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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 07-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #3361
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Man I love Freese. He has forever earned a place of honor in Cardinals lore. He won one of the best baseball games of all time. But, we cant just keep a dead bat in the lineup and hitting into DP's and killing rally's.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #3362
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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.
They were 10 games out in late july, got 4 game swept in LA. And you say you thought we were going to do something in the playoffs?
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #3363
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They were 10 games out in late july, got 4 game swept in LA. And you say you thought we were going to do something in the playoffs?
Not at that point, no. I'm projecting how this team is going to look in the PS. There is a lack of power that is a definite Achilles Heel.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #3364
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They were 10 games out in late july, got 4 game swept in LA. And you say you thought we were going to do something in the playoffs?
They weren't that out of it until the LA sweep. This team reminds me of the Nationals of last season, unfortunately, except better in the long run.

I'm afraid of how everyone outside of Wainwright will perform. If Lynn is back to knowing his fastball, things will be fine. If not, they're ****ed. Shelby will be in the POs for the first time as a starter and Westbrook is streaky as hell. All of those things can lead to an early PO exit or a PO run.
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Pulled the hook too soon on Shelby. He had enough for one more hitter.
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Not at that point, no. I'm projecting how this team is going to look in the PS. There is a lack of power that is a definite Achilles Heel.
Its still the best rounded team in baseball. The lack of power is obviously its biggest weakness. But if Miller is still pitching like he is capable, Waino and Miller will give us a chance to win any series.
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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 expected some run due to the performance for the entire month, 2006 was more luck than anything, IMO. That team was ice cold pretty much all of September. I had higher expectations for the '06 team going into the season than the '11 team, though, due to '04 and '05.
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Its still the best rounded team in baseball. The lack of power is obviously its biggest weakness. But if Miller is still pitching like he is capable, Waino and Miller will give us a chance to win any series.
Not if we hit like this.
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Not if we hit like this.
Obviously.
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2011 I expected some run due to the performance for the entire month, 2006 was more luck than anything, IMO. That team was ice cold pretty much all of September. I had higher expectations for the '06 team going into the season than the '11 team, though, due to '04 and '05.
I thought 2004 and 2005 were our best chances to win a WS since the Whiteyball era.
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Somebody is gonna have to start driving the baseball in gaps and over the fence. This is by far the worst series we've played all year, all the way around.


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They were worse in the Texas series. Our SP has been good enough this series to win it. Easily the worst offensive series of the year (with almost no chance of scoring in the 8th or 9th).
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It's just so hard to manufacture runs against great pitching teams like the braves. Hence, we need a 3 run bomb or something.


We foul off so many mistakes as well
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