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GTBH 6/23/19: The Return Doesn’t Solve Everything

GTBH 6/23/19: The Return Doesn’t Solve Everything

June 23, 2019

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 lovefest this weekend in St. Louis as Albert Pujols returned to the Gateway City and both Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) loved seeing El Hombre back at Busch and the reaction from the fans, the players, and everyone involved.  There are a lot of good memories that Pujols brings back.  Will the Cardinals ever have that sort of transformative player again?  Can they find someone to lift them out of their doldrums?  What can be done about this team and how far up does this same-old-same-old go?  The good feelings don't last forever and there are some tough questions to be asked.  Listen in to see what you think!

GTBH 6/16/19: Making It On the Big Stage

GTBH 6/16/19: Making It On the Big Stage

June 16, 2019

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 Redbirds won both series this week--with a little help from the other side--and you wonder if maybe things are turning a corner.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about what went right, what went wrong, and then Tara had some thoughts she didn't even know she had about the return of Albert Pujols to St. Louis this week.

GTBH 6/9/19: Is The Cardinal Way Broken?

GTBH 6/9/19: Is The Cardinal Way Broken?

June 9, 2019

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  This week, the Cardinals went back to Wrigley and... well... as Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) explain, things didn't go well. But that's not all that isn't going well. In fact, there's an argument to be made that NOTHING is going well. Again. On whom does the responsibility fall? What can the Cardinals do to change course? WILL they do anything they haven't already tried before? The record has been broken for a long time now, and someone keeps playing it over and over, just for fun. (Spoiler alert: it isn't fun anymore.)

GTBH 6/2/19: The Calendar Has Turned.  Have the Cards?

GTBH 6/2/19: The Calendar Has Turned. Have the Cards?

June 2, 2019

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  June is here and whether it is because of a new month or just finally getting some breaks, the Cardinals are on a four game winning streak after sweeping the Cubs out of Busch.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) are obviously quite excited to talk about winning Cardinal baseball for a chance, but that doesn't mean everything is hunky-dory.  What was that with Adam Wainwright on Sunday?  It worked out, but it was quite an interesting decision.  Does Jordan Hicks need to move out of the closer spot?  Does the rotation need the now-draft-pick-less Dallas Keuchel?  Plenty of pitching talk but a smattering of talk about the offense as well.  Oh, and Tara would like to again point out, Kolten Wong is #good.

GTBH 5/26/19: The Tables Haven’t Turned

GTBH 5/26/19: The Tables Haven’t Turned

May 26, 2019

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  This week's show promised to be an upbeat one after the Cardinals won in dramatic fashion Saturday and turned a three-run lead over to Jordan Hicks on Sunday.  Instead, things came crashing down and Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) try to sort through the pieces.  Changes have happened but how long do you, can you wait for them to take affect?  What about the Michael Wacha news and why is Genesis Cabrera getting the call?  Plenty of worries and unanswered questions, but that doesn't make us any different than pretty much everyone in Cardinal Nation.

GTBH 5/19/19: We Give Up

GTBH 5/19/19: We Give Up

May 19, 2019

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 another rough week for the Redbirds and Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) are at a bit of a loss.  It seems like the losses have come in a variety of ways, including Sunday's questionable decision to extend Jordan Hicks.  Will the lineup ever change?  Can the team get it together enough to make a run?  All that plus a great Tara rant on the starting pitching!

GTBH 5/12/19: Weren’t They Supposed to Win at Home?

GTBH 5/12/19: Weren’t They Supposed to Win at Home?

May 12, 2019

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 another rough week for the Cardinals, as they dropped five of seven against the Phillies and the Pirates.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) don't shy away from the ugliness, though, talking about the sputtering offense, some rotation issues, and whether there are bullpen issues to be concerned about.  There's not a lot of uplifting stuff in here, but it's good Cardinal talk nonetheless!

GTBH 5/5/19: Ain’t No Sunshine

GTBH 5/5/19: Ain’t No Sunshine

May 5, 2019

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  On the heels of the Cardinals getting swept at Wrigley Field, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) scrounge around for positive news.  Spoiler alert: there's not much.  How much weight should we put on this first Cards/Cubs series?  How long will Luke Gregerson be a Cardinal?  Are our expectations way too high for Paul Goldschmidt?  All this and much more!

GTBH 4/28/19: What Is Carlos Martinez’s Endgame?

GTBH 4/28/19: What Is Carlos Martinez’s Endgame?

April 28, 2019

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 Cards are flying high, heading into Washington with a 2.5 game lead over the Cubs.  That doesn't mean everything is just fine and dandy, though.  It was announced this week that Carlos Martinez was coming back as a reliever due to workload issues.  Is that something Carlos wanted?  There seem to be mixed signals coming from the Redbird hurler.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about all the different angles of that story.  They also get into Alex Reyes's latest setback and what Mike Shildt is doing--or maybe NOT doing--with the outfield.  Plenty of talk to get your week started!

GTBH 4/21/19: Doing It the Hard Way

GTBH 4/21/19: Doing It the Hard Way

April 21, 2019

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 Cards went 3-3 on the week, needing a strong outing against Noah Syndergaard to take the series from the Mets after losing another one to the Brewers.  The offense seems to be clicking overall and Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about the outfielders leading the charge, since it's a different conversation that we expected at the end of the year.  Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, and Jose Martinez all seem to be upping their offensive game as of late.  How much credit does Mike Shildt get there?  Is it sustainable?  And, on the flip side, are changes coming soon to the rotation and the bullpen?  The duo talks about Ryan Helsley's debut among other things, so give it a listen!