Daily Bernie: Apr. 11 – How Concerned Should Cards Fans Be?; Wild are Hungry for 1st Rd. Win

The Cardinals aren’t off to a great start at 2-5. The bullpen has struggled, defense has been shoddy again and the offense inconsistent. Is the panic bus being warmed up or is it already moving?

Bernie addresses this on Tuesday’s show and welcomes MLB Network Radio’s Jim Duquette and SI’s Joe Sheehan to talk the Cards’ early letdowns. Your host also covers why the Minnesota Wild are extra anxious to beat the Blues this first round for head coach Bruce Boudreau.

7 a.m. Hour

Allen has a career .902 postseason save percentage.

Pressure is on Allen as Blues get set for Minnesota

Jake Allen, much like his team, has had a very up-and-down season. As a matter of fact, he and Carter Hutton were dead last in NHL save percentage before the Blues coaching changes.

Tapping Martin Brodeur to help the struggling Allen was a key move in the Note’s turnaround. Now Allen tries to improve his playoff track record while continuing his regular season hot streak.

Cards fans endure a depressing night while Cubs fans raise banners

The Nationals made four errors and coughed up three errors to the Cardinals, who still lost 14-6 in Washington. Meanwhile in Chicago…

The Cubs raised their World Series banner to go with a walk-off 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. It’s safe to say the two fan bases experienced contrasting Tuesday night emotions.

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8 a.m. Hour

Cards bullpen continues to struggle

The pen has an 8.86 ERA through seven games and they’ve allowed six home runs and walked 13 batters in 21.1 innings. Not great.

Namely among those struggling is Brett Cecil, who has allowed all four of his inherited runners to score and given up five earned runs on seven hits through three innings.

Interview w/ MLB Network Radio analyst and former big league GM – Jim Duquette

Duquette weighs in on the Cardinals’ early struggles and talks why it’s hard to assert yourself without a go-to bat in the lineup.

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Cuonzo Martin will rely on coaching staff for offense

Everyone knows Martin’s specialty is defense, which is why he’s brought offensive-minded assistants Cornell Mann, Chris Hollender and Michael Porter Sr.

Bernie discusses the assistants’ backgrounds and plays Mann’s comments on what fans can expect from the Tigers offensively.

Should fans be concerned with Cardinals’ slow start?

The Birds are 5-2, their defense has been sloppy, the offense inconsistent and bullpen just plain bad. So how concerned should we be?

It’s early, but this looks similar to the 2016 Cardinals. What happened to spring training’s good vibes? Are they already gone?

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9 a.m. Hour

Why Bruce Boudreau is under the most pressure before the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Minnesota coach had another prosperous regular season and is about to make his ninth career postseason appearance. Now comes the hard part.

Boudreau is top among his peers in regular season points, but has only taken a team past the second round once and this year’s Wild squad is determined to change that.

Did Matheny send Waino back out for the wrong reasons?

Bernie talks Mike Matheny’s puzzling decision to throw Adam Wainwright back out for Monday’s fifth inning despite the hurler clearly being out of gas.

Interview w/ Sports Illustrated baseball writer and expert analyst – Joe Sheehan

Sheehan talks the Cards’ struggles and explains why their NL Central status may be more diminished in three to five years.

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