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April 6, 2018 @ 11:23 pm

Episode 70: Past, Present, and Future

The season's a week old which means there is plenty of stuff to talk about.  So much stuff that Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) brought in their good friend Kyle Reis (Birds on the Black, @kyler416) to talk about it.  Adam Wainwright made the start in the home opener.  Should he have?  Where do the Cardinals go from here and is there any way this doesn't turn ugly or sad?

Then there's the other roster moves, like bringing up Jordan Hicks and using Yairo Munoz as a defensive replacement.  These are moves that don't seem to fit with the general approach of the Cards over the past few years.  What's behind this?

The minor league season has gotten underway and Kyle goes over the highlights of the full season rosters.  Which teams will be intriguing, which prospects were in unexpected places, and which roster does our prospect guru deem boring?

Finally the guys tackle the Tommy Pham article and all its repercussions.  It's a full show and we hope you enjoy!

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March 30, 2018 @ 11:42 pm

Episode 69: Not The Start We Had Planned

Baseball's back!  The Cardinals have played a game in the 2018 season!  We should be overjoyed, yet after their 9-4 loss to the Mets, that's not exactly the feeling that is prevalent.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) talk about all the issues that came out of that first game, from Carlos Martinez's lackluster start to worries about Matt Bowman.  The Cards went out and got Greg Holland for their ninth inning needs.  Was that really necessary?  What does that mean for the club and who gets to find out their seat is now taken?  Jordan Hicks took the expressway to Cardinal fans' hearts as well as the majors.  Is this the best move for the young fireballer?  Finally, Jose Oquendo told the media that Jose Martinez would be the main first baseman going forward.  What does this mean for the musical chairs that is St. Louis's infield and is this a power struggle or shift from the manager?  Plenty of things to talk about this week!

 

(PS: Apologies if there are sound issues or glitches.  Both Allen and Daniel had various issues while recording this and there's only so much Daniel can do with his rudimentary skills to clean it up.)

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March 23, 2018 @ 11:36 pm

Episode 68: Getting Down to Brass Tacks

The wait is almost over.  Spring training has just a handful of games--games you can count on one hand, even--before it concludes and the regular season gets under way.  In this episode, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) are joined by Moose Michaels of the 243 Podcast.  (You can find Moose on Twitter @MooseMichaels and the show @243Podcast.)  The Cardinals made their final hitting decision earlier on Friday, sending down Harrison Bader and Luke Voit while keeping Yairo Munoz for the Opening Day roster.  Was this the right move?  Did the Cardinals let spring stats influence them too much?  The guys tackle that plus the Carson Kelly demotion, what the bullpen will look like, and their general thoughts on the team.  Plus they tackle some of your Twitter questions as well!

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March 16, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

Episode 67: It’s All Coming Together

There's less than two weeks until Opening Day and the optimism level around the St. Louis Cardinals continues to rise.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) talk about some of the current events in camp as they look forward to the March 29 opener against the Mets.  Who will be on the roster when that comes?  There are a lot of pitchers, most notably Mike Mayers and Josh Lucas, competing for that seemingly last spot in the pen.  But does it matter who gets it?  Also, Matt Carpenter is back instead of being down in his back.  Are there still concerns there, though?  Alex Reyes isn't going to face hitters in a game this spring.  How disappointing is that?  Plus plenty of other talk as the guys go around the roster--and note history as it happens in the NCAA Tournament.

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March 5, 2018 @ 9:20 pm

Episode 66: DeJong and the Richless

Well, OK, so Tommy Pham is not richless by the standards of everyone listening to this podcast (if you are the exception, Allen and Daniel would like to talk to you about a sponsorship) but compared to his teammate's contract, his is looking a little small.  Is this going to be a problem?  Did Pham make the right decision?  And what about that long-term extension for Paul DeJong anyway--was it a good move?  Was it a necessary move?  Does it really matter?

Matt Carpenter is still not on the field, though reports are bat-swinging is coming soon.  Is there any real concern about whether he'll be ready for Opening Day?  If he isn't, what does the lineup look like?

All that plus talk about how Yairo Munoz could fit on this team (and whether he will) and if there should be concerns about the starters after a couple of turns through the rotation.  It's a Monday edition of Meet Me At Musial!

