Daily Bernie: May 16 – Matheny’s role in the Cards’ Turnaround; Cuonzo Martin on Recruits

It’s been easy at times to question Mike Matheny’s decision making, but the skipper also deserves credit when it’s due.

Well, it’s due. Bernie talks about Matheny’s contribution to the Cardinal cause on Tuesday’s show and welcomes writer and expert baseball analyst Joe Sheehan and MLB Network’s Jim Kaat.

Mizzou hoops is also high on Tuesday’s agenda, as Bernie talks recruits and winning with Tigers head coach, Cuonzo Martin.

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What’s Matheny’s role been in the Cardinals’ turnaround?

They’ve won 18 of 24 games since April 17 and their skipper has played a large part. They continue to improve defensively and much of it is due to continuity.

Matheny also deserves props for moving Jedd Gyorko, his best home run hitter, to the clean-up spot. It’s a small sample, but Jedd’s done just fine so far.

A Cardinal Surprise! Defense and baserunning have both improved

Another reason the Birds have turned things around: They’ve played sound and fundamental baseball. Timely hitting and a strong rotation deserve much credit, but baserunning and defense have been nice surprises.

They still need to be smarter on the basepaths, but they’re nabbing bases for positive gains and the fielding is much more steady.

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Wong is playing like the guy the Cards thought he could be

Kolten Wong ruffled some feathers in March when he thought he’d be a platoon player, but now he’s proving he’s the player the Cards expected him to be.

His .354 OBP ranks third among Cardinals with 80 plate appearances and 10th among qualifying MLB second baseman. Mike Matheny’s backing seems to have upped Wong’s confidence.

Interview w/ MLB Network Announcer and World Series Champion – Jim Kaat

Kaat gives the lowdown on the Red Sox as they head to Busch this week and shares his keys for the Cardinals to stay on top.

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Blues hope Parayko continues upward trend

Colton Parayko has finished his second NHL season and continues garnering league-wide attention. He’s blossomed into one of the best young defensemen in the game.

He put up five points in 11 games in the 2017 playoffs and the Blues want him to play a larger power play role. It seems like the next logical step forward for someone with Parayko’s slap shot.

Interview w/ Missouri Tigers Head Men’s Basketball Coach – Cuonzo Martin

Martin discusses the recruits he’s amassed and how to turn the Tigers’ talent into victories.

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9 a.m. Hour

An NL Central Division snapshot

The Cubs were supposed to have run away with things by now, but the other four Central teams have plenty of hope as the champions struggle.

Bernie goes through each Central club and lists what they do well and not so well..

Interview w/ The Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter Author and SI Contributor – Joe Sheehan

Sheehan and Bernie go around the league and Joe shares why he believes the Cubs will be back in first place by the All-Star Game.

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