Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast

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Ben Lindbergh (The Ringer), Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs), and an array of guests talk about baseball with an analytical bent, covering a mix of timely topics from the serious to the absurd a few times per week.

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https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs
Description
Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-01-18 04:07
last episode published
2019-01-17 02:31
publication frequency
1.8 days
Contributors
davidappelman@gmail.com (Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan) managing editor  
Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan author   owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
1322
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
17.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1322: Read All About It

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Ben and Travis Sawchik finishing their new book, The MVP Machine, Willians Astudillo’s MVP voting results, the Kyler Murray baseball/football decision and why it’s unusual for players in his situation to hav...
Ben Lindbergh author
12.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1321: You Are the Boss of Me

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo being plunked in reprisal for his home-run pimp, the surprisingly small contract of Yasmani Grandal and the state of the Brewers and the NL Central, Jed Lowrie and the Mets’ positional log...
Ben Lindbergh author
10.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1320: Mets Are From Mars

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo going viral yet again, his iconic winter-league home-run pose and the state of celebration in baseball, the improbable personality of an improbable player, Astudillo’s future in Minnesota,...
Ben Lindbergh author
9.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1319: Scott, Bore Us

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new (and also old) team, the Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Keon Broxton, the Yankees signing Zach Britton, how data and technology have helped some free agents and hurt others, the state of fr...
Ben Lindbergh author
4.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1318: The Keeper of the Game

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about New York Met Rymer Liriano and the minor league free agent draft, David Robertson signing with the Phillies, Robertson’s underrated record, and a Sabermetrics Mount Rushmore, then (14:43) talk to Retrosheet ...
Ben Lindbergh author
3.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1317: Alphabatical Order

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Yankees signing Troy Tulowitzki, Whit Merrifield’s vaguely worded optimism about the Royals, and the necessity of unrealistic expectations, then answer listener emails about holiday sports conversations ...
Ben Lindbergh author
2.01.2019

Effectively Wild Episode 1316: Oh Say Can Yusei

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Mariners signing Yusei Kikuchi, Willians Astudillo’s last 10 days, and Oliver Drake’s latest designation for assignment, and then grade the Hall of Fame’s many choices of in-game artifacts from the 2018 ...
Ben Lindbergh author
28.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1315: The 2019 Minor League Free Agent Draft

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller review the top candidates for the most enduring baseball memory of 2018, then conduct the sixth annual Effectively Wild Minor League Free Agent Draft, selecting 11 minor league free agents each and co...
Ben Lindbergh author
27.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1314: What We Missed in 2018 (NL Edition)

In the second of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each National League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving the Baby Braves, Charlie Culberson, and Dansby Swanson, ...
Ben Lindbergh author
24.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1313: What We Missed in 2018 (AL Edition)

In the first of two themed episodes, Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review one aspect of each American League team’s year that they overlooked on earlier episodes, touching on stories involving Mike Scioscia, Myles Straw, Stephen Piscotty, Rowdy Telle...
Ben Lindbergh author
22.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1312: A Puig of Their Own

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Daniel Murphy, Trevor Cahill, Anibal Sanchez, and Andrew Miller signings, react in real time to the three-team Jurickson Profar trade, and answer listener emails about signing Bryce Harper for one year, ...
Ben Lindbergh author
20.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1311: Rickrolled

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Royals signing Terrance Gore and turning themselves into a bad-but-entertaining team of stolen-base threats, the Angels signing Matt Harvey and how they stack up, the renaming of Safeco Field, and the ne...
Ben Lindbergh author
19.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1310: Pool Party

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Astros’ signing of Michael Brantley, the curious cases of blocked prospects Kyle Tucker and Alex Verdugo, the Mets’ signing of Wilson Ramos, and the unique career of globe-trotting Trey Hillman. Then (20...
Ben Lindbergh author
15.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1309: Manager Overboard

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about why there have been so many Noah Syndergaard trade rumors, then answer listener emails about whether Giancarlo Stanton would be better if he raised his launch angle, how and when a manager who kept intention...
Ben Lindbergh author
14.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1308: What Happened in Vegas

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s sartorial choice during his MLB Network appearance at the Winter Meetings, Willians Astudillo striking out twice against the same pitcher in a pro game for (possibly) the first time, Scott Boras and B...
Ben Lindbergh author
10.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1307: The Baines of Our Existence

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about expected activity at the Winter Meetings, the pointlessness of the Winter Meetings, and the Hall of Fame elections of Lee Smith and Harold Baines (yes, that Harold Baines). Then (23:04) they talk to FanGraph...
Ben Lindbergh author
7.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1306: Terrance Gore is Going

