Daily Bernie: April 6 – Cardinals Waste Bullpen, Blues Shed Baggage, New SLU Era

A busy Wednesday on The Bernie Miklasz Show as the host breaks down Tuesday’s Cardinals loss and assesses Mike Matheny’s in-game decision making.

Seung-hwan Oh
Seung-Hwan Oh struck out the sixth-inning side in Tuesday’s loss.

Bernie also talks Blues hockey with NHL Network analyst Brian Lawson and why the team isn’t carrying past seasons’ playoff baggage.

Other interviews include 101ESPN Cardinals Insider Jen Langosch and new Billkens basketball coach Travis Ford.

7AM Hour

Cardinals Game Two Recap

Michael Wacha’s stuff wasn’t there, but the Cardinals’ bats came alive for five runs Tuesday.

All unfortunately came in the first three innings and the team wasted an overpowering bullpen performance in the 6-5 loss.

The strikeouts kept coming too, as the Cards have now struck out 27 times through two games and gone 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position.

Goose Gossage vs. New MLB Generation

Gossage and other older players’ ‘get off my lawn’ speeches are getting old. Why can’t the current crop of younger players play in a style that fits the times?

Good for Bryce Harper and his hat that says, ‘Make Baseball Fun Again.’ The younger generation isn’t hurting anyone by not adhering to grouchy standards.

101ESPN Cardinals Insider Jen Langosch Interview

Langosch talks Michael Wacha’s first 2016 outing and why it’s reminiscent of last season, and new reliever Seung-Hwan Oh’s impressiveness.

“(Wacha’s) change-up didn’t play last night in a way that we usually see it play…While he does have a good fastball, if he doesn’t have that change-up working and is not getting swings and misses on it, it’s not going to be as effective.”

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8AM Hour

New SLU Basketball Coach Travis Ford Interview

Ford explains how to crack the ‘basketball code’ at SLU and describes the offensive style he wants to install.

“We put (players) into a team concept of aggressive offense, aggressive defense. It’s not necessarily ‘run and gun,’ but we want to put pressure on the other team’s defense. We want to have great ball movement, great spacing, and give our players freedom to use their talent.”

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Matheny’s In-Game Strategy Still Needs Work

Hoping your favorite team’s manager will make better in-game and lineup decisions is not the same as yelling at the television every time something goes wrong.

Mike Matheny is a great motivator, but he struggles with necessary decisions like when to pull a pitcher or which reliever to bring in. We saw it again Tuesday.

NFL Roundup – What the Hell’s Going on with Greg Hardy?

ESPN recently aired a Greg Hardy interview in which the defensive end defends himself against domestic abuse violations, clearly to endear himself to NFL teams.

He came off unapologetic at best, delusional at worst. Asked how his accuser received her bruises, Hardy replies, ‘Like I said, that’s a conversation for lawyers.’

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9AM Hour

MLB Roundup – Royals Hold Two Ceremonies, Cubs Dominate Angels

The Mets sat through not one, but two pregame World Series ceremonies in Kansas City. Royals manager Ned Yost admitted Sunday’s had been somewhat awkward. The Mets got some revenge Tuesday by shutting out the champs.

Then you have the Cubs outscoring the Angels 15-1 and outhitting them 20-7 in their short two-game set. Dexter Fowler notched 9 bases through both games, the same amount as the Angels.

NHL Network Analyst Brian Lawton Interview

Lawton discusses why past failures have helped the 2016 Blues and why Troy Brouwer will be a big postseason help.

“I personally happen to believe that the character they have in that room, adding a Troy Brouwer…No disrespect to T.J. Oshie, he’s had a fantastic year with Washington…There’s another element or component (the Blues) are going to rely heavily on in the playoffs.”

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Read More: Miklasz – Redbirds Rewind, Game No. 2 at Pittsburgh: Cards Go Cold at PNC Park