Dan and John talk about the Cubs sweep of Miami this week and the Cardinals' Yelich problem. The upshot is that the NL Central race is tightening up, with all except the Reds within shouting distance of first place.
Dan and John talk about the big news of the week -- the Cardinals improbable 4-game sweep of the 8-2 Dodgers, who looked going in to be the best team in baseball. Does this mean the Cardinals are the new favorites to win the NL Central. Not so fast say the hosts. The Cubs, meanwhile, treaded water with a 3-3 week.
Dan and John talk about the first week of the season -- the Cardinals 3-3 start and the stunning 1-5 early record of the Cubs. Those losses were mainly attributable to a bullpen that was epically horrible. The Cubs have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend as they travel to Milwaukee to take on the red-hot first place Brewers.
Dan and John open the fifth season of Cubs Cards Cast vowing to not brag about their teams' pasts and instead focus on 2019. Quite a battle is expected in the NL Central. National experts are split whether the Cardinals, Cubs or Brewers will win the division and so are the co-hosts, as you might expect. Also, each host gives their predictions on surprise players this year.
Dan and John talk about a bizarre off-season in which star players remain unsigned, the Cubs had one off-field issue after another and the Cardinals refused to flex their payroll muscle. As spring training begins, it looks like the most balanced and competitive NL Central from top to bottom in years.
Dan and John rejoin the baseball conversation with a discussion on the strange off-season, where both the Cubs and Cardinals are making fewer moves than expected, and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned. All this portends a tighter and more exciting 2019 in the NL Central. The co-hosts will return on a regular schedule in a few weeks once spring training is underway.