“Mr Beck looked around with a wild light in his eye for somebody to hit. He couldn’t see any specific target so he threw perhaps the best fast ball he had thrown this season up… Read more »
Posts by Darius Austin
The first part of our daily series of season previews. Brandon Lee and Darius Austin collaborated on this edition. What can we ask about the Padres? We know the rotation might be one of… Read more »
In the midst of a BttP staff discussion on the merits of Field of Dreams, I found myself on an IMDB list of ‘baseball movies’ (in the traditional sense, not the Sam Miller definition). The… Read more »
Effectively Wild listeners probably don’t need anyone to tell them that if you spend long enough with the Baseball-Reference Play Index (coupon code BP), you’re virtually guaranteed to uncover some kind of statistical curiosity or fun fact that you’d never been aware of.
The Winter Meetings began this week just outside of Washington, D.C., and the one team everyone will be watching is the Chicago White Sox, as it seems as though the market is waiting for the South Siders… Read more »
Eric Roseberry and Darius Austin talk about the 2016 season predictions review, early playoff action, attending the Boston-Cleveland ALDS opener, and following sports in the UK vs the US.
With the regular season over, it’s time for our second annual review of the preseason predictions and projections that we pitted against each other back in April. Last season, the Effectively Wild podcast preview guests… Read more »
Alec Denton joins Ryan Sullivan to look at the division winners and remaining contenders as the regular season comes to a close. Darius Austin joins in later as the group briefly dicusses Jose Fernandez. … Read more »
Yankees rookie catcher Gary Sanchez just played in his 20th major league game, in which he failed to homer. Come on, Gary, get it together. Nonetheless, Sanchez homered in six of his first 20 career… Read more »
While there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played, certain teams have significantly deviated from our preseason expectations. As I did at last year’s All-Star Break, I’ve picked out the three teams which are… Read more »
On Episode 910 of Effectively Wild, Ben and Sam fielded a listener question about which is the least interesting inning in baseball. The discussion naturally also turned to which was the most interesting inning, and… Read more »
Tim Livingston joins Darius Austin and Ryan Sullivan to offer his behind-the-scenes perspective on the Sonoma Stompers and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
March 24th, 2016, 18:48 ET. Day 1 of the Webb-Albers Championship Draft. “What do we have on Breslow’s status?” I asked, scanning the list of names on the board for the thousandth time. Portraits of… Read more »
So I’d saved the best for last. My team’s best pitcher against the game’s best pitcher. Madison Bumgarner vs Clayton Kershaw. Giants vs Dodgers, on the first Saturday of the season. What better way to… Read more »
Although we had flown into San Francisco to start our trip in late March, the first thing we’d done upon picking up our hire car was to head south to Monterey, before embarking on a… Read more »
I’ve been following baseball for around eight years now, ever since I inexplicably agreed to join a fantasy baseball league despite not knowing anything about baseball. That decision led me to the wonderful world of… Read more »
Darius Austin and Ross Bukouricz join Ryan Sullivan to talk about Darius’ opening week trip to Oakland and San Francisco, and Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter.
Prediction season is over, and the regular season has begun, which means it’s time for the second instalment of our win total prediction analysis. Last year, I gathered all of the win predictions from Effectively Wild… Read more »
Jerry Dipoto overhauled much of the Mariners’ roster this offseason. Will it be enough to give King Felix the chance to pitch in the postseason?
Note: You can listen to Darius discuss this article on Effectively Wild Episode 812 with Ben Lindbergh and Steven Goldman. Roger Kahn’s “The Head Game” is about a series of pitching greats, one of… Read more »
Barry Gilpin and Darius Austin join Ryan Sullivan to count down the results of our Best of 2015 polls for MLB/Effectively Wild, then talk about the state of the Reds, and an upcoming stateside baseball tour.
The Royals have won the World Series, but there’s still a much more important matter to settle: who emerged victorious in our Sky Kalkman-inspired World Series prediction contest. Ten pairs of statistical categories were presented to Effectively Wild Facebook group members, who simply had to pick one in each case, plus the average time of game and the series outcome. Here’s how they got on.
Earlier this week, Banished to the Pen asked Effectively Wild listeners to take part in a World Series prediction poll, doubling as a contest for those so inclined, based on Sky Kalkman’s annual ’32 Predictions’… Read more »
Schedule: Game 1 – Fri, 10/9 at LA Game 2 – Sat, 10/10 at LA Game 3 – Mon, 10/12 at NY Game 4 – Tue, 10/13 at NY (if necessary) Game 5 – Thu, 10/15 at LA (if necessary)… Read more »
When I finished the 2015 season preview prediction analysis in April, I promised to come back at the end of the season and find out just how wrong everyone was. For those of you who were really, really wrong, time to look away. Everyone else can laugh at how bad we still are at trying to predict baseball.
Site editors Brandon Lee, Darius Austin, and Ken Maeda convene for a random fandom banter episode. After summing up the Cubs and Giants’ seasons, the trio discuss Webb-Albers, consuming baseball, ballpark tours, triple-short-of-cycle leaders, and BRef player sponsor rates.
One hundred at-bats is a long time in baseball. Has anyone ever failed to record more than a single hit over such a span?
In a development that shocked and delighted baseball fans everywhere – or at least those frequenting a very small section of the internet – Effectively Wild icons Ryan Webb and Matt Albers actually appeared on both the podcast and in a Ben Lindbergh Grantland article this week to talk about the record which they have so unrelentingly (and largely unwittingly) broken: total games finished without ever recording a save.
Before the 2015 season began, Banished to the Pen writers, Effectively Wild preview podcast guests, and numerous projection systems all offered predicted win totals for each of the 30 MLB teams; numbers that were recorded… Read more »
Just under four months ago, I said the Giants were a slightly above-average team with some rotation question marks, particularly in Matt Cain, that they would regret having Casey McGehee at third base, and that they would barely miss the wild card game, going 86-76.