Effectively Wild Episode 1414: Follow the Leader

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Mike Trout’s 28th birthday, the stats he’s led the league in, and the stats he still might lead the league in for the first time, the Mets’ recent hot streak and the way in which their season has been both tumultuous and predictable, Max Muncy and a cycle/walk-off triple attempt, and whether the basepaths should be wider, then answer listener emails about the best era in which to hit for the cycle, how teams should decide whether they’re out of contention, and baseball without timeouts, plus email-inspired Stat Blasts about whether it’s good to get a lot of walk-off wins and whether pitchers should swing away with the bases loaded and one out.

Audio intro: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Forever 28"
Audio outro: The Breeders, "Walk it Off"

Link to Ben on Trout’s league leadership
Link to Sam on walk-off triples
Link to Phil Birnbaum on forecasting team wins
Link to order The MVP Machine

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