Rank #1: Red Sox–Yankees ALDS Recap With Bill Simmons and JackO | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 157)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gleefully calls his buddy JackO, a Yankees fan, to discuss Boston's win over New York in the 2018 ALDS.
Rank #2: Hand, Foot, and Mets Disease | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 144)
The Mets are having an exciting couple of weeks, so this week's show is a Metstravaganza. Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann brings on Zach Kram to talk about the recent Jeurys Familia trade and the potential Jacob deGrom trade (02:00). Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey explains what the Wilpon ownership group is doing wrong, and what it's like to root for a team that can't get out of its own way (19:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh speculates on where the franchise might head from here, and when the Mets might be competitive again (42:30). Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Sean Fennessey and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Rank #3: Landscape of a Trade Deadline, Matt Kemp's Return to Los Angeles, and the Lowly AL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 140)
The Ringer's Zach Kram talks to Michael Baumann about trade deadline possibilities around the league (01:30) before "The Chief" Craig Gaines joins the show to discuss Matt Kemp and the resurgent Dodgers (19:00). Then, Ben Lindbergh discusses the Cleveland Indians' hold on the AL Central (36:30). Credits: Hosted by: Zach Kram, Michael Baumann, Craig Gaines, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Rank #4: Is It Time to Panic in Chicago and Washington? Has the Balance of Power Shifted in Los Angeles? And Is Kurt Suzuki the Best Catcher in Baseball? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 131)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the upside-down NL East (01:15) and NL Central races (10:00) then marvels at the Angels' hot start with Ben Lindbergh (21:15). Finally Ringer senior editor and staff contrarian Ryan "O'Headline" O'Hanlon joins the pod to talk about whether pitch framing is dishonorable (37:30) and whether Aaron Judge is still the worst player in baseball (46:15).
Rank #5: Corey Seager's Busted Elbow, Gerrit Cole's Mighty Arm, and Didi vs. Jeter | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 133)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann wanted to talk to Zach Kram about the dominant Arizona Diamondbacks, but fittingly, the Dodgers overshadowed their rivals again by announcing that star shortstop Corey Seager is out for the season (03:00). Then he talks about Gerrit Cole's impressive April with Ringer editor Ben Glicksman (19:30), and Ben Lindbergh gives his thoughts on Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius's power surge (33:45).
Rank #6: Go West and Players Weekend | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 147)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the surprisingly crowded NL West race, then goes over the highlights and disappointments of the Players Weekend nicknames and uniforms with Sean Yoo. Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to break down where the AL West race stands in the aftermath of Seattle's sweep of the Astros.
Rank #7: Playoff Odds, Fantasy Updates, and Lance Lynn | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 146)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Shaker Samman about which teams make for enticing playoff-prop-bet candidates (01:00) and Danny Heifetz about players who might get your fantasy team over the hump (13:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show, ostensibly to talk about the Yankees, but really to listen to Michael hoot and holler about Lance Lynn (35:00).
Rank #8: What Jerry Dipoto Did, Gleyber Torres and the Youth, And Stop Disrespecting Mike Trout | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 137)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Denard Span–Álex Colomé trade and the Mariners' surprising staying power in the pennant race (02:30). Then Ben Glicksman comes on to talk about Yankees wunderkind Gleyber Torres (21:30), and Ben Lindbergh explains why—despite what you might have heard—Mike Trout is still the best player in baseball (37:15). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Ben Glicksman, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Rank #9: Bold Predictions For September | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 150)
In this episode, Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann solicits bold predictions for the MLB stretch run. Zach Kram joins the show to talk about the Tampa Bay Rays’ chase for the AL wild card (0:00), Claire McNear predicts that Bryce Harper will put one last exclamation point on his Nationals career (16:00), and Ben Lindbergh talks about Jacob deGrom’s historically low win total and how it might help him win the NL Cy Young Award (26:00).
