GTBH 6/17/18: Be Excellent To One Another

June 17, 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.  Fair warning, folks, this is what we call a rant episode.  This week, Dexter and Aliya Fowler were basically driven from Twitter by awful and disparaging comments.  Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) kicks off the rant against these fans and Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) tags in from time to time.  It's baseball, folks.  These are human beings.  Let's treat them as such, shall we?

After that, Daniel gets started on the news that Greg Holland is going to return to the team in Philadelphia even though nothing in his minor league results seem to indicate this is a good idea.  There's also the general lack of offense, whether changing the manager or the hitting coach would be a good idea, whether players have too much information (or, more accurately, aren't getting well-processed information) and whether there's too much of a "let's go try" rather than a "let's go win" mentality.

You know it's a tough show when the bullpen could be the highlight of it, but there are at least some signs that there are more options out there than Bud Norris and Jordan Hicks, so we'll count that a positive sign.  If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating on iTunes and let us know what you think! 

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GTBH 6/10/18: A Whole Bunch of Ugh

June 10, 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 probably only fair to say right up front that this isn't the most optimistic show our two co-hosts have put together.  From the passing of Red Schoendienst to the loss of Alex Reyes for the season to the bullpen blowups and the use of Jordan Hicks to the erraticness of Carlos Martinez, there was a lot of things that Cardinal fans didn't really want to see this week.  However, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) tackle all of them, examining all the facets to see if there's something good in there.  You'll have to listen to see if they succeed!

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GTBH 6/3/18: No No-No, You Know, But a Good Go

June 3, 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.  This is the 50th GTBH since the new format launched but Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) are spending it talking about #52.  Michael Wacha spent Sunday thrilling the faithful, taking a no-hitter into the ninth before coming up short of the feat last performed by the legendary Bud Smith.  Even without that piece of history, Wacha's been incredibly strong of late.  Can that continue?  And could that mean he's pitching himself into being an attractive trade target?

The pitching discussion continues with the pending return of Carlos Martinez--hopefully for more than one start--and the brief stop Alex Reyes made as an active major league pitcher.  The offense doesn't get entirely neglected, though, as the suddenly-hot Marcell Ozuna gets a little discussion as well.  So much stuff we couldn't cram everything into 30 minutes!

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GTBH 5/27/18: No Sleeping on the Job

May 27, 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.  This week, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Bird Seeds, @tarawellman) talk about the good and the bad of the last few days, from dropping a series to Kansas City to taking two of three from Pittsburgh.  Is Matt Carpenter back to his regular form?  Can Marcell Ozuna get going?  Should we be worried about Tommy Pham?  Then there's the Greg Holland "injury"--true or false?  Does it matter?  What's the outlook for Holland the rest of the way?  Then there's that little thing known as The Return of Alex Reyes.  Can he really be as dominant as he showed in the minors?  What does the rotation look like when Carlos Martinez is healthy?

All that and no mention at all of anyone oversleeping.  Guess we hit the snooze button there.

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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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