The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 320 – The John Smoltz Interview


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Strategy Section: John Smoltz on Pitching

  • His amazing nickname before “Smoltzie” (3:05)
  • Evolution of arsenal (4:05)
  • Success of FB/SL guys (8:00)
  • Slider manipulation & movement (10:30)
  • Best way for FB/SL/CB guys to succeed w/out changeup (13:40)
  • Did the slider or splitter tax your arm noticeably (16:00)
  • Postseason pitching as a stress factor (18:00)
  • The SP-RP-SP transition (19:25)
  • Closer vs. Setup/Middle Relief warm-up patterns (21:33)
  • Today’s Elite RPs as Potential SPs (24:10)
  • Preparation Needed for SP-to-RP Switch (27:12)
  • Command (28:50)
  • More ideal: 1 Dominant Pitch or Diverse, Lesser Arsenal? (37:00)
  • Two SPs on the Rise? (39:00)
  • Nola v. Rodon (41:33)
  • March Madness Tips [spoiler alert: take MSU!] (44:00)

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Approximately 47 minutes of joyous analysis.

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Guys, this was amazing. Please bring Smoltz back in a future podcast