Ballpark Dimensions

Baseball’s biggest news, trends, trades and highlights, all broken down from an analytical angle. Each week, MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by guests from around the league to keep you up-to-date on the Majors’ most important topics using the same data as cutting-edge MLB front offices.

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How Have the Biggest Free Agents Fared?
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look back at how the winter's biggest free contracts have started out, how the Red Sox have rebounded, why the Mariners are in last, and what's keeping Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from lifting off
43 min
2
The Best Team in Baseball is ...
MLB.com's Matt Meyers & Mike Petriello banter about whether the Dodgers or Yankees are baseball's best club, talk about the NL DH's effect on Bryce Harper, praise Yordan Alvarez, and share some in-person opinions of the Minor League pitch clock.
34 min
3
This is Already Playoff Baseball
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look at the teams that have added and lost the most in playoff odds, break down Justin Verlander, Mike Trout, and the D-Backs, and shine a light on Josh Naylor and Vinnie Pasquantino.
47 min
4
The Teams Exceeding Expectations
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look at one team per division who is exceeding expectations, Walker Buehler's incredible feat, how Eric Lauer improved, what the Orioles did to Coors field, and focus on CJ Cron and Ke'Bryan Hayes.
45 min
5
The Return of Ronald Acuña Jr.
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the teams that worry them early in 2022, the success of the Yankees, Twins, and Mets, and welcome Mark Bowman to discuss everything happening in Atlanta.
53 min
6
Praise for the Orioles, and the Best New Pitche...
MLB.com's Mike Petriello looks at the stunning early success of the Orioles pitching staff and highlights Astros rookie Jeremy Peña, while also welcoming in David Adler to talk about the best new pitches of the year and the hidden swing changes of Bryce Harper.
22 min
7
What to know from the MLB season's first week
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello react to Clayton Kershaw being lifted from a perfect game, dig into early season surprises in Cleveland, Chicago, and New York, and highlight Vlad Guerrero Jr's power display, Seiya Suzuki's patience, and Christian Yelich's groundball problems.
44 min
8
60 Stats for 30 Teams, a 2022 MLB preview
MLB.com's Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello preview the 2022 MLB season with their traditional 60 Stats for 30 Teams, sharing a pair of interesting facts about each club, before making season predictions for playoffs and awards.
74 min
9
A 30-team World Series draft with Will Leitch
A 30-team World Series draft with Will Leitch
55 min
10
The Spring numbers that matter
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello highlight the most interesting numbers coming from Spring Training, review the most recent trades and signings, and discuss the newest rule changes, including “the Shohei Ohtani rule.
48 min
11
The Hot Stove is on Fire
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello recap a wild week of trades and signings before welcoming on MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson to talk about Toronto adding Matt Chapman, Yusei Kikuchi, and more.
55 min
12
The MLB Lockout is Over!
Time to play ball! After a work stoppage that lasted 99 days and delayed the beginning of the 2022 season, a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, spring training is gearing up, and lightning round free agency is upon us! Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello of MLB.com, along with senior writer Mark Feinsand, celebrate the signing of the CBA and the return of the boys of summer and look forward to what promises to be an interesting free agency/ spring training period.
41 min
13
David Ortiz is the newest Hall of Famer
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello reflect on David Ortiz getting into the Hall of Fame and look ahead to what this means for the future of the Hall of Fame ballot.
29 min
14
The Juicy Center of the Hall of Fame Ballot
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello investigate the middle of the Hall of Fame ballot, the Scott Rolen / Bobby Abreu types who have a strong but not slam-dunk case to enter Cooperstown.
53 min
15
How to interview a manager, with Jim Duquette
How to interview a manager, with Jim Duquette
34 min
16
Six new Hall of Famers, with Joe Posnanski
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the six new Hall of Famers selected by a pair of Era Committees, highlight an incredible Jim Kaat fact, briefly wonder who will manage the Mets, and welcome on Joe Posnanski to talk about his relationship with Buck O’Neil, his reaction when O’Neil was elected to the Hall, and his “Baseball 100” book.
38 min
17
Free agent frenzy
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello break down all the free agent moves of the last 96 hours, wonder which quiet teams will make their first move, and predict landing spots for the remaining big names.
