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Who Will Triumph? Our 2019 Postseason Guide

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The baseball podcast for every type of fan. We bring analysis and opinions from all different types of viewpoints, combining new and old-age thinking into one show. Host Luke Manderfeld, along with Robert Stangler, Noah Manderfeld and Nik Budig, break down hot topics, news stories, teams and more while having some fun along the way.
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Is It Over for the Twins?
The Twins are in a world of trouble. After losing the first two games of the ALDS in embarrassing fashion, they come back to Minnesota in search of answers. We break down that series and the rest of the postseason on today’s episode! Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason. Send your questions to and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
October 6, 2019
Who Will Triumph? Our 2019 Postseason Guide
It's playoff time, baby. The best time of the year! The Stitches Podcast is back to break down every team and every postseason matchup. This is an episode you don't want to miss. Will the Astros collapse under the weight of expectations? Are the Twins a surprise team in the American League? Can the Cardinals upset their way to the World Series? All that, and more, on today's episode!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason.  Send your questions to and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
September 30, 2019
No, Cubs, No!
A disaster of series leaves the Cubs on their back foot while the Cardinals solidify their hold on the NL Central. The Brewers are lurking, though, and might continue to make waves in the last week of the season. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have real issues, and the American League playoff races continue to stay hot. Thanks for listening!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. Make sure to like us on Facebook to get all of our newest content! 
September 23, 2019
The Wild, Wild Card
The race to the postseason continues to heat up with two weeks left in the regular season. Both wild card spots in both leagues are still up for grabs. The Stitches Panel breaks down each team in contention on today's episode. Thanks for listening!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
September 16, 2019
Come On, Pineda!
The Twins lose a huge rotation piece for the rest of the season, and the American League race for best record heats up between the Astros and the Yankees. We also answer a listner question about Jose Berrios. Thanks for listening!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
September 9, 2019
Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot — In the Desert!
The Diamondbacks are scorching hot heading into September, and the NL MVP race is sparking a bit of controversy. We also answer your questions at the end of the show. Thanks for listening!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
September 2, 2019
The Es-Central Issues
The race in the AL Central just got a lot more interesting after an injury to a key player. And have the Cardinals started to run away with the NL Central? All that and more on this episode. Thanks for listening!  Email your questions to and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
August 27, 2019
Clubhouse Chatter: Is the Perfect Game Dead?
Welcome to our second Clubhouse Chatter episode. Today we chat about the perfect game and the state of pitching. Have we seen our last perfect game, which was on Aug. 15, 2012? Or is this just a blip? Thanks for listening!  Email your questions to and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
August 19, 2019
Trouble in Minnesota
The Indians put a beating on the Twins this weekend, and the Mets continue to win. Is it time for the Stitches Panel to eat crow? We also chat about two rookies tearing up the senior circuit. Thanks for tuning in!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
August 12, 2019
Deadline Duds
Which teams swung and missed on deadline day? On today's episode, we break down the winners and losers from last week. We talk Cardinals, Twins, Yankees and more. Thanks for tuning in!  Email us at Follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
August 5, 2019
We had to do an emergency pod after today's whirlwind trade deadline. Greinke to the Astros? Bauer to the Reds? Twins make moves? We break down all of these deals and more. Thanks for listening! 
August 1, 2019
New York Madness
What the heck is going on in New York? The Mets traded for Marcus Stroman, and we're a little puzzled. The Yankees continue to hang back while their rotation continues to struggle. The Stitches Panel analyzes the two New York teams and the rest of the trade deadline news. Thanks for listening!  Email us at and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
July 29, 2019
Warning: Deadline Approaching
We're a week and a half away from the trade deadline. The Stitches Panel discusses the storylines heading into the last week and some possible trades. Thanks for listening!  Email us at Follow us on Twitter @StitchesPod. 
July 23, 2019
Clubhouse Chatter: The Gopher Ball
Welcome to our first Clubhouse Chatter episode! This new format will feature casual conversations about the biggest trends and topics affecting our favorite game. Our first episode focuses on the surging home run rate, the reasons behind it and how it changes baseball. Thanks for tuning in! 
July 14, 2019
Halfway Home
Man, time flies. We're already at the All-Star break, so we took the time to review our preseason predictions. Trust me, there are some real head scratchers. Thanks for listening!  You can listen to the prediction episode here:
July 8, 2019
Star Power
The Stitches Podcast takes a moment to reminisce and honor Tyler Skaggs, the Angels starter who was found dead in his hotel room Monday afternoon. We also discuss the 2019 All-Star game rosters, going over starters and snubs. Thanks for listening! 
