Box Score Baseball Podcast: Catching up with the Rankings

Wayne Bretsky and Mark Kaplan bring their dynasty league rivalry to the show with both hosts losing it over the Cubs futility. the boys recap the latest injury news while looking forward to the returns of Chris Sale and Alex Cobb.  The Good, the Bad and the Upside turns it’s focus on the slugging Chris Davis, the struggling Justin Verlander and the streaking A.J. Pollock. Bretsky and Mark review the catcher position as it stands one quarter of the way through the season and hit the waiver wire to find a couple of hidden gems. Finally, the show closes with a dip into the mailbag.

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News and Notes

  • Alex Cobb and Chris Sale to return on Thursday, potentially with a pitch count
  • Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) expected to throw this weekend, no structural damage
  • Andrew Cashner (elbow) has no structural damage but no timetable for return
  • Jose Abreu to the DL (ankle) return uncertain
  • Joey Votto (quad) to the DL, Jay Bruce (knee) activated
  • Prince Fielder (neck) remains out, did not travel with team
  • Cliff Lee (elbow) to the DL with a strained elbow – initial timeline has him out for 3 weeks
  • Alex Guererro could miss 5 weeks after getting his ear bitten off by Miguel Olivo
  • Mike Trout out with a sore hamstring

The Good, the Bad and the Upside

  • Chris Davis powers up
  • Justin Verlander flames out
  • A.J. Pollock turns some heads

Catching Up

  • Bretsky’s top-20 Rest of Season catcher rankings
  • What’s wrong with Carlos Santana
  • Is Derek Norris for real?
  • Joe Mauer’s value

Waiver Wire

  • Bats:A.J. Pollock, Adam Lind, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Stephen Drew, David Freese
  • Arms:Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Dallas Keuchel
  • Closer Carnage


The Box Score Baseball Podcast theme is written and performed by William “Wild Bill” Hitchcock

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