With the Pirates poised to challenge the Cards NL Central lead, St. Louis sweeps red-hot Diamondbacks in the desert while the Cubs stumble a bit against the Giants. Dan and John discuss the pivotal West Coast trips as both teams prepare for the September sprint to the playoffs.
As both the Cards and Cubs face tough, pivotal West Coast road trips, Dan and John speculate on how each team will position itself for the September stretch run. They also discuss the Cubs' stumbling starting pitching and the Cards' scuffling offense.
According to our extremely unofficial math, the Cubs and Cards have a 32 percent chance of meeting in the NLDS. Dan and John discuss the potential for that historic series, speculate on pitching matchups, and make a few other predictions.
Cubs go on hottest streak of season at the right time but will it last and are the Cubs about to bench Starlin Castro? Dan and John discuss these items and whether Randal Grichuk has finally turned a corner as a star player or whether his good season so far is fool's gold.
As the trade deadline expires, Dan and John discuss the Cubs and Cardinals trades and the trades that might have been. They also talk about Matt Holliday's re-injury and whether the Cubs are being too cautious compared to other rebuilding teams like the Astros.
The upcoming trade deadline has the rumors flying for Cubs and Cardinals fans. Dan and John predict some possible trade partners for each, including at least one long-shot blockbuster deal. They also discuss the hitting machine Kyle Schwarber and call-up of Stephen Piscotty.
As the Cards and Cubs enter play after the All-Star break, Dan and John make predictions for the second half. Will the Pirates overtake the Cardinals in the NL Central and will the Cubs make the playoffs? Which team will make a blockbuster move at the trade deadline? Fascinating decisions await both squads.
As the Cubs and Cards recover from a dramatic four-game series at Wrigley Field that ended in a split, Dan and John recap and then pick the first ever Cubs Cards Cast mid-season All-Star squad from the rosters of both teams. They also discuss whether the Cardinals are luckier than other MLB teams.
The Cards still have the best record in baseball and showed it by sweeping the Cubs in STL but since then have stumbled. Is this a sign of things to come, or just a temporary slide? Are the Cubs about to pounce on Andrew Cashman or another starting pitcher and is the second half shaping up as a tight race?
Advanced statistical websites say the Cubs have about a 70% chance of making the playoffs this year but Dan and John agree they won't make it with the current roster construction. What moves must be made for the transition from pretender to true contender? Both the Cubs and Cardinals prepare for big weekend series in St.Louis.
Just as the Cardinals were fighting through a series of injuries, news broke that the FBI is investigating several front office employees suspected of hacking the Houston Astros. Did the Cardinals handle the news well and what is the likely outcome? Meanwhile, as Cubs fans snicker at the development, they were smiling at their new DH, Kyle Schwarber, as he hit up a storm in his first games.
Dan and John discuss the latest Cardinals' injury — the loss of LF Matt Holliday to a quad injury. Will this propel the Cardinals to bring in another bat via trade or will the Cards stand pat for now? Are the Cubs ready to take advantage of the loss or will they be too busy retooling their bullpen and rotation?
As the Cards roll along with the best record in baseball, the Cubs are inching toward .500 and just got passed by the Pirates. Dan and John discuss whether the Cubs are regressing to their rightful spot in the standings or are on the verge of a season-changing blockbuster trade. Are we witnessing the last month of the Starlin Castro era in Chicago?
The Cardinals suffer another season-ending injury, this one to starting First Baseman Matt Adams. Dan and John analyze the options to replace Big City and whether his loss will be the blow that brings the Cardinals back to the pack in the NL Central.
As the Cards and Cubs pull away from the rest of the NL Central, at least for now, both teams are pondering changes in their starting OF alignments. Dan and John examine the possible demotions of Jon Jay and Chris Coghlan as well as trades looming on the horizon. Also discussed is good news for both pitching staffs.
Dan and John discuss whether the offense-heavy Cubs four game sweep of the Mets young gun pitchers in a showdown series this week means the team has turned the corner toward contention in the NL Central. If so, who will the Cubs target at mid-season in trades and how will the Cardinals react with moves of their own. And what is going on with Matt Carpenter?
Dan and John attend part of the Cubs-Cardinals four-game series in St.Louis and give their observations about the games and the new state of the NL Central race, where the Cardinals have opened distance on the rest of the pack. Can the young, talented Cubs stay close enough to give us all a thrilling summer and fall? Our hosts assess this question and more.
One wayward step in Milwaukee ended Adam Wainwright's season and sent the NL Central race into a new dynamic. How will the St. Louis Cardinals replace their ace and does the injury mean the Chicago Cubs will be more likely to go all in for Phillies' ace Cole Hamels. Dan and John analyze the eventful week on the eve of next week's big Cubs-Cards four-game showdown in Missouri.
We finally got to see Kris Bryant play and just when it seemed the fun was over, the Cubs called up Addison Russell too, weeks before expected. Dan and John analyze the first week performances of both mega-prospects and look at some looming problems in both the Cubs' bullpen and starting rotation. For the Cardinals, it was a smooth start to the season, albeit with less excitement than in Chicago.
Hosts Dan and John talk about the co-leaders of the NL Central, the Cubs and the Cardinals, predict which train to Chicago Kris Bryant is on, and analyze whether his arrival will shake up the National League.
The Cubs and Cards open the season at Wrigley on national television with Dan and John in attendance. The baseball was good but the stadium was lacking some rather vital services, such as sufficient restrooms. The hosts evaluate the baseball and season-opening ambiance.
Political consultants by day Dan Curry and John Pearman love baseball. Dan is a lifelong Cardinals' fan living in the Chicago area and John is a lifelong Cubs' living in St. Louis. This is their first Cubs Cards Cast as the 2015 season approaches within a few days. They talk about their respective teams' off-seasons and give their predictions for the upcoming season.