Every pro sports club’s fanbase complains, no matter how good the team is. It’s science.
Be that as it may, it seems like Cardinal Nation’s had a bit more vitriol than usual after not reaching the 2016 playoffs and watching unfundamentally sound baseball. So Bernie asks the question Friday: How salty are you toward the current regime, Cardinal fans?
The day’s guests include New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner and Yahoo Sports hockey editor Greg Wyshynski.
7 a.m. Hour
Cards Serve Up More Slop in Thursday Loss
The starting pitching has held up the Cardinals for so long that it was a matter of time before it had a hiccup. Thursday was the day, as Michael Wacha couldn’t get past the fifth inning.
Brett Cecil inherited Wacha’s two fifth-inning runners, who each scored after two wild pitches and a double. That, along with Yadier Molina being thrown out at home and Stephen Piscotty bunting with two on and nobody out paints an apt current Cardinals picture.
Interview w/ New York Times National Baseball Writer – Tyler Kepner
Kepner says the Cardinals’ saving grace may be the lack of good National League teams, especially in the NL East.
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8 a.m. Hour
A lost Piscotty doesn’t help the Cards’ cause
Stephen Piscotty was supposed to be the go-to cleanup man this season, but has lost the gap-plugging doubles fans became accustomed to.
Bernie takes a look at the analytics and wonders if Piscotty’s Thursday bunt attempt with two on and no one out signals a confidence shortage.
Has Cardinal Nation soured on club ownership and management?
The team missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010 and watched the rival Cubs win it all for the first time since 1908. They also finished with the worst defense there’s been under Bill DeWitt Jr.
All that adds to the frustration of not adding a mid-order bat this past offseason, and Bernie wants to know how sour Cardinal Nation is toward the current regime.
Interview w/ Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy Blog Editor – Greg Wyshynski
Wyshynski talks the Pens-Preds Stanley Cup matchup and explains why he’s on board with “Smashville” and their fanbase.
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9 a.m. Hour
The Curious Case of Dexter Fowler
Bernie believes Dexter Fowler will be fine because the talent and track record are both there. He’s not so sure why Fowler was brought back into the fold if his shoulder wasn’t fully healed though.
Why is he starting nightly in center field if it’s still an issue? Are the Cardinals aware there’s such a thing as the 10-day disabled list?
MLB surprises and disappointments at the Memorial Day marker
The Cubs have played .500 ball through much of the season thus far and the Twins are in first place after dropping 103 games in 2016.
Bernie goes around the league and lists the biggest surprises and disappointments from each division.
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