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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 ...
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #1516
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If Wainwright ends up winning 175 games (halfway there), closing out an LCS and a World Series, and winning a Cy Young (possible this year) he'd easily be the best pitcher the org has had since Bob Gibson. He's a lock to finish second in franchise history in Ks.

If Sutter's and Boyer's numbers are retired Yadi and Waino should get the same treatment (honestly, so should Carp).
I love Waino and Carp. Without both we don't win in 2006 and 2011. they carried the teams. Were cheerleaders in the locker room and produced on the field. No Cardinal fan is ever going to forget Waino's curveball and Carp's Philly performance in game 5. Is that enough to get your # retired?
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Two rockets off the bat that are just loud outs. Damn, that sucked.
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Two rockets off the bat that are just loud outs. Damn, that sucked.
Time to pull Lyons. Thats a a couple of solid hits.
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Time to pull Lyons. Thats a a couple of solid hits.
Can he take Kozma with him? That throw
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Can he take Kozma with him? That throw
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Time to pull Lyons. Thats a a couple of solid hits.
Matheny is listening to me. If we are at normal depth, he would have got the double play the first batter. Nice job.
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Siegrist K's Votte and Bruce looking. Maybe we found another keeper arm for the bullpen?
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1)I've been talking up Siegrist for more than a month now. Looks like the real deal to me.

2) Broxton pisses me off. He's generally been a shit reliever for most of the last three years, but we can't hit a ****ing lick off the asshole.
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About seven years ago no one in the entire organization, save Reyes, had a good changeup. Now it seems like everyone does.
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Siegrist K's Votte and Bruce looking. Maybe we found another keeper arm for the bullpen?
He is a better long term starter option than Lyons. Dennis Martinez was high on this guy from the start when he was in A ball. Thought he could be a major league starter, and that was when his stuff wasn't as high end as it is now. His velocity has gone up at every level. One of those guys that you think can add velocity because of his frame and it actually happens.

Garcia may be toast, I wouldn't mind them sending him back down to stretch out in a starter role and switching him with Lyons. Lyons would be serviceable as a lefties only reliever.
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Not surprising at all it was Phil Cuzzi who made that call at first. Guy is an incompetent jackass who has a history of rat****ing the Cardinals.
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