FanGraphs Audio: Julia Morales Talks Astros, Dr. Meredith Wills pulls the ball apart

Episode 975

In this episode, we chat about AL West’s leading Astros before getting help from an astrophysicist as we try to understand why baseball remains so strange.

  • To kick off the show, David Laurila is welcomed Julia Morales, reporter for AT&T SportsNet Southwest and the Houston Astros. Morales has treated the team for a decade and shares what it was like to go through the lean years like the championship, and how the rise of analytics has changed their job as a broadcaster. We also hear about the entry of the Green Monster and stories about Jose Altuve, Zack Greinke, Jeremy Peña, AJ Hinch, Dusty Baker, and more. [2:44]
  • After that, Dan Szymborski and Ben Clemens are welcome Dr. Meredith Wilens, which first appeared on episode 909, returns to the show. Dr. Wills has continued with her research in what happens to baseball and shares her findings on what she calls an “unforced error.” We learn how humidors can affect baseballs differently – using a residual food analogy – and what could be causing dents in the ball. Finally, Ben and Dan ask the good doctor what they would do to solve the league’s equipment problems if they got total control. [34:47]

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Audio after the jump. (About 71 minutes of playing time.)

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