The Opening Drive – July 5th, 2023

Today on the Opening Drive:

700 – Marlins 15 | Cardinals 2
Waino to the IL to have his shoulder examined, Andrew Knizner went to the ER for evaluation after getting hit with a ball and experiencing pain in his midsection.

Memphis LHP Zach Thompson didn’t make his scheduled start last night

City SC 2 | Colorado Rapids 0

CITY takes control with early goals in the 4’ & 11’, coasts to a clean sheet win

Congrats to friend of the show, Miki Sudo, who added her NINTH Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest title–eating 39.5 hot dogs

715 – Ask Uncle Randy

730 – Mo says the Cardinals gave opportunities to pitchers and they didn’t pan out…With a rotation full of veterans…who’s he talking about?


800 – Today’s Fresh Take: For the third time in his short career, Oli Marmol is having to manage an aging superstar. Is that the hardest thing for a coach/manager in sports?

Bill Walsh said it: The hardest player to coach is the aging star in decline.

….Of course, Marmol had Pujols last year and we never said this.


830 – The Fight

845 – STL CITY SC Forward Sam Adeniran talks about getting another big play, what it was like to return and score twice in San Jose and tells us all about the fashion line he started years ago to honor his family

900 – RUSH HOUR RESET – Skip has the Marlins playing The Cardinal Way…what’s the difference?
Last year the Marlins had four sacrifices, this year they have 15.

They’ve increased run production from 3.62 to 4.02

Last year the Marlins were 24-40 in one-run games. This year they’re 20-5. Last year the Cardinals were 26-17 in one-run games. This year they’re 8-17.

915 – Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay, who did the Cardinal London games for ESPN, revealed over the weekend that multiple Cardinal people told him that Willson Contreras was calling pitches that Cardinal pitchers didn’t even throw. If that’s correct…and neither Marmol or Contreras would comment…is this the worst free agent signing in MLB history?

930 – The Cardinals only have one All-Star–and that’s because of MLB’s rule–what happened to this roster?

945 – Former White Sox, Cardinals Catch & Foul Territory host AJ Pierzynski talks about the latest story around Contreras, the job of a catcher in an organization & what he sees from the Cardinals in the future

1000 – Rocc ‘n Roll

1015 – Mo says the Cardinals gave opportunities to pitchers and they didn’t pan out, but this has been a long-term problem for more than 2023–so how did they continue to ignore the problems?

1030 – Rocc’s Hill to Die on!

1045 – What’s on Tap?

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