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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 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 ...
ó Bernie

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:21 PM   #3256
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:22 PM   #3257
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #3258
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I want to thank the Cardinals for putting a dagger into the hearts of the Phillies so they can do the right thing for the team and sell at the deadline.

I say that with absolutely no sarcasm. The Phillies were in fool's gold territory by barely hanging in there, and the team was close to buying. Now I don't see any way they do. They are not a good team anymore and Cardinals fans are seeing that first hand.

The Cardinals pretty much have everything you need to be a great team. They are going to be hard to beat and I am incredibly jealous of their clutch hitting and how they work the pitcher and foul off balls and stay alive in their ABs. Something this team hasn't done for years, even when the Phillies were winning.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:33 PM   #3259
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:36 PM   #3260
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Yes, we were. Once Gillick stepped down, it was all down hill. Amaro has done a very poor job and he is not a popular man in Philadelphia to say the least. He isn't going anywhere. Ownership loves him. There are dark(er) days ahead for the franchise.
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Why would they love him? He saddled the team with huge contracts for declining and broken down players, liquidated the farm system, and has been wholly unable to replace the existing talent through the draft.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:55 PM   #3262
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They love him because he is one of "their guys" so to speak. He was in the organization for a while and as a player too and they just love him. It will take a couple more years of this before he is on the hot seat. The Phillies don't have the best ownership in the world. They spend money, but they were lucky they hired Gillick who had a proven championship vision.
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They love him because he is one of "their guys" so to speak. He was in the organization for a while and as a player too and they just love him. It will take a couple more years of this before he is on the hot seat. The Phillies don't have the best ownership in the world. They spend money, but they were lucky they hired Gillick who had a proven championship vision.
Sounds like the Dal Maxville error.. er, era in St.Louis.
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Now we tackle the hardest part of the season we have left.

This is a season making road trip. If we can come home with the lead in the division. It's ours.
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Now we tackle the hardest part of the season we have left.

This is a season making road trip. If we can come home with the lead in the division. It's ours.
That 4 game series against the butt Pirates will be huuuuge.
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That 4 game series against the butt Pirates will be huuuuge.
uhhh 5 game series.
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uhhh 5 game series.
Thats right, I forgot they had to make up that rain out. Damn, 4 worried me enough. i have a Cards magnet schedule on the fridge that I look at.
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