the ALDS as a whole. Then they answer listener emails about working the count and avoiding the bullpen, ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1280: The 1.8 Percent Strike

1:16:58 | Oct 9th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Scott Oberg and the difference between good and bad balk calls, the Brewers sweeping the Rockies and the state of playoff bullpenning, the Astros juggernaut, Dodgers vs. Braves, Ronald Acuna’s grand slam, ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1279: October, Continued

1:00:32 | Oct 5th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the difficulties of postseason scheduling, both opening games of the NLDS, a better bullpen game by the Brewers, the Rockies’ decision to pitch to Mike Moustakas, what Christian Yelich is doing differently...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1278: The Postseason Swing of Things

1:11:16 | Oct 5th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review the saber-savvy ESPN broadcast of the NL wild card game, relive the highs, lows, and pivotal/memorable moments of both wild card games, defend the bullpen game from an analytical standpoint (and criticize it fro...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1277: The Best Baseball is Back

1:17:59 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a wild end to the regular season, including the season’s final Willians Astudillo update (maybe), endings for Joe Mauer, David Wright, and Mike Scioscia, Khris Davis batting .247 again, the Orioles’ final ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1276: Reviewing the Regular Season

1:03:25 | Sep 28th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the MVP races, the definition of value, Jacob deGrom, and Christian Yelich, plus an investigation into teams’ international practices, CC Sabathia’s costly hit by pitch, whether steroids were really respon...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1275: Collapses and Surges

1:03:43 | Sep 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Chris Davis and Khris Davis, the end of a Clayton Kershaw streak, Jacob deGrom, the ever-changing NL playoff race, the rapid spread of the opener, Joe Maddon’s comments about Addison Ru...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1274: Meet the New Manager, Different From the Old Manager

1:06:18 | Sep 25th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Jeff McNeil, and Juan Graterol, Shaq Thompson and the highest minor-league strikeout rates, the last week of the season, the lowest ERAs of the second half, Bryan Mitchell, and why voti...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1273: Baseball, But Louder

59:58 | Sep 21st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the response to their previous episode, whether improvements in catching or improvements in umpiring have done more to reduce the variation in framing performance among teams, a Mike Trout snub, Breyvic Va...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1272: Take Money to Make Money?

1:24:16 | Sep 20th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Trevor Story’s close call, then (9:04) bring on former MLB pitcher Michael Schwimer, the founder and CEO of Big League Advance, to talk about the mechanics and morality of giving money to minor leaguers in...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1271: The Stretch Run

1:07:14 | Sep 18th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and Jacob deGrom (as usual), the perception of the Cubs vs. the reality of the Cubs, the dramatic, puzzling increase in infield shifting against Mike Trout, the checkered career of hones...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1270: A Cup of Their Own

1:02:01 | Sep 14th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo going viral again, a Shohei Ohtani fun fact, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, and how to gauge a player’s value to his teammates, the emergence of A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano, the impendin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1269: Best in the Business

1:03:41 | Sep 13th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the unlikely championship season of the Northwest League’s Eugene Emeralds, Jacob deGrom’s latest hard-luck loss, and maintaining perspective about the Phillies’ late-season swoon, then answer listener ema...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1268: Replay, Reviewed

1:08:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Jeff’s ideal afterlife, Mike Trout’s future and what an extension for Trout might look like, the Tyler Flowers extension, Michael Kopech’s impending Tommy John surgery and the UCL scour...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1267: The Ohtani Elbow Inquest

56:05 | Sep 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer’s Michael Baumann, and Tommy John surgery researcher Jon Roegele convene to discuss every aspect of the news that Shohei Ohtani will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, including how the Angels handled him and whether they be...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1266: Labor WAR

1:07:41 | Sep 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Dee Gordon’s walk rate, Jonathan Villar’s daring baserunning, how much the “opener” has contributed to the Rays’ success, and Todd Frazier’s variation on the hidden-ball trick. Then they bring on FanGraphs...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1265: Home Runs Per Homestand

1:12:49 | Sep 5th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Trevor Story’s improvement, Brady Feigl vs. Brady Feigl, Joe West vs. Austin Davis and an information card, a Carter Capps update, the Mariners’ clubhouse brawl, the continued dominance of Edwin Diaz, the ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1264: Schrödinger’s Bunt Attempt

1:02:35 | Sep 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Matt Chapman’s misleading error total, Tyler White and “cheap” home runs, Danny Hultzen, Aaron Nola, and the concept of “safe” players, the latest on Shohei Ohtani and Willians Astudillo, Jacob deGrom and ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1263: Around the Majors in 36 Days

1:28:31 | Aug 29th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan have a possibly premature discussion of whether Shohei Ohtani lived up to the preseason hype, then answer listener emails about the Angels’ historic record in two-run games, the last player who’ll be older than them, u...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1262: Conquering Coors, with Kyle Freeland

1:09:14 | Aug 28th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the surprising home run streak of Kendrys Morales, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, and the fluctuating state of the White Sox rebuild, an unusual Yankees save streak and the changing distribution of saves a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1261: How Luck is Bailing Out Baseball

1:02:34 | Aug 25th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the returns of Mike Trout and Willians Astudillo, Astudillo’s new hobby, Jose Ramirez’s power/speed combo, the NL Rookie of the Year race between Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, Harrison Bader, and Brian Anderson...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1260: Waiver? I Hardly Know Her!

1:12:43 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a listener-created tool to determine the first big leaguer to be born after and the last big leaguer to be born before any given date, the waiver-claim process, the Nationals’ trades, disastrous season, an...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1259: I Will Follow You into the Park

1:31:31 | Aug 20th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Clayton Kershaw’s resurgence and opt-out odds, the state of the playoff races, the Mariners’ balk-off weekend win, an unusual aspect of the 2008 CC Sabathia trade, the impending free agency of Nelson Cruz,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1258: Slow-Pitch Baseball

1:01:25 | Aug 18th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s introduction to climbing, a Mets-Phillies blowout, Scott Kingery’s slow pitches, Jacob deGrom’s run support, Jose Ureña’s suspension and how to punish hit by pitches, the Rangers’ odd triple play and...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1257: Being Baseball Ambassadors

1:25:31 | Aug 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and writer Rachael McDaniel banter about a Scott Boras quote about Bryce Harper, the hot streaks of Matt Carpenter and Ronald Acuña, an Ender Inciarte comment, aging in relation to baseball players, the cold streak of Lu...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1256: Grounds Crew Questions

1:11:29 | Aug 14th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s book activities, David Bote’s exciting grand slam, Ramon Laureano’s highlight throw, a few surprisingly (and not-so-surprisingly) streaking players, Taylor Ward’s call-up news, and a weird walk-off w...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1255: Keep Your Eye on the Hidden Ball

55:41 | Aug 11th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Felix Hernandez’s demotion to the bullpen, Willians Astudillo and the hidden-ball trick, former major leaguers who are still excelling internationally, an Augusta GreenJackets tweet, Dee Gordon’s walk rate...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1254: Revenge of the Super-Nerds

