Effectively Wild Episode 1757: Farewell to Rhubarb


Meg Rowley and guest co-host Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio discuss his recent trip to Monument Valley before recapping the weekend’s ALDS and NLDS action and looking ahead to what might come next, including thoughts on the Giants’ approach to platooning, Cody Bellinger‘s season-long slump, AJ Pollock‘s past postseason woes, the Brewers offense, Eduardo Escobar, Milwaukee’s bullpen, Atlanta’s starters, Houston’s bats, Craig Kimbrel‘s role, Wander Franco, the Rays’ young starters, J.D. Martinez and Kiké Hernández providing thump in Boston’s lineup, and Alex Cora’s strategy to contain Tampa’s offense. Then Meg and Mike listener emails on spitting, the strike zone, a robo ump compromise, a creative proposal to score series rather than games, and rookies adjusting to the big leagues. Plus, a Statblast/Meet a Major Leaguer combo on player debuts versus and for the Kansas City Royals.

Audio intro: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “Desert Song
Audio outro: Modest Mouse, “Spitting Venom

Link to Kevin Goldstein’s Red Sox/Rays ALDS Game 1 recap
Link to Jay Jaffe’s White Sox/Astros ALDS Game 2 recap
Link to Dan Szymborski’s Braves/Brewers NLDS Game 1 recap
Link to Brendan Gawlowski’s Red Sox/Rays ALDS Game 2 recap
Link to Eric Longenhagen’s Dodgers/Giants NLDS Game 1 recap
Link to Jon Tayler’s Braves/Brewers NLDS Game 2 recap
Link to Meg Rowley’s Dodgers/Giants NLDS Game 2 recap
Link to Fabian Ardaya on Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock’s big night
Link to Michael Baumann on the Brewers rotation
Link to the ZiPS Game-by-Game Playoff Odds
Link to Player debut data

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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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