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GTBH 7/25/21: Better Results But Still A Long Way To Go

GTBH 7/25/21: Better Results But Still A Long Way To Go

July 25, 2021

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 an up-and-down week for the Redbirds but as Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) note,  that's better than the myriad of weeks that were just down.  Beating the Cubs was great but unfortunately the Cardinals missed opportunities to do the same to the Reds.  Do their postseason hopes still have a heartbeat?  Will John Mozeliak make moves more than buying other team's DFAs?  And how much do we buy into this Harrison Bader surge?  All that and much more!

GTBH 7/18/21: A Couple of Ramblers

GTBH 7/18/21: A Couple of Ramblers

July 18, 2021

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 won another series against the Giants, which should give reason for optimism.  However Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) still have a lot of concerns.  Is the pitching able to hold up when you still don't know who your fifth starter really is?  The offense still is sputtering, only scoring seven runs total in the series.  Can anything be done about that?  And what does "creative" mean to Mike Shildt and the front office?  Plenty of monologues in this one if you are into that sort of thing!

GTBH 7/11/21: A Little Upswing

GTBH 7/11/21: A Little Upswing

July 11, 2021

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 last game of the "first half" got rained out in Chicago, there was still plenty for Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) to discuss in this one.  The Cardinals played a bit better this week, taking two of three from the Giants and splitting the series with the Cubs.  Is there still some hope, however faint?  Has the process improved?  How will the Cardinals fill the void that is the fifth starter spot?  And who has been the MVP and the surprise of the first half?  All that and more!

GTBH 6/27/21: The Worst Possible Week (Almost)

GTBH 6/27/21: The Worst Possible Week (Almost)

June 27, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, the Cardinals lost five of six to Detroit and Pittsburgh.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) spend a lot of time lamenting what is on the field and what the front office hasn't done to make it better.  The comments by Tommy Edman calls into question the preparation of this team.  Are they really not looking at the day's starting pitcher?  Would the offense really be an issue if the pitching staff could be in line with past staffs?  Come join these two as they lament over a season that is quickly spiraling out of control!

GTBH 6/20/21: She’s Back!

GTBH 6/20/21: She’s Back!

June 20, 2021

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 long absence due to other priorities, Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) returns to talk about the Cardinals with Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70).  Not that there's a lot of great things to talk about.  Trying to find which flaw to talk about is a chore in and of itself, but the two talk about the struggling offense as well as the shaky pitching staff.  It may not be overly optimistic, but hey, at least Tara's back!

GTBH 6/6/21: Examining the Smoking Crater

GTBH 6/6/21: Examining the Smoking Crater

June 6, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  With Tara Well--um, Nichols--still out, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) is glad to welcome in her Chirps partner Alex Crisafulli (Birds on the Black, @alexcards79) in to talk about....well, whatever this past week was for the Cardinals.  From losing Jack Flaherty to a sputtering offense to five losses in a row and six of seven, Daniel and Alex cover it all and still find time to toss in thoughts about the Cubs, expansion teams, and uniform colors.  A hodgepodge of great baseball talk!

GTBH 5/30/21: A Mixed Road Trip

GTBH 5/30/21: A Mixed Road Trip

May 30, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  With Tara still out doing all the things you do when your wedding is less than a week away, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) goes to the bullpen and finds a reliable arm in Russ Robinson (Redbird Rants, @frrobinson1957).  The two talk about what went right and what went wrong out in Arizona and the moves that John Mozeliak and company should be actively looking forward.  Plus there's a little talk about the Cardinals Hall of Fame at the end, so stick around for that!

GTBH 5/9/21: Everything Old Is New Again

GTBH 5/9/21: Everything Old Is New Again

May 9, 2021

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 (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) spend much of the time talking about how some personage that are representative of Cardinal history are making their impact today.  From Mike Shannon's last year in the booth to Adam Wainwright's continued mastery on the mound to the possibilities relating to recently released Albert Pujols, they cover it all and then add in a little about the first place Cardinals to boot!

GTBH 5/2/21: Are They Putting It Together?

GTBH 5/2/21: Are They Putting It Together?

May 2, 2021

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 of the Pirates, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about what's going right for this club as they went 5-2 last week, including winning the last four in a row.  How great is it to see Carlos Martinez stepping up?  Is there a concern about Jordan Hicks?  Can this team finally click and be the team everyone expected?  All this and much more!

GTBH 4/25/21: A Break From The Ordinary

GTBH 4/25/21: A Break From The Ordinary

April 25, 2021

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 (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) are joined by Tara's fiancé Steve (known to many as the legend of #SiriSteve) who happens to root for, shall we say, a different team.  Tara and Steve give insights on what it's like when your significant other roots for your rival and how you balance those two competing interests.  There is comparison of the 2021 teams and there are more similarities than you might think.  Join us for a little different but very fun conversation!

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