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Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Boog Powell’s debut, Ryan Webb’s and Matt Albers’ ongoing pursuit of history, and the ethics of baseball injuries, then discuss some early-season evidence that the save stat’s grasp on manager’s minds is starting to slip.


  • Changes in bullpen use
  • Save distribution
  • Pitcher usage in high leverage situations
  • Managerial decisions


  • Episode 755 follow-up: Boog Powell made his MLB debut as a pinch hitter and then was pinch hit for before he could bat.
  • Ryan Webb and Matt Albers: With three games finished without a save, Albers has 102 games finished without a save. Ryan Webb is still at 105.
  • How fans should feel about non-serious injuries to rival team players
  • New York Mets pitcher injuries


  • Ben describes his initial banter as "more meaningless than usual".
  • There is no significant change yet this season (as compared to this point in the last five seasons) in average length of relief outings.
  • There is a small drop in the percentage of saves that are being earned by team's top relievers