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Podcast: Discussing the first month of the National League

Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta
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"A Podcast To Be Named Later"

Host: Chris Mitchell

Guest: George Kurtz

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Back in early May, Chris Mitchell with his NL Recap Podcast interviewed Guest George Kurtz of They broke down Week #4 in National League Baseball, discussing Dee Gordon's Suspension, Jake Arrieta's insurgence to the top of the Best Pitchers list, Aroldis Chapman's up coming return on May 9th and then got filthy deep into the National League divisional races with detailed analysis.

(Editor's note from John Sickels: due to an error on my part, this article wasn't posted as scheduled but the podcast is still worth a listen!)

The Topics for Debate:

Steroids in Baseball

Players in Focus @

***Dee Gordon:

80 Game suspension

Signed $50 Million Dollar Contract extension Jan 18th

Tested Positive in March

Suspended 80 games without pay on April 29th.

Impact on the Marlins?

***Jake Arrieta:

Is he the best pitcher in baseball?

***Aroldis Chapman:

Returned May 9th - Impact on Yankees

National League Division Breakdown

***NL East


Is the Start a surprise?

Problems at Shortstop - Trea Turner?

Anthony Rendon - was 2014 an outlier?

Phillies: 15-11 (now 24-17)

Can they keep this up?

Strong minor league system


Offensive woes

***NL Central


Are they the runaway best team in baseball?

Can they win in playoffs with all of these strikeouts?


Is Carlos Martinez their new ace?

Is Adam Wainwright done?

***NL West


Losing Greinke - huge mistake.

Can Maeda's April continue through September

Staff depth issue.

D-Backs & Giants blow opportunity with Dodgers slow April

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