56 min
18
What to know about Seiya Suzuki
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss Wander Franco’s long-term contract, Kendall Graveman surprisingly signing with the White Sox, the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot, the All-MLB team, and welcome on Jim Allen live from Tokyo to discuss Seiya Suzuki, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and a shocking fact about the Japan Series.
34 min
19
Today is a big roster move day
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello explain why Nov. 19 is a big day in the roster world of baseball, welcome the Cleveland Guardians and Billy Eppler, then break down the major award votes and Justin Verlander, Noah Syndergaard, and Eduardo Rodriguez signing in free agency
46 min
20
Live from the GM meetings with Mark Feinsand
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the Dodgers signing Andrew Heaney, bring on Mark Feinsand for a live update from the GM meetings, and discuss which shortstop would fit the Yankees best – and if New York fans would welcome Carlos Correa – with producer Ryan Wallerson.
36 min
21
Congrats to the Braves, & welcome to the offseason
Congrats to the Braves, & welcome to the offseason
48 min
22
How the World Series went back to Houston
How the World Series went back to Houston
41 min
23
The 2021 World Series, tied at a game apiece
The 2021 World Series, tied at a game apiece
38 min
24
The 2021 World Series preview
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello break down the 2021 World Series between the Astros and the Braves, position by position.
41 min
25
Braves, Astros are one win away from the World ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello break down what’s happened so far in the NLCS and ALCS before bantering about postseason pitching usage, umpires, and whether “the hot hand” is a real thing.
52 min
26
On to the Championship Series, with Michael A. ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello review the three Division Series that have ended and welcome on Kansas City outfielder Michael A. Taylor to preview the ALCS, talk about his postseason history with the Nationals and what it’s like to get ready for a winner-take-all postseason game.
49 min
27
One of these eight teams will win the World Series
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello review the biggest moments of the AL and NL Wild Card Games and look ahead to the four upcoming Division Series as the postseason gets started.
48 min
28
Sorting through the playoff chaos
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello preview the final weekend of the regular season, noting the possibility of multiple tiebreakers in the American League, before spending time on each of the 12 teams still alive in the races.
70 min
29
What Happened in San Diego? | Nick Davis on the...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello update the closest playoff races, investigate the disfunction happening in San Diego, note the wild numbers behind another successful Tampa Bay season, wonder if it’s time to worry about the White Sox and highlight Dietrich Enns and Anthony Gose, while also talking to filmmaker Nick Davis about his ESPN documentary on the 1986 Mets, “Once Upon a Time in Queens.”
65 min
30
The Dodger streak might finally be ending
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello come to terms with the fact that the eight-season run for the Dodgers atop the NL West might finally be ending, look at St. Louis’ run to the second Wild Card spot, ask why Freddie Freeman hasn’t yet signed with the Braves, look ahead to the ascendant Tigers, and highlight Frank Schwindel and Will Smith.
44 min
31
Finally, the Blue Jays are here
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how the surging Blue Jays might do well in MVP/CY voting, gawk at Salvador Perez’s power burst, discuss how to value Corbin Burnes’ absolutely dominant season, look at how Max Scherzer has upped his game since coming to Los Angeles, highlight Nestor Cortes Jr. and Avisaíl García, and rant about HR distances and Wander Franco’s ROY chances.
46 min
32
The Rays are having their best-ever season
MLB.com’s Mike Petriello and Sarah Langs talk about the Rays being on a 102-win pace, talk about the latest incredible Juan Soto feat, wonder if Brandon Crawford should be in the NL MVP conversation, look at the hilarious week the Phillies just had, highlight Joe Ryan and Amed Rosario, and rant about everything happening to the Mets.
48 min
33
The Orioles broke the streak | Plus: Wander Fra...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the Orioles finally winning a game, how the Yankees have turned it around, how Wander Franco is breaking out, who will be the next to hit 500 homers, and the winners of the MLB.com Cy Young polls.
48 min
34
The Playoff Urgency Rankings
The Playoff Urgency Rankings
45 min
35
Why are the Padres talking about Fernando Tatis...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about Fernando Tatis Jr. potentially playing the outfield, how the fourth-place Blue Jays are for real, dive into the Phillies surprising run to first place, and talk about the death of batting practice.
