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Old 01-25-2013, 04:27 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 08-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #3571
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #3572
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #3573
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This team will never win with that idiot on the bench. He will find a way to **** it up, either by sabotaging a playoff spot or ****ing them over Grady Little style in the playoffs.

Dude is worse on his best day than La Russa was on his most psychotic.
If this collapse keeps up the rest of the way he needs to go, **** it. This is some Willie Randolph shit going on right now.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:31 AM   #3574
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And wtf has happened to Craig. He is just lost at the plate right now.
most of the bats are dead
how many times has there been runners in scoring position and Kozma comes to bat...strike out, double play, ground out.

Craig, Freeze, Adams, Jay, Kozma and any pitcher right now..all give me a reason to turn the game off
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #3575
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So, 3.5 out after tomorrow, Probably 5.5 out after the end of the road trip, which may finish 0-11.

It wouldn't be so frustrating if Matheny wasn't actively sabotaging the team.
I guess you can call it sabotaging but it looks that way because he doesn't have a clue on what he is doing
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:35 AM   #3576
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #3577
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I guess you can call it sabotaging but it looks that way because he doesn't have a clue on what he is doing
Good point. To sabotage something, you have to know how to do it right and then do something else. From a managing standpoint, Matheny couldn't find his ass with a map, a mirror and a flashlight.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:10 PM   #3578
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The Matheny supporters are starting to dwindle by the day. I wasn't sold on the guy halfway through last year. Combine that with Mo doing absolutely nothing at the deadline to improve us anywhere, **** this team.
I still don't see why you would want to trade our prospects for something at the deadline when the team is as flawed as this one. Teams with no power and no speed require 2-3 hits each inning just to score a damned run. That's too much to ask against elite pitching staffs.

There wasn't any power available at the deadline, and the Rockies weren't really sellers. It would have been nice for us to go after Peavy considering that the Bo Sox gave up Pete Kozma for him (seriously, compare Kozma's '12 surge to Iglesias and their MiL splits).

The mistakes that doomed this team were made a few years ago: not going after shortstops like Jed Lowrie or JJ Hardy when they were affordable, and hiring Mike Matheny.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:23 PM   #3579
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Not that I think it will happen, but it would not be the first time:

Could the Pirates be so pumped up for this series and that they are playing their best ball right now for this ONE (albeit huge) series, that they then let down for the next week or two and go on their own losing streak?
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Not that I think it will happen, but it would not be the first time:

Could the Pirates be so pumped up for this series and that they are playing their best ball right now for this ONE (albeit huge) series, that they then let down for the next week or two and go on their own losing streak?
that stuff happens, but the pirates aren't the problem for the cardinals right now.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:27 PM   #3581
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Should have just ****ing hired Oquendo.
Or Pop Warner. There were plenty of advocates for it at the time.
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Can anyone give a legit reason why Pete "Popout" Kozma is still on the roster?
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Thats the lineup tonight. 5-8 is a damn abortion, hopefully Kelly can pitch like his last outing.
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Thats the lineup tonight. 5-8 is a damn abortion, hopefully Kelly can pitch like his last outing.
Whats wrong with Carpenter?
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