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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 05-08-2013, 06:57 PM   #646
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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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Old 05-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #647
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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.
Yeah, but the guy STILL hasn't recorded an RBI yet. Bring Boggs back.
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That ****ing picture pisses me off everytime I see it. It completely adds on to the "superiority" stereo type that Cardinals' fans feel.
First time I've ever seen it. I've never been around this blowback of "superiority" except for occasionally on this website. I'm just not that sensitive about that part of being a Cardinal fan.
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Yeah, but the guy STILL hasn't recorded an RBI yet. Bring Boggs back.
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First time I've ever seen it. I've never been around this blowback of "superiority" except for occasionally on this website. I'm just not that sensitive about that part of being a Cardinal fan.
I apologize if I went off on you.

Being from and living in St. Louis I get all kinds of shit for the whole BFIB thing when I go to games out of town.
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Yeah, but the guy STILL hasn't recorded an RBI yet. Bring Boggs back.
Well played, sir. Speaking of pitchers with RBI's, Rick Ankiel DFA'd by the Astros yesterday.
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Bernie nails it in this article. The Angel's are ****ed and the Cards are reaping huge benefits from AP leaving. I guess I didn't realize drafting Wacha was tied to the draft pick we got when the Angel's signed Albert.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/colum...30aca5659.html
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Bernie nails it in this article. The Angel's are ****ed and the Cards are reaping huge benefits from AP leaving. I guess I didn't realize drafting Wacha was tied to the draft pick we got when the Angel's signed Albert.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/colum...30aca5659.html
You have to admit, it's a wonderful feeling being the fan of an organization that you believe will do the right thing rather than hope.

I expected a bounce back year from Pujols. Instead, it looks like he's firmly settled into his decline years, and that is going to go down as one of the worst contracts in baseball history.
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Bernie nails it in this article. The Angel's are ****ed and the Cards are reaping huge benefits from AP leaving. I guess I didn't realize drafting Wacha was tied to the draft pick we got when the Angel's signed Albert.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/colum...30aca5659.html
Yeah, it's beautiful the way that worked out. I love it when big market team tries to spend its way to success and then implodes.

Enjoy your billion dollar .230 hitting washed-up DH, dickbags!
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You have to admit, it's a wonderful feeling being the fan of an organization that you believe will do the right thing rather than hope.

I expected a bounce back year from Pujols. Instead, it looks like he's firmly settled into his decline years, and that is going to go down as one of the worst contracts in baseball history.
Albert's body is a ticking time bomb and it looks like it will go bad sooner than we expected. The Cardinals rebounded from not signing Albert and didn't really miss a step, with a loaded farm system to boot.
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I always wanted to believe it wasn't true, but you hafta wonder if he really is older than he says.
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I always wanted to believe it wasn't true, but you hafta wonder if he really is older than he says.
Could be.

If there was a way to prove it, I wonder if the Angels could try to use that to void his contract?

I hope not. They deserve to be stuck with him.
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I always wanted to believe it wasn't true, but you hafta wonder if he really is older than he says.
His body is going to shit in a hurry and you wouldn't necessarily expect it to go that bad that fast at his supposed age.
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Could be.

If there was a way to prove it, I wonder if the Angels could try to use that to void his contract?

I hope not. They deserve to be stuck with him.
I assume it would be a breach of contract, so that could be possible..


AP will pick it up, he will be pushing .300 by the end of the year.
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Yeah, it's beautiful the way that worked out. I love it when big market team tries to spend its way to success and then implodes.

Enjoy your billion dollar .230 hitting washed-up DH, dickbags!
Its completely obscene to see they still owe him $218MM after this season.

AP will be laughing all the way to the bank, over and over again. His great,great,great grand kids will be living off the Angel's ignorance.

Its making the Zito contract look reasonable.
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