45 min
36
The NL MVP race is suddenly wide-open
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello review the teams with the most disappointing Trade Deadlines, dive into the suddenly fascinating NL MVP race, discuss how the Reds still have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs and more.
43 min
37
It is now officially Trade Deadline watch | Plu...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello dive into the trade deadline, coming up with places they’d love to see top trade targets go to, breaking down the Jesús Luzardo for Starling Marte trade, reacting to the entire Seattle situation around the Kendall Graveman deal with Houston
59 min
38
There’s a huge series coming this weekend | Plu...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello break down the huge weekend series that is not Red Sox vs Yankees, update the ongoing interest in how Juan Soto said the Home Run Derby would fix his swing and then backed it up immediately, learn a whole lot about Luis Torrens, note a very weird fact involving the D-Backs and the Pirates, then welcome on MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand to preview the upcoming July 30 Trade Deadline.
51 min
39
The second half of the season is here
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello recap the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game experience in Colorado, then look ahead to the second half of the season by investigating each of the six divisions, projecting who will be in the playoffs, identifying a notable player to watch from each division, and rant about playoff odds numbers and complaints about player appearances at the All-Star Game. 
63 min
40
Shohei Ohtani and the HR Derby | Plus: Xavier S...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss Shohei Ohtani’s latest otherworldly feats, wonder if the Brewers have already locked up the NL Central, look at how Edwin Diaz may have turned around the New York perception of the big trade with Seattle, and share the possible way to predict the Home Run Derby winner, before welcoming guest Xavier Scruggs to talk about having a locker next to Yadier Molina, his new MLB.com podcast “The Bigs,” his new DEI job with the Cardinals, and his media work with ESPN, MLB Network Radio, and elsewhere.
53 min
41
Kyle Schwarber is the hottest hitter alive | Ex...
MLB.com’s Mike Petriello is joined by David Adler to talk about Kyle Schwarber’s red-hot June, the Nationals’ postseason chances, Kyle Tucker’s underrated contributions in Houston, Fernando Tatis Jr’s huge defensive improvement, an All-Star +1 idea to account for the year’s best stories, Steven Duggar, Tony Kemp, a bad AL MVP take and the lack of a third NC State/Vanderbilt game.
36 min
42
The All-Star leaders so far | Plus: Look at the...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello review the latest leaders in fan voting for the All-Star Game, talk about how weird the Angels/Giants extra innings game was, investigate what it means to have Wander Franco in the Majors, highlight how incredible Matt Olson’s season has been, share a very unexpected fact about how the Braves play defense, highlight the promotion of knuckleballer Mickey Jannis, shine a light on Brady Singer, and rant about how the All Star ballots actually work and whether baseball’s pace of play issue is worse than basketball’s.
53 min
43
The teams most likely to have pieces to trade a...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how the D-Backs and the all-time record for consecutive road losses, look at the upcoming Trade Deadline and who this year’s sellers might be most likely to move to contenders, discuss Tyler Glasnow’s injury and the effects it will have on Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes, react to a real-time Rays trade, express surprise at which strategy is working the best in extra innings, share an incredibly shocking fact about the struggles of San Diego’s offense, highlight the achievements of Luke Williams and Taijuan Walker, and rant about the impact of Albert Pujols, bunting with Shohei Ohtani, and the truth about historical hit by pitch numbers.
57 min
44
The division leaders most likely to hang on | ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how the Chris Archer trade could still look better (or worse), check how the division leaders shape up and who is most likely to hang on, dive into how interesting the Astros have been this season, talk about Yoán Moncada’s uncanny ability to post all-time BABIP, share how Jacob deGrom has changed his approach while still dominating, spotlight Cedric Mullins and Eric Haase, and rant about requiring context in spin rate investigations involving foreign substances and multiple instances of home runs being called back for missing bases
60 min
45
The Rays have baseball’s best record | Plus: Th...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about Lou Gehrig Day and the fight against ALS, how the Rays have achieved the best record in baseball, how the Blake Snell trade looks in retrospect and whether Tampa Bay will trade Kevin Kiermaier. Then they try to figure out what’s wrong with Juan Soto – if anything is at all – check in with the soft-tossing Cubs rotation, review what a 60-game season ending now would look like, focus on Patrick Wisdom and Austin Adams, and rant about fielding percentage and Jacob deGrom’s stature in the game.
