MLB.com Statcast Podcast-logo

MLB.com Statcast Podcast

MLB >

More Information

Location:

United States

Language:

English


Episodes

8/15/18: Baseball's most interesting team is close to a most interesting record

8/15/2018
More
The A's are winning games in the most 2018 way possible, and they're on track to set the weirdest possible record, weird enough that Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers actually start talking about bunts. Also, what's wrong with Luis Severino? Mike and Matt dig into the data, then check in on exit velocity metrics from young hitters Kyle Tucker and David Bote, then welcome in MLB Network host Brian Kenny to discuss Friday's Mets vs. Phillies "SABRcast."

Duration:00:29:19

8/10/18: The Unexpected MVP Caliber Season

8/10/2018
More
Javier Baez has been a fixture in the Cubs lineup for the past three seasons and has earned a reputation for swinging and chasing pitches during his at-bats. However, this season, the usual heavy-swinging Baez is swinging even more, and it just might be the reason he's having an MVP caliber season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how Baez has dropped his strikeout rate and upped his slugging by swinging at more pitches than he's done in the past. Later...

Duration:00:36:47

8/2/18: 2018 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Fallout

8/2/2018
More
As the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went this past week, we saw a flurry of moves throughout baseball including some surprising deals and others that were inevitable. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at some of the deals that went down, including Chris Archer to the Pirates, Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers and Tommy Pham to the Rays. They also discuss a little later on if a new team has risen to the top of the rankings...

Duration:00:36:04

7/25/18: The Best Bullpen in Baseball Got Even Better

7/25/2018
More
The Yankees have arguably made the biggest trade of the season so far by acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles in exchange for three Minor Leaguers prior to next week's deadline. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down the deal that will make the Yankees' already dominant bullpen that much stronger and how Aaron Boone will manage it. They also talk about what is going on with the surging Oakland Athletics and if Bryce Harper could be a trade target, a...

Duration:00:38:24

7/19/18: Trading Season Is Upon Us

7/19/2018
More
With the 2018 Midsummer Classic in the rear-view mirror, teams aren't holding back on making deals to bolster their clubs before the Trade Deadline. Just in the past few days, the Dodgers landed Manny Machado from the Orioles and the Indians picked up Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the latest moves and how it will affect the pennant race down the stretch. Later in the podcast they talk about a few relievers...

Duration:00:42:34

7/12/18: Inside A Baseball Front Office

7/12/2018
More
On this episode of the Statcast podcast, host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined by former Mets senior director of baseball operations and former Braves assistant GM Adam Fisher to the podcast to discuss working in a baseball front office and what the Trade Deadline season, from a front office perspective, is like. They also talks about what it was like for Adam to work in the sport when the statistical revolution got started, the Deadline moves that he was a part of...

Duration:00:46:34

7/5/18: The Case For Trading Bryce Harper

7/5/2018
More
The Nationals were supposed to be the lead dog in the NL East for the 2018 season. Instead, they currently find themselves seven games behind the division-leading Braves in third place. Because of that, the Nationals could very well become sellers at the Trade Deadline. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss why Washington may consider trading upcoming free agent Bryce Harper and what kind of return it could net the Nats. They also talk about a few dark horse...

Duration:00:30:21

6/28/18: How Does Freddy Do It?

6/28/2018
More
Freddy Peralta might be someone you've never heard of, but what he's accomplishing for the Milwaukee Brewers this season is remarkable. Even though Freddy has only been in the bigs for a short time, he's become the only pitcher since 1908 to strikeout five or more batters and give up three or fewer hits in his first four starts. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at how Peralta has managed to be so successful with the Brew Crew despite throwing his 91...

Duration:00:45:20

6/20/18: Minute Maid Park: A Pitcher's Paradise?

6/20/2018
More
The defending champion Houston Astros play in a ballpark that has had the stigma of being hitter's park. With the "Crawford Boxes" being only 315 feet down the left-field line, one would think it's safe to make that assumption. However after much research, Statcast host Mike Petriello takes a look at why Minute Maid Park has in fact become the opposite and how the numbers can back that up. Mike also discusses some of the notable Statcast moments from this past week, if Giancarlo Stanton is...

Duration:00:33:07

6/13/18: The Under-the-Radar 105 MPH Pitcher

6/13/2018
More
When Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks exploded onto the scene this season by throwing the fastest pitches in 2018, topping out at 105 MPH, many people asked themselves "who is this guy?" As a prospect that was in the Single-A ball in 2017 and was the first player cut from the Cardinals 2018 spring training camp, Hicks has become a bright spot for St. Louis' pitching staff this season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about what Jordan is doing to be so...

