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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 07-26-2013, 05:45 PM   #3286
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I'd probably use some of it to buy upShelby, Rosenthal, and Carpenter's arb years at discounted prices. It's not sexy, but it may help extend long term payroll flexibility.

After that, this is the worst FA class I can remember. If you need innings, you could make a small push for Dick Nolasco, but I bet the Dodgers overpay him by 60%.
No FA's for me. Nothing out there worthwhile.

I like buying up our cores arb years and put on another controlled year. Besides the security for the player and club, we avoid going into the arb hearing and the club telling him how much he sucks and deserves the lower figure.

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:50 PM   #3287
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To continue on with the jist of my previous post, go read the Royals thread. I feel like my IQ loses a decimal spot just clicking on it. That's not to say that all Royals fans are morons, but the vast majority of the ones who share their opinions certainly are.

(Deez, you're one of the good ones. Oskar Schindler, as it were.)
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:55 PM   #3288
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It's about time. Yadi jackhammered that mother****er.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:57 PM   #3289
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It's about time. Yadi jackhammered that mother****er.
You gotta love that beautiful bastard. /No Homo
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How the **** was that foul?
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:31 PM   #3291
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* The Chiefs have more player-committed murder-suicides than playoff victories in the past two decades.

* During last year's meltdown against the Colts in the post season, it looked like the injuries slider was turned up to 100% and they were carting bodies off the field like they were filming B-roll for "The Strain".

* Brodie Croyle (!) is the only quarterback drafted by the team to start a game for them since the mid-80's...and he barely beat out Damon Huard in the process. Croyle then promptly lost all six of his starts. He couldn't even beat out Tyler Thigpen once he returned from injury.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #3292
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& no I don't mean the Braves - I mean the Cardinals, they're playing better than anyone right now.
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* During last year's meltdown against the Colts in the post season, it looked like the injuries slider was turned up to 100% and they were carting bodies off the field like they were filming B-roll for "The Strain".

* Brodie Croyle (!) is the only quarterback drafted by the team to start a game for them since the mid-80's...and he barely beat out Damon Huard in the process. Croyle then promptly lost all six of his starts. He couldn't even beat out Tyler Thigpen once he returned from injury.
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Wainwright seems to be adjusting well - as it cools down in Turner. It's pretty nice out now.
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* During last year's meltdown against the Colts in the post season, it looked like the injuries slider was turned up to 100% and they were carting bodies off the field like they were filming B-roll for "The Strain".

* Brodie Croyle (!) is the only quarterback drafted by the team to start a game for them since the mid-80's...and he barely beat out Damon Huard in the process. Croyle then promptly lost all six of his starts. He couldn't even beat out Tyler Thigpen once he returned from injury.
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This has been the worst strike zone of the year. This idiot has no ****ing clue what he's doing. Balls on the black are balls and balls three inches outside are strikes.
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& no I don't mean the Braves - I mean the Cardinals, they're playing better than anyone right now.
We still have a lot of room to improve. You guys have taken advantage of some missed pitch location and we haven't.
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yeah this ump sucks - that was low as could be.
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* The Chiefs have more player-committed murder-suicides than playoff victories in the past two decades.

* During last year's meltdown against the Colts in the post season, it looked like the injuries slider was turned up to 100% and they were carting bodies off the field like they were filming B-roll for "The Strain".

* Brodie Croyle (!) is the only quarterback drafted by the team to start a game for them since the mid-80's...and he barely beat out Damon Huard in the process. Croyle then promptly lost all six of his starts. He couldn't even beat out Tyler Thigpen once he returned from injury.
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Lefties just dominate this lineup because their fastball tails in on our RHBs' hands and our inside out approach leaves them completely incapable of driving the ball on the inner half.

And **** Heyward. The one who sucks the penis has 5 HRs against us in 20 games.
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* Brodie Croyle (!) is the only quarterback drafted by the team to start a game for them since the mid-80's...and he barely beat out Damon Huard in the process. Croyle then promptly lost all six of his starts. He couldn't even beat out Tyler Thigpen once he returned from injury.
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Lefties just dominate this lineup because their fastball tails in on our RHBs' hands and our inside out approach leaves them completely incapable of driving the ball on the inner half.

And **** Heyward. The one who sucks the penis has 5 HRs against us in 20 games.
I love our approach, but for **** sake, someone turn on one and hit it out if the ballpark
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Mother**** you, Kozma. Just take the sure out.
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