47 min
46
The Vladimir Guerrero Jr. breakout is here
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the six pro baseball games New York City will see on Thursday, marvel at the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. breakout, gawk at Yasmani Grandal’s all-time weird batting line, point out a reason for the rise in strikeouts this year, check in with the surging Dodgers and Padres, highlight J.P. Feyereisen and Pablo Lopez, and rant about instant replay and Houston fan reactions.
48 min
47
This season is no-hitter season | Plus: Ohtani’...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about Corey Kluber and Spencer Turnbull’s no-hitters, how many no-hitters are still enjoyable, whether the Low-A St. Lucie Mets have baseball’s best rotation, how the Shohei Ohtani experience has blossomed just as Mike Trout got injured, point out how Nolan Arenado is having the best year of his career in his first season away from Coors, wonder if Trevor Rogers is the best pick from the 2017 first round, focus on Jesse Winker and Pavin Smith, and attempt not to rant about the Tony La Russa / Yermin Mercedes saga.
47 min
48
Gerrit Cole has 78 strikeouts and 3 walks | Plu...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about attending baseball games and the ridiculous heights that Gerrit Cole is achieving, discuss how the Mariners have turned the future into the present by calling up Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic, look into the White Sox dominating against lefthanded pitching, point out how little support the Phillies have given to Bryce Harper, and shine a light on Travis Bergen and Patrick Mazeika.
48 min
49
John Means made history, somehow | Plus: Baseba...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk through John Means’ no-hitter and the controversial dropped third strike rule, look at which teams have had the worst fortune in extra innings games, look at Tony La Russa’s admission that he didn’t know the rule for the runner on second, point out why Byron Buxton is playing deeper, shed some light on Angel Stadium being the best lefty home run park in baseball, point out why Cincinnati is the best place to go long, shine a light on Cole Sulser and Adolis Garcia, and rant about Giancarlo Stanton’s perception and the state of the NL East.
53 min
50
The Rockies finally made the change | Plus: Mik...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss Anthony Rizzo striking out Freddie Freeman, the leadership change in Colorado, how the Giants are making it interesting in the NL West, whether it’s time to worry about Francisco Lindor and the Mets offense, gawk at how Mike Trout is somehow having the best month of his career, focus on Omar Narváez and Garrett Whitlock, and finish with thoughts on the validity of the 2020 Dodgers title, whether it matters if Madison Bumgarner gets a no-hitter or not, and recap Trevor Bauer’s comments about Fernando Tatis Jr.
43 min
51
What the A’s are doing, and Yankees are not | P...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the 11-game winning streak of the Oakland A’s, the terribly disappointing start of the Yankees, wonder if it’s too early to ponder Max Scherzer trade destinations, highlight the upcoming Dodgers/Padres series as baseball’s best rivalry, note the huge difference in Kenley Jansen’s performance when he has extra rest, point out Trevor Story’s bizarre start to the season, praise Joey Gallo’s RBI bunt, and focus on Evan Longoria and Trevor Rogers.
54 min
52
The Carlos Rodón no-hitter is the best story of...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the ramifications of Carlos Rodón's no-hitter, what it means for the White Sox, how it fit into a crazy night of baseball, what Ronald Acuña Jr.'s newfound plate discipline improvements mean for the rest of the National League, how Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s. best-in-baseball Sprint Speed improvement bodes well for the Blue Jays, dive into the turnaround of the Red Sox, highlight Philip Evans and Jazz Chisholm, and rant about scoring decisions and Atlantic League rule changes.
52 min
53
The 2021 playoffs odds are already changing | P...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss how much – and for which teams – the 2021 playoff odds are already changing in the season’s first week, discuss how the breakout Reds managed to get off to such a good start, dissect all of Tony LaRussa’s early season bullpen management moves, gawk at the idea of a Home Run Derby in Coors Field, push back against the idea of a shift ban being unfair to lefty batters, call out Mets Twitter for caring too much about lineup decisions, and welcome on David Adler to highlight some early season Statcast standouts like Akil Baddoo, Byron Buxton, and Michael Kopech.
