Zombie Cardinals refuse to die

Dan and John try to explain the unexplainable -- how the ragtag Cardinals, written off for dead, are nearing the top of the NL Central. The Cubs, meanwhile, who soared after the All-Star break, are back in a muddling mode as they near an easier part of their schedule later this month.

"We tried....nothing came together"

Dan and John discuss the trade deadline and the Cubs flurry of moves contrasted with the Cardinals inactivity. Are the Cardinals just bad at making deals or are they waiting for the off-season for roster surgery? The Cubs, meanwhile, appear poised for another World Series run.

"Lackey...it's just a matter of time, buddy"

Dan and John talk about an eventful week for both the Cubs and Cards as the Cubs continue to thrive after the All-Star break and the Cards catch a fresh wind from Memphis call-ups. They discuss each teams' possible trades as the deadline looms several days away.

"Cubs are coming, tra la, tra la!"

Dan and an ebullient John talk about the Cubs six-game winning streak after the all-star game and whether it means the team will roll over everyone in the NL Central or revert to middling form. For the Cardinals, the puzzlement continues over a strange roster that even the GM can't figure out how to fix. The hosts also preview the big Cubs-Cards three-game series this weekend in Chicago.

"Jose, Jose, Jose!"

Dan and John start podcast minutes after Cubs announce first trade deadline deal in MLB, acquiring Jose Quintana from the White Sox for the Cubs top hitting and pitching prospects. The move shakes up the uncertain NL Central picture and puts the ball in the courts of GMs from the Brewers and Cardinals to respond with their own moves.

"Is Jon Jay the way?"

Dan and John discuss the constant lineup shuffling for the Cardinals and Cubs well into the season. Both teams are clustered near .500 and in search of the key to unlock the highly winnable NL Central. The reality is both teams will be making significant changes to the roster later in July as the trade deadline approaches.

"Bombs and doubles"

Dan and John talk about an eventful week off the field for the Cubs and Cardinals, as the Cubs DFA a veteran catcher for mouthiness and the Cards call up a beefy hometown slugger to spark lineup. The moves didn't have an immediate impact as both teams finished the week 3-4 as they head toward the All-Star break and larger moves.

"It's just a good baseball play"

Dan and John review another mediocre week for the Cubs and Cards and zero in on the controversy surrounding the Anthony Rizzo slide play at home plate. They also discuss the trade deadline, Jake Arrieta's latest excuse, Javier Baez' photo shoot and Tommy Pham's unusual outlook. Former Cardinal and Cub Ken Reitz also was discussed as he has become a social media focal point for some Cardinals fans.

"Will they ever turn it around?"

Dan and John are more gloomy than usual as both their teams find themselves below .500 in mid-June. The bright side is the poor place of the NL Central, which gives both teams the opportunity to remain in contention. Both co-hosts agree their respective general managers better get busy at the trade deadline to improve the rosters.

Cardinals hit rock bottom with 7 straight losses

Dan and John continue to talk about the putrid NL Central and specifically the Cardinals 7 game losing streak on the heels of the Cubs 6 game skid. Is anybody capable of taking charge in the division or is it going to be a scrum until September?

Cubs stumble home after 0-6 road trip

After a brief climb to first place, the Cubs got swept by the Dodgers and Padres on the West Coast and stumble home to face the slightly less stumbling Cardinals. It will be the first meeting of the rivals this year at Wrigley Field. Will either team wake up this month and take charge of the weak NL Central?

Cardinals storm into first place in NL Central

As the Cubs and Cardinals prepare for a showdown series in STL this weekend, all of a sudden the Cardinals are red-hot and in first place in the NL Central and the Cubs are .500 and in fourth place. Will these surprising results flip around soon or is there something different about 2017?

Is the Cubs' starting pitching broken?

Dan and John agree that the Cubs starting pitching woes is the biggest story of the season so far for the two teams. John even goes so far to predict the Cards will pass the Cubs in the NL Central standings by next weekend.

Was April the cruelest month?

Dan and John continue to debate whether each team's relatively mediocre Aprils is a sign of anything to come. John says Cubs will get better and Dan says the Cardinals might surge past the Cubs in May.

Whose team is in trouble?

Dan and John debate which team is more in danger of slippage. John sees the Cardinals with a weak lineup and Dan notes the Cubs' pitching already showing signs of substantial regression.

"The straw man cometh"

Dan and John spar in wake of Cubs solid start and Cardinals sputtering out of the gate. John even makes up a narrative so he can rub in that his team won the World Series last year. The hosts look ahead to interesting games for both teams over the Easter weekend.

Cubs take two of three from Cards in St. Louis

Dan and John kick around highlights from the season opening showdown series in St. Louis where the Cubs lost the first game but came back to win the next two. Both hosts generally liked what they saw from their respective teams.

Reset to zero: 2017 season begins in St. Louis

Although the 2016 is over, John reminds Dan of what happened last year and Dan responds with reminding John of the last 100 years. Nonetheless, all those things are meaningless as the 2017 season begins on national television in St. Louis as the Cubs take on the Cardinals.

Cubs win World Series

Dan and John wrap up the 2016 season with a review of the 2016 World Series and a look ahead to next year. John is understandably ecstatic about the Cubs world championship and Dan is looking forward to 2017.