Episode 11 – R.I.P. Wiers

Finally! After two weeks and countless problems with technology (even a power outage!) the Tarp Talk gang is back with Episode 11 (or 11A, but in reality 13 … hence the problems?). Of course we have to talk about Scott Sizemore and the possible replacements and the storylines we are following during Spring Training. This week we are joined by Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory ( @DSzymborski ). Dan comes on and talks about the ZiPS projections for the Athletics this season. Who he sees as a possible over/under achievers. He also lends his opinion on what that thing is in Miami. After that we do the DTOTW and say our goodbyes.

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Time: 49:08

  • Introduction
  • Sizemore is injured. What now?
  • Adam Rosales or Eric Sogard – who is the better third baseman?
  • What key spring training story lines are we all following?
  • Does Yoenis Cespedes start right away?
  • Dan Szymborski talks A’s and ZiPS
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week
  • Future writing plans for the Tarp Talk Crew

Links
How will Mariners replace injured center field Franklin Gutierrez? by Geoff Baker
The ZiPS Projections for the Oakland A’s

Episode 10 – Does He Know About Microclimates?

The gang is back! After a week off where there was no real news Tarp Talk returns this week. Of course we had to talk about the Yoenis Cespedes signing. What does this do for the outfield depth chart? Is another trade imminent? What kind of player is he going to be? And of course, we also had to talk about Coco Crisp, and we probably talked about him way too much. And there is a little Manny Ramirez talk in there as well. After that it’s the Dumb Tweet of The Week, as always, and a preview of what to expect from each of us in the upcoming week.

If you wish to send us a question or just want to say hello, the podcast can be found on Twitter (@TarpTalk) and via e-mail tarptalkpodcast@gmail.com. As always thank you for listening.

Direct Download Time: 46:29 

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  • Introduction
  • A’s sign Yoenis Cespedes
  • What is the outfield set up with the addition of Cespedes?
  • Can we flip and outfielder to get something of value?
  • What is Crisp’s value – both on the field and on the trade market?
  • Do we want Manny on the A’s?
  • How much of a role will options play in roster decisions?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week
  • Future writing plans for the Tarp Talk crew

Links
A’s ‘Likely’ to Sign Manny Ramirez by Grant Brisbee

Episode 9 – Alan’s Cat Agrees

The Tarp Talk gang goes to the farm in this episode (literally and figuratively)! This week we are joined by Jason Parks ( @ProfessorParks ) to talk about the Rangers. Of course now when you talk about the Rangers you have to talk about Yu Darvish, which is what Jason so kindly does. What kind of pitcher can he be? How does the NPB stack up to MLB? Does he really have 12 pitches? All of these plus questions about the starting rotation, moving guys from bullpen to the starting rotation, and Mike Olt are talked about.

You can find Jason more at Baseball Prospectus, the Up And In Podcast, as well as Texas Farm Review.

The guys delve into what went on at Fan Fest this weekend, Gomes and Manny Ramirez, and Wishinsky gets unusally worked up about Edwin Jackson.

If you have any questions feel free to send them to us at tarptalkpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com. The hosts of the show can be found on Twitter at @davidwiers (self-explanatory), @cuppingmaster (Alan), @oakfaninva (Spencer), and @tvprcretireplan (Wishinsky)

As always, thank you for listening!

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  • Introduction
  • A’s FanFest, how was it, what happened?
  • Jonny Gomes comes to Oakland, Adrian Cardenas is DFA’d which we provide big time analysis on
  • Is Manny being Manny something we could tolerate in Oakland?
  • Edwin Jackson: Is he a fit for the A’s?
  • Jason Parks comes on to talk Texas Rangers baseball
  • How good is Darvish? Is Colby Lewis really a #1? Rangers offensively are there any problems?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week