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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 ...
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #631
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Oh yeah, and Tyrell Jenkins pitched a complete game, 3 hit shutout for Peoria today. Finally, he'd been struggling early on, has the talent to be a #1.
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I've never even heard of this guy. Anyone know anything about Scott McGregor?
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Remember when our best option was PJ Walters when we needed an arm? This would be a guy that in past years would be up there as a prospect. Not running him down, but times have changed for the better competition wise.

I was looking at our opening day roster for 2011 recently: Look at that bullpen, just a reality check, it could be worse!


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Frazod, whats with all the empty seats at the Cubs game? Do they not go to night games?
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The Blackhawks are playing tonight. I guess Chicago fans would rather watch a winner on TV than a loser in person.
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The Blackhawks are playing tonight. I guess Chicago fans would rather watch a winner on TV than a loser in person.
You still torturing the Cub fans?
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The Blackhawks are playing tonight. I guess Chicago fans would rather watch a winner on TV than a loser in person.
I'm not a big hockey fan, but I love those red home jersey's the hawks wear.
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They're so horrible right now it's almost not any fun.

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I wish I liked hockey. God knows I've tried. But AFAIC it's just soccer on ice.
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33 games played. Only 12 games played at home. Best record in the NL. 3 game lead in the Central Division. Might be another good year to be a Cardinal.

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33 games played. Only 12 games played at home. Best record in the NL. 3 game lead in the Central Division. Might be another good year to be a Cardinal.

That ****ing picture pisses me off everytime I see it. It completely adds on to the "superiority" stereo type that Cardinals' fans feel.
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33 games played. Only 12 games played at home. Best record in the NL. 3 game lead in the Central Division. Might be another good year to be a Cardinal.

I read on twitter that Maness has thrown 12 major league pitches, recorded 7 outs and won 2 games with those 12 pitches. That's pretty amazing.
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