Covering All the Bases takes on MLB topics with an occasional St. Louis spin. Travis Green, executive producer of the Bernie Miklasz Show, and former MLB scout Charlie Meyer analyze the intricacies of the game while keeping it light and fun.
Charlie and Travis discuss the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright's latest outing and what to expect with him moving forward, they also discuss the team's approach to the last two weeks of the season, the mess in the bullpen and how Shildt deals with that, and Jack Flaherty in line for the Wild Card game.
Charlie and Travis discuss a number of things including the Cardinals frustrating start to September, tough stretch upcoming, the playoff picture in both the AL and NL, the Adam Wainwright decision that continues, Manny Machado and the Cardinals offseason plans, and Carlos Martinez future as a closer or starter.
Charlie and Travis discuss the Cardinals rotation and bullpen woes, the Adam Wainwright decision, the idea of bullpening this year and in the future, and why the team doesn't care about perception when it comes to Mike Shildt or the lack of waiver deadline deals.
Charlie and Travis are back with episode 68, catching up on a lot including Mike Shildt taking over for Mike Matheny. They discuss that and the following:
--- The new manager and hitting coaches (they finally seem to have an approach at the plate)
--- The team's never ending supply of pitching talent
--- Cardinals getting back in the playoff race, would it be a failure if they don't make it?
--- Matt Carpenter...this guy is ridiculous
Charlie and Travis dive right into the Bud Norris story, why this team is a lot more fascinating off the field than on it, Mike Matheny's role in the Norris-Hicks thing, the idea of players being fined off of another players report.
How do the boys divide the blame for a 3-year mediocre stretch for the Cardinals?
How Matheny should handle the OF playing time in the 2nd half, and would DeWitt fire the manager at the All-Star break?
Charlie and Travis discuss the Cardinals recent cold stretch followed by a nice hot streak, and which team to trust.
They also talk about this team's approach to the trade deadline with the NL all bundle up.
Finally, they talk about how the injuries are no excuse for the Cardinals because the Cubs, Brewers, and other teams have been hit just as hard.
Charlie and Travis discuss the Cardinals odd season, how they remain in contention but it just doesn't feel like they are that close. They also discuss the front office and manager's job security, and John Mozeliak's role in changing the organization.
Of course, Manny Machado came up as a topic and the boys feel the team needs to get out of their comfort zone to acquire Machado, much like they did with Matt Holliday.
Finally, they wrap up the podcast talking about the team's approach to player injuries and why players are hiding these injuries from the manager and front office.
Charlie and Travis discuss the suspension of Robinson Cano and why it's no longer should be that surprising, and the idea that it hurts his HOF credentials.
The boys then get into the "good problem" the Cardinals have on the horizon with Alex Reyes looking dominant in his rehab starts. What is his role going to be at the Major League level?
They also discuss the Adam Wainwright situation, and why John Mabry gets a pass while the rest of the Cards coaching staff has been shifted, changed, and more. Is it time for a change?
Charlie and Travis dive into the Cardinals offensive struggles, Matt Carpenter and could age be catching up to him. They then talk about John Mozeliak's comments about not employing more shifts, why a smart organization would allow pitchers to dictate something they put a lot of money into.
Travis and Charlie discuss the odd start to the season for MLB with all the weather delays and if there is Dthat can happen to fix the issue.
They also dove right into the biggest problem plaguing the Cardinals and that is Matt Carpenter's offense, and is it time to move him down in the lineup?
The boys also get into the plethora of talent the Cardinals have in the OF and while it's a good problem to have, it's a real problem considering that a bat like Tyler O'Neill is wasting away in Triple-A
Finally, the lack of action in baseball concerns Travis but Charlie tries to calm his fears.
Charlie Meyer and Travis Green preview the upcoming Cardinals season as they discuss the team's impressive lineup depth, trying to appreciate Matt Carpenter, and how the lineup stacks up. They also got into the question of which is more of a concern for the Cards, the bullpen or the rotation? And they predict the Cardinals win total as well as the 2018 World Series matchup and Champs.