Thursday, July 2, 2020

Boring Minor League team names are a waste of an opportunity; how to be better

There’s nothing more disappointing than a Minor League affiliate with the same name as the parent team, unless its cliche like "Bulldogs" or "Cougars."

The Disrespect Shown Towards Alvin Kamara

Along with the typical amazing fantasy baseball insight, this week Ian and Eric and a whole ton of fantasy football draft advice, including some serious disrespect/shade shown towards Alvin Kamara (and a few others).

Super Secret Special Surprise Episode

The newest episode of Slump or Dump is a crazy one! What starts as a typical episode of Slump or Dump erupts into a wild trade deadline discussion with a shocking finish that surprised even our hosts! You do not want to miss this.

Rougned Odor Providing All the Fantasy Punch You Need!

Ian and Eric discuss Ian's inherent Rougned Odor bias, their favorite streaming pitcher options for the week and their weekly risers and sleepers. They also continue to discuss Joey Gallo and his march to 50 home runs.

Corey Kluber was Traded for Ryan Ludwick

Joe and James open up the show by talking about the new Spurtability store *see link below* (1:47 - 5:57). They then jump into their Trevor Bauer Hot Take of the Week (5:57 - 7:57). Long time listener, first time caller Richie sends in a Yankees question for the guys (7:57 - 11:42). Before taking a break, James and Joe discuss the return of Shohei Ohtani (11:42 - 15:48). James's dad joins the show for his history lesson of the week (15:48 - 17:22). The guys then talk about the flaws (or lack thereof) of the MLB All-Star game (17:22 - 24:29). The show wraps up with the guys selecting their All-Star team of players traded at deadlines past (24:29 - 39:37). Spurtability Store Link: Joe's Twitter Handle: @joeylozito James's Twitter Handle: @jamescreange

Major League Baseball needs to do away with fan voting for the All-Star Game

MLB All-Star Game
Fan voting for the MLB All-Star Game has been an off and on tradition since 1933. In the new age of baseball statistics and analytics, it is time that Major League Baseball moves on from a fan-selected starting lineup.

June updates and predictions on the MLB Postseason picture

As we get closer to the mid-season All-Star break, we take a look at what the MLB Postseason picture looks like in the month of June. The Mariners are surging and the AL East is all knotted up.

Major League Baseball first round mock draft

MLB Draft
The MLB Draft will take place June 4-6, with the Detroit Tigers making the first overall pick. Take a look at Armchair MLB's mock draft before the first round airs on MLB Network on Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m. EST.

The struggles of small market teams in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball
Market size impacts every major sport, however Major League Baseball's absence of a hard salary cap makes it especially difficult for small market teams to reach the success of baseball's royalty.

Examining the importance of first pitch strikes

Getting out to an early lead in the count with first pitch strikes is crucial to the success of a pitcher. On the surface, it is clear due to the importance of being ahead in the count. Now, we examine how first pitch strikes may affect deeper stats such as FIP and K%.
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