1:10:52 | Aug 9th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jacoby Ellsbury’s latest injury, Jayson Werth’s anti-analytics rant, Luke Heimlich, and Shohei Ohtani, then answer listener emails about how defensive positioning is affecting positions themselves, throwin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1253: Executive-Producing Players

1:28:32 | Aug 8th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s excursion to a Helena Brewers game, Matt Davidson’s relief excellence, Juan Soto’s historic performance, Kole Calhoun’s resurgence, the A’s acquiring Mike Fiers, Mike Trout’s 27th birthday, and more,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1252: Beware of Baseball Grumps

1:13:37 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on an awful umpire call from the Mexican League, discuss the all-time top power-plus-speed players, lament Johnny Cueto’s Tommy John surgery, and acknowledge Mike Trout overtaking Mookie Betts on offense. The...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1251: A Giant of the Game

59:14 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a hiking analogy, the Nationals jettisoning relievers Brandon Kintzler and Shawn Kelley, and the no-longer-so-unhittable Justin Miller, then answer listener emails about Joey Gallo’s zero sac flies, Andrew...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1250: Too Many Trades

1:10:59 | Aug 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan break down (almost) all the trade-deadline deals by (almost) every team, with special attention to the Chris Archer trade between the Pirates and Rays, the Nationals’ non-trades and their competitors’ improvements, the...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1249: How Trades Get Made

1:20:22 | Jul 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan have an in-depth discussion with former Mets director of baseball operations and Braves assistant GM Adam Fisher about being a front-office utility man, talking to the media, work-life imbalance in baseball operations,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1248: Hustle and Slow

1:17:20 | Jul 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Zach Britton and Nathan Eovaldi trades, the Yankees’ unbelievable bullpen, the Rays’ most recent Sergio Romo experiment, and the Gary Sanchez hustle/groin-strain saga, follow up on athletes dominating ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1247: The 32-Year-Old Who Only Hit Homers

1:00:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Billy Butler’s beer league, the Jeurys Familia trade, the red-hot Oakland A’s, Seattle’s extensions for Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais, the AL wild card race, the Mets’ most recent dysfunction, Khris Davis...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1246: A Brad in the Hand

1:16:14 | Jul 20th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about beard grooming, the indy-league exploits of Rafael Palmeiro, Patrick Palmeiro, and the Chinese national team, the Padres-Indians trade involving Brad Hand, Adam Cimber, and Francisco Mejía, the Orioles’ co...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1245: Moving Manny

1:10:20 | Jul 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan break down the five-for-one deal that sent Manny Machado to Los Angeles, discussing the players changing teams, the short- and long-term implications for the Dodgers and Orioles, and the ripple effects for the rest of ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1244: Moving on From Matheny

1:05:30 | Jul 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout and marketing, the surprising Rays and the unsung Jake Bauers, the AL wild card race, Willians Astudillo’s pitching appearance, the results of a 21-question player survey, the Royals’ recent per...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1243: Scoreboard!

1:25:14 | Jul 13th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Daniel Descalso, Alex Blandino, and the ongoing onslaught of position-player pitchers, Jacob deGrom’s updated WAR vs. wins status, Kyle Schwarber’s two-strike bunting, the death-ray potential of the Rays’ ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1242: Teams in Glass Houses

1:17:54 | Jul 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Manny Machado trade precedents, the Astros’ weird walk-off, the A’s as wild-card contenders, Trevor Bauer and an Indians bullpen miscommunication, the Rays’ proposed stadium design, a Mike Trout shirt, and...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1241: Midsummer Snubs and the Deal with the Deadline

1:11:33 | Jul 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an old “Umpire Day,” the Mariners’ run-differential defiance, and the Royals’ extreme struggles and possibly unprecedented amateur signing, then discuss how to define an All-Star, the All-Star Game’s fadin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1240: Make Some Noise

1:18:50 | Jul 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the third-place Nationals and Wade LeBlanc’s extension, then answer listener emails about trading Bryce Harper, signing Bryce Harper, throwing super-slow pitches, a DH as the best player ever, hitting flar...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1239: The Astudillo Origin Story

1:12:38 | Jul 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Rays using backup catcher Jesus Sucre as a pitcher to protect a lead, the return of Shohei Ohtani, Javier Baez’s exciting and silly steal of home, and what life would be like with deferred payments. Th...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1238: Absolute Unit

1:30:20 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the joyous big-league debut and amazing minor-league history of Effectively Wild favorite and new Twins utility man Willians Astudillo, an awful Royals month, Jacob deGrom, a bobbled Raimel Tapia catch and...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1237: Bedtime for Trout

1:09:44 | Jun 29th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jose Alvarado, Shohei Ohtani’s power and possible return as a hitter, Shane Bieber’s velocity, the minor-league breakouts of Chris Paddack and Colin Poche, FanGraphs readers vs. average fans, Brandon Nimmo...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1236: Local (and National) Color

1:15:01 | Jun 29th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s lost and found voice, then bring on MLB on TBS and SNY analyst Ron Darling (5:33) to discuss preparing to call games, talking stats on TV, local broadcasting vs. national broadcasting, the beloved M...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1235: Becoming a Beat Writer and Marketing Mike Trout

1:22:54 | Jun 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler discuss Lindsey’s transition from blogging to beat writing, how to talk to players and become comfortable in the clubhouse, the contrasts between the Yankees and Mets (and Aaron Boone and Mickey Callaway...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1234: The First Baseman Who Blogs

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Coors Field, Domingo German, the amazing Max Scherzer, Tyler Chatwood, Kole Calhoun’s comeback, the writing process, Marcell Ozuna’s catch attempt, Ichiro and the Home Run Derby, and the AL playoff picture...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1233: Baby Powder and Baby Cakes

1:23:45 | Jun 21st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Steven Brault’s national-anthem performance, Brandon Morrow’s ignoble injury, the Kelvin Herrera trade, banana ambivalence, a suspicious baby-powder puff, Vinny Castilla’s bat-boning, an interleague-play u...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1232: The Ump Show

1:21:10 | Jun 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Juan Soto’s timeline-rearranging home run, Adrian Houser throwing up mid-game, Nick Markakis and Braves all-star voting, a Mets official’s donut metaphor, and Mike Trout’s continued excellence, then (17:35...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1231: Chasen the Dream

1:16:55 | Jun 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on Terry Collins, trick running plays, Steven Brault’s disappointing strikeout, the Mariners, and Justin Miller, banter about Takuya Nakashima’s 200th career sacrifice bunt, the Astros’ enviable depth, the mo...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1230: Our Cast is in the Jackpot

0:00 | Jun 14th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the end of Steven Brault’s strikeout streak, Brandon Nimmo’s non-HBP, Jacob deGrom’s and Mike Trout’s latest futile heroics, the Mariners’ luck, leaked umpire audio, Hank Aaron on bottle boning, the new-an...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1229: Say it Ain’t Shohei

