Dan and John explore the first series between the Cubs and Cardinals, which ended up in a 1-1 split in frigid Wrigley Field. The getaway game victory by the Cubs cooled off the red-hot Cardinals while maintaining the Cubs win-one, lose-one early season pace. The hosts also talk about Mike Matheny's bullpen usage.
Dan and John talk about the Cubs and Cardinals upcoming showdown next week at Wrigley as both their teams try to break the bonds of mediocrity so far this young season. Is a brawl imminent? They also discuss Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle's diss of John's favorite player, Javier Baez.
Dan and John analyze the first full week of the 2018 season with John still highly confident despite the less-than-stellar start the Cubs were hoping for and Dan seeing positive signs for the lower-expectation Cardinals. Both agree there are warning signs ahead for the Brewers. John's wife Kathy, a Brewers fan, makes a guest appearance.
Dan and John kick off another season of podcasting with reviews of spring training, analysis of first games for both teams and predictions for the season ahead. Let's just say the expectations are sky-high on the Chicago's northside and a bit more tempered under the Arch in St. Louis.
Dan and John begin a new season of podcasting and wonder right away whether anything has changed in the NL Central since the Cubs won the division in 2017. The Cards made an early splash acquiring Marcell Ozuna and the Cubs responded a few days ago with the signing of Yu Darvish. Can anyone dethrone the Cubs in 2018?
Dan and John talk about the Cubs 4-1 series loss to the Dodgers and what it means for the future of the young team. They also start to look forward to a fascinating off-season for both the Cubs and Cardinals as the balance in the NL Central teeters based on the front office moves of both teams in the coming weeks.
Dan and John talk about the wild, long, epic game 5 battle between the Cubs and Nationals that the Chicago team somehow held on to win. Now it is on to the NLCS against the mighty Dodgers for the Cubs and both hosts have their predictions ready.
Dan and John disagree on who will win the NLDS. John picks the Cubs in 5 and Dan predicts the Nationals will prevail in 4. The hosts give the rationale for their prognostications and Dan talks about his blog post on how the Cardinals should reshape their roster in the off-season.
Dan and John talk about the Cubs clinching victory Wednesday over the Cardinals that sealed the NL Central title for the 2nd year in a row. They also began to preview the Cubs matchup in the NLDS against the Nationals and the Cardinals offseason, where the front office has plenty of work to do.
Dan and John talk about the last 10 days of the MLB regular season as the Cubs try to hold off the charging Milwaukee Brewers and the lurking St. Louis Cardinals. John predicts the Cubs will win the NL Central while Dan thinks the race will tighten further down the stretch. We'll see who's right next week.
Dan and John talk about the final three weeks of the season as the Cubs, Cards and Brewers will play head-to-head games within the NL Central. John thinks the Cubs will win the division but it will be a rocky three weeks. Dan believes any of the three teams can still win it.
Dan and John note the Cubs strong week as the defending champs continue to take control of the NL Central. The hosts vehemently disagree on how good Javy Baez is and discuss previous predictions about players on the Cubs and Cardinals.
Dan and John talk about the topsy turvy NL Central race, where the Cubs have finally edged away from the Brewers and Cardinals after capitalizing on stretch of weak opponents. The Cardinals, meanwhile, continue to shuffle players from Memphis and despite the mediocre play are slowly sorting out things in advance of an off-season roster revamp.
Dan and John talk about the latest developments in the NL Central, including ejections of managers Mike Matheny and Joe Maddon in ninth innings of separate games and respective bullpen implosions. Bottom line is Cubs have a narrow lead over the Brewers and Cardinals as the race heads toward the final six weeks of the regular season.
Dan and John try to explain the unexplainable -- how the ragtag Cardinals, written off for dead, are nearing the top of the NL Central. The Cubs, meanwhile, who soared after the All-Star break, are back in a muddling mode as they near an easier part of their schedule later this month.
Dan and John discuss the trade deadline and the Cubs flurry of moves contrasted with the Cardinals inactivity. Are the Cardinals just bad at making deals or are they waiting for the off-season for roster surgery? The Cubs, meanwhile, appear poised for another World Series run.
Dan and John talk about an eventful week for both the Cubs and Cards as the Cubs continue to thrive after the All-Star break and the Cards catch a fresh wind from Memphis call-ups. They discuss each teams' possible trades as the deadline looms several days away.
Dan and an ebullient John talk about the Cubs six-game winning streak after the all-star game and whether it means the team will roll over everyone in the NL Central or revert to middling form. For the Cardinals, the puzzlement continues over a strange roster that even the GM can't figure out how to fix. The hosts also preview the big Cubs-Cards three-game series this weekend in Chicago.
Dan and John start podcast minutes after Cubs announce first trade deadline deal in MLB, acquiring Jose Quintana from the White Sox for the Cubs top hitting and pitching prospects. The move shakes up the uncertain NL Central picture and puts the ball in the courts of GMs from the Brewers and Cardinals to respond with their own moves.
Dan and John discuss the constant lineup shuffling for the Cardinals and Cubs well into the season. Both teams are clustered near .500 and in search of the key to unlock the highly winnable NL Central. The reality is both teams will be making significant changes to the roster later in July as the trade deadline approaches.
Dan and John talk about an eventful week off the field for the Cubs and Cardinals, as the Cubs DFA a veteran catcher for mouthiness and the Cards call up a beefy hometown slugger to spark lineup. The moves didn't have an immediate impact as both teams finished the week 3-4 as they head toward the All-Star break and larger moves.
Dan and John review another mediocre week for the Cubs and Cards and zero in on the controversy surrounding the Anthony Rizzo slide play at home plate. They also discuss the trade deadline, Jake Arrieta's latest excuse, Javier Baez' photo shoot and Tommy Pham's unusual outlook. Former Cardinal and Cub Ken Reitz also was discussed as he has become a social media focal point for some Cardinals fans.
Dan and John are more gloomy than usual as both their teams find themselves below .500 in mid-June. The bright side is the poor place of the NL Central, which gives both teams the opportunity to remain in contention. Both co-hosts agree their respective general managers better get busy at the trade deadline to improve the rosters.
Dan and John continue to talk about the putrid NL Central and specifically the Cardinals 7 game losing streak on the heels of the Cubs 6 game skid. Is anybody capable of taking charge in the division or is it going to be a scrum until September?
After a brief climb to first place, the Cubs got swept by the Dodgers and Padres on the West Coast and stumble home to face the slightly less stumbling Cardinals. It will be the first meeting of the rivals this year at Wrigley Field. Will either team wake up this month and take charge of the weak NL Central?