53 min
54
The 2021 MLB Season Preview: 60 Facts for 30 Teams
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello give their final preview of the 2021 MLB season by both picking an interesting fact, metric, or number for each of the 30 teams.
63 min
55
The 2021 National League Preview, with Sarah Langs
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by Sarah Langs to go make their over/under guesses on each team’s projected win totals, before each selecting their predictions for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, most surprising and disappointing teams, and playoff predictions.
61 min
56
The 2021 American League Preview, with Anthony ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by Anthony Castrovince to go make their over/under guesses on each team’s projected win totals, before each selecting their predictions for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, most surprising and disappointing teams, and playoff predictions.
57 min
57
The Minor Leagues have some experiments to watc...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello discuss the new experimental rules to be implemented in the Minor Leagues in 2021, wonder what the trade market for Trevor Story might end up being, overreact to some Spring Training numbers, try to figure out if Joc Pederson can do something that’s virtually never been done before, and bring on NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh to discuss MLB’s announcement that June 2 will be Lou Gehrig day every year, where fans can go to help, his family’s involvement in MLB’s announcement, and the intersection of baseball and basketball analytics.
61 min
58
A 2021 30-team World Series winner draft, with ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by MLB.com national writer Will Leitch to conduct a 2021 draft of World Series teams, from 30-1, explaining what they do and don’t like about each club, including their potential paths to the title.
61 min
59
These are the Top 25 Players Under 25, with Jes...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello bring on national reporter Jesse Sanchez to discuss the Top 25 players under 25 years old, ask Jesse what it was like to see Fernando Tatis Jr. as a little-known teenager, ask him to pick between Tatis, Juan Soto, and Ronald Acuña Jr., and hear about the positive first-hand interactions he’s had with Seattle prospect Julio Rodríguez. Matt and Mike also touch on the current discourse around analytics – good and bad – in the game, discuss how Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker may have benefited from advancements in college baseball, react to informative quotes from Joey Votto and Blake Snell, wish for good health for Cody Bellinger and Byron Buxton, before offering advice to the Mets and their potential black uniforms. 
59 min
60
Fernando Tatis Jr. gets all the years and all t...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello react to the stunning 14-year, $340 million contract handed out by San Diego to Fernando Tatis Jr.; talk about the implications of the Blue Jays starting their season at their Spring Training home in Dunedin, Fla.; look at how the A’s built a suddenly interesting bullpen; try to figure out which mystery team’s exec says his club is underrated; jam out to Yoan Moncada's new hit single while talking about his recovery and the chances of the 2021 White Sox; and revisit, again, whether Shohei Ohtani should continue trying to be a two-way player.
45 min
61
What to make of the Benintendi trade | Plus: Ra...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the somewhat difficult to comprehend three-way trade that sends Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City and Statcast hero Franchy Cordero to Boston; dig into the signings of Trevor Bauer (Dodgers) and Marcell Ozuna (Braves); explain what really goes into the unpopular 2021 projections of the Braves to not win the East; talk about the overall competitiveness of the six divisions; implore someone to sign Justin Turner and Jedd Gyorko already; and welcome in special guest Rajai Davis to talk about the highlights of his career and his new role working in operations for Major League Baseball.
56 min
62
The Rockies actually traded Nolan Arenado | Plu...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the stunning trade of Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals, talk about Nelson Cruz returning to the Twins and what that means for the White Sox, discuss which teams are helped and hurt by the likely return to the smaller postseason field, bid farewell to Dustin Pedroia, and welcome on Shakeia Taylor to talk about her award-nominated research piece on Effa Manley and how Ken Griffey Jr’s return to Major League Baseball reminds us of his stature as unofficial ‘coolest player alive,’ and which current player might succeed him.
59 min
63
The 19 moves of the last week | Plus: The Hall...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello run down the 19 trades + free agent signings that have happened in the last week, wonder where Trevor Bauer, Didi Gregorius, Marcell Ozuna and other remaining free agents land, talk about how the Hall of Fame inducted no new enshrinees this year, bid a fond farewell to Masahiro Tanaka and rant about prospect rankings and the HOF voting process.
