Baseball’s biggest news, trends, trades and highlights, all broken down from an analytical angle. Each week, MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by guests from around the league to keep you up-to-date on the Majors’ most important topics using the same data as cutting-edge MLB front offices.
What led Cleveland to fall short of expectations this season? Indians reporter Jordan Bastian joins MLB.com's Mike Petriello on the Statcast podcast to explain why the Tribe hasn't lived up to the hype, how Trevor Bauer's actively trying to get more spin on his pitches and how throwing eight different pitches could be hindering his success. The guys also spotlight Zach McAllister's new-found velocity and impressive strikeout rate since joining the bullpen. Former big league catcher John Baker also joins the show to give his perspective from the backstop position. He explains how Tim Cossins' advice has been clutch and why there's so much more to catching than meets the eye. Baker dishes about the year catchers started to trick umpires while framing pitches and why he wishes he had the analytics that exist today during his playing days. Plus, the guys spotlight Kyle Schwarber and how his confidence shines through his powerful swing.