Effectively Wild Episode 1762: They Write Mike Trout Hypotheticals in Outer Space, Too


Meg Rowley and guest co-host Ben Clemens discuss the Astros’ pitching woes, the role of starters in the postseason, Dave Roberts’ decision to have Brusdar Graterol hit in Game 5 of the NLCS, Yordan Alvarez, how a 3-2 series deficit feels for fans of the team with the upper hand, and Ben’s look at Ian Anderson‘s first-inning struggles. Then they consider Other Ben and Rob Arthur’s assessment of MLB’s rule experiments in the Atlantic and minor leagues, before answering listener emails on an unorthodox baserunning strategy, ump shows, how aliens might contextualize Mike Trout’s recent season stats, and whether we should re-think the ground rule double.

Audio intro: Pete Yorn, “Strange Condition
Audio outro: The xx, “Basic Space

Link to Ben’s piece on Houston’s pitching woes
Link to Ben’s investigation into Ian Anderson’s first-inning struggles
Link to Ben’s most recent FanGraphs Audio appearance
Link to Jake Mailhot’s recap of NLCS Game 5
Link to Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur’s piece on the results of MLB’s rule experiments
Link to William Boor’s tweet on the Arizona Fall League bases

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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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