1:13:14 | Jun 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Masahiro Tanaka’s double hamstring strain, Joey Gallo’s bunt against the shift, and Nationals reliever Justin Miller’s amazing stats this season. Then they discuss the short- and long-term effects of Shohe...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1228: Dangerous DH Ideas

1:11:51 | Jun 9th, 2018

After Ben Lindbergh briefly mourns the Shohei Ohtani injury news, he and Jeff Sullivan banter about the…impassioned response to Ben’s article about the DH and pitcher hitting, a few DH-related fallacies, Steven Brault’s bullpen conversation, the newl...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1227: The Draft is Done

1:00:45 | Jun 7th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jonny Venters, Max Scherzer and immaculate innings, the futility of pitcher hitting in 2018, the NL’s encouraging interleague record, MLB buying Rawlings, the home-run rate, Ichiro throwing BP, Derek Dietr...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1226: Straight from the Fireman’s Mouth

1:16:25 | Jun 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the improving defense of Mike Trout and Matt Kemp, two minor observations prompted by amateur draft coverage, and a confusing quirk in the standings, then time travel back to a dramatically different era i...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1225: Such is This Game, and Such is John Jaso

1:18:38 | Jun 2nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Clayton Kershaw’s latest back injury, the “opener” strategy spreading to L.A., and the unexpected sources of production that have helped keep the Dodgers in the race, as well as Kole Calhoun’s historically...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1224: Two Hands Are Worse Than One

1:14:19 | May 31st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s moderately close encounter with a volcano, various events that took place in baseball while he was away, Rob Manfred’s recent comments about changes to the game, MLB attendance issues, Ben’s Angels ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1223: Expansion Strategies and a Defense of Casey

59:29 | May 28th, 2018

On the day the Stanley Cup finals start, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to Baseball Prospectus writer Zach Crizer about how future MLB expansion clubs could construct baseball’s equivalent of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s sensational ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1222: Testing the Balls and Beating the Bookies

1:37:52 | May 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Red Sox designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment, what Mookie Betts and Barry Bonds have in common, Shohei Ohtani’s “workload management,” Bartolo Colon’s 45th birthday, a John Jaso appearance at the ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1221: Stay Strong, Ron

0:00 | May 24th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the banged-up Mariners, Tyler Chatwood’s wildness, the Astros’ record-setting run prevention, a Mike Trout milestone, Chris Davis and looking strikeouts, Ron Gardenhire’s ringtone, Michael Taylor’s walk-of...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1220: Brockmire and Upon Further Review

0:00 | May 23rd, 2018

In a bonus EW episode, Ben Lindbergh brings on The Ringer’s Michael Baumann to talk to actor Hank Azaria about the second season of IFC’s Brockmire, real broadcasters’ affection for the show, proving his baseball bona fides, and throwing out first pi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1219: The Opener Arrives

1:05:33 | May 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about baffling flamethrower Jordan Hicks, Rich Hill’s latest blister problem, the Orioles’ unlikely 13-hit, zero-run game, Albert Pujols’ prospects, Ryan Zimmerman’s slow spring training and slower start, and mo...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1218: Commission and Omission

1:08:31 | May 18th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the dominant Justin Verlander and the Astros’ historic pitching pace, the still-struggling Dodgers, and the prospects of Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., then talk to author Rob Neyer (16:28) abou...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1217: The Sound of Strikes

1:23:48 | May 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the fallout from Robinson Cano’s 80-game suspension, the league’s latest adjustment to Shohei Ohtani, Jason Castro’s injury and Willians Astudillo’s opportunity, and the resurgent Jordan Lyles, then answer...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1216: Let it Ride and Peacock Pride

0:00 | May 15th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Freddy Peralta’s unique Coors Field debut, Takuya Nakashima’s improbable grand slam, Shohei Ohtani’s ongoing pitching evolution, Javier Baez’s perplexing slash line, Jameson Taillon’s creative solution to ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1215: The Giant-Catcher Club

1:11:24 | May 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a new newsletter about baseball debuts, Shohei Ohtani’s latest exploits, the pitiful state of the AL Central, the even more pitiful performance of Orioles starter Chris Tillman, pitchers’ perplexing lack o...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1214: The Three-Time Tommy John

1:13:22 | May 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (and answer listener emails) about podcast personas, Dylan Bundy’s bad day, players’ favorite stats and a Joc Pederson conundrum, James Paxton and the recent rash of near-no-hitters, how scoring has bounced back...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1213: The No-Strikeout Streaker

1:15:19 | May 7th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on HBP rules and two of the three radical ideas they discussed last week and banter about Ichiro’s quasi-retirement, the Braves’ talented-but-overperforming offense, how Nick Markakis’s hot streak jeopardizes...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1212: Three Radical Ideas

1:03:26 | May 4th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller banter about James Paxton’s 16-strikeout start and the elusive 21-strikeout game, why no-hitters are becoming more common but are also endangered, how to familiarize oneself with newly minted major-...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1211: The 21-Loss Salute

1:06:51 | May 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee banter about Trevor Bauer, sticky substances, and spin rate, Ken Giles’s self-harming home-run reaction, the best baseball clips to rewatch, the unwritten rules of not avoiding hit by pitche...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1210: You Stay Classy, Salvy (and San Diego)

1:02:11 | May 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Steven Brault’s non-strikeout streak, the failing Wilmer Font and Kazuhisa Makita, the excellent Ozzie Albies, scouting Pablo Sandoval’s pitching, a silly Salvador Perez-Tim Anderson dust-up, the AL Centra...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1209: Stop, Pop, and Roll

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on previous talk of triples, popups, and foul balls, then discuss Ronald Acuña’s big second game, the intriguing Oakland A’s, the new and maybe-improved Joey Gallo, the transformations of Didi Gregorius and A...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1208: The Acuña Cometh

0:00 | Apr 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ronald Acuña’s debut and the Braves’ pivot to position players, the history of Peter Bourjos losing his job, Eric Lauer’s less heralded/distinguished debut, Kazuhisa Makita, the Angels maxing out their mou...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1207: The 21-Topic Podcast

59:31 | Apr 24th, 2018

In an unwitting tribute to Brandon Belt’s 21-pitch plate appearance, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about approximately 21 topics, including the Mariners’ awkward, self-imposed Ichiro situation, Dee Gordon’s outfield conversion, Franchy Corde...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1206: From FanGraphs to the Phillies

0:00 | Apr 21st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the strange standings, turnover in the Reds’ dugout, the hot starts by the Red Sox and Mookie Betts, the side effects of pitchers’ increasing avoidance of the strike zone, and the struggles of the Mets’ se...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1205: Baseball on the Brain

0:00 | Apr 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Ohtani’s blister, the Braves signing Jose Bautista as a third baseman, and Oakland’s well-attended free-admission game, then talk to two authors of new books about what happens in baseball players’ ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1204: Shifting Weather Patterns

0:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and Baseball Prospectus writer Russell Carleton discuss Russell’s new book, The Shift, banter about bad weather, Bartolo Colon, baseball’s unexpectedly competitive division races, Mike Trout topping one WAR leaderboard, ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1203: Bullpen Brawlers and Statcast Crossovers

