We’re back with episode No. 2 of The Getting Blanked Show. Parkes, Stoeten and Drew discuss the six-year $72.5 million contract extension that the Cincinnati Reds awarded to Brandon Phillips, a trio of converted relievers finding success in starting roles and a potential early return from injury for Victor Martinez. Our Pepper segment is, admittedly, more like a round of long toss (hey, there’s a new title idea), but we only seek to give you the news!

The guys break down the concepts of sample size in the first instalment of “Stat Learnin’” and we finish up with an excerpt from an interview Drew cut with one Jose Bautista on Tuesday.

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Comments (6)

  1. guys what about rss feed from your news http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/ site ?

    can’t see it, does it exist ?

  2. thank you Drew !

  3. The argument that Bautista should be 4th over 3rd seems logical, but makes me think that, by the same logic, he should be batting leadoff. If you have such little faith in the 2 or 3 guys ahead of him, why even throw away those outs?

    The only benefit to 4th over 1st, if you’re assuming 1-3 guys will likely fall down at the plate, is the unlikely circumstance of him coming to bat with any combination of outs/baserunners between 0-2 and 1-3, respectively.

    If you rely on Bautista so heavily to ignite this offence on his own after a 1-2-3 first inning, why not just start him in the first inning instead of throwing it away?

    • Because, hitting fourth he either comes up with a runner on in the first, or you start the second inning with the hitter most likely to get on base.

    • Power is the difference. It isn’t even a lack of “faith”, it is the simple matter than 65% of the time they don’t get on base. Period. You maximize your chances to score runs by having a power guy who also gets on base hit fourth. He is like a leadoff hitter in the second inning OR he hits with somebody on base.

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