Beat the Shift Podcast – Episode w/ Jeremy Hefner (New York Mets)

The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Jeremy Hefner, New York Mets


  • Highlight of career
  • Game preparation
    • Preparing players for the mental & physical aspects of the game
    • Is game planning more about having players pitch to their strengths, or about exploiting weaknesses of your opponents ?
    • In-game management
      • 3rd time through the order
    • Use of an “opener”
    • How “first-in” and “next-in” pitchers coming out of the bullpen are decided
  • Health
    • Keeping pitchers healthy throughout the season
    • Extended rest between outings – good or bad?
  • Analytics
    • How best to use analytics as a coach
      • Objective vs. subjective view
    • Analytics vs. Gut
      • Pulling Blake Snell in the World Series
      • Trusting analytics, and when to go with your gut
    • How are stats/analytics used to help players on the major league level?
      • Which are the key stats/indicators that you look at?
  • Injury Guru’s Trivia of the Week
  • Rule changes in baseball
    • Universal DH
    • 3 batter minimum rule for pitchers
    • Extra inning runner on 2nd base rule
  • Position players pitching in baseball
    • Effectiveness of Ariel pitching in the major leagues

  • Mailbag
    • Coaching players older than yourself
    • Do teams overuse bullpens?
    • How to keep players relaxed?
    • Do you promote pitchers helping other staff pitchers?
  • Most influential players & coaches on Jeremy’s career


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Ariel is the 2019 FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year. Ariel is also the winner of the 2020 FSWA Baseball Article of the Year award. He is the creator of the ATC (Average Total Cost) Projection System. Ariel was ranked by FantasyPros as the #1 fantasy baseball expert in 2019. His ATC Projections were ranked as the #1 most accurate projection system over the past three years (2019-2021). Ariel also writes for CBS Sports, SportsLine, RotoBaller, and is the host of the Beat the Shift Podcast (@Beat_Shift_Pod). Ariel is a member of the inaugural Tout Wars Draft & Hold league, a member of the inaugural Mixed LABR Auction league and plays high stakes contests in the NFBC. Ariel is the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head League Champion. Ariel Cohen is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA). He is a Vice President of Risk Management for a large international insurance and reinsurance company. Follow Ariel on Twitter at @ATCNY.

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