Dan and John talk about another bombshell week of news, primarily in St. Louis, where the front office fired manager Mike Matheny and replaced him with Mike Shildt. Will the Cardinals buy or sell at the deadline? Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Cubs continue to roll and ponder their own trade deadline acquisitions -- probably to a questionable pitching staff.
Dan and John talk about the continuing turmoil surrounding the St. Louis Cardinals, in particular two news reports that we flagged as dubious and were subsequently debunked. The Cardinals real problem is their mediocre performance and a fan base that is demanding better. Meanwhile, in Chicago, things are calmer but Cubs fans have concerns about their pitching and wonder about Anthony Rizzo's slump.
Dan and John discuss the kerfuffle over Cardinals' president John Mozeliak's bizarre comments about Dexter Fowler, questioning his effort level. Cubs' manager Joe Maddon jumped in to defend Fowler and twist the knife. Meanwhile, the Cubs win six in a row and Cardinals rebound on the West Coast after being swept by the Braves at home.
Dan and John talk about the roller coaster NL Central, where the Cardinals, left for dead a week ago, revive their fortunes, and the Cubs, seemingly inevitable division winners, show signs of trouble ahead. What seems certain is there are lots of twists, turns, and dips ahead this summer for the Cubs, Cards and Brewers.
Dan and John talk about the Cardinals horrible stretch of baseball, where losing and bad defense has become commonplace. Will the FO make dramatic moves or is this the plight of the 2018 team? Meanwhile, the Cubs are holding steady and playing solid baseball but are there issues with the pitching going forward?
A special treat this week. Dan and John are guests on the Team of Rivals podcast, another Cubs-Cardinals rivalry podcast. We are posting the podcast on the eve of a big showdown series this weekend at Busch Stadium in steamy St. Louis. Thanks to Ron and Pete for inviting us to their show!
Dan steers the podcast solo in a shortened edition as he recaps an eventful week in Cardinals Nation. Young phenom Alex Reyes is out for the season again with a lat injury and Redbird legend Red Schoendienst passes away. Meanwhile, team flounders in early games in soft part of the schedule.
Dan and John talk about each of their favorite teams obvious weakness so far in 2018 -- for the Cubs it is starting pitching and the Cards have a leaky bullpen. How each team goes about its repair business might decide the NL Central. And then there's the Milwaukee Brewers, who are sailing along in first place.
Dan and John discuss the intriguing possibilities both the Cubs and Cardinals will escape their relative mediocrity this season. For the Cubs, it might be a Manny Machado trade, or a resurgence of their starting pitching. For the Cardinals, it is the return of Alex Reyes.
Dan and John talk about the NL Central at the quarter-pole of the season. The Cubs are worried about their starting pitching, particularly Yu Darvish, whose nickname could be "75 and sunny," referring to his lack of resilience. The Cardinals are perplexed by their struggling offense. Both teams have bullpen concerns. And the Pirates and Brewers are surprising everyone.
Dan and John talk about the Cardinals sweep of the Cubs at Busch Stadium last weekend, the injuries and illnesses of Carlos Martinez, Yadier Molina and Yu Darvish and speculate on whether either team will trade for Manny Machado.
Dan and John talk about upcoming showdown series between the Cubs and Cardinals in St. Louis this weekend as well as the early-season troubles of Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish and the possibility of either team trading for rental superstar Manny Machado.
Dan and John discuss their teams' strong weeks and they also delve into head injuries to Kris Bryant, Tommy Pham and how they reacted quite differently. They also talk about whether Yu Darvish is mentally tough.
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.