GTBH 5/20/18: Youth Will Be Served

May 20, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  A masterful performance by Jack Flaherty on Sunday highlighted so many positives that the youth of the Cards bring, which means Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) spend plenty of time talking about how that all works with the current lineup.  With Alex Reyes coming back, can even games like Sunday's save Flaherty's major league spot?  Do you run the risk of some of this talent withering at Memphis?  You also have Jordan Hicks and Tyler O'Neill doing work this week and making the show.  Can the Cards find a place for O'Neill's bat, for instance?

Much of the talk is about the manager, however.  We didn't plan it that way, it just sort of happened.  From Flaherty's 120 pitches to Hicks' four games in five days to the disconnect on who is going to play shortstop, if you are a big fan of Mike Matheny.....this one might not be the show for you.

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GTBH 5/13/18: More Wainwrong Than Wainwright

May 13, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  It was a rough day for Cardinal fans as franchise icon Adam Wainwright took the mound...and quickly left it, having walked six batters, had his velocity be minimal, and afterwards admitted his elbow acted up again.  Was this the end for the Redbird great?  Daniel (C70 at the Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) talk all about that and the ramifications of what is going on with Uncle Charlie.  They also get into the problems with the offense, which notably struggled all week long save one game in San Diego.  But what can you do about it?  The tough questions are getting asked in the Cardinal front office, no doubt, but Daniel and Tara do their best!

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GTBH 5/6/18: Just Trying to Stay Healthy

May 6, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  While the Cards have been winning on the field, the players have been dropping like flies.  What do all of these injuries mean for the Redbirds?  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) talk about the injuries to Dominic Leone, Tommy Pham, Bud Norris, and most notably Yadier Molina.  Can they keep their place as the best team in the NL Central with all these guys down?  This show is also recorded during Sunday Night Baseball, so commentary both on some of the manager's interesting choices as well as hearing how the driver of the Kolten Wong bandwagon reacted to his game-tying triple.  All that and plenty more in this week's show!

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GTBH 4/29/18: Avengers Assemble

April 29, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  After beating up on the Reds and winning two of three from the Mets, the Cardinals went into Pittsburgh and...there really are few words.  That didn't stop Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) from trying to find some, though.  What can you really do about this bullpen that seems pretty fixed?  Is Greg Holland running out of that "no spring training" excuse?  Is this just a bad stretch or does some serious overhauling need to be done to the 'pen?

It's not just the bullpen either.  Luke Weaver has struggled as of late--can he keep a spot with Jack Flaherty going strong in Memphis and Alex Reyes about a month from returning?  Then there's Matt Carpenter, who still isn't hitting even after the lineup shuffle.  How long can the team keep letting him hit in the top three when he's producing like he is?

Finally, to lighten the mood and to tie in with a certain movie that came out this weekend, Daniel and Tara try to match up current Cardinals to current Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.  Some are easy and some are a stretch, so if you have thoughts on these hit them up on Twitter and let them know!

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GTBH 4/24/18: Crossing Over

April 24, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  Well, not this week because THREE of the BFIB are here for your listening pleasure.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) join together to talk with regular Meet Me at Musial co-host Allen Medlock (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) in a joint MMM/GTBH podcast.  The three talk about the fun that was #ucbweekend (as well as the food) then tackle the information John Mozeliak and Bill DeWitt III brought during their Q&A.  Why is Jordan Hicks on this team and is the lack of strikeouts by him a concern?  What can we expect from Alex Reyes when he returns?  Did the general manager really call the bloggers "peeps"?  All that plus talk about the Cincy series, the current issues with the Cardinals, and interjections from an extra-inning loss against the Mets.  It may sound different and it may run longer than normal but we hope you enjoy!

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GTBH 4/15/18: Looking Good in Red

April 15, 2018

Every week two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  After a sweep in Cincinnati, the Cardinals are sitting in second place and above .500.  But how much of this is due to a turnaround and how much is it due to the fact that the Reds appear to be horrific?  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) tackle that issue as well as other topics of the week.  The Cardinals' closer isn't actually the closer.  When will Greg Holland take over that role and will Bud Norris's performance make that transition tougher?  Adam Wainwright threw a solid start this week.  Is that an aberration or a sign of things to come?  Jedd Gyorko and Luke Gregerson are about ready to make their returns (well, debut for Gregerson).  Who loses out when these guys come back?  Plenty of Cardinal talk for you this week so enjoy!

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GTBH 4/8/18: Coming Home

April 8, 2018

Every week two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  It's obvious Mike Matheny has nothing to do with this show, otherwise Matt Bowman would have been called into host after pitching in the third straight game.  Instead, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman1) talk about the recent bullpen decisions, most notably what happened in Sunday's game.  Where is Mike Maddux in all of this?  Will things change with Greg Holland arriving on Monday?  The two then get into the Adam Wainwright start and what might be going to happen later on if things don't improve.  They finally touch on the office and Tara has choice words about Kolten Wong not playing in the home opener, so even though it ran long, you'll want to stick around for that!

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GTBH 4/1/18: No Foolin’, Baseball Is Back

April 1, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  The games have started, though it feels like the Cardinals might have not quite left the starting gate with the rest of the teams.  A Sunday win salvaged something out of the weekend, but Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) have a LOT of things to talk about.  Has the bullpen usage really changed with the hiring of Mike Maddux?  Is it the best thing in the long term to have Jordan Hicks on the current roster?  How about that Greg Holland character, what's up with him?

It's not all pitching (just mainly) as your hosts also get into the juggling act that is the Cardinals' infield.  Can four players fit into three spots, especially when two of them seem to play every day?  How does this all work out?  When you figure it out, let these guys know!

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GTBH 3/25/18: We’re Not Doing Those Conditioning Drills

March 25, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  Spring training is just about over and the season is in sight, but a couple of pitchers aren't going to be starting the season on the active roster.  Luke Gregerson was not much of a surprise (and it allowed Mike Mayers and John Brebbia to both make the team) but Adam Wainwright came up lame right before the end of the Florida season.  What can we expect from Jack Flaherty?  What does this mean for Waino?  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) talk about all that, the decision to go with Yairo Munoz instead of Harrison Bader, and what they want to see from the Cards in April.  Check it out!

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GTBH 3/18/18: Not So Kelly Green

March 18, 2018

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals continue to whittle down their roster in search of their starting 25 and Sunday brought a little bit of a surprise with the weekly cutdowns.  Carson Kelly, initially expected to be Yadier Molina's backup, instead will get his time down on Beale Street.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) discuss what the Cards are thinking with Kelly, what's the best use of his talents, and who might get removed from the 40-man to accommodate the new backup Francisco Pena.  They also talk about the pitching staff, some surprises in camp, and how they feel about this team going into the last ten days of the spring.  Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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