1:13:05 | Apr 14th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a recent spat of basebrawls, Clint Hurdle vs. Javier Baez and bat flips, Shohei Ohtani’s latest heroics, what bullpens do during brawls, and a fun-fact-free player, then bring on MLB Advanced Media’s Mike ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1202: The Strike Zone is Scary

0:00 | Apr 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Ohtani’s platoon splits and pitchers’ league-wide avoidance of the strike zone this season, then answer listener emails about the power and prestige of managers compared to coaches, when to trust in...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1201: The Shohei Ohtani Reappreciation Pod

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a walk-off popup, a weekend brawl, booing Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper’s hot start and Byron Buxton’s slow (but not slowest) start, Xander Bogaerts, and Ian Happ, and then do a deep dive on Shohei Ohtan...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1200: The Small-Sample Sampler

49:42 | Apr 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a James Paxton eagle attack (and an earlier condor attack), a successful Jon Lester bounce pass, a play that proves that some players don’t know the rules about tagging up, Shohei Ohtani’s rest schedule, a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1199: Two for Ohtani

1:17:16 | Apr 5th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Ohtani’s hot hitting start, revisit the subject of Joey Gallo bunting against the four-man outfield, and critique a retracted Trevor Rosenthal report, then answer listener emails about Bondsian star...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1198: The Regular-Season Routine

53:12 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about returning to the regular-season routine, between-innings highlights on MLB.TV, Shohei Ohtani’s Angels debut, Gerrit Cole’s Astros debut, Ichiro’s home-run robbery, Kevin Pillar’s base-stealing exploits, Mi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1197: Real Baseball is Back

58:04 | Mar 31st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s research into the performance of college teams vs. MLB teams in spring training, then reach into the grab bag for a selection of topics inspired by actual baseball, including Kyle Schwarber’s defens...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1196: A Minor-League Pitcher Explains Minor-League Pay

1:05:09 | Mar 28th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an update on the fate of the indy leagues, their rapid playoff predictions for 2018, the inaugural journey of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen cart, juiced-ball precedents from the 1920s and 1930s, what spring st...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1195: Season Preview Series: Mets and Rays

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

In their final team-preview podcast of 2018, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a new podcast-inspired song, the Scott Kingery, Ketel Marte, and Christian Vazquez extensions, Ben’s partially listener-inspired research about catcher offense,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1194: Season Preview Series: Mariners and Rockies

1:27:03 | Mar 24th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the passage of the so-called “Save America’s Pastime” Act, the future of minor-league spending, the endangered status of lower-level independent leagues, Ryan Zimmerman’s spring-training trailblazing, lead...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1193: Unicorn on the Cobb

1:12:28 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Alex Cobb’s surprising windfall with the Orioles and the ever-present overlap between baseball and social issues, follow up on non-throwing outfielders, and answer listener emails about challengers to Mike...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1192: Season Preview Series: Twins and Rangers

1:31:17 | Mar 20th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Eugenio Suarez and Jose Altuve extensions, whether this offseason’s slow free-agent market will make players more likely to sign extensions, the industry’s latest effort to avoid paying minor leaguers,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1191: Season Preview Series: Blue Jays and Pirates

0:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a new nautical analogy by Scott Boras, the resurgent Lucas Giolito, Ronald Acuña (again), and possible destinations for free agents Alex Cobb and Greg Holland, then preview the 2018 Blue Jays (15:00) with ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1190: The No-Look Podcast

0:00 | Mar 15th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s day in the spotlight, Carter Capps’s new look, and Minor League Baseball’s new pace/length-of-play rules, follow up on previous discussions of spring-training celebrations and ground-b...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1189: Season Preview Series: Giants and Athletics

1:41:07 | Mar 14th, 2018

On a Bay Area edition of EW’s season-preview series, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the resolution of their free-agent-contracts draft, the Lance Lynn, Neil Walker, and Jake Arrieta signings, the offseason market in review, and a Stephe...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1188: Season Preview Series: Diamondbacks and Brewers

1:46:51 | Mar 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the odd odds of Jason Heyward opting out, the Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez contracts, the origins of shifting, the always-all-out Noah Syndergaard, Shohei Ohtani, and a non-throwing outfielder follow...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1187: The Baseball Bounce Pass

1:12:05 | Mar 8th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Rays’ latest Tommy John surgery victim and the team’s potential plans for a four-man rotation, players’ decreasing IP and PA totals, exhibition-game walk-off celebrations, Marlins spring-training invit...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1186: Season Preview Series: Angels and Phillies

1:27:18 | Mar 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ichiro Suzuki’s return to Seattle, Neil Walker’s perplexing unemployment, the unreliability of bullpens, Anthony Gose’s extremely rough start to spring training, and Kyle Jensen’s extremely hot start to sp...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1185: Season Preview Series: Cardinals and Braves

1:33:59 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Justin Verlander’s contribution to the juiced-balls debate, home runs, and a frank Justin Upton interview about how teams treat players, then preview the 2018 Cardinals (27:08) with FanGraphs’ Craig Edward...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1183: Extra, Extra, Read Ball About It

56:27 | Mar 1st, 2018

In a bonus, non-team-preview episode, Ben Lindbergh talks to FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur about his new research into the changing construction of the baseball and its possible effect on the rising home-run rate. Then Ben talks to trailblazing baseba...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1182: Turning the Corners

1:12:01 | Mar 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Rangers’ Tim Lincecum signing, the Phillies’ corner-outfield experiment, and the Royals’ Lucas Duda signing, then follow up on a knuckleball question and answer listener emails about relievers’ and sta...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1181: Season Preview Series: Red Sox and Reds

1:27:45 | Feb 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Logan Morrison signing and the Twins’ potent lineup, the Rays’ potentially lucrative new TV deal, and two tidbits from a game played in 1870, then preview the 2018 Red Sox (19:49) with The Boston Globe...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1180: Season Preview Series: Yankees and Orioles

1:22:28 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Brent Honeywell injury and Corey Dickerson trade, the Yankees’ and Orioles’ potentially record-breaking projected home-run totals, two addenda about team-inspired baby names, surviving spring training,...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1179: The Nate Colbert Report

1:12:39 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Rays’ Carlos Gomez signing, the Padres’ improbable all-time home run leader, and the players’ portion of MLB revenue, then answer listener emails about running a team with the eye test or with stats, t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1178: Season Preview Series: Nationals and Tigers

1:23:58 | Feb 21st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about another volcanic comment by Scott Boras, the Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez signings and the Rays’ sudden sell-off, MLB’s latest pace-of-play initiatives, why spring training intentions often go awry, and s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1177: Season Preview Series: Cubs and Padres

1:17:18 | Feb 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Orioles’ Andrew Cashner signing, recent “super-teams” that missed the playoffs, and Marcus Stroman’s arbitration tweets, then preview the 2018 Cubs (16:27) with The Athletic Chicago’s Sahadev Sharma, a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1176: The Best Tape of Our Lives

