Effectively Wild Episode 1760: Choose Your Own NLCS Adventure


Meg Rowley is joined by guest co-host Mike Petriello of MLB.com. They discuss Mike’s role in the booth as a part of ESPN’s Statcast broadcasts, how what is affectionately referred to as the Nerdcast got started, how Mike prepares for games, how he balances being analytics-heavy while still appealing to a broad audience, how the Nerdcast has evolved along with Statcast, what makes for a fun booth, how he works with Jason Benetti and Eduardo Perez, and what might come next for the Nerdcast as more traditional broadcasts become more statistically savvy. Then they briefly contemplate the role of the manager in light of the news of Mike Shildt’s firing in St. Louis before turning their attention (31:19) to the Dodgers’ decision to start Corey Knebel as an opener for Game 5 of the NLDS, how the Giants might counter, what they like about Logan Webb, and what each of these teams needs to do to advance to the NLCS.

Audio intro: Tokyo Police Club, “Listen to the Math
Audio outro: First Aid Kit, “Heaven Knows

Link to Mike’s podcast, Ballpark Dimensions
Link to Ben Clemens’ piece on the Corey Knebel decision
Link to Ben’s piece on ALDS managerial report cards
Link to Dan Szymborski’s ALCS preview
Link to Michael Ajeto’s piece on Logan Webb’s changeup

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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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