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Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

The latest edition of the Getting Blanked podcast finds old reliable Andrew Stoeten joining me in studio to talk about awards, free agency and the bizarre catching market this offseason.

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MLB: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians

It feels like baseball writers/bloggers/observers can be divided into two camps – those who live for the off-season and those who do not. I consider myself part of the second camp. I prefer baseball to not baseball, and speculating on transactions related to baseball remains squarely in the Not Baseball camp.

Thankfully, our friend Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet can do both. The former lead writer at MLB Trade Rumors excels in November and December. So I turned to Ben to help me break down the potential wheelings and/or dealings that we can expect over the next two months.

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MLB: NLCS-St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers

Greetings and welcome to another edition of the Getting Blanked podcast! In the heart of the League Championship series, baseball fans are spoiled with more close, exciting baseball games than we know what to do with.

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This week’s guest is Will Leitch, senior writer for Sports On Earth and host of the Will Leitch Experience podcast. Will is also the unofficial communications officer for Cardinals Nation, speaking on our about the state of Cardinals fandom with great regularity.

Off the top, I mention how impressed I am with the Red Sox bench. The Sox are arguably the deepest team still playing baseball, as their bench gives them options – either in late-game situations or in search of a platoon edge – the the other LCS teams simply do not.

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MLB: Detroit Tigers at Miami Marlins

The Getting Blanked podcast for this week, in which we chat with our own Jack Moore! Young Jack and I talk about Kevin Towers of the Sons of Arizona Baseball and Vendetta Settlement Club, the victorious Cardinals and a quick look at tonight’s Game Five.

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Off the top, I give my scattered thoughts on the Yankees decision to throw a huge pile of money at their manager, Joe Girardi. I even play the hypothetical awards ballot game!

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cardinals celebrate

We’re back, in all our self-serving round table glory. Parkes, Stoeten, Lewis, and I get together and take a look toward the Division Series and a brief peek back at the Wild Card game. While we stop short of making predictions, we do take time out to lambaste at least nine of the remaining eight squads. At least.

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danny salazar

The now-weekly Getting Blanked podcast returns with a look at the Cleveland Indians. MLB.com reporter Jordan Bastian joins to discuss the Big G and the Goon Squad, the value of depth and the remaking of Ubaldo Jimenez.

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The Cleveland Indians are an interesting case. Much was made of the bold and decisive offseason, when they signed free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn in addition to trading Shin-Soo Choo as part of a three-way deal that netted the Tribe Drew Stubbs and Trevor Bauer.

While these moves won Cleveland some positive PR and certainly looked to solidifying their batting order, it was a less-celebrated move that might have made a bigger difference. Getting Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes from the Blue Jays in exchange for pitcher Esmil Rogers provided as much raw value, though it underplays Swisher’s experience and “intangible” presence.

A great season from Gomes highlights the layers of depth Cleveland rode to a strong year in the AL Central. There aren’t any superstars and the offense and run prevention are better than average without being dominant. But they don’t have any obvious holes in their roster and have many players capable of playing multiple positions.

The bullpen is more of a moving target, with closer Chris Perez currently dealing with calls for his job. Terry Francona insists Perez is still his closer but he has some roles to define should Cleveland push through a potential play-in game towards a reduced playoff roster, as he is making good use of the swollen pen currently as his disposal.

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MLB: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays

Welcome to the latest edition of the Getting Blanked podcast. Our guest this week is Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated, talking about the hot mess that is the American League playoff picture. Jay has long trumpeted the idea of “playoff entropy”, which he explains and we should all root for (if you aren’t actually rooting for one of the dogs in the fight, that is.)

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Also discussed is the relative strength of remaining schedule for the main Wild Card teams. Cleveland has it easiest with four games at home to the Astros before playing the White Sox for two games and finishing up against the Twins at Target Field. Ubaldo Jiminez goes tomorrow night for Cleveland, meaning he could pitch three more times on normal rest for Cleveland down the stretch.

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