Daily Bernie: Feb. 8 – Future Catcher Controversy?; Stastny and Steen on Roll Under Yeo

We’re talking about a future situation, but one that’s bound to rear its head: How will the Cardinals handle transitioning catching duties from Yadier Molina to Carson Kelly?

Bernie devotes time to this topic Wednesday and welcomes Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch to discuss Mike Matheny’s 2017 expectations.

Alexander Steen has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his past four games.

And in Blues news, Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen have both played to their potential in four games under Mike Yeo. Travis Green chimes in with your host on what they took away from the Note’s big Tuesday victory at Ottawa, and welcome Yahoo Sports hockey writer Greg Wyshynski to talk more Blues hockey.

And it’s Wednesday, which means The Professor, John Clayton calls in with the latest around the NFL world.

7 a.m. Hour

Can we trust Pham as Cardinals’ 4th outfielder?

The club will rely on Tommy Pham as their fourth outfielder as it stands today, but is he really the guy for the job?

The 28-year-old has come through at times, but proven he needs playing time to thrive and has struggled mightily as strictly a bench player.

Sarkasian moves on from Alabama; will Chip Kelly step in?

Steve Sarkasian had barely stepped out the Crimson Tide’s door en route to his new Falcons offensive coordinator gig before Chip Kelly’s name came up as Sark’s replacement.

The question becomes whether Kelly could handle moving from an NFL head coaching job to being a college coordinator. Whoever gets the Bama job will be Nick Saban’s sixth offensive coordinator since taking over in 2007.

Major League Baseball roundup

PECOTA recently released their annual MLB projections and have the Cardinals finishing third in the NL Central with just 76 wins. Cards fans are headed for the fainting couch despite the team eclipsing PECOTA’s win total the past two years.

Kansas City regularly feels PECOTA’s sting this time of year and has been picked for only 71 victories this season. The Royals have also beaten their projections a number of years running.

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8 a.m. Hour

Interview w/ Editor of Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy Blog – Greg Wyshynski

Wyshynski talks the Blues transition to Mike Yeo and whether the club will try and trade Kevin Shattenkirk at the March deadline.

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What is Carson Kelly’s role in Cards’ long-term Molina plans?

MLB.com’s pipeline rankings have Kelly as baseball’s top catching prospect and the No. 39 overall prospect. This could pose a problem down the line as Mike Matheny is likely to play Yadier Molina until he dies.

Yadi is an icon, but he’s 35. Will the veteran catcher agree to share time with Kelly when the time comes? How will the Cards handle this future situation?

MLB spring training 2017 storylines

Pitchers and catchers report Monday and storylines are emerging as we approach another marathon season. Will the Cubs repeat? Will Houston live up to Sports Illustrated’s prediction a few years back the Astros would be 2017 World Champs?

Interview w/ Sports on Earth head writer and unabashed Cardinals fan – Will Leitch

Leitch joins to talk Mike Matheny’s shrunken learning curve and whether the Birds will reach October in 2017.

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9 a.m. Hour

Three Blues takeaways

Paul Stastny and Alex Steen have benefited most from the coaching change with six and five points respectively since Mike Yeo took over.

Bernie and executive producer Travis Green give their Note takeaways this segment following Tuesday’s big 6-0 victory at Ottawa.

‘Ask Bernie’

A new Bernie Show segment where your host leaves it to the listeners to ask whatever questions are on their sports-minds.

Interview w/ ESPN senior NFL writer – John Clayton

The Professor weighs in on Terrell Owens’ Hall of Fame critics and gauges how much longer Tom Brady can sustain his success.

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