Summary: Talking St. Louis Cardinals baseball with two of the best in the business, longtime St. Louis sports journalist Bernie Miklasz and baseball writer and Deadspin founder Will Leitch.
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and infielder Andy Young. Bernie and Will took the weekend to digest this news, and they talk about what's next for the Cardinals this offseason.
We're talking about the Cardinals players who won't be returning next season, a look at the new coaching staff, Bryce Harper and what the Cardinals should do to get him to sign in St. Louis, is there any shot at Manny Machado and should the Cardinals even pursue him, and a quick look at the pitching staff, especially the bullpen.
We're talking about how we can take the blame for the Cardinals failure to reach the postseason after missing last week, what is the percentage chance certain Cardinals are back next year, what team you should pull for in the postseason, what's next for this podcast in the off-season, and much more.
We're talking about Adam Wainwright and his masterful performance on Sunday Night Baseball, the Cardinals' current bullpen and if it makes us feel confident, Greg Holland's resurgence with the Nationals, the Redbirds win the Pacific Coast League despite all their turnover, Will's impressions of SunTrust Park, and a discussion about Matt Carpenter's salsa and how it tastes.
We're talking about last week's Seeing Red Live podcast from Westport Social, what the Cardinals should do with Bud Norris, the rally squirrel saves the day again, how we'd like to see more of Carson Kelly, and Marcel Ozuna's emergence. Plus, questions via email from you.
On this episode of Seeing Red, Bernie and Will are LIVE (well, were* LIVE) at Westport Social. We're talking about the Nationals series, the ongoing closer dilemma the Cardinals are facing and whether or not Carlos Martinez is the answer, how the Cardinals have somehow become the young fun Cubs team of a few years back, and much, much more. Plus, the guys field plenty of questions from the crowd.
We're talking about Cardinals fans and their ongoing broken relationships with closers, the idea of why the Cardinals remain married to the idea of having a set ninth inning pitcher, Jose Martinez might have had the worst at bat of the year this weekend, Adam Wainwright's upcoming return, and are the Cardinals starting to feel the pressure of the postseason push?
We're talking about how fired up Owner Bill DeWitt is for this year's team, how fast the culture completely changed within the franchise, Harrison Bader's impact on this team, the addition of Matt Adams, and for any Cardinals fans who remain skeptical, don't complain, but rather drink this all up because this is as fun of a Cardinal team as many can remember.
We're talking about the Cardinals current playoff odds, how they continued to roll despite quiet home-stands from Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina, and how Shildt's ability to manage can overcome mini-droughts like that. And why the entire operation from front office down to players is just running smoother with a guy like Shildt in charge of the team. Plus, who do you go with to start a Wild Card Game?
We're talking about how since the Cardinals made a managerial change, they have the best record in the National League. And had it not been for a double play or a closed roof, this team would be on an 8-game winning streak.
We're taking a look at the difference Mike Shildt is making as Cardinals manager. Might it be the reason this team has put together their series wins lately?
We're talking whether or not moving Tommy Pham to Tampa Bay was a good move, and surprise, we don't always agree.
We're talking differences we see already between Mike Shildt and Mike Matheny, plus Matt Carpenter's MVP stretch and what can be done to fix an ailing bullpen.
We talk the Cardinals firing Mike Matheny, discuss his shortcomings as manager, and take a look at interim manager Mike Schildt. Also, what’s next for the Cardinals’ second half?
We're talking what a lone All-Star selection says about the state of the Cardinals and a frustrated fan base. We're also diving into the Manny Machado talks, and why St. Louis isn't in the running.