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February 25, 2018 @ 11:57 pm

Episode 65: Where the Names Are Unknown and the Results Don’t Matter

The Cardinals have returned to the field and are playing unmeaningful games against other organizations.  It's not been the swiftest start for the team in red, but Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) are counseling you to settle down if for some reason you've been worked up over what happened this weekend.  Spring training results, both good and bad, should be taken with huge silos of salt, especially this early as rust is being shaken off and people are getting into their grooves.  Daniel and Allen talk about the starts of Jack Flaherty, Carlos Martinez, and Miles Mikolas.  There's also talk about some of the young outfielders.  What would it take for one of them to be on the roster come Opening Day?  The guys rail against the new pitching visits limitations and wonder why both Luke Voit and Breyvic Valera want to be outfielders when there are so many in the system.  It's a bit shorter than normal--you're welcome--so give it a listen then rate and review!

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February 17, 2018 @ 12:41 am

Episode 64: It’s Spring Training For Us Too

The pitchers and catchers (and, really, most everyone else) are working out in Jupiter.  Cardinal baseball is just one week away from kicking off the spring slate.  Which means there is so, so much for Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) to discuss.  Adam Wainwright says that he's not thinking about anything more than one day at a time.  That doesn't mean the rest of us have that mindset, though.  Can Waino be good?  What happens if he's not?

John Mozeliak spent some time talking to the press.  Do you agree that the club had an active and productive offseason?  Should they be more reactionary in their moves than they are?

Mike Matheny had some comments about Carlos Martinez.  You can imagine how well that went over.

Then the guys talk about their 25-man roster picks, answer some Twitter questions, and talk about the last three Favorite Cardinals.  Give it a listen and don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

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February 14, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

Bonus: Checking In With The Galaxy Far, Far Away

Solo trailer.  Rebels finale trailer.  More movies announced.  With all of this Star Wars goodness out there, it was time to check in again with our panel of Jedi.  Daniel (@C70) talks with Steven McNeil (@SMcNeil_87) and Tina Bradley (@ErdrickStorm) about everything that's come down the pipe in the last few weeks.  Does the Solo trailer make these folks more interested in the movie?  Can we adjust to someone not named Harrison Ford playing the scoundrel?  What's up with the Falcon?  The Rebels mid-season trailer, teasing the last three weeks of shows, brings up its share of questions as well.  And has Disney made a misstep by tapping the Game of Thrones guys for a series of movies?  All that, plus the pressing question: Can we ever have too much Star Wars?

(Apologies for the sound quality, especially at the beginning.  If this was a professional operation, we'd probably be able to clean that up.  As you know by now, if there's a professional center of the galaxy you're listening to the podcast that it's farthest from.)

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February 11, 2018 @ 11:38 pm

Episode 63: The Optimist’s Guide to the 2018 Cardinals

It's later in the weekend than normal, but Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) get together for the last show before pitchers and catchers officially report.  The guys first talk about the news of the week, which consisted of Yu Darvish being signed by that team in the north.  After those reactions, it's their upbeat and reasonably optimistic look at what the Cardinals might do this season.  While they'll admit to some rose-colored glasses, they aren't expecting everyone to hit like Mike Trout and the club to win 120 games.  Just some positively realistic thinking about the upcoming season.  They wrap it up with #4-#7 in the Favorite Cardinal poll, with names you know in perhaps surprising positions.  Don't forget to rate, review, and let the guys know what you think!

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February 4, 2018 @ 12:48 am

Episode 62: Hall of Fame Talk, Cardinal Style

It was another fairly quiet week from the Cardinals but that doesn't mean there wasn't something to talk about.  The 2018 Cardinal Hall of Fame ballot dropped on Wednesday and Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Allen (The Redbird Daily, @amedlock1) brought in Kyle Reis (Birds on the Black, @kyler416) to talk about it.  They break down the entire ballot, talking about the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate (Vince Coleman, Keith Hernandez, Jason Isringhausen, Ray Lankford, Scott Rolen, Lee Smith, John Tudor) and giving their predictions of who will be wearing a red jacket come August.

After that, the guys get into some of the labor issues that made the headlines this week and where baseball might be going down a dark path.  To lighten the mood, they wrap with a few more Favorite Cardinals as they get inside the top 10 of the survey.  Plenty to listen to as you get ready for pitchers and catchers to report in 10 days!

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