This is the eighth episode of Capital News Service’s sports podcast, “WAR on Hot Takes,” with Dylan Sinn and Adam Zielonka. We approach Washington and Baltimore professional sports from an outsider’s perspective and have data-driven discussions.
On this week’s episode…
1:02 — Why will Dusty Baker not return as Nationals manager?
2:21 — Discussion of Baker’s postseason record.
4:27 — How much of a say will Bryce Harper have in the choice of Washington’s next manager?
5:50 — Was the Nationals’ loss in the NLDS Baker’s fault?
9:10 — Who have the Nationals interviewed to be their next manager and who else will they target?
13:47 — What went wrong in the Wizards’ first loss of the season Wednesday night?
15:24 — Otto Porter leads the league in steals.
16:54 — John Wall led the league through three games in free throw attempts per game, but struggled to get to the line on Wednesday against the Lakers.
17:50 — The Wizards’ bench problems from a season ago have continued this season.
21:01 — Update on DeMatha alumnus Victor Oladipo and his early-season success with the Indiana Pacers.
22:51 — Recap of Week 7 Monday Night Football, in which Washington lost 34-24.
24:46 — Why the next four games are so important for Washington’s playoff chances.
25:59 — Washington’s tight ends continue to out-produce their wide receivers.
27:27 — Joe Flacco is bad.
32:32 — Baltimore’s Player to Watch for Week 8.
34:50 — Washington’s Player to Watch for Week 8.