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 flip-flop about tearing down the team, and the status of the investigation into allegations of racism among Mariners brass, and reflect on the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts extension. Then (34:57) they talk to Blue Jays pitcher Oliver Drake about the record-setting experience of pitching for five major-league teams in one season, the demands that switching teams six times placed on him and his wife, his unusual baseball origin story, the logistics of changing teams, the differences between certain teams and clubhouses, whether he feels wanted or unwanted, his outlook for 2019, and more. Lastly (1:06:23), Ben brings on Baseball Prospectus’s Jonathan Judge to explain the site’s new, comprehensive hitting stat, Deserved Runs Created Plus, how to assess a new stat, the positives and the negatives of changing evaluations, BP being purchased by members of its staff, and more.
Audio intro: Mac DeMarco, "Another One"
Audio interstitial 1: Tennis, "Traveling"
Audio interstitial 2: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "People Don’t Get What They Deserve"
Audio outro: The Tragically Hip, "You’re Everywhere"
Link to Ben on Cano
Link to Jeff on the Mariners-Mets trade
Link to Jeff on the Mariners-Phillies trade
Link to DRC+ introduction
Link to first Judge DRC+ piece
Link to second Judge DRC+ piece
Link to Trout/Cabrera DRC+ piece
Link to DRC+ run values