Rank #10: Mike Trout’s $430 Million Contract, Plus Over/Under Bets for All 30 Teams | The Ringer MLB Show
We react to Mike Trout agreeing to the largest contract in North American sports history, and posit that it probably doesn’t even amount to what he’s actually worth to the Angels (1:40). Then, we run through all 30 teams, division by division, and give our predictions for whether they’ll go over or under their predicted win totals in the Las Vegas sports books (30:08). Finally, we give a few enticing futures bets for the 2019 season (63:55). Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram
Rank #11: Bullpenning in Tampa Bay, a Youth Movement in Washington, and Big Heat in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 136)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who details the Tampa Bay Rays' innovative and controversial new pitching tactics (01:45). Then Claire McNear drops by to talk about Rich Hill's blisters and the league's latest teenage sensation, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (20:15). Finally Ben Lindbergh makes a quick appearance—though not as quick as the fastballs of relievers Jordan Hicks and Josh Hader, who have made headlines this week for different reasons (33:00). Credits: Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Claire McNear, and Ben Lindbergh Produced by: Jim Cunningham Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network
Rank #12: Texas–St. Louis World Series Game 6, 2011: A Special Sports Rewatchables | The Ringer MLB Show
Michael Baumann is joined by Mallory Rubin to discuss Game 6 of the 2011 World Series in a special 'MLB Show'–'Rewatchables' crossover. The two break down how different baseball looked just eight years ago, the managerial blunders that potentially altered baseball history, the mythmaking performance of David Freese, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann and Mallory Rubin
Rank #13: Bryce Harper to the Phillies Emergency Podcast | The Ringer MLB Show
After months of speculation, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of 13 years and $330 million—the most total money for a contract in MLB history. We give our immediate reactions to the length of the contract, the backlash, the Phillies' team-building strategy, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram
Rank #14: Manny Machado Is a San Diego Padre. All It Took Was $300 Million. | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 169)
We reconvene the 'MLB Show' to discuss the biggest move of the offseason: Manny Machado's breaking the hot stove dry spell by signing the largest free-agent contract in baseball history. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
Rank #15: The Brewers’ Hot Pursuit of the Cubs in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 151)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ringer senior editor Ryan O’Hanlon to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers’ dogged pursuit of the first-place Cubs as well as how to judge how tight a playoff race is (1:56). Then staff writer Ben Lindbergh weighs in on the NL East race and the potential effects of bad weather on baseball down the stretch (29:11).
Rank #16: The Yankees' IL Might Be the Best Team in the League | The Ringer MLB Show
Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are off to almost unfathomably hot starts. Are their performances sustainable, lucky, or a little bit of both (1:49)? Then, with the Tim Anderson suspension, MLB proves that it never runs out of creative ways to step on its own feet (23:10). Finally, the Yankees are experiencing a rash of injuries we thought wasn’t possible, yet they remain over .500 and in contention for the AL East—how have they done it (32:45)? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Tyler Tynes
Rank #17: The Red Sox Have Won Their Fourth World Series of the Century | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 163)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the ease with which Boston dispatched Los Angeles to win its fourth World Series of the century (1:30). Then, the three discuss what this means for generational ace Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers going forward (40:32).
Rank #18: Rays vs. Astros: Who’s the Best Team in Baseball Right Now? | The Ringer MLB Show
We mull over Zach Kram’s preseason prediction that the Tampa Bay Rays would win the AL East and wonder: Should that prediction be expanded (2:20)? Then, The Athletic's Astros beat writer, Jake Kaplan, calls into the show to talk about the slow start and resurgence of Houston, the most-stacked team in baseball (21:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to recap last week’s Ozzie Albies extension (36:30). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
Rank #19: The Red Sox vs. Yankees Power Shift, Plus Can the Dodgers Be the Brewers’ Kryptonite? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 156)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the shortcomings of Yankees manager Aaron Boone against his counterpart Alex Cora (2:25). Then, they recap the disappointing performance gaps in the NL Division Series and wonder whether the Dodgers and Brewers will match up more evenly (28:33).
Rank #20: Listener Questions, Interleague Play, and Finding Joy in September Baseball | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 152)
Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about reasons to enjoy baseball even if your team isn’t in the pennant race (2:10). Then producer Bobby Wagner steps in front of the microphone to join Baumann in fielding listener questions during a special mailbag segment (19:41). Finally, Ben Lindbergh jumps in to discuss the National League’s best interleague performance in 15 years, and how the balance of power has shifted (40:56).