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Old 01-25-2013, 04:27 PM  
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***OFFICIAL*** 2013 STL Cardinals Thread

From Bernie's column:

People have asked me why weíre not more emotional,Ē Matheny said in his office after Sundayís game. ďThey say that we look subdued, always intense. That our actions are methodical, robotic at times. Thatís what got us here. This isnít the time to change it.Ē

Itís hard to argue with the managerís assessment. The Cardinals finished with 97 victories, most by a Cards team since 2005, and tied with Boston for No. 1 in the majors this year.


Their 54-27 showing at Busch Stadium matches the 1985 team for the best single-season home winning percentage (.667) by the Cardinals since 1944.

A postseason theme has emerged, and it echoes the mantra that surfaced before the start of 2013: remember the fall of 2012. Remember falling to San Francisco in the NLCS.


The Cardinalsí veterans still havenít forgotten. They still arenít over it. Itís why Matheny resists GM John Mozeliakís urgings to smile and put on a happier face.


Here's the most impressive aspect of the Cardinals' division championship: they prevailed over two other outstanding teams, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.



The 97-win Cardinals were better this year (regular season) than they were in 2011, when they won 90 games, and 2012, when they won 88.
Here are a few numbers that help put the Cardinals' Central title and No. 1 NL seed in perspective:



* Since MLB switched to a three-division format in each league in 1994, this was only the sixth time that a division had three 90-plus win teams. St. Louis won 97, Pittsburgh 94, and Cincinnati 90.
* Since the format change, this was only the second time that an NL division had three 90-win teams. In 2002 the NL West had Arizona (98 wins), San Francisco (95) and Los Angeles (92).
* The 2013 Cardinals faced more esteemed and difficult competition at the top of the division than any of the division-winning teams managed by Tony La Russa.

The Pirates were hardly pushovers; the Cardinals had to work like mad and kick in with a strong finish to put the division away, and didn't clinch until Game No. 160.



The Cardinals went 9-10 against Pittsburgh this season and were 11-8 vs. Cincinnati.


The Cardinals won only three of 10 games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and split the 10 games at Cincinnati. The Cardinals were 6-3 against both teams at Busch Stadium.


The Cardinals (1st), Pirates (3rd) and Reds (5th) ranked among the top five in wins in the NL. The three teams were among the top 11 in wins in MLB. All three teams finished in the top five in the majors for best overall ERA, and each were in the top five MLB for best starting-pitching ERA.


The original purpose to this piece was to point out that the Cardinals managed to finish with the league's best record while competing in a division that had three 90-win teams for only the second time in the last 19 years of National League baseball.



The Cardinals really earned this.
Thanks for reading ...
ó Bernie

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:10 AM   #256
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:37 AM   #257
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I turned in somewhat early, but I watched most of it. Probably a good thing I stopped before they put that useless **** Salas in HOW IN THE HELL IS HE STILL ON THE TEAM

Wainwright didn't look bad. Unfortunately, the other guy looked great.
There is way too much pitching depth in this franchise for Salas to be in the major leagues.

Wainwright looked really good the first three innings, but ran out of gas... IN THE FOURTH INNING!?

The offense also reminded me a lot of last year. It became clear after the third inning that it was gonna be one of those games. Hopefully just opening day jitters, or I'm gonna have a long, pissed off season.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #258
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There is way too much pitching depth in this franchise for Salas to be in the major leagues.

Wainwright looked really good the first three innings, but ran out of gas... IN THE FOURTH INNING!?

The offense also reminded me a lot of last year. It became clear after the third inning that it was gonna be one of those games. Hopefully just opening day jitters, or I'm gonna have a long, pissed off season.
I think that line drive off his right shoulder may have had something to do with it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #259
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I think that line drive off his right shoulder may have had something to do with it.
Hit his arm, not his shoulder. Said it didn't affect him in any way.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #260
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Hit his arm, not his shoulder. Said it didn't affect him in any way.
Looked like the back of the shoulder to me but thats not really relevant anyway.

I know what he said. Things also took a nose dive shortly there after. He wont admit it effected him now either even if it did. He and Carp are pretty stubborn that way so its hard to tell.

Regardless it wasn't pretty but it was 1 game. The shit base running is something I still cant figure out. That's going on about 3 years now.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:37 PM   #262
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Heath Bell has that effect on bats.

Side note - Trevor Rosenthal still throws really really hard. Went up the ladder twice to punch guys out at 100 mph tonight. The kid has some of the easiest gas you'll ever see.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:35 PM   #266
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In regards to Waino, his results wouldn't look that bad if Beltran were 100% and ran down a couple of those catchable balls that ended up being run scoring doubles.
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Heath Bell has that effect on bats.

Side note - Trevor Rosenthal still throws really really hard. Went up the ladder twice to punch guys out at 100 mph tonight. The kid has some of the easiest gas you'll ever see.
Kozma and Jay absolutely MURDERED those two homeruns. Bell was less effective than a pitching machine. And what's up with that pussy in center field that ran away and let his gf/wife/sister get hit square in the face by Kozma's homerun? The Cardinal announcers were dogging him pretty well, and he deserved it.
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I know it hurts the Reds, but I feel kinda bad for Ryan Ludwick. He may come back this year, but I doubt he'll be effective.
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