49 min
64
George Springer doesn’t make the Jays favorites...
 MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how the Blue Jays signing George Springer affects their chances in the AL East, wonder if Michael Brantley returning to the Astros makes them the favorites in the AL West, discuss how DJ LeMahieu returning to the Yankees helps to raise their floor, and preview the upcoming Hall of Fame announcement, before welcoming in MLB.com Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell to discuss San Diego’s latest move for Joe Musgrove and how it affects their future.
46 min
65
The White Sox are going for it | Plus: The Mets...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how Liam Hendriks joining the White Sox changes the complexion of the AL Central, how Carlos Carrasco is more than just a toss-in to the Francisco Lindor deal, how Mets fans did ‘radio somersaults’ upon hearing the news, the Nationals did well to sign Kyle Schwarber, try to explain the confounding Andrew Benintendi rumors, highlight Trevor Rosenthal and Adam Duvall as interesting free agents and close by pointing out that Harrison Bader is valuable and implore the NL Central teams to get moving.
50 min
66
The NL West race is going to be something else ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about how San Diego’s moves have made the NL West the home of baseball’s two best teams, discuss the best seasons by a Korean hitter in baseball history, wonder if the Braves are underrated, talk about the Cubs’ shockingly soft-tossing rotation, introduce a new Statcast tool on Baseball Savant, and discuss a possible Rockies uniform change. *This podcast was recorded prior to the Mets/Indians trade for Francisco Lindor.
41 min
67
Looking ahead to a better 2021 | Wishes and pre...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers, Mike Petriello, and guest Sarah Langs recap Howie Kendrick’s retirement, the Phillies hiring Sam Fuld as GM, the status of the Hall of Fame balloting, and what the Angels should do with Jo Adell before each offering three wishes and three predictions for 2021.
51 min
68
The rightful place of the Negro Leagues, with h...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the importance of the Negro Leagues being given equal standing as a major league, then bring on Negro Leagues historian Larry Lester to explain how baseball got to this moment, his role in pushing it forward, and explain how one of baseball’s all-time leading home run hitters could see his career total change. After, Mike and Matt discuss the Nolan Arenado / Trevor Story situation with the Rockies, what the Mets should do next, and a few possible changes to make the game more entertaining.
54 min
69
It’s virtually the winter meetings | Plus: The ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk the ups and downs of the White Sox adding Lance Lynn and Adam Eaton, wonder what kind of player James McCann really is, banter about where George Springer might end up, note some interesting data on Tomoyuki Sugano, check in on the All-MLB Team and the Rule 5 draft, point out that 22-year-old Juan Soto is basically Ted Williams, then close with notes on Chris Flexen, Brad Miller, and a rant or two.
53 min
70
The tender non-tender deadline | Plus: AL West ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the effects of the non-tender deadline, José Iglesias getting traded to the Angels, the troubling trends of Hall of Fame voters, Texas making Isiah Kiner-Falefa their starting shortstop, and what makes Ryan Tepera interesting aside from a mistaken MVP vote, also  being joined by MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park to talk about Matt Wisler, Eddie Rosario, and what Mets fans will like so much about Trevor May.
64 min
71
What Kim Ng has to work with in Miami | Plus: t...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about what Kim Ng has to work with in Miami, what the Cubs might do without Theo Epstein, what the newest Hall of Fame ballot looks like, why the Braves paid Drew Smyly $11 million, before being joined by MLB.com’s Mandy Bell to talk about Cleveland and the rumors around Francisco Lindor.
56 min
72
The 2020-21 Free Agent Predictions Show
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk about the Angels hiring Perry Minasian as general manager, then go through the Top 20 Free Agents of this winter’s class and give predictions about where each one ends up.
47 min
73
The Mets have a new owner| Former Mets AGM Adam...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello touch on the strengths and weakness of the free agency market, discuss qualifying offer decisions, and then welcome in former Mets assistant general manager Adam Fisher to talk about working for Sandy Alderson and explain how front offices approach the winter.
