Effectively Wild Episode 1299: The Whiff Heard Round the World

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 changing the game to appeal to non-fans, the value of base-stealing, the odds of seeing gear from every team at one game, Allen Cordoba and the aftermath of the 2017 Padres’ Rule 5 extravaganza, Gareth Morgan and the highest strikeout rates, adjusting stats for the times-through-the-order effect, and modern pitcher usage compared to the gig economy, plus a Stat Blast about Derek Dietrich and the hitters with the highest hit-by-pitch rates.

Audio intro: Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, "Thanks a Lot"
Audio outro: Chris Thile, "Thanks for Listening"

Link to Jeff’s Eovaldi post
Link to Jeff’s Dietrich post
Link to Ben’s Padres Rule 5 post
Link to Shakeia Taylor on White Sox caps
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up

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