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We discuss everything—the Dodgers’ clutch hitting and bullpen, the Blake Snell decision, and of course Justin Turner’s positive COVID test—from the Dodgers’ World Series–clinching victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Plus: Dynasty talk has become popular in baseball. Is the Dodgers’ dynasty validated, and is there an end in sight? Hosts: Michael Bauman…
 
The Rays evened the World Series in Game 4 after a bizarre set of mistakes by the Dodgers allowed Randy Arozarena to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Dodgers bounced back Sunday night on the back of a strong Clayton Kershaw start and some clutch relief pitching to take a 3-2 series lead. Will they close it out in Gam…
 
Clayton Kershaw continued to rewrite the narrative that he struggles in the postseason, as the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead over the Rays in the World Series. Can the Rays once again even the series on the back of a strong Blake Snell start? Or will the Dodgers close it out in six games? Plus: We react to the end of Game 4 from Saturday night, one of th…
 
We react to a choppy Game 2 that featured seven Dodgers pitchers, a strong but short outing from Blake Snell, and a semi-revival of the Rays’ bats. Then, we preview games 3 and 4 before sharing our Fave Five things of the series thus far. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman This episode originally ran on the 'Baseball BBQ' feed. Follow 'Basebal…
 
We start this week with a Slingin’ Heat featuring Mookie Betts, NFL betting lines, and the upcoming league collective bargaining negotiations (1:50). Then, we’re joined by three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart to talk about his illustrious playoff career, the toughest batters he ever faced, pitching wisdom he learned from Bob Gibson and San…
 
We recap a lopsided Game 1 of the World Series that featured a dominant Clayton Kershaw start combined with all five tools of Mookie Betts prominently displayed. Then, we wonder whether the Rays’ pitching staff can keep the Dodgers under five runs per game for the rest of the series, and if not, whether the Rays lineup has any hope of winning the s…
 
We recap a thrilling Game 7 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Braves that featured incredibly clutch home runs from Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernández (1:51) and a surprising Game 7 between the Astros and Rays in which the Rays held on to avoid blowing a 3-0 series lead. Then, we share our five favorite players and predict who will win the Wor…
 
We’re back for another late-night podcast to react to the Dodgers’ offensive outburst in Game 3 of the NLCS and the Rays’ sturdy rotation and bullpen through four games in the ALCS. Plus: CC slings some heat about analytics, the New York tabloids, and the Jets’ and Giants’ quarterback situations. Finally, we take some of your questions about the fu…
 
We break down the 11-run inning that powered the Dodgers in Game 3, flipping the script in a series that had been surprisingly dominated by the Braves up to that point (0:00). Then, we discuss the saga that was Walker Buehler’s pants (1:21), before discussing how even with a loss in Game 4, the Rays have set themselves up nicely to close out the As…
 
The Rays are up 3-0 on the Astros, and it sure seems like they’re clicking better than any other team in baseball and they are poised to reach the World Series. We discuss their unmatched collection of rotation and bullpen arms, the Astros struggling to get timely hits, José Altuve’s throwing errors, and more (1:30), before switching over to the NL…
 
The Rays hung on to beat the Astros 2-1 in Game 1 of the ALCS on the back of a gritty pitching performance from Blake Snell and another Randy Arozarena home run. We recap that game as well as preview the rest of this fascinating series, before also previewing Game 1 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Braves. Will the Dodgers keep rolling along…
 
Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow were electric on short rest. Aaron Judge went yard off the best reliever of 2020. The Yankees’ and Rays’ bullpens went toe-to-toe. But it was Mike Brosseau taking Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman deep that was the difference. We break down everything Yankees-Rays Game 5, where the series went wrong for New York, what the…
 
After a stress-filled Game 2 between the Dodgers and Padres, we convene to give our immediate reactions to that series, as well as the Yankees-Rays series that's tilted toward Tampa Bay, the Braves-Marlins series that's headed toward a sweep, and the A’s-Astros series that’s about to play its crucial Game 4. Plus: We take a victory lap on predictin…
 
CC and Ryan give their immediate takeaways as the Yankees fall behind the Rays 2-1 in the ALDS, preview Game 4, and discuss the Yankees’ chances of combing back in the series (1:08). Plus, this week in Slingin’ Heat, we hear CC’s take on Derek Jeter’s tenure thus far as the Marlins CEO, Kyrie Irving’s comments about the role of head coaches on the …
 
After a hectic wild-card week, we’ve settled in nicely to the rhythm of the divisional series. This week on the show, we bounce around to each series and give an in-depth recap of the big story lines. What looks real and what will peter out if the series drag on to five games? Are the Marlins beaning Acuña on purpose? Did Aaron Boone botch Game 2? …
 
We preview every series in both leagues and break down what you need to know, what you need to get excited for, and which players (outside the obvious) you should expect to show up big (1:03). Then, ESPN broadcaster Boog Sciambi joins to preview Marlins-Braves, describe what it’s like to call a fanless playoff game that you’re not even in the ballp…
 
One of the strangest postseasons in MLB history is about to start. Does that mean any of us will pick a true underdog to win the World Series? We preview the first round series by series before sharing who we think will be the last team standing this year. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram…
 
For the final time this season, we run through the biggest movers in terms of playoff odds, and share which of the final contenders have surprised us most this season (1:27). Then, with less than a week left in the season, we share our MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year ballots, including unanimous choices like Shane Bieber for AL Cy Young, and …
 