38 min
74
What Really Happened in Game 6 of the World Series
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello dig deeply into how the Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series, explaining why Kevin Cash lifted Blake Snell, and why that wasn’t the biggest mistake the Rays made. Plus: Are the Dodgers to be considered a dynasty?
36 min
75
World Series Reset | Glasnow’s hard-hit, Bellin...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello recap Games 3-5 of the World Series, focusing on the total insanity of Game 4, Cody Bellinger’s quietly great play in Game 5, where Tyler Glasnow’s 85% hard-hit rate in Game 5 ranks, whether Dave Roberts is making the right pitching moves, how historically good Randy Arozarena is playing, whether the four-man outfield is a good idea or not, question Manuel Margot’s steal of home, and explain why you need to know about Buzz Arlett.
40 min
76
Taking stock of the first two games of the 2020...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello take advantage of a day off in the World Series to review what they liked from the first two games and look ahead to the remainder of the series.
39 min
77
A Dodgers/Rays World Series Draft with Will Leitch
MLB.com’s Will Leitch joins hosts Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello to recap the ALCS & NLCS, then Mike and Will draft rosters from the Rays and Dodgers to create their own World Series super teams.
50 min
78
The historic heat of Rays/Yankees Game 5 | Plus...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello do a late-night insta-reaction to the wild Game 5 of the Rays/Yankees series, pointing out where the 97.2 MPH average fastball velocity ranks among all games all time, before moving on to a preview of the Rays/Astros ALCS and Dodgers/Braves NLCS.  
44 min
79
Eight teams left: The Division Series preview s...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look back on the exciting Wild Card round and look ahead to each of the four series in the best-of-five Division Series, noting what makes each series interesting – including some exclusive ballpark data – and making predictions for each.
41 min
80
The 2020 Postseason Preview Spectacular | 5 min...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello dive into the 16 teams in the Wild Card round, offering reactions, thoughts and predictions on each of the 8 best-of-3 Wild Card round series.
52 min
81
What is going on with the NL MVP? | Plus: What ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look at the surprising state of the NL MVP race, wonder who the Dodgers might like to most – or least – play in the first round, investigate Byron Buxton’s bizarre batting line, note that there’s no such thing as an upset in a three-game series, and spend quality time on Garrett Crochet and Alejandro Kirk.
48 min
82
The new postseason schedule is going to matter ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look at the effects of the new playoff schedule, highlight the incredible defense of Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and wonder who might win the AL MVP and how good the White Sox really are, before welcoming in filmmaker Randy Wilkins to talk about the production of his recent Jackie Robinson short film and his opinion on the current state of the Yankees.
58 min
83
The standings are normal, unless they aren’t| P...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello look at how surprisingly normal the standings seem, point out the quietly important improvement Fernando Tatís Jr. has made, highlight the A’s excellent bullpen, wonder what it would mean if Jacob deGrom won a third straight Cy Young award, call out Pedro Severino and Austin Slater, and end with some hot thoughts about “Donnie Barrels” and the Mookie Betts trade.
58 min
84
The aftermath of the 2020 MLB Trade Deadline | ...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello review the 2020 MLB Trade Deadline, focusing on trades for Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, the active Blue Jays, the quiet Dodgers and Braves, before welcoming in Sarah Langs to put into context just how many trades the Padres made.
37 min
85
The surprising teams that are spicing up the pl...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Will Leitch (filling in this week for Mike Petriello) discuss the upstart White Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Marlins, explain why the race for the final American League playoff spot is especially compelling, break down the 2020 “All-Star Team,” and look ahead to this year’s Trade Deadline.
52 min
86
Why offense is up, and home field is down | Plu...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello talk through the changing levels of offense within the 2020 season, how home field advantage is at an all time low, who baseball’s best reliever is, identify some pitchers who could get traded next week, introduce you to Ryan Borucki and Jake Cronenworth, and ask the Athletic’s Emily Waldon everything there is to know about Detroit’s exciting new call-ups.  
68 min
87
Can Charlie Blackmon hit .400? | Plus: the sup...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello try to game out whether Charlie Blackmon can hit .400 over a shortened season, explain why the Padres are must-watch and how Randy Dobnak has history’s lowest ERA, talk to MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson about the travels of the Blue Jays, and rant about scoring decisions and Bryce Harper’s reputation.