1:14:36 | Feb 15th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the installation of a humidor at Chase Field, how peak Ichiro would have hit at Coors Field, and what to make of reports about players in the best shape of their lives, then answer emails about which team ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1175: Season Preview Series: Indians and Royals

1:15:14 | Feb 13th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Esteban Loaiza’s drug bust and the Cubs’ Yu Darvish signing, then preview the 2018 Indians (15:31) with writer/editor Pete Beatty, and the 2018 Royals (44:16) with Kansas City Star Royals beat writer Rusti...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1174: Season Preview Series: Dodgers and Marlins

1:25:07 | Feb 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the new spring training camp for free agents, return to the topic of why so many high-profile free agents remain unsigned, discuss Todd Frazier’s contract with the Mets, and talk about whether a proposed “...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1173: Actual Stats vs. Actual Scouts

0:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about two reports citing anonymous sources, Scott Boras’ boat metaphor, “Memento Mori” as a motivational tool, a John Jaso update, and a Patreon plug, then bring on the FanGraphs prospect team (Kiley McDaniel, E...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1172: Season Preview Series: Astros and White Sox

1:20:17 | Feb 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about February rituals and the start and format of the sixth annual EW season preview series, as well as transaction inactivity and another player trampoline sighting. Then they preview the 2018 Astros (9:43) wi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1171: Take Me Out With the Crowd

0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about bullpen-cart feasibility, a listener crowdsourcing project to fill out the Effectively Wild Wiki, and the effect of starting an inning with a runner on second, then follow up on player volatility and knuck...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1170: Are the Robots Ready?

0:00 | Feb 1st, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Nori Aoki’s return to Japan, Vladimir Guerrero’s swing rate, Franchy Cordero’s power/speed skills, spring training for free agents (again), and Melky Cabrera, then bring on Baseball Prospectus Director of ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1169: Trout on a Trampoline

1:03:45 | Jan 30th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout’s trampoline encounter, a Matt Albers update, Ryan Braun’s rumored move to second base, the belated demise of Chief Wahoo, and Ben’s article about the 1995 Homestead spring training camp for fre...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1168: Winning is for Losers

52:36 | Jan 27th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk about the Brewers’ trade for Christian Yelich and signing of Lorenzo Cain, how the Brewers stack up in the NL Central, whether they’re the new model for a rebuilding team, how Yelich and Cain could perform in thei...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1167: The Economic Volcano

1:21:12 | Jan 26th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Padres’ social-media accounts getting hacked, Scott Boras’ “volcano” comment, Hall of Fame voting results, and Jeff’s article about batting practice, then answer listener emails about team construction...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1166: The 2018 Minor League Free Agent Draft

1:09:10 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller conduct the fifth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 10 minor league free agents each and competing to see whose roster will accumulate the most combined major league p...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1165: Jeff Passan Diagnoses Baseball’s Broken Market

1:03:49 | Jan 19th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a few recent trade demands (or non-demands), then bring on Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan to talk about what’s behind baseball’s slow-moving labor market, who and/or what is to blame for the sport’...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1164: The Names of the Game

1:09:37 | Jan 18th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan answer listener emails about rebuilding teams absorbing bad contracts, bad teams signing good players, an MLB amnesty clause, fans switching team allegiances, pitchers wearing jackets on the bases, how to maximize play...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1163: Engaged in Trade Talks

59:42 | Jan 17th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and a newly engaged Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s absence and return, Willson Contreras and Jon Lester, and the Astros’ and Giants’ ends of the Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen trades, respectively. Then they bring on FanGraphs writ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1162: Coping and Collecting

57:25 | Jan 12th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh talks to SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee about the Mets’ Jay Bruce signing and finding ways to engage with baseball and keep the content coming during an excruciatingly slow offseason, then brings on Forbes contributor David Seideman to talk ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1161: Dave Cameron’s Goodbye to Blogging

58:23 | Jan 10th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and outgoing FanGraphs Managing Editor Dave Cameron review Dave’s decision to retire from writing to take a job as an analyst in the San Diego Padres’ front office, discussing his personal and professional past and future and the past, ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1160: The Podcast of Continuing Education

1:23:51 | Jan 8th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and his Ringer MLB Show co-host Michael Baumann speculate about how the slow offseason will end, answer listener emails about sabermetrics and salary depression, sumo wrestling and the Hall of Fame, and baseball in winter weather, compa...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1159: The Reverse DePodesta

1:12:34 | Jan 6th, 2018

Ben Lindbergh talks to FanGraphs’ newest hire, Meg Rowley, about her transition to full-time baseball writing, becoming a professional writer after starting out in a very different occupation, and her gravitation toward increasingly less lucrative in...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1158: Is a Harper in the Hand Worth Two on the 25-Man?

1:04:58 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Ben Lindbergh and former co-host Sam Miller of ESPN discuss what (if anything) future generations will remember about the 2017 season, then answer listener emails about an Albert Pujols hypothetical, preserving and valuing front-office secrets, wheth...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1157: Angels GM Billy Eppler on Winning the Winter

39:00 | Jan 1st, 2018

In the first episode of 2018, Ben Lindbergh talks to Angels GM Billy Eppler about the Angels’ active offseason, touching on Eppler’s blueprint for building a team around Mike Trout, winning the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and his plans for the potentia...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1156: The Winners and Losers of MLB’s Next Five Years

1:06:08 | Dec 30th, 2017

In the last episode of 2017, Ben Lindbergh and guests Joe Sheehan and Rany Jazayerli analyze the Rockies’ Wade Davis signing and offseason attempt to build a super-bullpen, then reprise an old exercise by picking (and dissecting) the teams they think...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1155: Hoffman Kluber Meets the MarlinTigers

1:20:39 | Dec 28th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Steven Goldman answer listener emails about the best and worst times to write about baseball (and the most and least rewarding ways to do it), Nolan Ryan’s Cy Young Award goose egg, Trevor Hoffman vs. Corey Kluber and Hall of Fame s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1154: Orioles Angst and Cooperstown Questions

57:39 | Dec 27th, 2017

With Jeff Sullivan on vacation, Ben Lindbergh brings on The Ringer’s Deputy Editor (and Binge Mode co-host) Mallory Rubin to talk about the Orioles’ bleak, in-between offseason and her wishes concerning Manny Machado. Then Ben talks to The Ringer’s Z...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1153: Johnny on the Spot

1:06:18 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the perplexing potential end to Manny Machado trade rumors, then bring on former major leaguer and current fun-fact star/national treasure Johnny O’Brien to discuss his life and career with the Pirates, Ca...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1152: The Pod Calling the Ketel

1:06:40 | Dec 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (and bantler, again) about what they’ve learned about antlers and antler-rubbed bats, the Evan Longoria trade, Derek Jeter’s town-hall event with Marlins fans, and Jeff’s breakout-player pick for 2018 (and break...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1151: Performance-Enhancing Antlers

