Bustin’ Loose Baseball

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The Bustin’ Loose Baseball, Podcast hosted by Grant Paulsen and Tobi Altizer, is your must have place for Washington Nationals news, talk, analysis and debate. read less
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Episodes

Houston, We Have a Parker; A Star on the Rise; Room for More?
2d ago
Houston, We Have a Parker; A Star on the Rise; Room for More?
Episode 111, FULL SHOW -- The Nationals take another series as they win the final 2 games of the weekend versus the Houston Astros. But the story of Sunday's victory was an impressive performance from the Nationals #21 Prospect LHP Mitchell Parker in just his 2nd career start. Grant Paulsen & Tobi Altizer take a look at what worked for Parker that led to an efficient 7 inning outing where he held the Astros scoreless and struck out 8; CJ Abrams continues to be the catalyst for the Nats offense, hitting another Homerun over the weekend, and continuing to rack up extra base hits during his current hit streak. Is it too early to start projecting a higher ceiling for the 23 year old Shortstop? Later, Grant & Tobi discuss how Luis Garcia Jr continues to impress, Joey Meneses breaking out of his hitting slump, and recap the weekend that was at Nationals Park as the team and fans celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the 2019 World Series team; Grant & Tobi take a quick look at some of the recent performances from Top Prospects for the Nationals in the Minor League System, including why they're concerned about former Top 5 Draft Pick OF Elijah Green. Plus, Grant & Tobi try to figure out if there's room OF James Wood to potentially make a debut in the next few weeks, or if the Nationals want to stick with what's working after winning 3 of their last 4 series. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Success on the West; Party Like It's 2019; Prospect Heat Check
6d ago
Success on the West; Party Like It's 2019; Prospect Heat Check
Episode 110, FULL SHOW -- The Nationals return home this weekend after a successful West Coast road trip that saw the team win 5 of 9 games, including a series win in Los Angeles versus the almighty Dodgers. Grant & Tobi look back at the series that was, which featured and impressive start from Jake Irvin, and impressive outings on offense for CJ Abrams, Jesse Winker, and Luis Garcia Jr. Plus, is it a big deal that Manager Davey Martinez isn't letting Irvin pitch past 6 innings? And are you concerned about the usage of Relief Pitcher Hunter Harvey?; This weekend, the Nationals will celebrate the 5-year anniversary of winning the World Series. And while many former members of the 2019 roster are expected to return, details seem rather cloudy on whether the 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg will be in town. Grant & Tobi discuss the known details and how Strasburg's absence could affect the celebration; Nationals #21 Prospect Mitchell Parker made his Major League debut in Game 1 of the three-game series against the Dodgers, and left quite the impression, notching the first win for a Starting Pitcher making their debut for the Nationals since Stephen Strasburg's infamous debut in 2010. Grant & Tobi predict what Parker's contribution could be to the Nats going forward and look around the Minor League system at other notable performances from top 30 prospects. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Taxed in Oakland; Welcome To The Show Mitchell Parker; He Might Be Ready
15-04-2024
Taxed in Oakland; Welcome To The Show Mitchell Parker; He Might Be Ready
Episode 109, FULL SHOW -- The Nationals came up short in the rubber match of a 3 game series in Oakland over the weekend, thanks to a rough 6th inning on Sunday where Trevor Williams and the Bullpen failed to hold a 5 run lead for the team. Grant Paulsen & Tobi Altizer breakdown what went wrong and why the Nationals Bullpen may already be overworked just three weeks into the regular season. Plus, highlights from good starts from RHP Jake Irvin and LHP MacKenzie Gore, and why Joey Meneses' struggles may eventually put the team in a position to potentially move away from him as the team's primary Designated Hitter; In what could be a season of many Major League debuts for members of the Nationals Top 30 Prospects list (according to MLB Pipeline), fans will get their first look at one of them as LHP Mitchell Parker (#21 Nationals Prospect) is set to make his debut in the opening game of a road series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Grant & Tobi give you everything you need to know about the 24 year old lefty before he takes the mound against a tough Dodgers lineup; It was a big week for Nationals Top Prospect OF James Wood, who slugged his first two homeruns of the season, flashed his defensive skills, and maintained a batting average over .360 in a weeklong series versus Buffalo in Triple-A. Is it time for fans to start planning to see James Wood make his Major League debut soon? Grant & Tobi map out when that debut could be. Plus, we read your reviews from our Podcast page! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Run Nats, Run!; Increased Value; Minor League Report
11-04-2024
Run Nats, Run!; Increased Value; Minor League Report
Episode 108, FULL SHOW -- The Nationals begin their West Coast road trip with a series win in San Francisco despite dropping the finale on Wednesday. But the biggest news of the week came in the form of injury news for All-Star SP Josiah Gray. Grant Paulsen & Tobi Altizer give you the latest update on Josiah Gray as he lands on the 15-Day Injured List. Plus, SS CJ Abrams returned to the lineup in Game 2 of the series, and quickly reminded us why he's a catalyst for the team. Is Abrams approaching superstar status? Then, Grant & Tobi dive into the stunning numbers behind the Nationals surge in stolen bases to start the 2024 season; Despite a low, but unsurprising batting average to start his season, 1B Joey Gallo is off to a near 40 Homerun pace to begin his campaign. Grant & Tobi dive into why good starts from Joey Gallo, Luis Garcia and Jesse Winker are encouraging signs in the Nationals continued effort to rebuild. Plus, 3B Nick Senzel is currently on a Minor League Rehab assignment. What does this mean for young 3B Trey Lipscomb's near future?; It's been a good week among most of the Top Prospects in the Nationals Minor League system. Grant & Tobi highlight performances from James Wood, Dylan Crews and Cristhian Vaquero. Plus, a new Nationals prospect enters MLB Pipelines Top 100 Prospects! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Stephen Strasburg Officially Retires; Avoided The Sweep; Minor League Check-In
08-04-2024
Stephen Strasburg Officially Retires; Avoided The Sweep; Minor League Check-In
Episode 107, FULL SHOW -- Several months ago, everyone thought that Stephen Strasburg had retired, and he was set to say his farewells to the fanbase. But behind the scenes, things didn't go as planned and his scheduled retirement did not happen. Following Saturday's game against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reported that the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg officially came to an agreement on the financial terms of his retirement. Grant Paulsen & Tobi Altizer reflect on the special career of the 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, as his illustrious career comes to an end; The Phillies were in town for a weekend series, and took the first two games of the series, keeping the Nats offense relatively quiet. But MacKenzie Gore took the mound for the home team on Sunday and put forth a strong performance to help lift the Nats to a win to avoid being swept by Philadelphia. Grant & Tobi recap the series that was and highlight the best and worst from the weekend; James Wood and the Rochester Red Wings are finally playing games again after 4 days worth of postponed games. Grant & Tobi take a look at how the Nationals top Minor Leaguers are performing as their seasons are underway across the system. Plus, some recognition for OF Jesse Winker, who has supplied the Nationals with a surprising attribute that not many were expecting from the former All-Star slugger. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices