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
Brian also explains why Bill O’Brien has been such a bad fit for the Pats
Bill is joined by Chris and Wos to revisit the 1989 neo-noir thriller
Mal and Jo are back to dive into the Season 2 trailer and preview some key events
The movie event of the year ... for the Bey Hive