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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 07-27-2013, 03:15 PM   #3346
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While te zone has been bad both ways today, we haven't put many good swings on up there.

Scary in that this is a team we will likely see in October
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:35 PM   #3347
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That's what happens when you get behind and can't locate anything but fastball
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:53 PM   #3349
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Jesus Christ.

Joe Kelly gives you 7 shutout innings and you ****ing lose.

It's amazing to me that this team is 23 games over .500 and has the best record in MLB.
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:02 PM   #3350
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Jesus Christ.

Joe Kelly gives you 7 shutout innings and you ****ing lose.

It's amazing to me that this team is 23 games over .500 and has the best record in MLB.
We'll in there defense, they've been really good this year.

But, based on the past two days, they haven't looked llike it at all.
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No matter what happens, this has been a great start for Kelly.
Why would you take him out of the rotation? His last 3 starts have been Waino like.
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While te zone has been bad both ways today, we haven't put many good swings on up there.

Scary in that this is a team we will likely see in October
Same type of team that beat ATL in ATL in a winner take all game. Beat Washington who was the "hot" team to win the world series. We were looking like we were going to beat San fran and we fell off the cliff.

We are the most rounded team in baseball. There is a reason we still have the best record in baseball. Theres also a reason we have played like we have the last two days.
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I just don't see this team doing anything in the postseason. Not enough power, starting pitching is too shallow.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #3357
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:58 PM   #3358
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I just don't see this team doing anything in the postseason. Not enough power, starting pitching is too shallow.
Current history has taught us anything, shit happens when the tournament starts. No way you thought we were going to do anything in the playoffs in 2006 or 2011. Ya never know.
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Current history has taught us anything, shit happens when the tournament starts. No way you thought we were going to do anything in the playoffs in 2006 or 2011. Ya never know.
2011, I certainly did. That team had an elite offense. I know this team leads the league in runs scored, but it requires a ton of effort to score those runs. Seemingly impossible for us to drive the ball.

Unfortunately, Holliday, Craig and Freese don't have the power they demonstrated then, Berkman and Pujols are gone, and Beltran has been lost at the plate for over a month.
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