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.
Dan and John review in detail the Cubs-Cards series just concluded in St. Louis. They wonder what's wrong with Michael Wacha, marvel at Ben Zobrist's hot streak and rail against ESPN for not knowing the rule book.
Dan and John hand out grades to the Cubs and Cardinals for the quarter of the 2016 season. Let's just say the North Siders will be much happier with their report cards than the Red Birds. The hosts also revise their season predictions.
Dan and John talk about the Cubs historic start and how Cardinals fans can cope with it. And they outline a scenario where the Cards eventually get back in the race. In addition, they both express admiration for John Lackey's style.
Dan and John discuss the Cubs total dominance so far in the NL Central and one of the best starts in MLB history. Can the Cards and Pirates possibly make it a race this year? They also discuss teams' refusal to throw Anthony Rizzo inside and Adam Wainwright's inspiration from the Cubs' fan base.
Dan and John discuss the jarring role reversals of the Cubs and Cardinals so far in 2016: Cubs are pitching best in MLB and Cards are hitting the best. It was supposed to be the other way around. The hosts also discuss the amazing start of Aledmys Diaz and the groundless speculation of Jake Arrieta and PEDs.
Dan and John discuss the first head-to-head meeting of the Cubs and Cards in 2016. There was lots of hype in the air in St. Louis, a ton of good pitching, and some shoddy reporting by a New York newspaper and others.
John attends the Cubs home opener this week and understandably likes what he sees of his team's best start in decades. Dan raves about Cardinals surprise rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker, who he compares to a former Cardinal from the 1980s.
Dan and John discuss the train wreck of the Cardinals first three games and the Cubs fast start. A Cardinals' icon urges Cards' fans to relax and while John tries to goad Dan into panic mode but he's not biting. Some of the listener feedback, however, certainly is biting.
As the regular season looms two days away, Dan and John give their predictions on who will win the NL Central and why. Be prepared for at least one surprising pick. Hosts also talk about some changes in podcast for coming year.
Dan and John are back for another season of podcasting. The Cubs won the off-season and most writers are calling them MLB's best team heading into 2016. Can the North Siders live up to expectations and what about the NL Central's defending champions? Can the Cardinals rise again?
Dan and John tee it up for a special edition focusing on the Cubs signing of FA Jason Heyward. Dan believes the Cardinals front office is to blame for losing both its top off-season FA priorities and John is glad the Cubs were so aggressive. Spirited discussion.
Dan and John are back at it with a preview of upcoming off-season moves for both the Cubs and Cardinals. Will the Cards sign Jason Hayward? What starting pitchers will the Cubs add. All this and the speculation heading into the Winter Meetings in December.
Dan and John lament each teams' exit from the playoffs and detail what might have been. They look forward to 2016 and give 5 agenda items their respective teams need to take care of in the off-season.