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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 04-10-2013, 06:29 PM   #406
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Damn - as of close of business yesterday, Brett Wallace was 1-21 with 17 strikeouts.

Seventeen!. The guy could have a BABIP of 1.000 and his batting average would still be below the Mendoza line.

That's gotta be close to the worst start in history, doesn't it?
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Damn - as of close of business yesterday, Brett Wallace was 1-21 with 17 strikeouts.

Seventeen!. The guy could have a BABIP of 1.000 and his batting average would still be below the Mendoza line.

That's gotta be close to the worst start in history, doesn't it?
I bet frazod probably wishes we had him instead of Holliday, though
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #408
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I bet frazod probably wishes we had him instead of Holliday, though
Yeah, we pretty much crushed that trade.

It didn't balance the scales on Haren/Mulder or anything, but we gave up absolutely nothing to get Holliday after the A's gave up Carlos Gonzalez and Houston Street to get him.

Those that worship at the altar of Billy Beane often forget the times that he gives up Andre Ethier for Milton Bradly, Aaron Harang for Jose Guillien and Tim Hudson for scrap.

Beane effectively undid all gains he made in the Haren trade by taking the 2 best players he got when he re-traded Haren, flipped them for Holliday and then lost Holliday for nada.

Beane's cosmic scorecard on the Mulder for Haren deal is little more than a couple of nice seasons by a starting pitcher on a losing team. He hurt the Cardinals far more than he helped the A's.
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Yeah, we pretty much crushed that trade.

It didn't balance the scales on Haren/Mulder or anything.
The Rasmus trade also got us a World Series Championship. Regardless of how Rasmus turns out, that is a helluva deal.
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Damn Shelby Miller looked like an All-Star, Cy Young candidate pitcher in the making. He was in control. He kept all the hitters off balance. Not a single hitter centered the ball and hit it hard. 1 lousy hit that they just stuck out their bat and kind of guided the ball.

Problem is that he strikes out a lot of hitters and because they can't center the ball get a lot of fouls balls. Even though he was cruising he threw 113 pitches in 7 innings, almost 80% were strikes. What can they do about that style so he can make it deeper into games?
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Damn Shelby Miller looked like an All-Star, Cy Young candidate pitcher in the making. He was in control. He kept all the hitters off balance. Not a single hitter centered the ball and hit it hard. 1 lousy hit that they just stuck out their bat and kind of guided the ball.

Problem is that he strikes out a lot of hitters and because they can't center the ball get a lot of fouls balls. Even though he was cruising he threw 113 pitches in 7 innings, almost 80% were strikes. What can they do about that style so he can make it deeper into games?
Improve his secondary pitches, especially the change. If he has two swing and miss off-speed pitches he'll be nearly unhittable.
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Apparently Boggs' control with a beard trimmer is as adroit as his control on the mound.
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I'm afraid to even turn the TV on.
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I'm afraid to even turn the TV on.
Cliffs Notes: 20 straight retired. Boggs gets the first guy out, then walks the next hitter on five pitches all over the world, gets the next guy 1-2, then putts a meatball right down the middle for another hit. Now Braun is up as the go-ahead run.

Boggs just threw a belt high slider on 1-2 that Braun mistimed and fouled off.

Spikes the 1-2 pitch in the dirt.

We escape. Thank ****.
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Cliffs Notes: 20 straight retired. Boggs gets the first guy out, then walks the next hitter on five pitches all over the world, gets the next guy 1-2, then putts a meatball right down the middle for another hit. Now Braun is up as the go-ahead run.
Definitely not turning the TV on.
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