Found April 20, 2012 on

There was no guest on this week, so Hudson and Scott really stepped it up. The show follows an agenda something like this:

  • Extension talk – Madison Bumgarner and Erick Aybar both signed extensions this week. What do Scott and Hudson think of each deal?
  • Contender or Pretender? – The Hardballchat crew discusses some teams that are off to surprisingly hot starts (Mets, Dodgers, White Sox, Orioles, Mariners) and whether their success is sustainable.
  • Blip or Grip? – A discussion on a few teams struggling out of the gate (Red Sox, Angels, Phillies). Blip on the radar? Or should fans hold on for dear life?
  • Players of the Week
  • Goats of the Week
  • The week ahead – Some scouting, stat work, and plenty of baseball

If you’d like to ask us fantasy questions – tweet at us (@hudsonbelinsky@sbarzilla). Like the band in between segments? They’re called The Mondays. Support ‘em here. If there’s anyone actually listening to the show, rate/review us on iTunes.

Enjoy the show!

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