Daily Bernie: Feb. 16 – Matheny Preaches More Aggressive Baserunning; Blues’ Goalies Are Shining

One would think having terrible baserunning one year may warrant a more tempered approach the following year. Mike Matheny just isn’t the one to think so.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny

The Cardinal skipper recently said he plans to turn his team loose again this spring and Bernie wonders out loud why on Thursday’s program. He also welcomes baseball injury expert Will Carroll to discuss Alex Reyes prognosis.

And the Blues are riding high in most areas, not least of which is goaltending. Jake Allen and Carter Hutton have both stoned opposing shooters on the road and hope to bring home some of the mojo Thursday vs. Vancouver.

Bernie and Travis Green talk Blues hockey and also welcome 101ESPN insider Jeremy Rutherford to the conversation.

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What the Reyes injury means really means for the Cardinals

With all due respect to Alex Reyes, Bernie doesn’t think his injury is a deathblow to the Cards’ 2017 postseason chances. He’s more concerned with the long-term effects.

Many pitchers have bounced back from Tommy John surgery, but Reyes is dealing with a complete rupture. There’s no guarantee he’ll ever be the same.

Blues look to bring good vibes back home

The Note are back in a groove with recent penalty kill, goaltending and offensive production. Carter Hutton and Jake Allen have especially thrived, logging three shutouts between them on the recent five-game roadtrip.

Hutton posted two of those goose eggs and is 5-1 in his last six starts. The Note are home against Vancouver Thursday before heading to Buffalo Saturday.

Matheny’s still obsessed over baserunning

Mike Matheny recently said Cardinal runners will be turned loose this spring just like last year. The team stole almost as many bases last spring as they did in the entire regular season.

The skipper wants to “push the envelope” again on the base paths, but why? Last year’s team was the worst baserunning squad in St. Louis in many seasons. Ugh!

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Cardinals must regenerate their winning aura quick in 2017

The Cubs bounced the Cardinals from the first round in 2015 and embarrassed them by 17.5 games in 2016. It’s safe to say the Cubbies have chipped the Cards’ winning aura a bit recently.

The Cardinals had that winning vibe the Cubs now feel for many years and they can regain it if they rededicate themselves to doing so.

Three Blues takeaways following Wednesday’s 2-0 win in Detroit

Allen and Hutton have Blues goaltending back to where it was under Allen and Elliott. Bernie and Travis Green share their takeaways after another Note shutout.

Why Rosenthal is an intriguing rotation option

Bernie details why Trevor Rosenthal’s potential rotation bid is an intriguing prospect. On one condition: The former closer works on his secondary pitches.

Interview w/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues beat writer and 101ESPN insider – Jeremy Rutherford

JR joins and shares his reassessment of the Blues quick success under Mike Yeo and how much damage he believes they can do.

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‘Ask Bernie’ Segment

Your host turns the program over to the listeners this segment, and takes and responds to your texts, voicemails and tweets.

Interview w/ Hardball Times and Sports Illustrated baseball injury expert – Will Carroll

Carroll assesses Alex Reyes’ injury and shares why not all Tommy John procedures are built the same way.

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