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Daily Bernie: Apr. 20 – Where’s the Blues’ Offense?; Cubs Get Haughty Toward Eric Thames

Blues offense has definitely shown up at times through these four first-round games, but a little more attacking would be a welcome addition in Game 5.

Bernie spends time on this topic Thursday, welcoming 101ESPN insider Jeremy Rutherford and making mention of Minnesota finally putting a crack in Jake Allen’s armor.

And some Cubs are being haughty again, this time commenting on Brewers slugger Eric Thames’ early power burst and winking while saying it “makes you scratch your head a little.” Your host plays back John Lackey and Chris Bosio’s remarks on Thames and also welcomes expert analyst Joe Sheehan.

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Fowler hit 2 home runs in the Cardinals’ Wednesday win over Pittsburgh.

Golf clap for Fowler, but Cards still need to sharpen up

The Cardinals picked up another 2-1 win in sweeping the Pirates Wednesday. Dexter Fowler looked to have found his swing with his two dingers in Wednesday’s win.

As nice as Fowler’s big day and the sweep are, the team didn’t play clean baseball and couldn’t capitalize offensively. These three wins are great, but they have to clean up their game.

Blues can’t pick up Jake Allen in Game 4

The Note lacked any early desperation Wednesday, getting outshot 11-4 in the first period and allowing the Wild to dictate pace after drawing first blood.

Allen was human for the first time this series Wednesday and his team can’t expect him to win every game for them. They most likely learned as much in Game 4’s loss.

Cubs get haughty toward Thames, yet no one is taking notice?

Milwaukee’s Eric Thames is batting .408 with 7 homers and 12 RBIs and he went 6-for-9 in the Brewers’ recent visit to Wrigley Field. A couple Cubs made cavalier comments on the performance.

First was John Lackey, who gave up a Thames home run in the series and winked at media when commenting the oppo-field dinger “makes you scratch your head a little.”

Pitching coach Chris Bosio then remarked on Thames’ changed body type while saying it’s a ‘head-scratcher’ because nobody knows who this guy is.” Why isn’t the national media picking up on this? Could it be because Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon are good for business?

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Blues still up 3-1, but where’s the offense?

The Note were statistically right there with Minnesota through the 2-o Game 4 Wild win…Except on the scoreboard. So where’s the offense?

They’ve certainly shown offensive life this series with six goals outside of Alexander Steen’s empty-netter…But should Mike Yeo preach more aggressiveness in his team’s attack moving forward.

Is Rosenthal’s resurgence coming at the perfect time?

Trevor Rosenthal struck out two Pirates in a scoreless ninth to pick up his first 2017 save Wednesday. Rosenthal’s struck out seven of the 14 hitters he’s faced thus far.

This is ideal timing with Seung-Hwan Oh’s early slider problems and provides a perfect opportunity to allow Rosey to close while Oh figures things out.

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

JR and Bernie recap Blues-Wild Game 4 and discuss the Note can bounce back offensively.

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Cards rotation face a test with Brewers lineup

This Cardinal rotation is the main reason the team claimed their recent Pirates sweep on one-run wins. Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Mike Leake pitched into the seventh and allowed only two runs through 20 innings between them.

A powerful Brewers lineup is about to put all that to the test, as Milwaukee has 29 home runs on the young season. They’ve also scored 76 runs. The good news is they also strike out a lot.

The Wild have cracked Jake Allen’s armor

Allen made an uncharacteristic turnover which led to Minnesota’s first Game 4 goal Wednesday, eventually leading to the Wild’s first 2017 playoff win.

This was also the first crack in Allen’s armor in these playoffs, after which he gave another up we have been used to seeing him stop lately. Now comes the big test, for if the Blues’ goalie goes south they’ll be going home.

Interview w/ Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter author – Joe Sheehan

Sheehan shares why Cardinals fans should be the ones least worried with the team’s rough start.

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