Did MLB De-Juice The Ball Right Before The Playoffs?

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The Consensus Week 7: Cardinals take first substantial leap of the year
Tuesday October 15, 2019

A winning streak? The return of their best defensive player? Both of these things are a reality for the Arizona Cardinals heading into this week. Kliff Kingsbury’s team found a way (and got some help) to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-33 to push their record to 2-3-1 on the year. Patrick Peterson’s six-game PED suspension […]

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Did Mueller’s Report Expose A Weakness In Our Political System?
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election highlighted a fundamental paradox of the special counsel’s role. Although Mueller laid out extensive evidence that President Trump might have criminally obstructed justice, Mueller concluded that he couldn’t make a legal determination because of a Justice Department policy that says a sitting […]

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D-backs’ Taijuan Walker feeling ‘really good’ after throwing simulated game
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker took another step this week in his return from Tommy John surgery. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said Walker on Tuesday threw a 39-pitch simulated game and felt “really, really good” after. Walker, 26, underwent Tommy John surgery last April. “I had a brief conversation with [Walker] throughout the course […]

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Rumors are swirling around MLB that the ball has been deadened for the postseason, leading to a decline in home runs after a historically dinger-filled season. Our team discusses the merits of these claims and, more importantly, whether MLB should be manipulating the ball.
The 2019 WNBA season wrapped up with the Washington Mystics claiming their first championship title in a Game 5 win over the Connecticut Sun. The Athletic’s Lyndsey D’Arcangelo joins us to reflect on the season and to forecast the league’s ongoing CBA negotiations.
Finally, our Rabbit Hole honors the most decorated gymnast of all time, Simone Biles, and takes stock of what Team USA’s performance at the World Gymnastics Championships signifies about our strategy for the 2020 Olympics.
What we’re looking at this week:

Rob Arthur’s work on the drag on the ball this postseason in Baseball Prospectus.
Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs is less convinced that there are significant changes to the ball.
The Washington Post breaks down the victories from this season’s WNBA and the battles still to come.
We can’t stop watching Simone Biles’s jaw-dropping routines — complete with new signature moves — at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships.