Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who details the Tampa Bay Rays’ innovative and controversial new pitching tactics (01:45). Then Claire McNear drops by to talk about Rich Hill’s blisters and the league’s latest teenage sensation, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (20:15). Finally Ben Lindbergh makes a quick appearance—though not as quick as the fastballs of relievers Jordan Hicks and Josh Hader, who have made headlines this week for different reasons (33:00).
Bullpenning in Tampa Bay, a Youth Movement in Washington, and Big Heat in the NL Central
The Ringer staff discusses the Rays’ pitching tactics and more
Sheil and Ben recap the game and discuss offensive coordinator Brian Johnson’s improvement as a play caller
Bill, Chris, and Sean spend the weekend in South Carolina to reminisce about college, listen to their favorite records, and rewatch Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy-drama
Also, discussing Matt Riddle’s release from WWE
Bryan and David also discuss Taylor Swift’s attendance at the Chiefs game on Sunday