September is here, autumn is in the air, and your St. Louis Cardinals are still playing meaningful baseball. They’ll also regain some injured players, which is a good thing…Right?
Bernie’s not so sure and mulls it over on Friday’s show with Cards FSM announcer Dan McLaughlin. Your host also gets set for Mizzou’s season opener with Fox Sports’ Tim Brando and holds a Tigers round table with Travis Green and Brandon Kiley.
Keys to a Strong Cardinals Stretch Run
This season has brought stretches of underachievement, a barrage of injuries, and big asks of new contributors, but the Cards still find themselves playing meaningful September baseball.
The team isn’t where it hoped to be and has not shot at winning the NL Central, but they are still positioned to join the Cubs in October. Bernie lists some keys to getting there.
College Football Roundup
It was an ugly one on Rocky Top as the Tennessee Volunteers almost let one get away to 20-point underdogs, Appalachian State, who overpowered the Vols offense all night before falling 20-13.
If Thursday night didn’t get one excited for college football, we’re not sure what will. Appalachian State is a favorite to win their conference, but no one expected them to challenge Tennessee like they did.
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Did the Cards Benefit From Some Injuries? Will They Suffer When Everyone Gets Healthy?
Many figured the Cardinals would be in trouble after being hit hard by July and August injuries, but they’ve benefited from them in a weird way. Mike Matheny was forced to settle on a lineup.
Could returning players actually spell trouble? Will Matheny force Matt Adams back into the lineup? Will Matt Holliday wind up batting third and playing left field heading into the postseason? Will Mike go back to loyalty or will he stay with his consistent August lineup?
Mizzou Round Table and Preview
Could Saturday be Drew Lock’s breakout game? Will Mizzou’s defensive line force West Virginia to take to the air? How will Mizzou’s inexperienced offensive line match up with the Mountaineers’ defensive front six?
Travis Green and Brandon Kiley join Bernie to tackle these questions and breakdown the Tigers’ opener to the 2016 campaign.
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Interview w/ Fox Sports National Broadcaster – Tim Brando
Brando, who will call the Mizzou-WVU game, joins Bernie to discuss the matchup, Barry Odom, Drew Lock, and Tennessee’s narrow Thursday victory.
“(Mizzou is) lacking playmakers on the edge. I think it’s because we haven’t seen some of these graduate transfers like Chris Black, and like Alex Ross, who I think are going to have an indelible impression.”
National Football League Roundup
Brace yourselves for Case Keenum vs. Blaine Gabbert when the Rams open their season in San Francisco for Monday Night Football. Jared Goff will be the first top overall picked quarterback since JaMarcus Russell not to start the season opener.
And finally, a rookie QB who doesn’t suck…Paxton Lynch has shown enough in Denver to land the backup spot until he’s ready to step in for Trevor Siemian.
Interview w/ Cardinals FSM Broadcaster – Dan McLaughlin
Danny Mac joins to talk the Cardinals current road trip, potential September call-ups, and how the team will handle players returning from injury.
“You’ve got to be able to keep guys sharp. So if you’re adding a bunch of guys to come up here that are just going to sit, it’s pointless.”
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