Effectively Wild Episode 1228: Dangerous DH Ideas

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 newly patient Pablo Sandoval, the effective wildness of Tyler Chatwood, and the effective non-wildness of Miles Mikolas, follow up on the Vroom Vroom Guy and an ugly half-inning, and answer listener emails about the Alex Reyes injury, the historic struggles of Chris Davis, Jacob DeGrom’s hard luck, the breakout of Brandon Nimmo, immaculate innings vs. three-pitch innings, a “Mike Trout meets J.R. Smith” hypothetical, a Cubs kids’ book, how to describe complete games, eight-man lineups, and constructing a roster where pitchers never hit, plus a Stat Blast about hitters who’ve reached on catcher’s interference twice in one game and a dramatic reading of anti-DH tweets.

Audio intro: Loose Fur, "You Were Wrong"
Audio outro: Built to Spill, "You Were Right"

Link to Ben’s pitcher hitting article
Link to Joe Posnanski’s DH article
Link to Jeff’s Pablo Sandoval article
Link to Troy Carter’s Vroom Vroom Guy chronicles
Link to Troy’s Vroom Vroom video
Link to list of immaculate innings
Link to list of three-pitch innings
Link to list of games like the one described in Good Night, Cubs
Link to Travis Sawchick’s “spread of the opener” article
Link to Deadspin’s article about the EW Facebook group
Link to Arthur Rudolph’s data on EW episode length

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5 years ago

y worse than last year at framing by a LARGE margin. Framing is exactly the kind of baseball statistic that you love when your catchers are great at it and despise when they are a