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Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Andy Baggot, sports columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, joined the show Monday in wake of the Brewers’ 1-5 home stand and the NCAA championship.
What is the most pertinent area of concern for the Brewers?
“My concern level is about 2 on a scale of 50. You don’t have your full team there… I know it’s instinct to go ‘Oh my god, look at all the things going wrong.’ To me, let me see them at full strength, and then we can start to assess things. But if you need an answer to the question, it’s just how the starting pitching has not taken the bull by the horns. Aside from Kyle Lohse, it has been a disappointment. You need your starting pitchers to give you a chance, and to this point in time there has been zero chance… But 6 games into the season? Check back on May 1st.”
“I learned more about this team yesterday in that loss that I might’ve learned up to this point, and frankly, I think there’s some grittiness to this team. How many times could you say ‘Oh, they’re done. They’re not coming back from this” and they still keep battling… I just think that in April to get panicky about anything with any baseball team right now is a waste of time.”
On whether Yovani Gallardo has established himself as a true number one pitcher:
“One of my deals with Gallardo, he’s got number one stuff, but he’s never taken that mantle and run with it in my mind… I think before the season is done, somebody’s going to pass Gallardo as the number one guy… I’ve yet to get that feeling ‘here’s an elite, dominating pitcher.’ We’ve seen it, we’ve seen glimpses, but the consistency, no.”
When will somebody else get a chance in place of John Axford?
“I was actually a little surprised to see Roenicke say that Axford still is closer. You’ve got a guy who can fling it in Henderson. He seems to have the physical skills, the velocity, all those types of things, but that role is mental… You’re the last guy. You give something up, people blame you. You have to be a little different upstairs to be able to handle that, and maybe they’re not sure about Henderson in that regard… If Axford continues in that role it’s because there isn’t someone else on that staff that can handle that part of the game.”