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Daily Bernie: September 29 – Why Do Mo and DeWitt Keep Validating Matheny?

By Luke Schnake | September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Mike Matheny will most likely still be the Cardinals manager in 2017. So why do the brass above him keep reinforcing this to be the case? And should they reevaluate after this season? Bernie tackles this topic on Thursday’s show and also dissects Mizzou’s trip to LSU with Post-Dispatch writer Dave Matter. Other guests include …

Cardinals: In These Desperate Times, Why is Brandon Moss Still In the Lineup?

By Bernie Miklasz | September 29, 2016 | 21 Comments
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Here are the worst onbase+slugging percentages (OPS), for the month of September, single season, in MLB history: 1. Danny Thompson,   1970 Twins,    .281 2. Doug Flynn,   1977 Mets,    .281 3. Bill Mazeroski,   1963 Pirates,     .285 4. Brandon Moss,   2016 Cardinals,  .298 5. Andujar Cedeno,  1992 Astros,   …

The Cardinals: Counting on Mike Leake, Their Hard-Luck Starting Pitcher

By Bernie Miklasz | September 28, 2016 | 4 Comments
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With the Cardinals locked into a must-win mode, Mike Leake makes an important late-season start for the Cardinals on Wednesday night. He’ll be facing his former team, the Reds, while trying to do his part to help his new team wriggle their way into a wild-card playoff spot. I doubt that many fans are thrilled …

Daily Bernie: September 28 – Diaz’ Slam Makes Busch Festive Again, Cards Respond to Beatdown

By Luke Schnake | September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A season that’s seen more vitriol than usual got a big bright light shone on it with Aledmys Diaz’ Tuesday grand slam. The rookie played passionately in honor of his late friend, Jose Fernandez and was visibly emotional for his Busch Stadium curtain call. The moment was bred from tragedy, but was the most moving …

Mozeliak: ‘I Never Anticipated All the Defensive Problems We’ve Had’

By Luke Schnake | September 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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It’s a little late to expect the Cardinals to change who they are with just six games to go this regular season. As the late Dennis Green said, “They are who we thought they were.” Which is a team composed of sloppy baserunning, scattershot defense, and also plenty of late-inning heroics that have carried them …

Aledmys Diaz and Matt Carpenter: Coming Through When the Cardinals Needed Them

By Bernie Miklasz | September 28, 2016 | 3 Comments
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I plead guilty to the charge of over-analyzing baseball at times. So when we talk about the gradual decline of the Cardinals’ offense since the All-Star break, there’s no reason to get fancy or venture into the thicket of esoteric statistics. We know that their walk rate is down. We know that they haven’t gotten …

Daily Bernie: September 27 – Cards Get Booed Monday Night, Who the Heck Will Start Saturday?

By Luke Schnake | September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Booing isn’t a sound one normally hears at Busch Stadium, especially during the regular season’s final week. But then again, this has been no regular season. Bernie delves into the Cardinals mess on Tuesday’s show, but also talks some positive baseball topics with Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan. Your host also welcomes ESPN NFL insider Dan …

Cardinals: Where’s the Leadership? Disgraceful 15-2 Loss Raises Questions

By Bernie Miklasz | September 27, 2016 | 66 Comments
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Question: Where’s the leadership? For several years, pretty much since Mike Matheny became manager in 2012, I participated in the narrative-writing sessions that became a common theme in mainstream-media coverage of Cardinals baseball. From the outset, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak made it clear that leadership potential was his No. 1 reason for hiring Matheny to …

Daily Bernie: September 26 – Cards Lineups Continue to Baffle, Mizzou Just Wasted a Saturday

By Luke Schnake | September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Cardinals have had 142 different lineups through 155 games this season. This is a staggeringly high number during a crazy regular season which only lasts another week. Bernie talks just how crazy it’s been along with the kid’s game Mike Matheny is seemingly using to make his lineups and produce more offense. Your host …

Langosch: Garcia’s Bullpen Time Was Designed to Help With Mechanics and Fatigue

By Luke Schnake | September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Cardinals are assured seven more 2016 games as of Monday afternoon and it looks like Jaime Garcia will get the ball for two of them. The club recently announced the lefty would reclaim his rotation spot to coincide with Luke Weaver being moved to the bullpen. How we should feel about this remains to …