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***OFFICIAL*** 2013 STL Cardinals Thread

From Bernie's column:

People have asked me why we’re not more emotional,” Matheny said in his office after Sunday’s game. “They say that we look subdued, always intense. That our actions are methodical, robotic at times. That’s what got us here. This isn’t the time to change it.”

It’s hard to argue with the manager’s 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 Cardinals’ veterans still haven’t forgotten. They still aren’t over it. It’s why Matheny resists GM John Mozeliak’s 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 ...
— Bernie

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:44 AM   #271
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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.
No shit. Beltran is going to be a huge liability in RF this year.

And Jay misplayed the other hit that should have been an out instead scored two runs.
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No shit. Beltran is going to be a huge liability in RF this year.

And Jay misplayed the other hit that should have been an out instead scored two runs.
Luckily we have Holliday in left to balance everything out!
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No shit. Beltran is going to be a huge liability in RF this year.

And Jay misplayed the other hit that should have been an out instead scored two runs.
I've been shocked by Beltran so far. He looks to have the range of Jeff Francoeur, circa 2012. Didn't seem that bad when I saw him last year (30 games or so).
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Luckily we have Holliday in left to balance everything out!
hey the dude hit a two run homer last night and got the bats going.
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I've been shocked by Beltran so far. He looks to have the range of Jeff Francoeur, circa 2012. Didn't seem that bad when I saw him last year (30 games or so).
In his defense, he is trying to play on a broken toe. That's going to hamper your mobility a bit.

But yeah, I've seen RFers in Co-Ed softball games with better range than we're getting out of Carlos right now. Lance Berkman was a better OFer in 2011.

Garcia and Westbrook may avoid the pain due to their extreme GB tendencies, but Wainwright, Lynn and Miller are all going to have to be razor sharp to get around that. Lynn and Miller may have even more trouble as power righties that RH hitters are going to look to serve balls the other way against.
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hey the dude hit a two run homer last night and got the bats going.
That's nice. He gets paid millions to do it, too. Doesn't change the fact that he's a marginal fielder.
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In his defense, he is trying to play on a broken toe. That's going to hamper your mobility a bit.

But yeah, I've seen RFers in Co-Ed softball games with better range than we're getting out of Carlos right now. Lance Berkman was a better OFer in 2011.

Garcia and Westbrook may avoid the pain due to their extreme GB tendencies, but Wainwright, Lynn and Miller are all going to have to be razor sharp to get around that. Lynn and Miller may have even more trouble as power righties that RH hitters are going to look to serve balls the other way against.
Well, the Cardinals have some potential solutions. What would it take to go to them? Why not let Beltran get healthy now?

Besides, if you figure you're only going to get 130 good games from Carlos, it wouldn't be a terrible thing if the last 15 of those are in September rather than July...

Adams at 1B/Craig in RF or Taveras up for a RF stint would seem to make a lot of sense.
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Well, the Cardinals have some potential solutions. What would it take to go to them? Why not let Beltran get healthy now?

Besides, if you figure you're only going to get 130 good games from Carlos, it wouldn't be a terrible thing if the last 15 of those are in September rather than July...

Adams at 1B/Craig in RF or Taveras up for a RF stint would seem to make a lot of sense.
Would be shocked if Tav comes up before June 15th or whenever the deadline is that gives St Louis arbitration/player control for another year.
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Would be shocked if Tav comes up before June 15th or whenever the deadline is that gives St Louis arbitration/player control for another year.
It's all about service days, though. They could bring him up for, say, 2 weeks to give Beltran time to get healthy, then send him back down. Just would mean they'd have to leave him down for 2-3 weeks longer down the road.

The deadline for the extra year of control is a moving target, but early MAy (first two weeks) is likely safe. If they brought him up for two weeks now, they could always send him back down and wait until the end of May to call him up.

Not the only option, though. Adams up and to 1B and Craig to RF seems sensible.
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hey the dude hit a two run homer last night and got the bats going.
I didn't realize this until I just read it.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseb...734c28cf5.html

OK, we now return you to the regular Bird Land blog already in progress ...

The Church of Clutch hasn't had a chance to warm up its vocal chords yet this season, but when it does perhaps it can turn to the Book of Holliday for the update stats after his two-run homer broke a 1-1 tie last night against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill. According to the home run database kept by Tom Orf, left field Matt Holliday tops the current era of Cardinals when it comes to putting the team ahead in the sixth inning or later with a home run. The leaders, from 2009-2013, and No. 3 on the list might surprise you because he hasn't taken an at-bat for the Cardinals since mid-2011:

Matt Holliday 13
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delusional Springfield locals. Memphis is a much bigger city with a stadium that's just as nice as Springfield's, except with double the seating capacity.
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No body is being delusional, it's a rumor I have heard from various people..

Springfield probably has the nicest AA stadium, that generates decent revenue for a double a club.
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