Effectively Wild Episode 1596: The Unpredictable Playoff Round

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller banter about a misconception about FIP and how to weigh FIP and ERA in evaluating pitcher performance after the fact, the Phillies’ failure to make the playoffs and how the outcome of their season affects (and should affect) the future of their front office, Jacob deGrom’s ever-increasing velocity and how his record fastball speed changes his long-term outlook, what the playoff field would have been after a 54-game season instead of a 60-game season, the lack of stakes at the end of the season, and the strike zone in the final regular-season game.

Audio intro: Elvis Costello, "Welcome to the Working Week"
Audio outro: Dear Nora, "Rollercoaster"

Link to Beyond the Scrum episode
Link to Bowden article
Link to blown leads percentage update
Link to deGrom’s Brooks Baseball page
Link to Rob Arthur on deGrom’s velocity
Link to Travis Sawchik on deGrom’s velocity
Link to Ben on 60-game-season randomness
Link to article on unique playoff matchups
Link to FanGraphs playoff previews

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