July 2, 2019
Heated in the East
The Mets are an absolute dumpster fire right now, and the Braves are surging. In this episode of the Stitches Podcast, we discuss the crazy competitive NL East. Thanks for listening! Send your questions to 
June 25, 2019
Buyer or Seller?
While it is a month and a half away, some teams are already trying to figure out whether they will be buying players to compete at the trade deadline, or selling their players for the future. The Stitches Podcast analyzes a few teams on the fence and discusses where they will land come deadline time. Plus, which teams might trade soon and who will they trade for? Email your questions to and we might answer them!
June 18, 2019
The Art of the Lineup
The Stitches Podcast tackles another tough issue: lineups in baseball. How should they be constructed, and how have they changed over the years? This discussion kind of went off the rails a bit, so we hope you enjoy! Email your questions to 
June 11, 2019
The Future Is Here
The MLB Draft is underway, and the Stitches Podcast evaluates the first couple dozen of picks. Is Adley Rutschman worth the hype? How did the Twins fare with the No. 13 overall pick. That and more on this edition of the podcast. Make sure to send your questions to! Thanks for listening! 
June 4, 2019
Manager Mania
Today we chat about managers and their effects on the game. In today's analytic age, do managers actually make a difference? Or are they just scapegoats when things go wrong? We use the Nationals franchise as a thought experiment. Thanks for listening and always remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Send you questions to Thanks1 
May 27, 2019
You Better Belieb It
We apologize in advance for the Justin Bieber reference. On today's Stitches Podcast, we talk about six of the hottest pitchers: Chris Sale, Shane Bieber, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Luis Castillo, Caleb Smith and Domingo German. If you have any questions for us, send them to Thanks for listening! 
May 21, 2019
Surprising Sluggers
The Stitches Panel analyzes four surprising sluggers in this 2019 season: Joey Gallo, Christian Yelich, Mitch Garver and Dan Vogelbach. Are their early-season performances legitimate? We also answer a fan question! If you have a question of your own, send it to Thanks for tuning in! 
May 14, 2019
Homer Surge
Home runs are up across baseball. The Minnesota Twins are on pace to break records. We discuss the surge in dingers and their effect on the game. Make sure to subscribe and give us feedback wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a question, you could get on the show! Shoot your inquires to Thanks for listening! 
May 6, 2019
One Month Down... Who's the Best?
We're through one full month of the baseball season. The members of the Stitches Panel give their top three teams of the season so far and also pick one overrated squad. See below for the full list. As always, subscribe and rate the podcast if you like what you're hearing. Thanks for listening!  Luke  Astro Rays  Cardinals Overrated team: Phillies  Robert Astros Rays Diamondbacks  Overrated team: Twins Noah Cardinals Rays Astros Overrated team: Brewers Nik Astros  Rays Bellinger  Overrated team: Mariners
May 1, 2019
The Fastball
Is the fastball hurting pitchers? How so? We tackle one of the deepest issues in baseball: the good and bad of the fastball. Thanks for tuning in! 
April 24, 2019
Are Bullpens Ruining Baseball?
Today, we analyze the role of the bullpen around baseball. Is the new-age style of deploying bullpens ruining the game? We also discuss our favorite relievers this year and what's going on with Craig Kimbrel. Thanks for tuning in! 
April 17, 2019
Real or Mirage?
What early-season surprises are real? And which are fake? The Stitches Panel tackles six different surprise teams and players and determine whether the start is indicative of the rest of the season. We talk Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Corey Kluber, Jorge Polanco and Tim Beckham. Thanks for tuning in! 
April 8, 2019
The Prospect Episode
Prospects are all the rave in baseball. Today, the Stitches Panel discusses service time manipulation, sleeper prospects and if the hype around prospects is worth it. Take time to rate and review — we always appreciate feedback — and subscribe whereever you get your podcasts! Thanks for listening. 
April 3, 2019
Opening Day is Upon Us
The MLB regular season is oh, so close. Luke and Noah Manderfeld tackle this podcast without Robert Stangler or Nik Budig. We chat about what baseball can do to make Opening Day more exciting. We also touch on our storylines to watch this season. Thanks for listening! 
March 27, 2019
Prediction Special!
