St. Louis Bullpen writers John Fleming, Alex Turpin, and friends discuss the latest happenings of the St. Louis Cardinals and also discuss things wildly different from the latest happenings of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In a game show format that many people are saying resembles that of the popular syndicated television show Jeopardy!, John and Turp are joined by NBC Sports writer Drew Silva and Viva El Birdos writer Gabe Simonds, with Turp jumping in as contestant and John serving as host.
John and Turp discuss the Cardinals' signing of infielder Brad Miller, whether the Cardinals should have topped the Dodgers' offer for Mookie Betts (17:55), which Negro Leagues player would translate the best to the modern day St. Louis Cardinals (33:00), and participate in a game of Cardinals and Oscar trivia (51:44).
John and Turp discuss Larry Walker, Hall of Famer and Brad Penny/Rafael Furcal, Hall of Fame ballot participants, then discuss the recent non-Cardinals signings of Marcell Ozuna and Nick Castellanos (10:57), the Kris Bryant grievance situation (30:48), and have a long overdue discussion about the designated hitter and how MLB can make the game more accessible for young fans (48:48).
John and Turp discuss the chaotic mess that is the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, the latest in Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals rumors (38:47), and dissect their preferred Hall of Fame ballots (57:19).
John and Turp discuss the trade which sent top pitching prospect Matt Liberatore to St. Louis from Tampa Bay for Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena, and at 29:39, discuss rumors of trades involving the Cardinals and the Rockies for third baseman Nolan Arenado.
John and Turp discuss Kolten Wong's first Gold Glove award, the cases for and against Mike Shildt and Jack Flaherty for major hardware, the recent hirings of David Ross and Mike Matheny as managers of the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, and whether Marcell Ozuna should accept the Cardinals' qualifying offer.
In a supersized episode of the St. Louis Bullpen Show, John and Turp cover a wide variety of topics.
10:19--World Series talk.
13:36--The Brandon Taubman controversy.
36:15--Rob Drake's tweet and contrasting apologies.
41:10--There is no such thing as sticking to sports.
50:09--Deadspin and reflections on sports media.
1:11:45--Cardinals trivia about big playoff moments.
1:48:36--Cardinals trivia about early 2010s lefty pitchers.
John and Turp discuss the Cardinals' wild five-game NLDS victory over the Atlanta Braves, including the resurgent Tomahawk Chop controversy and how they experienced the 10-run first inning of Game 5, and the two preview the upcoming National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals.
John Fleming and Alex Turpin submit their suggested rosters for the Cardinals' NLDS battle with the Atlanta Braves (8:48), look back at the last time the Cardinals and Braves squared off in the postseason (50:11), preview the opponents and the eventual series results (55:12), and discuss which fan base has the superior famous fans (1:09:05).