The next few weeks, both in St. Louis and other NL Central cities, will tell a lot about whether the Cardinals will be 2018 buyers or sellers.
This may not have been a question if the rest of the division were playing better during the Cards’ struggles, but here we are June 15 and the Birds are 3.5 behind leaders behind the first place Brewers.
What would either scenario look like for the Cardinals? Who would be on the trading block and who might they go after? Bernie covers this on Thursday’s program, along with the fact the offense has begun to come around just in time for the rotation to give out.
Thursday’s guests include St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues beat writer, Jeremy Rutherford and Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan.
7 a.m. Hour
Cardinals just can’t get everything rolling at the same time
The lineup is finally starting to produce offensively, with Carpenter, Fowler, Wong and Diaz all putting up big numbers. But, just as the bats are rattling, the rotation is cracking.
Starting pitchers aren’t lasting long enough and have a 3.89 ERA within the past week. Will the stars ever align for this club?
Are the Cards buyers or sellers? And if they’re buyers, who do they pursue?
They’re legitimate questions. If the Cards become sellers, what would that look like? Seung-Hwan Oh, Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal are possibilities for trades, but who’s out there if they decide to buy?
Detroit’s J.D. Martinez would be a 2017 rental, but only Mike Trout and Aaron Judge have better on-base percentages. ESPN’s Buster Olney recently reported that rival execs expect the Birds to trade for a thumper such as Martinez.
Mayweather-McGregor is as much spectacle as fight
The fight’s officially set for August 26 in Las Vegas and could land each fighter upwards of $100 million. How will these two match up in the ring?
It’s no shock Mayweather is a big-time odds-on favorite to win as McGregor has never boxed. Why are so eager to pay $100 to watch this with one guy being so heavily favored?
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8 a.m. Hour
Interview w/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues Beat Writer – Jeremy Rutherford
JR discusses who the Blues will leave unprotected in the upcoming expansion draft and makes a case for holding on to Ryan Reaves.
Cards rotation has stopped churning out strong starts
It held the team together for much of the season, but the rotation is dropping off, posting a 5.17 ERA through the past two weeks.
Carlos Martinez and Lance Lynn are the only two currently pitching well, which spells trouble if others don’t get back on track. How concerned should we be?
Mizzou football’s in-state recruiting is lagging
Things aren’t currently looking good for Mizzou football recruiting. The Tigers only have four committed 2018 recruits and none are higher than three stars.
The biggest problem seems to be recruiting in Missouri, as the university has 10 offers to in-state players, two of whom have committed elsewhere. The Tigers’ 2018 over-under is currently set at six and if they don’t make the over you can bet Barry Odom’s seat will warm up.
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9 a.m. Hour
Interview w/ Yahoo Sports MLB Columnist – Jeff Passan
Passan explains why it’s going to be hard for the Cardinals to “transition” with so many players under multi-year contracts.
A productive Wong is headed back to DL
Kolten Wong was finally headed in the right direction and landed back on the disabled list Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game early with a right triceps strain.
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