Effectively Wild Episode 1363: The Return of Real or Not Real

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about baseball equivalents of Tiger Woods winning the Masters, follow up on two topics from the previous week (Willians Astudillo’s disputed whiff and Don Zimmer’s bases-loaded suicide hit and run) and, in a time-honored tradition, discuss whether selected league-wide stats from the first few weeks of the season are reflective of real trends.

Audio intro: The Milk Carton Kids, "Nothing is Real"
Audio outro: The Zombies, "Play it for Real"

Link to Rob on stopping at second
Link to Ben on avoiding the strike zone
Link to changes to curtail sign-stealing
Link to FanGraphs post on 2019 pitch selection
Link to Sam on pitchouts
Link to Ben on pitchouts
Link to Jeff on first-pitch swings
Link to Sam on young players’ production
Link to preorder The MVP Machine

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