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo and discuss Nathan Eovaldi re-signing with the Red Sox, the Cardinals-Diamondbacks trade involving Paul Goldschmidt, Luke Weaver, and Carson Kelly, and the significance of good teams tradi...
Ben Lindbergh author
6.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1305: Corbin McCarthy

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s Venezuelan Winter League MVP chances, the latest scuttlebutt about banning the shift (and why it reflects the right impulse but the wrong solution), and the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin sig...
Ben Lindbergh author
4.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1304: The Roving Righty

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the nomadic Andy Wilkins, revisit the Mariners-Mets trade and Robinson Cano’s graceful decline so far, discuss the Mariners-Phillies trade, the career of Jean Segura, the Mariners’ rebuild, Jerry Dipoto’s fl...
Ben Lindbergh author
1.12.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1303: Who Says Cano

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a busy week in rumored (and completed) transactions, touching on the Mets-Mariners blockbuster revolving around Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, the Indians trading Yan Gomes to the Nationals (a rare trade betw...
Ben Lindbergh author
28.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1302: No True Outcomes

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Robinson Cano, Madison Bumgarner, and Paul Goldschmidt trade rumors, what makes for a slow or exciting offseason, and the cooling effect that superteams can have on the hot stove, then (16:14) bring on Super...
Ben Lindbergh author
27.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1301: Twilight Doubleheader

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Oliver Drake’s new/old home, the Braves signing Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann and converting Johan Camargo, the Pirates signing Lonnie Chisenhall, and the Twins claiming C.J. Cron, then (11:20) talk to Bil...
Ben Lindbergh author
23.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1300: Baseball Driver

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about minor-league pay, the surprising prospect past of Neil Walker, and the impending posting and pitching of NPB star Yusei Kikuchi. Then (13:43) they bring on Cubs Double-A outfielder Connor Myers to discuss hi...
Ben Lindbergh author
22.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1299: The Whiff Heard Round the World

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Willians Astudillo strikeout (and Astudillo vs. other, more highly-touted Twins), the team-switching saga of Oliver Drake, and the singular skill of Nathan Eovaldi, then answer listener emails about changi...
Ben Lindbergh author
21.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1298: The Paxton Pact

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Tommy Milone and Willians Astudillo, Bryce Harper’s awful fielding in 2018, two more examples of percentages greater than 100, and Adrian Beltre’s retirement and atypical, incredible career, then (23:34) bri...
Ben Lindbergh author
17.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1297: Cistulli and Desist

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a big day for Willians Astudillo, the still-overlooked greatness of Anthony Rendon, the mystery of Jeff Mathis, John Middleton’s comments about the Phillies’ impending spending spree, and the Orioles hiring ...
Ben Lindbergh author
16.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1296: Hot Prospect Content

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s current strikeout-less streak, a few more people who gave much more than 100 percent, and end-of-season-award voting, including Mike Trout’s showing in the AL MVP race, Jacob deGrom and ...
Ben Lindbergh author
13.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1295: The 120-Percent Podcast

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jose Altuve and other players claiming to give (much) more than 100 percent and Joe Mauer’s retirement and Hall of Fame case, then answer listener emails about Shohei Ohtani’s future role, whether Mike Trout...
Ben Lindbergh author
10.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1294: Signs Language

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a Carter Capps-like cricket bowler, another Scott Boras nautical analogy, the latest Mariners-Rays trade (this time involving Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia, and Mallex Smith), how fans felt about the 2018 s...
Ben Lindbergh author
8.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1293: Offseason Draft Day

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the possibility of the Mariners selling and what a Jerry Dipoto-led rebuild would look like, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia signing and GM Brian Cashman’s comments about the luxury tax, scenes from the GM meetings...
Ben Lindbergh author
6.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1292: Strat and Tats

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo’s 2019 Steamer projections and turnover in the Astros front office and field staff, then (13:17) bring on Arnie Pollinger and Robin Perlow, husband and wife administrators of the 40-year-o...
Ben Lindbergh author
3.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1291: Power Ball to the People

Ben Lindbergh, Jeff Sullivan, and ESPN’s Sam Miller recap the results of their 2018 minor league free agent draft and the surprising season of Wade LeBlanc, banter about Willians Astudillo and Delmon Young, discuss the defining memory of the 2018 seaso...
Ben Lindbergh author
1.11.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1290: Circling the Wagenen

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Boston’s outfield rotation during the World Series, the significance of declining World Series ratings, the Orioles and the difficulty of classifying “tanking” teams, Manny Machado’s public persona and wheth...
Ben Lindbergh author
29.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1289: Postseason Finale