Hi, everyone! The regular season is upon us, and the Stitches Panel gives its 2019 predictions. Hear our favorite teams out of each division, the wild card clubs and our picks for the World Series champion. We also give our thoughts on the individual player awards — MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. It's a long one, but we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for listening!  Spoiler alert: Find all of our picks below. We will hold ourselves accountable! Mark our words!  Division winners NL West (3:05) Luke: Dodgers  Robert: Dodgers Nik: Padres Noah: Rockies NL Central (9:05) Luke: Cardinals  Robert: Brewers Nik: Cardinals Noah: Cardinals  NL East (12:55) Luke: Phillies  Robert: Nationals Nik Braves Noah: Mets  AL West (20:17) Luke: Astros  Robert: Astros Nik: Astros Noah: Athletics AL Central (26:15) Luke: Twins  Robert: Twins Nik: Indians Noah: Twins AL East (30:30) Luke: Red Sox  Robert: Red Sox Nik: Yankees Noah: Red Sox Wildcards (33:25) Luke: Yankees, Indians, Cubs, Nationals Robert: Athletics, Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals Nik: Red Sox, Rays, Cubs, Nationals Noah: Yankees, Astros, Phillies, Dodgers World Series winners (36:20) Luke: Astros  Robert: Astros Nik: Rays Noah: Rockies Awards AL MVP (38:45) Luke: Alex Bregman Robert: Mookie Betts Nik: Mookie Betts Noah: Mike Trout NL MVP (40:15) Luke: Bryce Harper    Robert: Ronald Acuna Jr. Nik: Paul Goldschmidt Noah: Nolan Arenado AL Cy Young (42:52) Luke: Trevor Bauer  Robert: Justin Verlander Nik: Chris Sale Noah: Gerrit Cole NL Cy Young (45:05) Luke: Aaron Nola  Robert: Max Scherzer Nik: Jacob Degrom Noah: Walker Buehler AL ROY (46:35) Luke: Eloy Jimenez  Robert: Yusei Kikuchi Nik: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Noah: Jesus Luzardo  NL ROY (48:33) Luke: Victor Robles  Robert: Victor Robles Nik: Fernando Tatis Jr. Noah: Chris Paddack
March 19, 2019
They’re Changing Our Game!
Hi, everyone! Today we go over some of the biggest proposed rule changes in baseball. Universal DH? Three-batter minimum for pitchers? 26-man roster? We tackle all of that and more on today's episode. As always, if you like us, rate and subscribe anywhere you get your podcasts. Thank you for listening! 
March 12, 2019
Harper Mania
The big kahuna has finally signed! Bryce Harper inks a mega deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Stitches Panel gets a bit heated about whether Harper is worth it. Other topics include the baseball name game, PECOTA rankings and the 1-on-1 debate. Thanks for listening!    Name game: 2:20 Bryce Harper: 3:55 PECOTA: 14:10 Debate: 27:15
March 7, 2019
NL East Bias?
Today the Stitches Panel chats about our weather antics over the weekend, the National League East, which has become one of the best divisions in baseball, and other musings. Don't forget to rate and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. Thank you for listening!    Name game: 2:57 NL East discussion: 4:25 Debate: 28:25
February 27, 2019
Spring Training is Here... Thank God
Hello, everybody! Baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers reported over the last week, and we have plenty to talk about. Find out what we specifically look for in Spring Training games, and why we're so excited this year. We also talk about all of last week's top storylines. Make sure to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening!    Name game: 2:05 Spring Training storylines: 4:07 Debate: 20:15
February 18, 2019
Free agents hung out to dry
Welcome back! The whole Stitches panel is back! We are diving into some of the biggest free agents still on the market. And, yes, that includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, two of the biggest names in baseball. Give it listen, and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcasts.   Time marks:  Name game: 1:57 Free agent discussion: 3:25 Debate: 25:40
February 11, 2019
Best Division in Baseball?
Welcome back! We're here on a Monday (thanks, Super Bowl) and ready to talk about the National League Central, potentially the best division in baseball. The Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs all have a shot to win the crown, with the Reds and Pirates showing sneaky potential. Listen to host Luke Manderfeld, Noah Manderfeld and Nik Budig break it down.    Time stamps:  Name Game: 2:23 NL Central Discussion: 3:43 Debate: 26:00
February 5, 2019
The Greatest Rivalry in Sports
Welcome back to our second episode of the Stitches Podcast. Host Luke Manderfeld, Robert Stangler and Noah Manderfeld talk about the Greatest Rivalry in Sports: the Red Sox and Yankees. Listen and find out the answer to our name game and who wins our Stitches debate. Make sure to subscribe and rate on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play!
January 28, 2019
Will the Twins Win?
We are back! Host Luke Manderfeld and the Stitches panel—Noah Manderfeld, Nik Budig and Robert Stangler—talk about the Twins and their outlook in 2019. Join us for our first-ever baseball name game and listen to the panel duke it out over the question: Is the free agent freeze ruining baseball?   Name game: 2:22 Twins preview: 4:17 Debate: 21:02   S/O to Tony Bohnenkamp for the music in the debate segment.
January 21, 2019
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