Defending Gabe Kapler

Locked On MLB - Daily Podcast On Major League Baseball show

Summary: Welcome to Locked on MLB, your national podcast covering Major League Baseball on a daily basis. Locked on MLB is part of the Locked on Podcast Network and hosted by Tommy Stokke.  Monday means the beginning of a new segment. This season, we will have a top-10 power ranking revealed every Monday. It won't be a traditional season-long power ranking. Instead, it'll be a look at who had the best week in baseball by team. From the Nationals at No. 1 to the Giants at No. 10, we go through the teams from last week.  Then, we try to do the unthinkable and defend Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Spoiler: Kapler didn't make our Top 10 this week in the Power Rankings. Kapler was heavily scrutinized this weekend for his managerial decisions, mainly surrounding his bullpen. But three games for a rookie manager won't decide whether or not he's fit for the job or what to expect from the Phillies this season. Mistakes happen, but because Kapler is different than most (all) other managers, he isn't getting any benefit of the doubt.  The show comes to a close with  few thoughts on the debut of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who picked up his first win in Major League Baseball with a solid performance against the Oakland Athletics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit