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League Championship Series Fever - Season 4, Ep. 41

The American and National League Championship Series have provided some of the most exciting games we've seen this postseason. With the Red Sox currently leading the ALCS and the NLCS all tied up, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at both series to talk about some interesting stats. They discuss Manny Machado and his admitted lack of hustle, Cody Bellinger making the best catch of the postseason so far, Alex Bregman's breakout series and why J.D....


The Final Four - Season 4, Ep. 40

With the Boston Red Sox defeating the New York Yankees in the ALDS last night, the stage is officially set for the ALCS and the NLCS. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down some interesting tidbits we've seen so far in this postseason, including why pitchers are throwing less fastballs and if hitting home runs is better than playing small ball. They also discuss whether the Yankees might want a redo on the Giancarlo Stanton trade, how the Houston Astros took...


A Wild Start to the 2018 Postseason - Season 4, Ep. 39

The 2018 postseason officially kicked off this week with the Rockies and Yankees both winning their Wild Card Games to finalize the LDS picture. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the Rockies' wild 13th-inning win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Yankees' victory over the A's in the Bronx. Later in the podcast, they break down the upcoming divisional series matchups, including the Yankees and Red Sox facing off in the postseason for the first time...


The Insane National League Pennant Race - Season 4, Ep. 38

There isn't a lot of certainty in the National League, outside of the Braves clinching the NL East, as to which teams are going to be playing in the postseason. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rockies will be fighting it out in the remaining games this season to see who will get the final four playoff spots. They'll also preview the powerhouse ALDS matchup between the Indians and Astros, along with trying to...


An Interesting Season From The Braves - Season 4, Ep. 37

With less than two weeks until the 2018 postseason, the Atlanta Braves seem to be the favorites to take the NL East crown, despite having the eighth best record in baseball since July 1. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers try to figure out how the Braves have been able to overcome a mediocre second half and why Ronald Acuña Jr. is integral to Atlanta's postseason plans. Later in the show, the Statcast guys discuss the best team in baseball that isn't the Red Sox and...


Two Unlikely Powerhouse Offenses - Season 4, Ep. 36

Among the powerhouse offenses in baseball, over the last 30 days, the Oakland A's and the Tampa Bay Rays have come to the forefront as being the best in the game. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how these two unlikely teams are putting up big numbers, just in time for a weekend series in St. Petersburg. Later in the podcast they discuss how the Mets have become kind of good, what's going on with Marcell Ozuna and if Eric Hosmer is finally trying to get...


The Shohei Ohtani Conundrum - Season 4, Ep. 35

The Angels and Shohei Ohtani received disappointing news on Wednesday when Tommy John Surgery was recommended for the star Japanese hitter and pitcher. The news didn't seem to slow Shohei down, as he went 4-for-4 with two home runs against the Texas Rangers following the diagnostic. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the Angels might proceed with Ohtani if he gets the surgery and why making him an opener could make sense. Also on the podcast this week...


Discussing the Unofficial Team of the Statcast Podcast - Season 4, Ep. 34

On the latest edition of the Statcast podcast, host Mike Petriello is joined by White Sox play-by-play man Jason Benetti as they discuss a slew of Sox storylines, including the White Sox current rebuild, Michael Kopech's impressive control and a few things you might not know about legendary broadcaster Hawk Harrelson. They also talk about where the White Sox rank in MLB with their stat knowledge and reminiscing about the 2018 Home Run Derby.


Alex Rodriguez Joins The Podcast - Season 4, Ep. 33

On a very special episode of the Statcast Podcast, 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez joins host Mike Petriello to discuss a multitude of topics, including his opinion of the shift, if it's harder to be a hitter now compared to earlier in his career, how he prepares for broadcasts and much more. Also on the podcast, Mike and national editor Matt Meyers discuss an unexpected outcome of the Rays' opener experiment, Michael Kopech making his debut with the White Sox and four players that are...


Baseball's most interesting team is close to a most interesting record - Season 4, Ep. 32

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."


The Unexpected MVP Caliber Season - Season 4, Ep. 31

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...


2018 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Fallout - Season 4, Ep. 30

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 for...


The Best Bullpen in Baseball Got Even Better - Season 4, Ep. 29

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 couple...


Trading Season Is Upon Us - Season 4, Ep. 28

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 you...


Inside A Baseball Front Office - Season 4, Ep. 27

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 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 that helped...


The Case For Trading Bryce Harper - Season 4, Ep. 26

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...


How Does Freddy Do It? - Season 4, Ep. 25

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...


Minute Maid Park: A Pitcher's Paradise? - Season 4, Ep. 24

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...


The Under-the-Radar 105-mph Pitcher - Season 4, Ep. 23

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 Class-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...


How Did Betts and Bogaerts Get Better? - Season 4, Ep. 22

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts are a big reason for the Boston Red Sox's success in 2018. After both played through injuries during the 2017 season, they've statistically become a couple of 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...