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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 06-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #2041
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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list on Friday, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.

Team spokesman Nick Piburn said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
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Salas isn't gone. He will be back to screw us once again.
I doubt that. Matheny seems pretty happy with his current setup. Maness has replaced Salas as the de facto spot guy.
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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list on Friday, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.

Team spokesman Nick Piburn said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
Man that dude is always hurt.
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Lynn gets gifted a five run lead before his ass waddles out to the mound only to give 80% of it away to the ****ing Marlins.

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****in' Lynn. We spot his worthless ass nine ****ing runs and he gets absolutely slaughtered by the worst offense in baseball.

Nothing is more infuriating than a pitcher who gets spotted a monster lead and gets annihilated. Nothing.
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Lynn getting rocked by the shitty ass Marlins is unacceptable but it appears the offense will save his awful outing. That was ugly.
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Hey, an ugly win but I'll take it. Over 162 games, there'll be some ugly ones; Reds were shut out at home by the Brewers, for crying out loud.
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Hey, an ugly win but I'll take it. Over 162 games, there'll be some ugly ones; Reds were shut out at home by the Brewers, for crying out loud.
yeah, ugly but at least we got the win.
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****in' Lynn. We spot his worthless ass nine ****ing runs and he gets absolutely slaughtered by the worst offense in baseball.

Nothing is more infuriating than a pitcher who gets spotted a monster lead and gets annihilated. Nothing.
I see Lynnderella is back.
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****in' Lynn. We spot his worthless ass nine ****ing runs and he gets absolutely slaughtered by the worst offense in baseball.

Nothing is more infuriating than a pitcher who gets spotted a monster lead and gets annihilated. Nothing.
2 straight outings without his breaking ball.

He was able to get by spotting his fastball against Cincy (had absolutely outstanding command of his fastball in that start) but today he hadn't rediscovered his offspeed pitches and didn't have the fastball command he had last time out.

Lead or no lead, he was going to get his head handed to him today. If he doesn't find at least a show-me breaking ball in his next start, he'll get hit around again.

This isn't one of those Kip Wells/Brett Tomko things where he lets down after he gets a lead, he's just way out of sorts right now.
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2 straight outings without his breaking ball.

He was able to get by spotting his fastball against Cincy (had absolutely outstanding command of his fastball in that start) but today he hadn't rediscovered his offspeed pitches and didn't have the fastball command he had last time out.

Lead or no lead, he was going to get his head handed to him today. If he doesn't find at least a show-me breaking ball in his next start, he'll get hit around again.

This isn't one of those Kip Wells/Brett Tomko things where he lets down after he gets a lead, he's just way out of sorts right now.
I know it's nigh impossible to get by on a single pitch when it's not outstanding. What's frustrating to me is the aspect of letting down your teammates like that.
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So the first series we lose since April is to the worst team in the league.

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