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan recap the last three games of the World Series, including a wild and interminable Game 3, Game 4’s divisive managerial decisions, Game 5’s matchup of diverging starter narratives, how this World Series and postseason sta...
Ben Lindbergh author
26.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1288: The More You Don’t Know

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about how teams project the outcomes of matchups between batters and pitchers, the perils of second-guessing well-informed managerial decisions, and why teams still make mistakes, then answer listener emails about...
Ben Lindbergh author
26.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1287: Contact High

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a home-run robbery by 40-year-old Endy Chavez and some managerial news, then discuss the first two games of the World Series, focusing on the Red Sox strikeout narrative, the disappointment of Clayton Kersha...
Ben Lindbergh author
23.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1286: World Serious

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, how long it takes to fall asleep, and international signings, then review the end of the NLCS, discuss the worst way to lose, forecast the legacy and future of the Brewers, and preview th...
Ben Lindbergh author
19.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1285: October Gets in Gear

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a wild week of playoff baseball, including all the action from Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS and Games 4 and 5 of the NLCS, Joe West’s infamous fan-interference call against the Astros, Andrew Benintendi’s game-...
Ben Lindbergh author
17.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1284: The Ghosts of Game Seven

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Game 3 of the NLCS, the apparent breakouts of Orlando Arcia and Brock Holt, Josh Hader as Poochie, why Yasmani Grandal and other playoff catchers can’t catch, whether a “cruising” pitcher is actually likely ...
Ben Lindbergh author
16.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1283: Hey, Look, a Playoff Episode

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the lack of non-playoff banter and discuss the first two games of each championship series, touching on Clayton Kershaw bias, Matt Barnes curveballs, the finer points of pitcher-batter matchup stats, Josh Ha...
Ben Lindbergh author
12.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1282: Play-By-Playoffs

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the response to their writing about the demise of the starting pitcher, the sources of their unease about baseball’s bullpen takeover, and the difficulty of previewing playoff rounds, then set up and break d...
Ben Lindbergh author
11.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1281: The Scary Sac Fly

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about an engaging Game 4 of the ALDS and sum up the Red Sox-Yankees series, the end of Astros-Indians, and the ALDS as a whole. Then they answer listener emails about working the count and avoiding the bullpen, wh...
Ben Lindbergh author
9.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1280: The 1.8 Percent Strike

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Scott Oberg and the difference between good and bad balk calls, the Brewers sweeping the Rockies and the state of playoff bullpenning, the Astros juggernaut, Dodgers vs. Braves, Ronald Acuna’s grand slam, an...
Ben Lindbergh author
5.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1279: October, Continued

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the difficulties of postseason scheduling, both opening games of the NLDS, a better bullpen game by the Brewers, the Rockies’ decision to pitch to Mike Moustakas, what Christian Yelich is doing differently, ...
Ben Lindbergh author
5.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1278: The Postseason Swing of Things

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan review the saber-savvy ESPN broadcast of the NL wild card game, relive the highs, lows, and pivotal/memorable moments of both wild card games, defend the bullpen game from an analytical standpoint (and criticize it from ...
Ben Lindbergh author
2.10.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1277: The Best Baseball is Back

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about a wild end to the regular season, including the season’s final Willians Astudillo update (maybe), endings for Joe Mauer, David Wright, and Mike Scioscia, Khris Davis batting .247 again, the Orioles’ final ig...
Ben Lindbergh author
28.09.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1276: Reviewing the Regular Season

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the MVP races, the definition of value, Jacob deGrom, and Christian Yelich, plus an investigation into teams’ international practices, CC Sabathia’s costly hit by pitch, whether steroids were really responsi...
Ben Lindbergh author
27.09.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1275: Collapses and Surges

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Chris Davis and Khris Davis, the end of a Clayton Kershaw streak, Jacob deGrom, the ever-changing NL playoff race, the rapid spread of the opener, Joe Maddon’s comments about Addison Russ...
Ben Lindbergh author
25.09.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1274: Meet the New Manager, Different From the Old Manager

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Willians Astudillo, Jeff McNeil, and Juan Graterol, Shaq Thompson and the highest minor-league strikeout rates, the last week of the season, the lowest ERAs of the second half, Bryan Mitchell, and why voting...
Ben Lindbergh author
21.09.2018

Effectively Wild Episode 1273: Baseball, But Louder

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the response to their previous episode, whether improvements in catching or improvements in umpiring have done more to reduce the variation in framing performance among teams, a Mike Trout snub, Breyvic Vale...
Ben Lindbergh author