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A World Series Sabermetrics Spectacular
Hot Takedown

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Oct. 27, 2015), it’s a very stats-y World Series special. We discuss Daniel Murphy’s incredible postseason and which team is the “team of destiny,” and then feature a special intra-FiveThirtyEight showdown between our biggest Mets fan and biggest Royals fan. Plus, a Significant Digit on Abby Wambach’s goal-scoring milestone.

Note: This episode was recorded before we all lost our minds watching Game 1 of the World Series.

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Three reasons Royals and Mets fans should be worried

Bonus Audio: Neil Paine and Walt Hickey on Madden ratings.

Recorded as part of Gelf’s “Varsity Letters” series.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

David Firestone is FiveThirtyEight’s former managing editor.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.