Daily Bernie: May 31 – Is There Cause for Wacha Concern?; Pujols’ Quest for 600 Not Getting Much Love

Michael Wacha had his second straight bad outing Tuesday, leaving us to wonder whether this merits a panic bus.

Bernie ponders this on Wednesday’s program and talks baseball with ESPN broadcaster and former Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe and ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield.

Your host also gets into some NBA Finals discussion with ESPN analyst Dan Dakich.

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Cards’ offense is dull and dysfunctional

The Cardinals’ poor fundamentals get most blame for their inconsistency, but what about the offense? Why does it get a pass?

They rank near the bottom in home run rate, batting average with RISP and runs scored. Don’t look solely at the defense when wondering why this team is currently under .500.

MLB hands Harper and Strickland suspensions for “brawl”

MLB suspended Hunter Strickland six games and Bryce Harper four for their roles in Monday’s bench-clearing “brawl.” Both players will appeal and be eligible to play until the league rules further.

Harper’s suspension hurts the Nationals more than Strickland’s does the Giants and Strickland had three years to think about this moment compared to Harper’s three seconds to react. Is there something wrong with this picture?

Can the Penguins survive without offensive metrics?

Pittsburgh may have won this year’s Stanley Cup Finals opener against Nashville, but they went 37 minutes at one without a shot on goal.

History says a team must at least break even in possession-time to win a Stanley Cup. The Pens certainly aren’t doing so this year. Can their run last if this continues?

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8 a.m. Hour

Is there cause for Wacha concern?

Michael Wacha’s 36-pitch third inning would wind up being the Cardinals’ undoing Tuesday, as the righty gave up four runs in the frame.

That makes two consecutive bad outings in which Wacha has tossed 7 total innings for a 11.57 ERA. Is it time to press the panic button?

Interview w/ ESPN Basketball Analyst – Dan Dakich

Dakich joins to talk the Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals matchup and shares why he doesn’t buy Golden State as overwhelming favorites.

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Interview w/ ESPN.com Baseball Writer – David Schoenfield

Schoenfield and Bernie discuss Albert Pujols’ 600-home run quest and why it’s not getting the coverage it deserves.

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9 a.m. Hour

The Cards don’t have a cornerstone player

Yadier Molina may be a beloved Cardinal and steady performer, but he’s not the “the guy” in terms of someone the club can look to six or seven years down the road.

Bernie riffs on the Cardinals’ lack of a cornerstone player and the effect this has on the team’s outlook.

Interview w/ ESPN Analyst and 1984 Cy Young Award Winner – Rick Sutcliffe

Suttcliffe shares why he thinks MLB should do away with the elevated mound and diagnoses Michael Wacha’s rough Tuesday.

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