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.
Dan and John talk about the NL Central race being over, the Cardinals scramble to gain a Wild Card spot and the eventful first game of the Cubs-Cards series in Chicago. The Cardinals lose Michael Wacha and Matt Holliday and the Cubs seek to find a wayward Tommy LaStella.
Dan and John review the Cubs eventful 7-1 homestand and it ends a period of nervousness for North Side fans while in St. Louis, the inconsistent sputtering continues even as the team remains firmly in the Wild Card hunt.
Dan and John explore the Cubs big trade acquiring premier closer Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees and what it means for the team's World Series hopes. Also explored is the Cardinals mysterious shuffling of pitches on the eve of the trade deadline.
As both the Cubs and Cardinals come out of the gate strong after the All-Star break, the focus is on the upcoming trade deadline. Who will the teams target on the open market? It is quite apparent the teams are approaching the deadline with different perspectives. Are the Cardinals creeping back in the NL Central race?
Dan and John chat about the ASG, the upcoming trade deadline and offer their revised predictions for the season at the break. Both teams have significant holes and could use fortifications. Which team will fill those holes most effectively?
Dan and John review another bad week for both the Cubs and Cardinals. The Cubs went 1-6 and the Cards squandered some games and a chance to draw closer to the Chicago team. Both teams need overhauls for the second half of the season and trades are looming this month.
Dan and John discuss the Cubs sweep of the Reds, which ended a panic boomlet in Chicago after a 1-6 stretch. The sweep featured an unusual pitching arrangement known as the Waxahachie Swap, where the Cubs had two pitchers in the game at once. In St. Louis, the Cardinals plodded along with shoddy defense and continued losing at Busch Stadium.
Dan and John talk about an unusual week where the Cardinals unexpectedly sweep the Cubs at Wrigley Field but lose to everyone else. The Cubs, meanwhile, continued to slide against the Miami Marlins, despite their very public Miami Vice get-away gear.
Dan and John talk about the obvious need for both the Cubs and Cardinals to improve their bullpens heading into the second half of the season. For the Cubs, some major trades are already being rumored. For the Cardinals, the improvements might be less flashy but equally significant.
Dan and John talk about the Cubs' promotion of Albert Almora and the Cards' return of Jhonny Peralta and demotion of Kolten Wong and the ripple effects on the lineups. They also talk about the Pirates retooling as the season winds toward the All-Star break.
Dan and John talk about whether the Cubs starting pitching staff can maintain the torrid pace it has set, especially considering four of them are in their 30s. John dives deep into the numbers and comes up with some answers. Dan is doubtful they will all stay healthy into October.