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.