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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 09-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #4441
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Craig has an ankle sprain and no fracture. Im guessing 2-3 weeks.
It's the Cardinals' medical staff.
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Please just give his spot to either Lyons or Martinez.
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****, Jackson is worse than Kozma or Descalso.
He really isn't based on any scouting report.

But as has been the pattern the last 2+ seasons with him, he's just absolutely incapable of seizing an opportunity.

It's really uncanny. Every chance he gets, he throws up on his shoes.

He's probably getting his last crack at being a major leaguer over the next couple of weeks. If he doesn't get the nerves under control, he's done.
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He really isn't based on any scouting report.

But as has been the pattern the last 2+ seasons with him, he's just absolutely incapable of seizing an opportunity.

It's really uncanny. Every chance he gets, he throws up on his shoes.

He's probably getting his last crack at being a major leaguer over the next couple of weeks. If he doesn't get the nerves under control, he's done.
As well it should be. Sabermetricians want to believe that pitchers and hitters are just robots that you plug and play into a formula, but some people just feel pressure more than others, and Jackson, like Lynn, looks like a talented, but gutless, choking mother****er.
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As well it should be. Sabermetricians want to believe that pitchers and hitters are just robots that you plug and play into a formula, but some people just feel pressure more than others, and Jackson, like Lynn, looks like a talented, but gutless, choking mother****er.
It's rare that it shows up at the big league level though.

Most of the time, those nerves will weed guys out even in the bus leagues. Once your livelihood depends on the games, most of the chokers will go ahead and choke.

A guy like Jackson - who looks like a major leaguer all the way through AAA - comes along with some regularity, but it's not exactly routine.

Maybe it's even simpler than that, maybe he is a truly AAAA player and many of us are overrating his talents out of desperation. Afterall, Kozma is just the worst.
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Please just give his spot to either Lyons or Martinez.
I hate his body language out there. It's embarrassing to me as a fan. I can only wonder what his teammates are thinking.

This needs to be his last start. Have him pitch out of the bullpen until he can consistently throw strikes and have a better attitude.
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Cingrani threw 11 balls to three batters and faced the minimum in that inning. That's pretty ****ing hard to do.
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It's the Cardinals' medical staff.

But too much truth in that sarcasm.
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Here's what worries me: despite having the #1 rated farm system, what hitter other than OT is in the pipeline that could actually help this offense? Steven Piscotty? The always injured Tommy Pham?
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Here's what worries me: despite having the #1 rated farm system, what hitter other than OT is in the pipeline that could actually help this offense? Steven Piscotty? The always injured Tommy Pham?
They have put the emphasis on pitching, as they should. A lot easier to get or buy hitters than quality pitchers.
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