55:13 | Dec 19th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (and bantler?) about more Marlins trade requests, the Yankees’ outlook for 2018, antler-rubbing bats vs. bone-rubbing bats, and a scout quote about Shohei Ohtani, then discuss the financial implications of the w...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1150: Sighs and Signings

58:53 | Dec 16th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Zack Cozart and Carlos Santana signings and the Matt Moore trade, then answer listener emails about when it makes sense to rebuild and how the second wild card has affected that calculus, Shohei Ohtani...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1149: The Winter Meetings That Were

49:18 | Dec 16th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s Winter Meetings experience and then discuss everything that did and didn’t go down while the baseball world was in Orlando, including the Reds’ published pitch to Shohei Ohtani, Ohtani’s injury stat...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1148: I’m a Marlins Fan, AMA

1:00:54 | Dec 11th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the Giancarlo Stanton trade’s impact on the Yankees, whether and why the Marlins are an embarrassment (and where they’ll go from here), the Orioles’ attitude toward international players, and the Hall of Fame a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1147: Ohtani Time at Last

57:54 | Dec 9th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss all the implications of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani signing, including its impact on the franchise’s short- and long-term outlook, the Ohtani-Trout tag team, the Albert Pujols conundrum at DH, and where Ohtani’s ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1146: Unmaking Multiple Myths

1:11:39 | Dec 7th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a baseball earthquake in Cleveland and the Miles Mikolas and Mike Minor signings, debunk myths about NPB pitchers and Pud Galvin, and answer listener emails about Shohei Ohtani and Chief Wahoo, Ohtani loop...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1145: The Reigning-MVP Podcast

1:10:14 | Dec 5th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani news, speculate about why some teams reportedly didn’t try to sign Ohtani, and discuss the Yankees’ surprising hiring of Aaron Boone. Then they bring on forme...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1144: The Explosive Edition

1:02:52 | Dec 1st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Shohei Ohtani’s true two-way prospects (look, there’s no other news), MLB’s extraordinarily slow November, and trampoline pitching, then talk to volcanologist Erik Klemetti about how ba...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1143: Giancarlohtani

1:18:15 | Nov 30th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter, as always, about Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, as well as the slow start to the offseason and baseball takeaways from news about basketball and football. Then they look for players who performed better i...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1142: The Shohei Ohtani Assignment

51:53 | Nov 28th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a slow week in baseball and the likely effects of MLB’s impending pitch clock, then talk to former front-office executive (and former FanGraphs writer) Tony Blengino about how baseball brain trusts could a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1141: The Overlooked Negro Leagues Legend

54:57 | Nov 24th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan profess their thanks for each other, answer listener emails about the 1890s Orioles’ field manipulations, the importance of Carlos Beltran to the 2017 Astros, and how free-agent auctions would work, then welcome resear...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1140: Just Another Slow November News Day

1:16:16 | Nov 22nd, 2017

After an abnormally busy baseball news day, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Aaron Judge’s shoulder surgery, Joe Morgan’s letter about steroids and the Hall of Fame, the Shohei Ohtani posting agreement, and MLB’s severe sanctions against ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1139: The WAR We Want

1:10:19 | Nov 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Shohei Otani “deadline” and Braves prospect Ronald Acuna, then bring on FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron to discuss a dispute about WAR and valuing players between Bill James and sabermetric stat s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1138: No Loopholes Here

1:05:45 | Nov 17th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Gabe Kapler’s prospects as Phillies manager, Aaron Judge’s hard hitting, various end-of-season awards results, MLB’s baseball-studying committee, and Shohei Ohtani’s value to AL and NL teams and the diffic...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1137: How Much is That Slugger in the Window?

1:01:36 | Nov 16th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about pitcher Luis Perdomo’s unusual triples total, Carlos Beltran’s retirement, and Giancarlo Stanton’s trade value, then answer listener emails about Aaron Judge’s similarities to Ryan Howard, an automatic nin...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1136: The Double-Draft Edition

1:09:37 | Nov 14th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mookie Betts’ bowling exploits and Jeff’s AL Rookie of the Year ballot, then predict and review the results of Jerry Crasnick’s annual insiders survey, draft winter World Series odds movers, and do another...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1135: Players Seeking Salaries

54:29 | Nov 10th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the latest Shohei Otani news, the contract requests of free agents J.D. Martinez and Jay Bruce, the Tigers’ MLB-worst World Series odds, and changes in catcher-framing stats, then review the results of Jef...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1134: Remembering Roy

1:13:13 | Nov 9th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan mourn the loss of (and celebrate the greatness of) Roy Halladay, then answer listener emails about Halladay’s career, what Aaron Judge and the Astros teach us about strikeouts, whether better pitchers are also better a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1133: Lessons to Learn (and Unlearn) from October

53:02 | Nov 7th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Otani, the Players Association, and a trio of opt-ins, then discuss whether tanking is bad for baseball and which conclusions can and can’t be drawn from the rebuilds, roster constructions, and in-g...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1132: There’s No Hibernating in Baseball

55:13 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the end of the season and the challenging (if somewhat merciful) transition to offseason mode, the resolution of the World Series and an underwhelming Game 7, the best and worst World Series performers, the sig...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1131: This One Goes to Seven

1:01:46 | Nov 1st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the historic nature of the 2017 World Series and discuss World Series Game 6, including Josh Reddick’s record in clutch situations, David Roberts’ Rich Hill hook, a Justin Verlander decision, and the Astro...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1130: From Game 5 to Eternity

51:53 | Oct 31st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the madness of World Series Game 5, including slick balls and home runs, Clayton Kershaw and Yuli Gurriel, and the many moments when the game appeared to be over but refused to end. Audio intro: Love, "Fiv...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1129: The Darvish Dodgers Difference

55:12 | Oct 27th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the all-time leaders in WAR for two teams, what Yu Darvish has done differently with the Dodgers, and whether Carlos Correa or Corey Seager will have the more valuable career, then answer listener emails a...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1128: Two for Game 2

53:11 | Oct 27th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the thrills, surprises, and unlikely heroes of World Series Game 2, the ongoing home-run barrage this October, and where the World Series stands, then discuss the Yankees’ decision not to bring back Joe Gi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1127: A Whole New World (Series)

48:25 | Oct 24th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s weekend trip and discuss the end of the ALCS and the Astros’ crazy curveball reliance in ALCS Game 7, the Astros’ reluctance to use regular relievers, the Yankees’ outlook for 2018 and beyond, why t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1126: Homers, Homers, Everywhere

52:31 | Oct 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the home run’s postseason supremacy, Clayton Kershaw’s performance in NLCS Game 5 and the Dodgers’ World Series outlook, the Cubs’ upcoming offseason and long-term future, and the significance of the Tiger...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1125: Effectively Arrieta

1:05:35 | Oct 20th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jake Arrieta’s effective wildness (and free agency), the Astros’ offensive struggles, and Yu Darvish’s bases-loaded walk, then answer listener emails about sequencing wins in the playoffs, a Dodgers fun fa...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1124: Winging It

56:58 | Oct 17th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s wedding weekend, the outfield-wall padding at Minute Maid Park, the rapid repair of a behind-home-plate sign, and a very long pause between pitches, then discuss the first four games of the champions...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1123: Judgment Calls

55:17 | Oct 14th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Yellowstone-explosion sensationalism and discuss the improbability of the Cubs’ 277-minute NLDS Game 5 victory over the Nationals, the game’s umpiring oddities and errors, the Nationals’ and Cubs’ reputati...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1122: Frog in Our Throats

1:09:33 | Oct 12th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about John Farrell’s firing and the Nationals’ will-they-or-won’t-they pregame routine with Stephen Strasburg, then answer listener emails about the definition of “veteran,” projecting a team to win 116 games, l...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1121: Is This Really a Revolution?

