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

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 scouting past and present, then preview the 2019 Cubs (34:19) with The Athletic’s Cubs beat writer Sahadev Sharma, and the 2019 Texas Rangers (1:13:15) with The Athletic’s Rangers beat writer, Levi Weaver.

Audio intro: Slothrust, "Baby One More Time"
Audio interstitial 1: The Bangles, "Under a Cloud"
Audio interstitial 2: Hop Along, "Texas Funeral"
Audio outro: Teenage Fanclub, "Live in the Moment"

Link to article on Gray’s sliders
Link to first part of Ben’s scouting series
Link to second part of Ben’s scouting series
Link to Ruffcorn reports
Link to Levi’s story on Clyde and pensions
Link to Infinite Inning podcast
Link to preorder The MVP Machine

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Baseless speculation on the new EW co-host, based on order of likelihood:

1) Grant
2) Meg
3) Rany/Joe
4) Jonah
5) Sam returns
27) Dayn
1,597) Feh

Ezra Thompson
Ezra Thompson

1,596) Jeff returns after the Rays go to a trampoline park for a team-building exercise


Please not (2).