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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 ...
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #391
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:05 AM   #392
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Matt Adams is a freakin' hitter, man.
Same issue me had with Craig.Can't get him in the lineup.
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For Frazod, from Gould's chat..............

As if on cue! Trade Matt Holliday! He's not the player that they thought they were getting. Yeah, the Cardinals are real disappointed in this production since he arrived by train from New York City on July 24, 2009:

.307 average -- that ranks 12th in the majors since that day among players with at least 1,500 plate appearances. It's behind Joey Votto's .316. What is he thinking!

.389 on-base percentage -- that ranks seventh in baseball among players with 1,500 plate appearances since July 24, 2009. That's ahead of Ryan Braun .386 and some guy named Albert Pujols' .383.

.526 slugging percentage -- that ranks 14th in baseball among this group. But it puts him behind Pujols (.555), Giancarlo Stanton (.548) and Prince Fielder (.531). Well, I guess that's what $200 million gets you nowadays.

340 RBIs -- that ranks 11th. Yes, that's a product of the team he's on and where he hits in the lineup, but RBIs rarely lie in the sense that an unproductive hitter who is just Cream of Wheat in the clutch doesn't produce 100 RBIs a season.

91 HRs -- that ranks 23rd. Slacker. He only has as many as Adrian Gonzalez.
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With that, yeah - go ahead and put Rosenthal in. He's going to have some serious bumps and bruises along the way, but it's now time to find a long-term option and not a 1 month stop-gap solution. If we do anything in October, it won't be with Mitchell Boggs closing games.
Glad to see you come around.

Also from Gould's chat......

OK, so Boggs remains the best answer, what are his carrer numbers in the 8th and 9th?
by Mike 4:18 PM yesterday



I actually have those numbers at my fingertips, believe it or not:

Eighth Inning -- 112 games, 93 IP, 2.90 ERA, 3.18 K/BB
Ninth Inning -- 49 games, 41 1/3 IP, 5.01 ERA, 2.25 K/BB

Hard to ignore that gap.
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Matt Adams is in beast mode. 2 run HR. 6-0 Cards in the 6th.
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By all means - explain to me what makes you think that Matt Adams isn't presently a better major league hitter than Taveras.

Adams is a masher. If he started this year he'd hit 30 HRs and bat .280. Taveras won't do that (likely a higher average but 15-20 HR power).

He will someday, sure, but he doesn't have raw power that Adams does and his greatest strength - the ability to make steady hard contact while being aggressive, is also a strength that Adams has. And for their careers, Taveras will certainly be much better as Adams' body type will dictate that his swing slows down sooner than Oscar's.

But that's not the question - the question is what you see in Oscar Taveras that would make him a better hitter than Matt Adams today.
Hey, BRC - Still doubting Matt Adams?

Adams is a seriously talented big-league hitter.
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He's presently sporting a 91% GB rate. Yeah...that's decent.

A hell of an outing from Jake today. I'll never be a fan of the guy because I'm absolutely convinced he'll come apart when we need him most, but I'll give him credit where he earns it and he absolutely earned it today.
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A hell of an outing from Jake today. I'll never be a fan of the guy because I'm absolutely convinced he'll come apart when we need him most, but I'll give him credit where he earns it and he absolutely earned it today.
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A hell of an outing from Jake today. I'll never be a fan of the guy because I'm absolutely convinced he'll come apart when we need him most, but I'll give him credit where he earns it and he absolutely earned it today.
He came up big in game 6 after we had exhausted every other arm we had. He will never be top of the rotation, but he has learned to use what he has and for the most part can keep you in a game.
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