Effectively Wild Episode 2044: The Catcher-Crotch Catch

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about whether the plight of running backs in the NFL is analogous to any data-driven developments in MLB, the benefits and drawbacks of more or fewer off days during postseason series (and the problem with pluralizing “series”), the White Sox going 0-11 in games when they’ve struck out 14 or more opposing batters, Cody Bellinger and the surging Cubs, the flailing Diamondbacks and how the sequencing of slumps and hot streaks affects the perception of seasons, and more. Then (1:16:05) they meet major leaguers Slade Cecconi and Davis Schneider, followed by (1:36:45) a Future Blast from 2044.

Audio intro: Guy Russo, “Effectively Wild Theme
Audio outro: Justin Peters, “Effectively Wild Theme

Link to Neil Paine on running backs
Link to HUaL on running backs
Link to Ben on the SP protagonist
Link to Rob on pitching and payrolls
Link to story on reliever awards
Link to Ben C. on the postseason schedule
Link to story on reliever familiarity
Link to story on SP familiarity
Link to tweet about the Sox
Link to losing 14+ K Sox games
Link to worst record in 14+ K games
Link to 2023 teams w/most such games
Link to MaML wiki
Link to MLBTR on Cecconi
Link to Cecconi call-up story
Link to video of first K
Link to Davy Andrews FG post
Link to Cecconi prospect ranking
Link to postgame quotes
Link to tweet about Schneider
Link to other tweet about Schneider
Link to article on Schneider’s glove
Link to other story on Schneider
Link to BaseRuns standings
Link to Paine on the unlucky Padres
Link to FG playoff odds
Link to Rick Wilber’s website
Link to Future Blast wiki
Link to Ben C. on Lorenzen
Link to Lorenzen’s last inning
Link to tweet about Lorenzen post-ASB
Link to Fullerton fun fact
Link to fun fact reply
Link to Verducci on the Rays

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