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Mike Trout is an Angel for Life -- Season 5, Ep. 7

3/19/2019
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Mike Trout's long-term extension sent shockwaves through the industry and host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down what it means to the Angels and the sport. In addition, they share some data on what the proposed three-batter minimum will mean for pitchers, how the 2019 Red Sox outfield could possibly match the 1927 Yankees for the best outfield of all time, and take over/unders on FanGraphs' projected win totals.

Duration:00:33:22

The Rise Of Four-Man Outfields -- Season 5, Ep. 6

3/13/2019
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Bryce Harper is already seeing four-man outfields in spring, but will he be the only one? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the latest defense trend, whether better positioning can help Adam Jones in Arizona. They then choose a few fantasy breakout candidates, and look at 2019's best projected defenses and 2019's fastest projected teams.

Duration:00:40:32

Spring Training in Full Swing -- Season 5, Ep. 5

3/7/2019
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How should the Yankees respond to Luis Severino's shoulder injury? Why is Jose LeClerc so dominant? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss those stories, why the Giants bullpen is so interesting, which teams improved the most this winter, how dangerous the Cardinals pitching might be, and if Lewis Brinson and Scott Kingery can bounce back from disappointing rookie seasons.

Duration:00:36:05

Cardinals pitchers affected by team defense - Season 5, Ep. 4

2/14/2019
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How were different Cardinals pitchers affected by the team's defense last year? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the Cardinals' defense, the Dodgers' very good pitching staff, Kenley Jansen's spin rate and the Mets' improved team backed up by plate-discipline numbers.

Duration:00:35:39

Ryan Braun changing his swing - Season 5, Ep. 3

2/5/2019
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Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is attempting to change his swing for better results. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss Braun's decision to make a switch and the type of results he could see in 2019. Plus, they look at the type of impact Bryce Harper could have on his future team's postseason chase.

Duration:00:30:55

Yankees' bullpen gets better with Ottavino - Season 5, Ep. 2

1/17/2019
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The Yankees reportedly sign reliever Adam Ottavino to strengthen an already deep bullpen. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the signing that gives the Yankees' 'pen a serious upgrade. Plus, they react to Kevin Long's comments (via MLBN Radio) that launch angle impacted Bryce Harper's hitting mentality and how hit probability will change in 2019 and which players will benefit. They highlight Marcell Ozuna, who could have a breakout season this year.

Duration:00:42:17

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. in line for a big year? - Season 5, Ep. 1

1/9/2019
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The 2019 season will be here before you know it, so which player could be in line for a breakout year? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers highlight Jackie Bradley Jr. because of his glove and impressive hard-hit rate. Plus, could the Phillies' defense be better than what the numbers show and if Nicholas Castellanos is traded, where is the best fit for him?

Duration:00:34:50

Free agent update and year in review - Season 4, Ep. 50

12/20/2018
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As 2018 comes to a close, Mike Petriello and Matt Meyers touch on the signings of Matt Harvey and Terrance Gore, try to guess where the remaining big-ticket free agents might end up and count down the 10 most interesting Statcast moments of the season.

Duration:00:34:10

Get to know Statcast hero, Yandy Diaz - Season 4, Ep. 49

12/14/2018
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Have you heard of Yandy Diaz? The Rays have, and made a trade to bring him to Tampa Bay. He's big, he's strong and hits the ball hard. He puts the ball in play with a high exit velocity. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the move and see how Diaz fits in the lineup and if his numbers will translate into wins for the Rays. Plus, they break down the Dodgers signing Joe Kelly and if Bryce Harper doesn't sign with the Yankees, they offer some trade candidates that would...

Duration:00:37:05

A Conversation with Adam Ottavino - Season 4, Ep. 48

12/10/2018
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Free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino is coming off a fantastic season, notably coming after an offseason spent training in a vacant Harlem storefront outfitted with the latest in pitching technology. In a special edition of the Statcast Podcast, Mike Petriello sits down for a wide-ranging 30-minute interview with Ottavino, touching on pitch design, the challenges of Coors Field, life as a free agent and how he would have dominated Babe Ruth.

Duration:00:31:24

Manny Machado may still be getting better - Season 4, Ep. 47

12/6/2018
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Somewhat lost in the discussion over Manny Machado's hustle comments is the fact that he just had his best-ever hitting year - and that he's one of the few hitters to improve each season in a key Statcast metric. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss Machado's free agency along with the impact of Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Nathan Eovaldi and Carlos Santana finding new homes. Additionally, they explain why Juan Nicasio's 6.00 ERA isn't what you think and offer...

Duration:00:38:42

Braves and Josh Donaldson make a perfect match - Season 4, Ep. 46

11/28/2018
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The Braves make a splash and bring in Josh Donaldson. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the move seems to be a perfect match for both sides. They also talk about the impact it will have on the team's roster and how this could make Atlanta even better than last season. Plus, what would it take to trade Robinson Cano or Madison Bumgarner? Finally, the guys break down Bryce Harper's defense and if playing the outfield is the best fit for the free-agent...

Duration:00:41:38

The Next Chapter for Seattle - Season 4, Ep. 45

11/14/2018
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Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is always looking to make a deal and with the news coming out that James Paxton is reportedly on the trading block, could Edwin Diaz be dealt as well? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss whether the Mariners trading away key players this offseason could be good for the club and which teams could make deals with Dipoto. Later in the podcast they talk about Carlos Santana reportedly being shopped by the Phillies, examining some Statcast...

Duration:00:33:56

The Mariners and Rays Are Making Moves - Season 4, Ep. 44

11/8/2018
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The Mariners and Rays have made the first major trade of the offseason, with Seattle sending Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Minor Leaguer Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break the deal down from a stat perspective and if both teams got a fair deal. Later in the show they discuss what the Cleveland Indians might do about their outfield situation and if A.J. Pollock could be a fit, what the Astros...

Duration:00:39:54

The Offseason Begins - Season 4, Ep. 43

10/31/2018
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The Boston Red Sox wrapped up the World Series this past weekend, meaning that the offseason has begun. While there might not be any MLB games played until 2019, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers have plenty to discuss, including whether or not Clayton Kershaw may opt out of his contract with the Dodgers, why J.T. Realmuto might be more valuable than you think and whether it's better to build a team through trades or free agent signings. They also take a look at...

Duration:00:36:43

2018 World Series Preview - Season 4, Ep. 42

10/23/2018
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The stage is set for a blockbuster World Series showdown featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first time these two franchises have faced off in the Fall Classic since 1916. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss some of the storylines we'll see this World Series, including if the large win-differential gap between both teams matters, if the Red Sox will be able to hit the Dodgers' lefties and if Mookie Betts should be playing second...

Duration:00:27:20

League Championship Series Fever - Season 4, Ep. 41

10/17/2018
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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....

Duration:00:34:13

The Final Four - Season 4, Ep. 40

10/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:31:13

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

10/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:41:26

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

9/26/2018
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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...

Duration:00:53:14