68 min
88
What Mike Soroka's injury means | Plus: red-hot...
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello react to the breaking news about Mike Soroka’s injury, discuss Aaron Judge’s scorching start, wonder if Shohei Ohtani’s future is as a hitter, welcome Will Leitch to talk about the Orioles and a few surprise players, explain the speedskating baseball player you need to know, and rant about wins for deGrom and the Angels’ playoff odds.
58 min
89
Welcome Back, Baseball - Episode 2
MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello break down the start of the 2020 season, looking into hot starts from Corey Seager and Giancarlo Stanton, reacting to the new rules about the DH and extra innings, and wondering if the balance of power in the AL West just changed. Then, they're joined by MLB.com's Sarah Langs, who offers her thoughts on the most interesting things about the Padres, Rays, Luis Robert, Mike Trout, and Javier Báez, before Matt and Mike introduce you to two interesting Seattle Mariners and offer parting shots about the White Sox and Rockies.
53 min
90
Welcome to Ballpark Dimensions! And a 2020 Seas...
Statcast Podcast is now Ballpark Dimensions! Each week, MLB.com’s Matt Meyers and Mike Petriello are joined by guests from around the league break down baseball’s biggest news, trends, trades and highlights from an analytical angle. Join us for a special first episode featuring MLB.com reporters Mark Bowman and Juan Toribio on the AL and NL East (8:09), Mandy Bell and Anne Rogers on the Central divisions (30:28) and Alyson Footer and Thomas Harding on what to expect in the West (51:00) before Matt and Mike give their own predictions on a unique season to come (1:13:20).
90 min
91
Baseball Finally Has a Return Date – Season 6, ...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers react to all of the news and rule changes surrounding baseball’s scheduled 2020 return, ponder how teams will strategize, and talk about the future of the show.
37 min
92
Reversing Award History and Mourning the Sacrif...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers try to reverse baseball history’s worst award decisions, wonder if the sacrifice bunt is about to be dead entirely and ask where all the lefties have gone.
40 min
93
The Most Incredible “What If?” Moments in Baseb...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the best “What If?” moments in recent baseball history, including Tom Seaver signing with the Braves, the St. Louis Browns moving to Los Angeles, and the Mets trading for Ken Griffey, Jr.
49 min
94
Our Favorite Pitching Performances Ever – Seaso...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about their favorite ever pitching performances, including the time Clayton Kershaw almost threw a perfect game, when George Brunet had the worst inning ever and Derek Lowe’s big ALCS moment
47 min
95
The Wildest Postseason Decisions (featuring Ben...
FanGraphs writer Ben Clemens joins host Mike Petriello and MLB.com national editor Matt Meyers to look back at some of the most interesting and controversial postseason decisions of the last quarter-century.
55 min
96
Drafting the 21st Century Rookie of the Year Wi...
MLB.com columnist Will Leitch joins host Mike Petriello and MLB.com national editor Matt Meyers to draft each of the 40 Rookie of the Year award winners from 2000-2019.
86 min
97
Breaking Down the MLB Dream Bracket – Season 6,...
Host Mike Petriello, national editor Matt Meyers and MLB.com national writer Anthony Castrovince break down the MLB Dream Bracket, the new 32-team simulated tourney that pits all-time greats from each franchise against each other until the best of all time is crowned.
41 min
98
Name That Game, A Trivia Trip Through History –...
Host Mike Petriello, national editor Matt Meyers and MLB.com researcher Sarah Langs play a trivia game attempting to name the teams, year and significance of games throughout history based on short 45-60 second clips of historic broadcasts.
47 min
99
How Live Baseball on Television Gets Made – Sea...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers note a Willie Mays fun fact before being joined by ESPN baseball producer Andy Jacobson, who talks about the ins and outs of live baseball production, including producing the ESPN2 Statcast alternate broadcasts.
39 min
100
An Extra Innings Home Run Derby and The All-Tim...
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about which season fans voted for as the best of all time, the passing of Tigers legend Al Kaline and underappreciated Hall of Famers, Justin Turner’s idea for a Home Run Derby in extra innings, and how many toothpicks Dusty Baker has actually gone through.  
38 min