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.

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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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