Lots of Blues reaction on Wednesday’s Bernie Show, as the Note bring a 3-1 deficit back to St. Louis for Friday’s Game 5.
Bernie discusses the team’s over-reliance on both Jake Allen and their top line and welcomes USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen to analyze the Blues-Preds series.
Your host also welcomes MLB Network’s Chris Rose, who sees the Cardinals as no better than an 85-win team. But hey, Carlos Martinez sure looked better Tuesday.
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Blues, down 3-1, have no one to blame but themselves
The officiating certainly didn’t help, but the Blues still managed only one goal for the second consecutive game Tuesday.
They were 0-for-2 in Game 4 power plays and are now one of nine in the series. And don’t forget, Nashville also had a gripe after P.K. Subban was flagged for a questionable embellishment call.
Martinez returned to form Tuesday and it wasn’t because of the hair
Carlos Martinez returned to Opening Day form Tuesday, throwing 7.1 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. And no…It wasn’t because he took out the extensions.
C-Mart diversified his pitches, getting plenty of use from his two-seamer, four-seamer and slider. But it was clearly because of the hair according to many.
Nick Saban’s payday continues
Alabama has extended Saban’s contract through 2024, three additional years with a $4 million signing bonus. The coach will make over $11 million in 2017.
It’s near-certain Saban will be the highest-paid 2017 college or NFL coach and will also be the first college coach with an eight-figure annual salary. It’s hard to argue they’re overpaying him though.
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Matheny and Wong are mending their relationship
Kolten Wong made a couple costly mistakes in Monday’s 7-5 loss to Milwaukee, but that didn’t keep Mike Matheny from penciling him in Tuesday.
Matheny wouldn’t regret it, as Wong went 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI single in the sixth inning. The two appear to be communicating better.
Interview w/ USA Today lead hockey writer – Kevin Allen
Allen talks the Blues Game 4 loss in Nashville and says Jake Allen would be a series-changer against any other team aside from the Predators.
Interview w/ MLB Network’s Intentional Talk co-host – Chris Rose
Rose explains why he doesn’t see the Cardinals winning more than 85 games this season, and that there are five better NL teams.
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9 a.m. Hour
Blues are relying too much on Allen and their top line
There’s been plenty of complaining about Game 4’s officiating, but the Blues have much deeper issues, like having the lowest goals-per-game average among remaining teams.
Jake Allen saved them against Minnesota, but hasn’t been able to do the same vs. the Predators. Pekka Rinne has been better than Allen and Nashville has outfoxed the Blues. They have to be able to rely on more players than they have thus far.
Rosenthal’s revitalization continues
Trevor Rosenthal picked up his season’s third save Tuesday, striking out two ninth-inning batters en route to victory,
This isn’t new territory for the former closer…Could we see him team-up with Seung-Hwan Oh for a co-closer system?
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