What's the biggest trend of the season so far? Is Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout start more impressive than his two no-hitters from last season? Has Manny Machado reached Mike Trout/Bryce Harper levels of value?
To tackle those big questions and hot topics, Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella welcome an old friend onto this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast: SI contributing baseball writer Joe Sheehan. Over the course of a jam-packed 30-minute chat, Ted, Steve and Joe run the gamut on baseball's noteworthy storylines, as Joe picks his trends to watch through the first chunk of the season, weighs in on Scherzer's history-making outing against Detroit, debates whether Machado's move to shortstop has put him into consideration to be MLB's most valuable player, and discusses whether it's time for the Angels to trade Trout and whether any team has what it takes to acquire him. After that, Ted and Steve continue the Trout debate before talking about the week's biggest off-the-field news: the whopping seven-year, $175 million extension for Stephen Strasburg.
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