Podcast: Athletics, Nationals preview
Chris and Matt preview the Athletics and the Nationals and talk about their expectations for both teams. Can the Athletics contend again? Are the Nationals the best team in baseball?
In this episode of the podcast, Chris and Matt preview the Oakland Athletics and the Washington Nationals and talk about their expectations for both teams. Can the Athletics contend again in the AL West? Are the Nationals the best team in baseball? All relevant questions are answered.
- From the beginning: Matt’s attempts to talk about the NCAA tournament are futile, and talk quickly turns to the Athletics. Did Matt like the club’s offseason moves?
- 3:25: How will the team use its outfield after the acquisition of Chris Young ?
- 5:20: We move to the team’s infield, where there are plenty of candidates but no clear options. Will Jemile Weeks get another chance? How much will Jed Lowrie play?
- 7:00: Was Josh Reddick ’s breakout legitimate?
- 7:30: What is Brett Anderson ’s upside?
- 8:50: The rest of the rotation is filled with young guys. We look at both Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone first and then shift to the guys at the back end.
- 12:15: Who has the better skill set, Grant Balfour or Ryan Cook ?
- 13:50: Matt makes a strong bold prediction about the Athletics and tells you where they’ll finish in the AL West.
- 15:45: We shift to the Nationals and talk about the team’s big offseason moves.
- 16:15: Matt talks about why he liked the Rafael Soriano deal.
- 18:00: What are the expectations for Denard Span ?
- 18:40: How awesome is Bryce Harper ? Can Jayson Werth bounce back?
- 20:10: Are Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche candidates for regression?
- 22:35: Matt and I disagree about the team’s lineup depth.
- 23:30: How good will Stephen Strasburg be this year? Can he contend for the Cy Young?
- 24:25: Matt talks about Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann .
- 24:55: Is Dan Haren ’s back a major concern?
- 28:45: We talk about whether Strasburg should be considered a bigger injury risk than most pitchers and talk about the organization’s decision-making process.
- 32:25: How strong is the bullpen behind Soriano? Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard are strong; who else can emerge? How underrated is Craig Stammen ?
- 35:00: Matt makes a bold prediction about the Nationals and then ups the ante with another huge prediction.
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- This episode of the podcast runs a little under 40 minutes.
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