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?
Dan and John continue to puzzle about the topsy-turvy NL Central, where the Cubs have regained first place after a brief stay by the Cardinals and Brewers. Tough games ahead for both teams before the all-star break as major moves loom.
As the Cubs and Cardinals prepare for a showdown series in STL this weekend, all of a sudden the Cardinals are red-hot and in first place in the NL Central and the Cubs are .500 and in fourth place. Will these surprising results flip around soon or is there something different about 2017?
Dan and John agree that the Cubs starting pitching woes is the biggest story of the season so far for the two teams. John even goes so far to predict the Cards will pass the Cubs in the NL Central standings by next weekend.
Dan and John continue to debate whether each team's relatively mediocre Aprils is a sign of anything to come. John says Cubs will get better and Dan says the Cardinals might surge past the Cubs in May.
Dan and John debate which team is more in danger of slippage. John sees the Cardinals with a weak lineup and Dan notes the Cubs' pitching already showing signs of substantial regression.
Dan and John spar in wake of Cubs solid start and Cardinals sputtering out of the gate. John even makes up a narrative so he can rub in that his team won the World Series last year. The hosts look ahead to interesting games for both teams over the Easter weekend.
Dan and John kick around highlights from the season opening showdown series in St. Louis where the Cubs lost the first game but came back to win the next two. Both hosts generally liked what they saw from their respective teams.
Although the 2016 is over, John reminds Dan of what happened last year and Dan responds with reminding John of the last 100 years. Nonetheless, all those things are meaningless as the 2017 season begins on national television in St. Louis as the Cubs take on the Cardinals.
Dan and John wrap up the 2016 season with a review of the 2016 World Series and a look ahead to next year. John is understandably ecstatic about the Cubs world championship and Dan is looking forward to 2017.
John is doing a solo podcast this afternoon hours away from a monumental game 7 World Series showdown between the Cubs and Indians. He previews the game and tells about an ESPN interview involving his family and what a victory would mean to them.
John does a solo podcast where he describes the Cubs first NL pennant since 1945 and previews the World Series ahead against the AL champs, the Cleveland Indians.
Dan and John talk about whether the Cubs will wrap up the NL pennant or succumb again to the dreaded curse of the Billy Goat. John is confident his team is headed to the World Series and a matchup against the Cleveland Indians. Also, more discussion of Jason Heyward's hitting mechanics.
Dan and John preview the NLCS with the Dodgers, review the recently concluded NLDS with SF and John gives Cubs' fans 5 reasons to be confident. Meanwhile, Dan attempts to solve the Jason Heyward hitting problem.
Dan and Cubs fan John talk about the Cubs upcoming NLDS series against the suddenly rejuvenated San Francisco Giants, who played the Mets in the Wild Card game. Can the Cubs live up to all the hype? Perhaps not surprisingly, the co-hosts have very different predictions on who will advance to the NLCS.
Dan and John talk about the last three games of the season as the Cardinals fight for their playoff life. The Cards are down one game for the last Wild Card spot as they host the Pirates for three games. The Cubs, meanwhile, play a meaningless series against the Reds in preparation for the NLDS starting in a week.
Dan and John talk about the Cardinals last week and whether they can somehow overcome their erratic nature and make the playoffs. There still is a decent shot the Cards would face the Cubs in the NLDS. For the Cubs, it's a relaxing week getting things organized for the playoffs.
Dan and John talk about a happy week for Cubs fans. The team clinched the NL Central while their hated rivals, the Cardinals, stumble out of the Wild Card spot and are teetering on the edge of oblivion this season. Will the Cardinals right the ship in time? How will the Cubs manage the final weeks of the season? Are the Cubs a lock for the World Series?
Dan and John ponder whether we are headed toward another Cards-Cubs NLDS showdown. The Cubs will be there and the Cardinals are far from certain to even make the playoffs. But it is fun to imagine another titanic I-55 confrontation.
Dan and John do a shortened edition due to time constraints and zero in on some startling starting pitching statistics. The stats say the Cardinals and Cubs starting pitching in a vacuum performed nearly evenly throughout the season but that the Cubs dramatic edge in defense has made an enormous difference in ERAs.
Dan and John discuss a big week in HR hitting for the Cubs and Cardinals. For the Cubs, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant led the charge. For the Cardinals, it has been a season-long orgy of home runs, with lots of participants, led by Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko. Of course, as noted, leading the NL in home runs are not helping the Cardinals catch the Cubs in the NL Central.
Dan and John review Cards-Cubs split in Chicago and note the teams' different paths in 2016 and beyond. Cards holding fire and stockpiling pitching talent as Cubs go for it all this year and next. Cards got glimpse of that future with debuts of Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver.