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GTBH 8/11/19: Throwing Pirates Overboard

GTBH 8/11/19: Throwing Pirates Overboard

August 11, 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.  A sweep of the Pirates over the weekend didn't completely salve the feelings of Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) about this team.  Can they beat the better teams or are they only able to handle the lesser squads?  Did Lane Thomas do enough on Sunday to get to stay in the outfield or will we still see plenty of Tommy Edman out there?  Is it really wise to run Michael Wacha out again the next time the team needs a fifth starter?  It's not necessarily an upbeat show--there are still flaws with this team--but it's better than before the weekend began!

GTBH 8/4/19: Dueling Ranters

GTBH 8/4/19: Dueling Ranters

August 4, 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.  Fair warning, this is not an upbeat show this week, as Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) spend a lot of time talking about the lack of activity at the trading deadline by the Cardinal front office.  Can the lack of activity be defended?  Where does the blame lie?  How frustrating was it to see nothing happen?  The results on the field have caused their own frustration, as the Cards have slipped to 1 1/2 games out after losing three of four since the deadline.  There's talk about Matt Carpenter, Lane Thomas, Harrison Bader, Yairo Munoz, Randy Arozarena, Tommy Edman, and much, much more.  Get comfy, these two have a few things to get off their chests!

GTBH 7/28/19: Wheeling and Dealing

GTBH 7/28/19: Wheeling and Dealing

July 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.  While the Cards dropped their last two to the Astros, that was the first series they'd lost since the All-Star Break.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about how the team is performing and what the expectations for it may be before diving into roster issues, most notably that looming trade deadline.  With Marcus Stroman (apparently) off the board, both Daniel and Tara have one main focus.  Who might it be?  There's also talk about players getting healthy and how that might work.  Come for the talk, stay for the Tara rant!

GTBH 7/21/19: Corner or Roundabout?

GTBH 7/21/19: Corner or Roundabout?

July 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 took both series they played this week and showed some resiliency while doing so.  Is this a new look for the Cards or more a function of the teams they are playing?  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) debate that as well as what happens when Matt Carpenter returns to the team, how concerning is Carlos Martinez in the ninth inning, and whether John Mozeliak will make a move before the end of the month.  All that and much more!

GTBH 7/15/19: Gateway To Baseball Musial

GTBH 7/15/19: Gateway To Baseball Musial

July 15, 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.  Except this week, when you get three of them.  Allen Medlock (Red Dirt Redbird, @amedlock1) joins Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) as they break down all the happenings of the ninth annual Blogger Day event at Busch Stadium.  The event had a different flavor this year, partly due to the setup, partly due to the team.  Is Harrison Bader at risk?  Did the Cardinals err in their new offensive curriculum?  Does Tara gloat in her #bombsaway trifecta?  You'll have to listen to find out!  (But yes, she totally does.)

GTBH 7/7/19: Taking a Break

GTBH 7/7/19: Taking a Break

July 7, 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 ended their long road trip with a whimper, losing a game in which they allowed only two hits (one of which was questionable) and going 4-5 on the West Coast.  Is anything changing about this team?  Can anything change?  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about Jack Flaherty's good start and whether it'll continue, who the most reliable starter will be, and what John Mozeliak and company can do to make this team better, if anything.  Spend your All-Star Break with us!

GTBH 6/30/19: Singing the Same Song

GTBH 6/30/19: Singing the Same Song

June 30, 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, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) don't have a lot of wins to talk about, but the one they do have is the most recent game.  That doesn't necessarily mitigate all this issues this team is having and both are a little tired of "it'll happen" talk.  Mike Shildt's comments this week, while not as inflammatory as some think, caused a little irritation as well.  Plus there's discussion about Jordan Hicks and what things are like now that he has had Tommy John surgery.  Buckle up for another frank discussion!

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.)