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Podcast: Spieth’s Dominance, The NBA’s MVP, And Nate Silver Talks To A Stats Skeptic

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 (for April 14, 2015), we discuss Jordan Spieth’s dominant performance at the Masters and what “dominant” even means in golf, as well as who has the statistical edge for NBA MVP. We also air a conversation between FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver and baseball writer Steve Kettmann about the use of stats in baseball journalism. And our significant digit is two — two early declarers for the WNBA draft.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

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

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

Jody Avirgan hosts and produces podcasts for FiveThirtyEight.