Effectively Wild Episode 1420: Have Mercy

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, and the most compelling playoff races remaining, introduce the new Effectively Wild listener email archive, then answer emails about whether a team in a three-team race suffers or benefits when its opponents play each other, whether home runs hit off of position players should be valued lower than others and whether an MLB mercy rule is a good idea, whether players should earn WAR for helping other players, whether fouling off a pitch down the middle can coincide with a good swing, and the most pitcher wins in a season against a single opponent in the divisional era, plus a Stat Blast about Shooty Babitt, Troy Neel, and the shortest careers by players who received Rookie of the Year votes.

Audio intro: The Walkmen, "Postcards From Tiny Islands"
Audio outro: Blondie, "Island of Lost Souls"

Link to Ben on letting Ohtani play two-way
Link to EW email archive
Link to Jay on position player pitching
Link to Sam on hitters facing position player pitchers
Link to Boone on the mercy rule
Link to Lucas on the mercy rule
Link to Rosenthal on Martinez
Link to story on Cleveland pitchers and Bauer
Link to order The MVP Machine

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