Effectively Wild Episode 1471: The Stories We Missed in 2019 (Part 1)

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about the Texas-Cleveland Corey Kluber trade, the Diamondbacks signing Madison Bumgarner, the fallout from both moves, and what Kluber and Bumgarner meant to their franchises, and then, in the first installment of a three-part series, discuss stories that they overlooked about 10 teams in 2019, touching on Mike Soroka, Corbin Burnes, Tommy Edman, Dillon Maples and Robel Garcia, Edwin Ríos and Kyle Garlick, Christian Walker, Mike Yastrzemski, Don Mattingly, Dominic Smith, Aaron Barrett, and other players, fun facts, and statistical oddities that deserve a longer look.

Audio intro: Harry Chapin, "Corey’s Coming"
Audio outro: Jerry Lee Lewis, "I’ll Make it All Up to You"

Link to Ben Clemens post on Clase
Link to Bill James article about ground-ball pitchers’ longevity
Link to Ben on the Braves’ rebuild
Link to Donnie Kwak on Edman
Link to story on Garcia
Link to story on Smith and sleep apnea
Link to article about Barrett
Link to Barrett GIF
Link to order The MVP Machine

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4 years ago

Ben, I disagree that Chris Sale was “not very good”. He had the second highest K% in baseball last year among pitchers with >140 IP. His K – BB% is right below Cole, Sherzer, Verlander, and right above DeGrom and Beiber. The health and velocity issues were there and maybe contributed to a slightly worse (though better than league average) ERA, but he still put up 3.6 WAR (2.1 fangraphs RA9-WAR) in about 75% of a season.