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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 ...
ó Bernie

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:15 PM   #2386
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This is probably a stretch, but I'm wondering if they are thinking that Craig ends up sticking in a corner OF spot next year or the year after, with Holliday likely moving on if they can.

With their thoughts that they've expressed about keeping Adams, I'm wondering if they want him at 1st, with Craig moving around.
Holliday already has a NTC and he'll be a 10-5 player after 2014. Besides, who is going to take Holliday? The Yankees? New York would eat him alive. I guess we could pawn him off on one of the dipshit teams occupying LA. What's another overpaid, declining outfielder for them?
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So he's the best paid assistant coach in MLB history and the only one that occupies a roster spot to boot. Awesome.
Sounds like Matheny has some personal feelings for Wiggington that are getting in his way of viewing Wiggington's on the field performance.
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If it's effective, who are you, me, or anybody else to call it abuse? I worked with a guy back in Moberly who would shove a finger up his son's ass each time he had anything worse than a C on his report card. If he came home with 2 D's and an F, that's 3 fingers (and this was a big dude). Does that sound hideous and disgusting? Absolutely. Did the kid ever get anything worse than a C after this rule was implemented? Not a chance.

I'm not saying it's morally right or wrong, but does it make the child because of it? Think about that for a second.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #2388
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Holliday already has a NTC and he'll be a 10-5 player after 2014. Besides, who is going to take Holliday? The Yankees? New York would eat him alive. I guess we could pawn him off on one of the dipshit teams occupying LA. What's another overpaid, declining outfielder for them?
Why do fans keep bringing up trade Holliday. It's never going to happen. Why would he agree to any trade? He's not going to get a better place to be. And he has no value except as a DH in the AL. But, he's not going to agree to any deal. Fans just need to give up on the idea.

Holliday is ours to deal with for another 3 years. We and the FO just need to plan on the decline.

I read an article about never giving a 30+ year old player a multi year, high $ deal. Holliday was pointed at as one of the better deals. At least the Cardinals got what they paid for for 3 years of the deal. Thats better than most.
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I'm not saying it's morally right or wrong, but does it make the child because of it? Think about that for a second.
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Lost in the offensive outburst is the fact that Westbrook is throwing a pretty good game thru 5, if you know what I'm saying...
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Someone on Twitter already tried to jinx it. I was having none of it.
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I put it on Marvin Hudson, missed 2 easy strike calls before that.
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Plus the Reds and Pirates would benefit from it as well so its not like it would matter all that much anyway.
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