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Old 01-25-2013, 05:27 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 ...
ó Bernie

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:07 AM   #1291
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@BirdsBeat13: As pointed out by @DaRock23, Jay is now 2 for his last 36 (.027) & Kozma is now 2 for his last 28 (.071). No production from the bottom.

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Maybe it's time for Descalso to get some time at SS. He is worse defensively but has been hitting the ball of late.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:26 AM   #1292
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:27 PM   #1294
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And I was the guy telling you that we had to let Pujols walk all along...

Put us both in charge of a ballclub and we may win just win some games and not piss off the entire fanbase in the process...
Okay I give you that. You were right about Pujols. Now, admit I was right about Rosenthal and Miller beings studs.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:58 PM   #1296
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Ouch. So would you say this was just growing pains, or called up too soon?
He is just missing location. He has got the talent. Yeah, he should have stayed in Memphis but injuries happen.
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I didn't realize how bad Jay had been til I looked at some stuff, he's been a damn crater at the plate in the lineup.

I would rather not give up any as for a cf, unless it was something stupid like a Matt kemp, which wouldn't happen.

I wish Tavares could just play center or Beltran could play cf, either way problem solved
I've always been against giving up our pitchers. You can never have enough pitching. This year has proven that again. We thought we had deep pitching..... reality smacks us in the face.
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Macro-wise, Wacha was called up too soon. I don't understand the hype over the kid. That's not to say he can't be a really good pitcher. He should be an eventual strong #3/ solid #2 starter, but the fans treated him like he was a Kershaw type prospect and he's just not that guy. Once he learns to throw his curve effectively he can dominate lineups, but that pitch isn't close to prime time ready.
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Maybe it's time for Descalso to get some time at SS. He is worse defensively but has been hitting the ball of late.
Descalso is an absolutely horrible SS.

The solution looks obvious to me: send Kozma down and bring up Ryan Jackson. Super Two deadline is quickly approaching, so perhaps they're willing to do that.
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Descalso is an absolutely horrible SS.

The solution looks obvious to me: send Kozma down and bring up Ryan Jackson. Super Two deadline is quickly approaching, so perhaps they're willing to do that.
Yeah surely no one can think Kozma is a long term solution.

WTF is up with Carpenter getting hit 3 times and we don't retaliate? Kelly threw a pitch up and in and now the announcers are selling it as now we are even and can move on?
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Yeah surely no one can think Kozma is a long term solution.

WTF is up with Carpenter getting hit 3 times and we don't retaliate? Kelly threw a pitch up and in and now the announcers are selling it as now we are even and can move on?
Tomorrow is the game where you can retaliate. Say you get another trigger happy dickhead like the 1B umpire last week. Then you get your emergency starter tossed after the bullpen has been exhausted from a 14 inning game.

If they want to dome Goldschmidt tomorrow I'm all for it.
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Okay I give you that. You were right about Pujols. Now, admit I was right about Rosenthal and Miller beings studs.
No one ever argued that.
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Maybe I'm a psychopath, but if I were in Kelly's position I'd love to warm up someone's ribs with a number 1 to stand up for my teammate.
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Maybe I'm a psychopath, but if I were in Kelly's position I'd love to warm up someone's ribs with a number 1 to stand up for my teammate.
There's no maybe - you're definitely a psychopath.

But that's okay!
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