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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 we’re not more emotional,” Matheny said in his office after Sunday’s game. “They say that we look subdued, always intense. That our actions are methodical, robotic at times. That’s what got us here. This isn’t the time to change it.”

It’s hard to argue with the manager’s 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 Cardinals’ veterans still haven’t forgotten. They still aren’t over it. It’s why Matheny resists GM John Mozeliak’s 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 ...
— Bernie

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #4126
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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!
Should have been 5 ER since they gave him an error on a play where he couldn't make a backhand play that he might make one out of ten times.

I don't expect him to go to the pen because of his issues of taking so long to warm up. They might come up with some medical reason to put him on the DL, but I expect a release.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:28 AM   #4127
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I highly doubt they release him. Given Kelly's propensity for only making two good passes through the lineup, Lynn's for spontaneous combustion, and Shelby's for racking up very high pitch counts, Westbrook as the long man is the most likely course of action for the Cardinals.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:18 PM   #4128
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Not looking forward to it. They've basically used us as asswipe this year.
I have to agree with you there.
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Hayward has a broken face and Uggla is out. That may help.
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Hayward has a broken face and Uggla is out. That may help.
Can't hurt.
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Hayward has a broken face and Uggla is out. That may help.
Uggla is a worthless piece of shit, but missing Heyward will hurt the Braves.
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I saw that. Ouch
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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!
26 earned runs in his last 5 games.

Yeah you are on the right track.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:46 PM   #4134
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Is anyone else scratching their head over the handling of Molina's knee? He plays a day game after a night game, against the Brewers? But sits out tonight against the stronger Braves? Matheny says Molina says he's good to go, he plays? When is Molina ever going to say I want or have to sit out a game?

Does anyone else think that Molina played to give westbrook a better chance?
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Or maybe he wanted to win the series and this begins a 4 game set where he can get him a break?
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Is anyone else scratching their head over the handling of Molina's knee? He plays a day game after a night game, against the Brewers? But sits out tonight against the stronger Braves? Matheny says Molina says he's good to go, he plays? When is Molina ever going to say I want or have to sit out a game?

Does anyone else think that Molina played to give westbrook a better chance?
#Cardinals GM Mozeliak acknowledges that the Molina Plan has been "deviated" from in the past week ...

"I think the plan we’ve deviated from, obviously," Mozeliak said, referencing the outline the team, its medical staff, and the player had discussed when Yadier Molina came off the disabled list. "I think with a player like him he’s obviously going to have some say in whether he can go or not. We welcome that type of feedback. The past few days have gone fine for him. From a medical standpoint, I don’t see any restrictions. I think the answer really is you have to have a lot of trust in that player. Not everybody gets the opportunity to weigh in like that. The ones you are allowing to have some say in that, you have to really have a lot of trust and believe that they are going to give you the right answer. We have had other players in the past who get to this level. Yadi is deserving of that. A player of his ilk you want to give every chance."

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Or maybe he wanted to win the series and this begins a 4 game set where he can get him a break?
****ing stupid as hell to play him yesterday given that it was the Brewers and we have four against the Braves...not to mention it was a goddamned day game after a night game.
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Third time through the lineup...His offspeed stuff just isn't good enough to survive more than two passes.
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****ing stupid as hell to play him yesterday given that it was the Brewers and we have four against the Braves...not to mention it was a goddamned day game after a night game.
I was razling BRC fans feathers.
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