On the Barrel Podcast Episode 8 – WAR and Peace

Jonathan Metzelaar and Dave Cherman return with another hitter-focused On The Barrel podcast, covering recent call-ups and injuries as well as deep dives into Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, Kyle Seager, Gary Sanchez, and Leonys Martin.

Dave Cherman and Jonathan Metzelaar cover all things hitting from the past week, including injuries to Kris Bryant and Lorenzo Cain, and deep dives on George Springer, Jose Abreu, Eric Hosmer, Derek Dietrich, and Mark Trumbo.

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  • Dave’s Rave: Kelvin Herrera not an All-Star (2:00)
  • Gleyber Torres vs. Jose Altuve (3:57)
  • wRC+ and WAR rant (6:25)


  • Gary Sanchez to the DL (8:22)
  • Thoughts on Austin Romine (9:40)
  • Lorenzo Cain to the DL / Keon Broxton recalled (11:50)
  • Josh Donaldson has a setback rehabbing his calf strain / Vlad Jr. call-up more likely now? (13:48)
  • Kris Bryant to the DL (15:27)
  • Waiver wire third base fill-ins (16:30)

Player Analysis

  • George Springer (18:30)
  • Jose Abreu (21:53)
  • Eric Hosmer (27:30)
  • Daniel Murphy (31:40)
  • Derek Dietrich (36:00)
  • Mark Trumbo (39:26)

Community Questions

  • Expectations for Ronald Acuna rest-of-season?

Jonathan Metzelaar

Jonathan Metzelaar is a writer, content manager, and podcaster with Pitcher List. He enjoys long walks on the beach, quiet dinners by candlelight, and essentially any other activity that will distract him from the perpetual torture of being a New York Mets fan. He's written for Fangraphs Community Research and created Youtube videos about fantasy baseball under the moniker "Jonny Baseball."

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