Episode 19 – Marriage Counseling

After a break the Tarp Talk Gang is back. It’s another intimate show and it is a hour of just us. Straight, no chaser.

We talk about the good and bad of the first half. Wiers, Wishinsky, and Torres get into a spirited discussion. That is followed up by second half predictions, small bit on trade options, Fuendependence, and the DTOTW. As always, we hope you enjoy.

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Episode 18 – We Can Vote!

The Gang is back for another episode of Tarp Talk. This week we are joined by our good friend Jason “I am not even going to try to spell his name.” We talk about Kurt Suzuki, Chris Carter, Bob Geren and other things Athletics related. After that we get into a discussion about television shows and how the British do it right. After that, it gets a litte wacky. Which Tarp Talker is which Beatle? Is Vin Scully over-rated? Which MLP pony is Wiers? And other general fun.

We close out the with the DTOTW as always and say hello. As always, we hope you enjoy.

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Time : 77:17 

Episode 16 – It Was Special For Him, Too

Tarp Talk is back for another week. It’s an intimate show, no guest, just the four of us talking about various things that happened over the last couple of weeks.

We start out by talking about who else? Not not Jai Miller, but Josh Reddick. Is this season for real or is he just getting lucky? Next we talk about the possible roster crunch coming up with both ManRam and Cespedes soon to hit the lineup? Who get’s optioned? DFA’d to oblivion? And we give Wiers a couple of minutes to rant about The Bunt in the last game of the Twins – A’s series.

We finish up with the DTOTW and say goodbye. Stay tuned after the show for a pretty good, in my opinion, 20+ minute discussion between Wiers and Wishinsky (I have no feeling about such subject and Alan was kidnapped by robots) about WPA and leverage index.

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Episode 15 – Josh Reddick’s Hair Is An Old Bay Sausage

The Tarp Talk gang is back for another week of Oakland A’s baseball talk! We start off by tackling Jarrod Parker and what we like and don’t like. Also, what have you thought of him. The conversation moves on to injuries (this is an Oakland A’s podcast, of course) and how they affect the team. We talk about the surprises that Reddick / Gomes / Inge have been so far and how awesome Reddick’s hair is and how good Gomes has been. We finish up talking about how we wish to see Seth Smith get more playing time and what’s going to happen when ManRam comes back.

We are joined this week by Kyle Boddy ( @drivelinebases ) to talk about the more technical side of baseball. What’s good/bad about Tyson Ross? Is Sonny Gray just Rich Harden 2.0? Will the Indians actually win the Central this year?

We, as always, close out with the DTOTW and say our goodbyes. Enjoy!

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The articles that Kyle references:
Fastball Velo

 Curve vs. Slider 

RIP Wiers, Part Two

We bring you an intimate show. No guests and no Wiers. Yes this is a couple of weeks behind as the A’s did get Inge (Wishinsky scooped us all), Donaldson was sent down (we all agreed), and we no longer have three Aussies (I haz a sad). But we still talk about what ails FDLS and praise the arm of Reddick and how much Cespedes has already improved. You also get to hear what kind of excitement David Wright can bring to the team. Enjoy!

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Episode 13 – Roads? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads!

The Tarp Talk gang is back with their weekly show. This week they are joined by the Prospect Czar and host of the Up and In Podcast, Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) of Baseball Prospectus.

Before the guys talk with Kevin, they get into a recap of the Japan series. What they liked and didn’t like. Who they thought the last three cuts to the roster would be (kudos to Alan for calling it before it actually happened), who they thought would breakout this year and who they thought was over hyped.

Then Kevin comes on and the fun starts. We get a run down of some of the things he saw at Papago while the A’s were in Japan, including a story about how he was almost run over by the biggest Korean he’s ever seen. He talks about Cespedes and why he thought the contract was “brilliant.” After that it’s on to Sean Doolittle, Graham Godfrey and Tyson Ross, Michael Ynoa, and even a little video game talk.

As always, we thank you for listening!

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Time : 1:22:25

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