In this week's episode, Jason and I talk about struggling first place teams, what the Reds should do with Aroldis Chapman, and the pickle the Mariners have put themselves in by acquiring reliever Josh Lueke.  Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch then joins us for a fascinating, in-depth discussion of the Tony LaRussa/Colby Rasmus situation and the general state of the struggling Cardinals.  For Pop Culture Moment, we are joined by Henry Owings of Chunklet to discuss their new book and how you can help, plus all the usual wackiness you've come to expect.  We hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 16: "That's Not From A Slurpee Mine"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro and Agenda review

2:30 Housekeeping (Email us and join the Facebook group)

4:09 Emails: The Shaggs, Hawk traps, Japanese designer jeans, podcast recommendations

15:25 First place teams do the collapse; what to do with Aroldis Chapman

33:35 The Mariners and Josh Lueke: when does talent over-ride behavior?

45:30 Special Guest Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • A primer on the situation
  • Tony LaRussa and “his guys”
  • Have LaRussa's support of his guy become a detriment to the team?
  • The Ryan Ludwick deal explained (kind of)
  • Controversies and poor timing
  • Is the window of a good Cardinals team in a closing mode?
  • High school picks and boring college guys
  • Believing in Jon Jay
  • LaRussa's future in St. Louis
  • The flow chart of keeping Pujols and/or LaRussa
  • The State of the Cardinals (the future is complicated)

77:27 Not Jim Tracy on player/manager conflicts

79:34 Pop Culture Moment with Henry Owins (@chunklet) on the Indie Cred Test

If you'd like to learn more about the Indie Cred Test, click here.  Like we say, this is not charity, this is about publicly-funded creative work.  You're not giving, as much as you as pre-ordering to guarantee publication.  Plus, it's funny as hell and I wrote a teeny-tiny bit of it.

106:45 Notes on our musical guest

108:02 What Are You Drinking? (Jason wins)

115:21 Dueling mental states, the end of the minor league season and the end of the episode  

Music is by F&$%@ed Up, various copyrights.

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Regarding the use of Chapman in the playoffs, it's kind of forgotten now but Percival did earn all the saves for the 2002 Angels. Rodriguez was used for more innings and put up some amazing performances, but Percival wasn't a slouch in the one inning, close it down role. I think Jason's point still stands that Chapman's got to show enough control to make pitching in the higher leverage situations, or if he's brought in with runners on base. With Masset doing so well lately, the Reds do have some good problems to have in this regard.
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