The guys get back to talking baseball in the brave new GM Mike Hazen world. They talk about the new front office's mandate, new reliance on advanced statistics, and the Dan Haren hiring. In the wake of the surprising release of "non-tender Beef" and signing of Jeff Mathis, they look at the front office through a catching lens, and speculate on what's to come.
The guys break their silence to talk through Saber Seminar and recent games, as well as the July trades of Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard and the recent release of Josh Collmenter.
After a delay in recording, the boys battle a noisy construction crew and some technical issue to discuss Jeff's batting practice session with the Hillsboro Hops, recent outings by Zack Greinke and Archie Bradley, Chip Hale's leash on his starting staff, and whether the Diamondbacks should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline thanks to a listener question by Bob (@coldblueAZ).
The guys talk through whether BABIP has outlived its usefulness, the rise of one Jake "Rake Man" Lamb, surprising performances from Jean Segura, Chris Herrmann and Rubby De La Rosa. Oh, and a prank on a new writer.
Shortly after Jeff's piece was praised on the D-backs TV broadcast, the guys talk about Goldy's batted balls to this point in the season and whether it's time to start worrying. They use Twitter questions from @EdwardFShore, @JoeCB91, @GeorgeBissell, and even OJ "Underscore" Carrasco to talk through Lamb sitting so often against lefties, the rise of Rubby De La Rosa and his slider, the pitching carousel, and the team's 12-17 record. They finish by wondering: is it time to start treating 2017 as about as important as 2016?
The guys started out talking about the D-backs' roster moves, but soon slide into a Real Baseball Conversation ranging all over the place. Listen all the way through to the end, when Ryan's mic cuts off -- we really do have fun.
On the eve of the D-backs' 2016 season, the guys wrestle with the loss of A.J. Pollock and what that means for the team. They work through the team's final roster decisions, including the decisions to keep Brandon Drury, Chriss Herrmann, Socrates Brito, and Rickie Weeks. Finally, they talk through their expectations for MLB division winners and where the D-backs could end up by the end of the year.
The guys weigh in on the developing story about Chase Field, with the Diamondbacks seeking a change in their lease if Maricopa County can't pay for repairs, and Maricopa County moving to prevent the team from relocation. At 34:00, the guys turn to Jeff's observations of minor leaguers from D-backs camp; at 55:00, they turn to their notes about the major league team from their time at spring training.