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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 07-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #3031
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:33 PM   #3032
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:34 PM   #3033
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Nice work escaping that mess unscathed.
Men on base, Maness is lights out. No one on base, he's below acerage. Go figure.

And whats up with Seigriest? Walks two to start the inning? Never saw that before.

Loved the crowd welcoming the 10 year minor leaguer to the big show.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:45 PM   #3034
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Jesus Christ Matheny is bad at managing his bullpen. Just ****ing awful.
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I actually thought he's managed it pretty well tonight all things considered. Rosenthal just left a pitch up to Quentin.
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Tonight's not really on the pen, it's more on the fact that Lynn was ass early and we haven't hit the ball for shit.
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I'm done with Lance Lynn. Dude just hits a wall every year and loses command.

Bats went to sleep tonight, Volquez wasn't that good.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:18 PM   #3039
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I suppose Siegrist was due for an outing like that given how many three ball counts he gets himself into, but Matheny was a goddamned idiot leaving Rosenthal in for the 9th. No matter how dominant he is in inning one he's consistently mediocre to terrible in inning two.

No excuse for that offensive ineptitude tonight, but the team has absolutely NO power right now.
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I actually thought he's managed it pretty well tonight all things considered. Rosenthal just left a pitch up to Quentin.
Wonder what Rosenthal's stats are in the 2nd inning of an outing?
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Carpenter had a rough outing last night and the comeback isn't looking very good right now.

They had scouts at the Peavy start last night as well, and with Lynn going all, well whatever he hell he's going, I think they'll end up moving something for a pitcher.

The lack of power is maddening, especially in regards to Beltran and Freese.
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Carpenter had a rough outing last night and the comeback isn't looking very good right now.

They had scouts at the Peavy start last night as well, and with Lynn going all, well whatever he hell he's going, I think they'll end up moving something for a pitcher.

The lack of power is maddening, especially in regards to Beltran and Freese.
This season may be Freese's last with the Cardinals. Local kid becomes WS hero be damned. You can't keep dead weight on your roster because of past performance.

I think they may move him this off season as part of a trade. No one is taking Carpenter out of the lineup. Wong deserves to be in the big show. They can be the #1 and #2 hitters in our lineup for 5 years starting in 2014. But, to do that Freese has to go and Carp play 3B.

Then we have to get more power into the lineup in 2014. Adams and Taveras should help. Jay in the #2 spot is a disaster.
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Lynn truly seems to be half a pitcher. Lights out in the first half of the season, total darkness after that. He either needs to be a reliever or not start pitching until after the All Star break.
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This season may be Freese's last with the Cardinals. Local kid becomes WS hero be damned. You can't keep dead weight on your roster because of past performance.

I think they may move him this off season as part of a trade. No one is taking Carpenter out of the lineup. Wong deserves to be in the big show. They can be the #1 and #2 hitters in our lineup for 5 years starting in 2014. But, to do that Freese has to go and Carp play 3B.

Then we have to get more power into the lineup in 2014. Adams and Taveras should help. Jay in the #2 spot is a disaster.
I don't think Carpenter has the power to profile at 3rd, to be honest. But I don't think that would be a bad idea, I like having a little more thunder in the 2 hole.

If you do that too, I'd keep Beltran on a year by year basis.
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I don't think Carpenter has the power to profile at 3rd, to be honest. But I don't think that would be a bad idea, I like having a little more thunder in the 2 hole.

If you do that too, I'd keep Beltran on a year by year basis.
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This season may be Freese's last with the Cardinals. Local kid becomes WS hero be damned. You can't keep dead weight on your roster because of past performance.

I think they may move him this off season as part of a trade. No one is taking Carpenter out of the lineup. Wong deserves to be in the big show. They can be the #1 and #2 hitters in our lineup for 5 years starting in 2014. But, to do that Freese has to go and Carp play 3B.

Then we have to get more power into the lineup in 2014. Adams and Taveras should help. Jay in the #2 spot is a disaster.
Too bad about Freese. A lot of talent, but not consistent enough, can't stay on the field. It may be a PR nightmare to part ways with him.

Carpenter has played some 3rd. Not sure if he has the body type to stand up to the pounding everyday. That would be a good way to get more young talent into the lineup but would lack power at a position that normally calls for it.
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