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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 08-20-2013, 10:19 PM   #4111
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Yay Westbrook on the mound tomorrow.
Lets see if he can make it out of the first without giving up 5 runs.
Supposedly his last shot. I think its better for us in the long run if he gives up 5 runs.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:52 PM   #4112
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Supposedly his last shot. I think its better for us in the long run if he gives up 5 runs.
It's a win-win. The win-win-win would be for him to get his taint handed to him in a game we still manage to pull out.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:42 PM   #4113
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Supposedly his last shot. I think its better for us in the long run if he gives up 5 runs.
Working on it he gave up 3 in the 3rd but we scored 7 in the 2nd so he has a cushion.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:00 PM   #4114
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He has now given up 5 in 4 2/3 with runners on 1st and 2nd... Matheny finally gave him the hook.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #4115
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He has now given up 5 in 4 2/3 with runners on 1st and 2nd... Matheny finally gave him the hook.
Complete piece of shit.
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #4116
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Complete piece of shit.
Are you talking about Westbrook or Matheny or both ? It does describe both.
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Are you talking about Westbrook or Matheny or both ? It does describe both.
Matheny is partial shit with an opportunity to get better, he is still somewhat of a noob at his job.

Westbrook is just plain shit. I cant figure out why they extended him.
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Looks like they hung on for the win.
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Looks like they hung on for the win.
Painful to watch, but I'll take it. Now my brain hurts.
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It's a win-win. The win-win-win would be for him to get his taint handed to him in a game we still manage to pull out.
Looks like we got the best result. Hopefully, we won't have to see Westbrook as a starter again.
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Looks like they hung on for the win.
That got a little scary. They've looked a little bit better this past week but it was the Cubs and Brewers. Big series coming up against those Hotlanta Braves.
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That got a little scary. They've looked a little bit better this past week but it was the Cubs and Brewers. Big series coming up against those Hotlanta Braves.
Not looking forward to it. They've basically used us as asswipe this year.
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Not looking forward to it. They've basically used us as asswipe this year.
As a positive note, at least we don't have to see Westbrook pitch against the Braves and we will have our top 3 SP's going this weekend.
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Wow

Westbrook on his start:

"Not exactly what I wanted, but a step in the right direction for me, I guess."

How in the hell is that a step in the right direction? He gave up 4 earned runs in 4 2/3!
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