54:56 | Oct 11th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the inaccessibility of playoff stats and the average length of this year’s playoff games, then discuss whether we’re really witnessing a revolution in postseason pitcher usage before breaking down each of ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1120: Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back Baseball

50:16 | Oct 6th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the larger improbability and significance of Archie Bradley’s triple in the NL wild-card game, how to experience a four-playoff-game day, the first games of both AL division series, Chris Sale’s and Masahi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1119: We’re in the Great Game Now

1:20:53 | Oct 6th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter one last time about the Glory Hole Recreation Area, as well as fading feelings of fandom, the circumstances that led to Braves GM John Coppolella’s resignation, and poor press-conference questions. Then they dis...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1118: The Playoff Prep Podcast

56:32 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about John Jaso’s possibly career-ending comments, the ends of the Dodgers’ and Tigers’ seasons and the teams that have never had a first-overall pick, the selling points of this postseason, the changing consens...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1117: Pats on the Back and Slaps on the Wrist

50:19 | Sep 30th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s chat with Bill James, a fan who got ejected for giving Gary Sanchez pitch locations, a suggestion for tweaking the wild card game, and Sammy Sosa, then discuss the teams whose organizational stocks h...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1116: Sleep on It

53:57 | Sep 29th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about how one’s incentives alter one’s perception of a season, then answer listener emails about FanGraphs’ World Series odds, the mid-1990s Braves pitching staffs, the annual suggestion that a team start a reli...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1115: Has The 2017 Season Been Bad?

49:40 | Sep 26th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on their Glory Hole Recreation Area discussion and banter about a Brandon Crawford bunt attempt, an Andrelton Simmons deke, Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem, whethe...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1114: Net Gains

56:16 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Glory Hole Recreation Area, solve the mystery of Bill Doaks, discuss archaic baseball language and how today’s baseball writing will age, and touch on an odd double play and another byproduct of 2017’s...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1113: Welcome to the Machine

1:04:03 | Sep 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about another odd end to an American Association game, a recent javelin-baseball crossover, Nick Sinay, the first Tibetan-born player signed by an MLB team, and MLB’s new record single-season home-run total, the...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1112: The Insulting Infield

58:01 | Sep 18th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Astros’ almost insulting infield alignment against Albert Pujols and minor league hit-by-pitch machine Nick Sinay, then welcome on MIT draftee/new Mariners front-office addition David Hesslink and, lat...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1111: The World-Series-Winner Draft

45:21 | Sep 16th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter (one last time) about Cleveland’s winning streak, Lenny Harris and an Ichiro record, Jeff’s successful search for the fly-ball revolution, and the increasing difficulty of scouting position players, then draft t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1110: Pitch-Tipping is Appreciated

1:01:14 | Sep 14th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Indians (again), the AL Cy Young race, Jacoby Ellsbury’s new record, the 2018 MLB schedule (and the possibility of a pitch clock), and Shohei Otani’s impending availability. Then they answer listener e...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1109: Still Streaking

44:54 | Sep 13th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan revisit their banter about ups and downs and Joe Mauer, then talk about (and talk about talking about) baseball’s long-lasting streaks, their takeaways from the Indians’ and Dodgers’ recent results, who’s actually on t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1108: Always Look on the Bright Side of Baseball

51:38 | Sep 9th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the end of their Hurricane Harvey relief raffle, the Indians’ and Diamondbacks’ winning streaks (and the Dodgers’ losing streak), an ambitious Hector Sanchez framing attempt, the dominance of softball star...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1107: Dropping (and Drawing) a Line

1:10:05 | Sep 7th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willson Contreras’ Twitter behavior and the Yankees-Red Sox sign-stealing scandal, then answer listener emails about “up the line” vs. “down the line,” how rebuilding works, whether teams can count on the ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1106: The Sortable Ballpark Leaderboard

45:26 | Sep 6th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their Hurricane Harvey relief raffle’s status, hot and cold teams, Trevor Bauer’s run-in with Avisail Garcia, and evolving pitch-selection in the major leagues, then talk to EW listener Max Schleicher abou...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1105: We Want a Hit

58:44 | Sep 2nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the strong response to their raffle for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Justin Verlander trade, a new NCAA softball rule, and the Padres relative to the NL’s other worst teams, then bring on FanGraphs writer ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1104: Operation Mic Drop

1:04:35 | Sep 1st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their raffle for Hurricane Harvey relief, the Justin Upton trade, walk-off hit by pitches, the brief baseball career of Olympic javelin thrower Jan Zelezny, Rich Hill and pitcher bunting, the Pirates placi...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1103: The Wildest Card

56:28 | Aug 30th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the AL wild card race, whether the Dodgers are doing anything wrong by using the 10-day DL liberally, then answer listener emails about packaging Pujols with Trout, Gio Gonzalez’s league-leading (but also ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1102: The Miami Stantons

49:47 | Aug 26th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the hot start of Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins, the recent improvement of Byron Buxton, the position-player-pitching of White Sox minor leaguer Grant Massey, the Marlins’ Stanton-driven surge to .500 (and beyond...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1101: Comings and Goins

1:09:52 | Aug 25th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Rich Hill’s heartbreaking no-hit bid and the new and not-improved Carter Capps, follow up on Albert Pujols and player nicknames, and answer listener emails about what constitutes a “journeyman,” Ryan Braun...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1100: Exploring the Longest Play

41:38 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and a special guest conduct a nighttime, roundtable discussion (around a rectangular table) in Jeff’s living room about the Effectively Wild eclipse event and Sam Miller’s listener-inspired ESPN article about the longest...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1099: How a Five-Way (Tie) Would Work

53:55 | Aug 19th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben’s broken mic and common cold, an almost-record day for home-run hitting (and a juiced-ball update), Arthur “Doc” Irwin and the Irwin Glove, Joey Votto’s Hall of Fame case, the increasing difficulty of ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1098: Pham is Fam

0:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about their upcoming eclipse event, Jered Weaver’s retirement, a Tommy Pham tweet, and two recent examples of unorthodox positioning, then follow up on player nicknames, odd fields, two-touch fielding, and Khris...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1097: How the Big Mac Was Made

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about “Babe Ruth’s Legs,” then talk to researcher and statistician David Neft about how he rebuilt baseball’s historical record to create the Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia, or “Big Mac,” which provided the mos...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1096: Pivoting to Pivot Tables

