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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 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 07-04-2013, 12:01 AM   #2491
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #2492
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:03 AM   #2493
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He is the bomb. Wonder why so many clubs passed on him so many times during the draft?
Well, there was another guy like that who played for the Cards for a few years who you could say the same about.
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I love watching Matt Adams swing, he's got a great stroke. It's not the same, but I love watching Cano hit as well. Something about lefties with a great stroke makes it seem like poetry.
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I love watching Matt Adams swing, he's got a great stroke. It's not the same, but I love watching Cano hit as well. Something about lefties with a great stroke makes it seem like poetry.
I've watched a lot of his at bats. He is vulnerable to the slider under his hands inside. If I was a team I'd not throw him anything but that pitch. He is going to have to learn to hit that pitch to be a long time success in MLB.

I'm sure teams are taking notice. I think we should hang on to him and see if this 1B/RF log jam resolves itself. Would any of us be surprised if Beltran tweaks his knee and is out 2-6 weeks? If Taveras can play CF and Beltran moves on next year..........there are just too man realistic possibilites that we will need Adams to trade him.
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Is everyone on board with this bullpen the rest of the way? No need to trade for help?

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I don't think Adams is at all on the trade block, as a matter of fact. I think he's probably untouchable at this point.

He just needs AB's. He is starting to recognize more pitches it seems, which will come with more AB"s.

We have 4 guys 3 spots right now, especially when Holliday comes back, which is a good problem to have.

I think they actually look to upgrade the CF spot before the deadline, I don't think they'll look for pen help, possibly a starter I guess.
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He is the bomb. Wonder why so many clubs passed on him so many times during the draft?
He is one of those guys that matured into his frame. His stuff really developed once he hit high A ball.
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I think they actually look to upgrade the CF spot before the deadline, I don't think they'll look for pen help, possibly a starter I guess.
Why would they upgrade CF before the deadline? These deadline trades are always lopsided to the seller. The only way they upgrade at CF is that they have made a determination that Taveras can't play CF.
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