Triple Play Podcast: Corey Kluber, James Shields, Bob Ryan's Nonsense

This week on Triple Play Podcast, Matt was out of town, presumably preparing to start for the Royals on Saturday in Toronto. Reese and I start the show off talking about Josh Beckett‘s no-hitter. From there, we discuss Corey Kluber, who has gotten quite a bit of praise for his peripheral numbers this season, although any regression in the strikeout department could lead to an even bigger regression in his results.

We also talked about Bob Ryan and his mock-worthy articles on advanced statistics, and specifically, WAR. Ryan attempts to discredit something he doesn’t fully grasp, so Reese and I try to help him out a bit.

On the Royals, Reese brings up his recent article on James Shields and how he’s become an ace before our very eyes. We then discuss the team’s third base situation, and why the organization should look for an alternative better than Danny Valencia. Finally, we break down the wRC+ statistic, including the numbers used to calculate it and why it’s a superior statistic for offensive evaluation.

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  • unclejesse40

    Is it just me or are the Royals selling off a lot more minor league depth than they have in the past? Makes me wonder if GMDM is trying to make back some money for Glass after all the off season signings that haven’t turned into more butts in the seats. Or if he is finding some spare change in order to make a signing? Or maybe this is all normal and I am grasping at straws.