50:47 | Aug 12th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to 17-year-old Jack Dumoulin, the first American winner of the Microsoft Excel World Championship, about how baseball stats helped him get good at spreadsheets, his high-school baseball career, how he won the cham...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1095: Ken Rosenthal on Sticking to Sports and Pivoting to Video

47:52 | Aug 10th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the new-look, less-stuff Carter Capps, then bring on MLB on FOX reporter and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal to discuss how and when Rosenthal relaxes and takes vacations; how baseball news leaks; how th...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1094: Not-Live Listener Emails

58:19 | Aug 10th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about live shows, bounced throws, the spread of “such is life,” stats displayed on baseball broadcasts, more strange fields, a Dan Haren rules question, and the best non-All-Star seasons, then answer more listen...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1093: Live at the Bell House With Fernando Perez

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2017

At the Bell House in Brooklyn for a Pitch Talks event, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to former major leaguer Fernando Perez about Mike Trout’s birthday pranking, the return of Carter Capps, Perez’s injury history, his late conversion to switch...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1092: Live at Saber Seminar (for the Second Time)

41:07 | Aug 6th, 2017

In Effectively Wild’s second annual live recording at Saber Seminar, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan talk to former major league pitcher (and current Red Sox pitching development analyst) Dave Bush about his new job in the Red Sox front office, how h...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1091: The Deadline Dust Settles

53:33 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Salina, skateboarding, and Albert Pujols, then break down all the big (and modest) trade-deadline deals and non-deals, paying particular attention to the Dodgers, the Yankees, and the competitive landscape...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1090: What a Bummer

46:50 | Jul 29th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about humorless umpires and the on-deck circle, Michael Blazek and disaster starts, the MLB promotion of Aaron Bummer (and the nickname “Bummer” in baseball), the Brewers, Jaime Garcia and the Twins, the latest ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1089: A Very Odd Way of Walking

1:07:50 | Jul 27th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Shohei Otani, another strange stance, and Eduardo Nunez, then answer listener emails about players owning particular teams, a potential tagging-up loophole, the all-time record for grounding into double pl...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1088: Sabermetrics Meets Japan

51:48 | Jul 26th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Royals-Padres trade, Khris Davis’s arm, Keon Broxton’s demotion, Clayton Kershaw’s injury ,and the Dodgers’ degree of need for a starter, then talk to Shingo Murata, baseball strategy group manager for t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1087: Survey Says You Suck

48:48 | Jul 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mariners’ and Marlins’ David Phelps trade, Sam Dyson’s bounceback, an eight-strikeout game, the Salina Stockade, Matt Davidson and Jeff Mathis, the first post-All Star Game weeks of Mike Trout and the ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1086: A Podcast With Precedent

56:22 | Jul 20th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about why so many moves are being made in advance of the trade deadline, the Yankees-White Sox trade, the J.D. Martinez deal, and Yoan Moncada’s promotion, then follow up on previous topics including All-Star Ga...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1085: Indy Ball is Beautiful

48:41 | Jul 18th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Mike Trout’s return, the Nats-A’s trade, a Matt Holliday play, and a Jon Heyman tweet, then bring on Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press to talk about a borderline unbelievable independent league game...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1084: Leaving the Break Behind

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Jose Quintana trade, an Aaron Judge anecdote, Dan Uggla’s disastrous 2008 All-Star Game appearance, and the significance of Ken Rosenthal being barred from writing by Fox, then discuss ways to spice up...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1083: All-Star Off-Day Emails

1:07:09 | Jul 13th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the All-Star Game, then answer listener emails about more oddly configured fields, fouling balls straight back, non-standard batting stances, FanGraphs WAR vs. Baseball-Reference WAR, a career-earnings gue...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1082: Some of These Arms Are Not Like the Others

53:54 | Jul 12th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Aaron Judge’s Home Run Derby performance, a subtle change in the way Rob Manfred talked about the baseball at the All-Star Game, and the Angels’ stats with and without Mike Trout. Then they make it two con...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1081: The Not-Quite-Cold Call

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan discuss the correct all-time leaderboard of non-qualified offensive seasons, Carlos Correa’s complaint about Roberto Osuna, and the state of the race between the Brewers and Cubs. Then they call former big leaguer Glen...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1080: If Baseball Were Beep

0:00 | Jul 6th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s altitude sickness, Matt Albers and Ryan Raburn, an odd-field update, the Rich Hill resurgence, the MLB Battlegrounds event in Hyde Park, Logan Morrison’s comments about Gary Sánchez, Jonathan Lucroy...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1079: The Most and Least Satisfying First Halves

56:09 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s latest hiking expedition, then try to determine which teams had the most and least satisfying first halves. Lastly, they talk to Brian Lacusky, who reminisces about about his role in the constructio...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1078: Bring on the Banter

44:53 | Jul 1st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan do an all-banter episode about Takuya Nakashima, Dustin Fowler, the latest on home runs and the baseball, an Aaron Judge intentional walk, too many Tylers, the significance of baseball’s lowest-ever average Leverage In...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1077: Strangely Slanting Fields

1:10:35 | Jun 29th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about (and/or follow up on) Miguel Montero’s Cubs demise, philosophical Pirates quotes, Carter Capps, unusual ballpark constructions, jams and rallies, and target-based hitting competitions, then answer listener...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1076: Undoing the Dodgers

57:04 | Jun 27th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about high fastballs and the Red Sox, Carter Capps, the Nationals bullpen, the Giants’ clubhouse chemistry with Mark Melancon (and without Ángel Pagán), then discuss the Dodgers’ enviable present and future and ...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1075: Baseball Will Be Fine

55:07 | Jun 24th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a non-revelatory tweet, cycles, Bryce Harper vs. Aaron Judge (and also vs. expectations), Jarrod Dyson’s homers and bunts, and Ben Davis’ 2001 bunt against Curt Schilling, then respond to Tom Verducci’s ar...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1074: Time is a Flat Cycle

0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan have an only slightly outdated discussion of Freddie Freeman’s potential position change and a Coors Field scoreboard message, then answer listener emails about a ground-rule-double derby, an amateur GM taking over a t...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1073: The Plus-Plus Podcast

44:45 | Jun 21st, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the results of Jeff’s survey about what constitutes a “jam,” Justin Verlander’s comments about the height of baseball seams, and a Mike Chernoff quote about working in baseball, then talk to writer Joe Lem...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1072: Over the Hill

0:00 | Jun 17th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Diamondbacks’ baserunning, Rich Hill’s struggles, regrets about writing, reading the comments, and the prospect of an automated strike zone. Audio intro: Super Furry Animals, "Some Things Come From Not...Show More

Effectively Wild Episode 1071: I Would’ve Felt Silly Saying Boo

1:06:11 | Jun 15th, 2017

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about position players pitching, another non-catcher catching, a Zack Cozart quote, and Ben’s latest home-runs research, then answer listener emails about Hunter Pence, better ways to make boundary calls, the nu...Show More