Effectively Wild Episode 1755: Chaos Letdown


Meg Rowley and guest co-host Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus recap the final weekend of regular season baseball before previewing this week’s Wild Card games. They discuss the Mariners’ decision not to promote Julio RodrĂ­guez, their disappointment at the lack of tiebreaker games, franchise player farewells, the current playoff format, what comes next for Seattle and Toronto, and what they’re most excited to watch in October. Then they turn their attention to the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cardinals, offering their thoughts on what each squad should feel confident and nervous about going into the play-in games. Finally, they try to solve the mystery of Hunter Renfroe’s defense.

Audio intro: The Strokes, “Why Are Sundays So Depressing
Audio outro: Lucy Dacus, “Troublemaker Doppelgänger

Craig’s podcast, Five and Dive
Patrick Dubuque’s piece on the Giants defying aging
Patrick on Seattle’s farewell to Kyle Seager
Chet Gutwein checks in on the aging curve
Carmen Ciardiello on postseason pitch usage
Kevin Goldstein on the weekend’s big news
Jayson Stark on what we learned from this season

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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