We lead the podcast by discussing the news that commissioner Rob Manfred and team owners want to make the 2020 playoff structure (16 teams and a three-game series in the first round) permanent (1:35). Then, we discuss how the MLB playoff bubble will affect this year and how team strategies will change because there are no days off in between games …
 
We narrow in on the two biggest preseason favorites to win the 2020 World Series: the Yankees and the Dodgers. What has contributed to their polar opposite seasons, and can the Yankees pull it together in time to regain their chance at a 2020 ring (8:12)? Then, we remember MLB legends Lou Brock and Tom Seaver (27:11) and then choose a preseason und…
 
After some alleged beanball dominated the discourse around the Yankees-Rays game last night, we outline the recent history of bad blood between the two teams (1:34). Then, we discuss the highest impact trades from the deadline on Monday, including Mike Clevinger and Austin Nola to the Padres (16:29). Finally, we talk about the biggest playoff odds …
 
This week, we home in on the biggest story in baseball: Fernando Tatis Jr. vs. regressive unwritten rules. We open by wondering whether this will be the old generation’s last big stance against electric young players (1:03), before inviting The Ringer’s Shea Serrano onto the show so he can learn and react to some of baseball’s most ridiculous unwri…
 
Gerrit Cole is the new guy in the Bronx—CC knows a little something about that. The guys are joined by the Yankees’ new ace to talk about staying intense with no fans in the stands (12:45), getting to know new teammates and developing a relationship with a new catcher (34:00), CC’s ceremonial first pitch (43:47), witnessing Aaron Judge up close and…
 
Zach Kram breaks out more halfway-hot takes to open this week’s episode, including that the Angels offense will finish in the top two in baseball but the team will miss the playoffs, Fernando Tatís Jr. will go 20/20 in only 60 games, and more (1:40). Then, Ben Lindbergh joins to make sense of the Cleveland starting rotation violating COVID protocol…
 
We open this week's podcast by reviewing Sunday's ill-advised brawl between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros, from which the resulting penalties are rumored to be severe (1:02). Then, we bring on ESPN’s Clinton Yates to break down the unique and growing appeal of Fernando Tatís Jr. and to make the case for the runner on second rule (25:…
 
We scan over the last week in COVID-related baseball news, including the latest on outbreaks in St. Louis and Miami, Yoenis Céspedes opting out, and more (1:23). Then, we curate some of the best things you can spend this shortened season watching—from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, to Fernando Tatís Jr., all the way to Shane Bieber and James Ka…
 
Now a couple of days removed from news of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Miami Marlins, we break down what this means for the other 29 teams in baseball, whether the season has a hope of rebounding and finishing, and how MLB can put a better foot forward with its coronavirus protocols (1:19). Then, we discuss an unfortunate rash of pitcher injuries bef…
 
The MLB season is just one day away. We preview the strange 60-game season by choosing the players we think are most likely to reach statistical milestones unseen in this millennium: hitting .400 for a full season or posting an ERA less than Bob Gibson’s 1.12 mark from 1968 (30:57). Plus: Michael Baumann’s annual prop bet game (1:51). Hosts: Michae…
 
In this episode of the StortzCenter Podcast, Dustyn talks about a new virus popping up in China, how a man died after self medicating COVID-19, Boober eats is now a thing, Cam Newton released from the Panthers, New York Mets lose Noah, Trevor Lawrence in TROUBLE. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://…
 
In this episode of the StortzCenter Podcast, Dustyn talks about a new app that makes sure quarantined patients are staying home, a Instagram DJ Dance Party, Love is Blind Stars, Fonner Park Horse Racing, The Patriots losing their kicker, and the Olympics --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm…
 
In this episode, Dustyn Stortzum talks about Tulsi Gabbard suspending her campaign, Rick Scott telling spring breakers to get off the beach, the FDA's plan on speeding up fighting drugs, Justin Verlander has groin surgery, Joe Flacco gets cut and Marble Racing is the new sport. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a po…
 
In this episode, Dustyn talks about Biden dominating primaries, Oprah getting arrested, Oregon police tells people to not call the police when they're running out of toilet paper, Nick Foles traded, Durant got Corona, and Tom Brady signs with Tampa Bay. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/…
 
In this episode of the StortzCenter Podcast, Dustyn talks about the CoronaVirus update, Tom Brady is leaving New England, Texans got fleeced in a trade and the UFC is cancelling EVENTS. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
 
We briefly discuss the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus as it pertains to Major League Baseball (0:45) before previewing the upcoming season by analyzing whether teams will finish over or under their projected win totals (11:55). We finish with Zach Kram making four long-shot predictions that he thinks have a chance to play out in the…
 
As we prepare to preview the 2020 season, we recap the biggest story of the offseason: the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and MLB’s response to it. We run through a list of 10 questions and explain the effects the punishment will have on the 2020 season. Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach KramBy The Ringer
 
We convene for another emergency podcast to discuss the biggest MLB trade in years: former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We run down what this means for the competitive balance of baseball in the 2020 season, why the Red Sox didn’t back up the Brinks truck, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram…
 
The punishment is in: the Houston Astros' GM and manager were both suspended for a year by Major League Baseball and subsequently fired by the Astros. Has this set a strong enough precedent for what the Astros did? Plus: Will Red Sox manager Alex Cora get the worst suspension of all for his role in devising the Astros' sign-stealing scheme? Hosts: …
 
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