Duration:00:32:27

6/7/18: How Did Betts and Bogarts Get Better?

6/7/2018
More
Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts are a big reason for the Boston Red Sox success in 2018. After both played through injuries during the 2017 season, they've statistically become the more improved hitters this season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how they've gotten better, as well as a surprising addition to the list. Later in the podcast, Mike and Matt discuss if the Brewers have the best defense in baseball, the Rays pitcher who has had the best...

Duration:00:23:35

5/30/18: Surviving and Thriving

5/30/2018
More
When the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw went on the DL earlier this month for left biceps tendinitis, there was a sense of panic. However, despite losing their ace for the majority of May, the blue crew has managed to not just survive but also thrive. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about how the Dodgers have been able to stay afloat despite the rash of early season injuries that they've experienced. They also talk about who the most underrated slugger in...

Duration:00:36:15

5/24/18: The Rise of Home Runs

5/24/2018
More
The increased number of home runs hit in baseball has become a hot button subject with many searching for answers, including Commissioner Manfred. That's why he put together a committee of scientists to try and find out what has caused the baseball to fly out at such alarming rates. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined on the podcast by the chairman of the committee, Dr. Alan Nathan, a professor of physics emeritus at the University of Illinois. They...

Duration:00:37:54

5/16/18: A Braves New World

5/16/2018
More
The surprising Atlanta Braves currently own the best record in the National League and have some of the most exciting players in baseball currently on their squad. With the callups of Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr., along with the already established stars like Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis, the Braves are trying to prove the naysayers wrong. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at why the Braves have been so successful and if they can sustain it...

Duration:00:33:33

5/9/18: Glorious Gregorius

5/9/2018
More
Didi Gregorius had a fantastic month of April and currently leads the Bronx Bombers in batting average, runs scored, home runs and RBIs, all the while being named the American League Player of the Month. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers, using Statcast data, explore why Didi has been crushing it at the plate this season and isn't only a product of Yankee Stadium. They also take a look at James Paxton's no-hitter against the Blue Jays, who the best reliever in...

Duration:00:41:54

5/1/18: Improved Defense in the Outfield

5/1/2018
More
As the calendar turns to May, the majority of MLB teams have already played out roughly 20 percent of their schedule so now is a good time to examine which outfield defenses have improved the most in 2018. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers, with the use of Statcast metrics, take a look at why certain teams' outfield defense has gotten better and what factors might be playing a part in that. They also discuss the early impact of the D-Backs using a humidor in...

Duration:00:40:02

4/23/18: The Stanton Struggles

4/23/2018
More
Giancarlo Stanton was arguably the biggest acquisition by the New York Yankees this past offseason. While it was unrealistic for Stanton to pick up where he left off following his 2017 MVP season, he has struggled since joining the Bronx Bombers. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine the early season struggles from Giancarlo, as well as other players like Yu Darvish and Lucas Giolito, and what we can conclude from the Statcast data. Later in the podcast, the...

Duration:00:36:02

4/17/18: Fun With Small Sample Sizes

4/17/2018
More
With the first month of the baseball season past the halfway point, the Statcast crew examines some of the best small sample sizes they've seen so far. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discusses small sample sizes from Brandon Nimmo, Adam Ottavino, Rick Porcello, Craig Stammen, among others, and how much stock one should take in these early samples. Later in the podcast they discuss the DJ LeMahieu's impressive start to the season, buying or selling the Atlanta...

Duration:00:31:56

4/11/18: The Early Hard Luck Hitter

4/11/2018
More
When the Phillies signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal this past offseason, many thought there would be some pressure to make a good first impression with his new club. However, Carlos has gotten off to a rough start at the dish, but how much of that has been bad luck? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about why Santana is leading the way as a hard-luck hitter this season and why Phillies fans should still be encouraged in his production,...

Duration:00:25:57

4/4/18: It's Shohei Time

4/4/2018
More
Shohei Ohtani was one of the biggest storylines going into the 2018 season, and he hasn't disappointed only a week in. After an impressive first start on the mound, Ohtani followed up by slugging his first MLB career home run on Tuesday night. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the "Japanese Babe Ruth's" first week in the bigs and if he was more impressive at the plate or on the mound. Also in this week's podcast, they talk about elite exit velocity...

Duration:00:39:20