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Some say you can’t even think about the MLB standings until Memorial Day weekend. With that benchmark behind us, it’s finally time to figure out what’s real and not-so-real so far this baseball season.
In this week’s Bandwagon, Hannah Keyser and Zach Crizer start the pod discussing whether base theft has gotten out of hand with the new rules and which mid-season comebacks could have the biggest impact on competing clubs.
The two then play a game of “real or not real” on some of the biggest storylines that have developed so far this season. Keyser thinks this may be the craziest, tightest NL Wild Card race we’ve ever seen. Crizer thinks the Texas Rangers are ready to dethrone the Houston Astros in the AL West.
Keyser ends by imploring managers to challenge tight plays more than they currently do and calling out two underperforming teams in the process.
3:02 – Why the Rays-Dodgers series showed the stupidity of baseball’s stolen base
16:14 – The Reds could have the next superstar on their hands
18:40 – Liam Hendricks of the Chicago White Sox makes an inspiring comeback
27:29 – Quiz: Atlanta Braves Michael Soroka has been out for HOW LONG? !
34:49 – Post-Memorial day: what’s real, what’s not so far away this MLB season?
36:45 – Real or not real: Nationals hitters lead the league in strikeout rates
43:25 – Real or not real: Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez becomes an ace*
47:24 – Real or not real: NL Wild Card race being a mediocrity blocker
55:23 – Real or not real: Rangers are a threat to Astros in AL West
1:00:58 – Bandwagon: Managers need to challenge close calls way more than they are
*The recording of the podcast took place before Rodriguez injury update
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