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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 09-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #4471
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Why does Clint Barmes seem to hit .580 against us? He's straight dog shit.

Wow. Ugly ass turn.
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Kelly is living extremely dangerously. This needs to be his last batter.
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Third time through the lineup he implodes every time, but Matheny just can't ****ing recognize it.
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So, so lucky. Kelly should have given up at least four runs in this game.
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Kelly has been horrific in this game. I can't believe he's still in there.
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Kelly has been horrific in this game. I can't believe he's still in there.
6 innings, 1 run. I'll take that every game.
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Kelly's being Kelly.

That guy survives more baserunners than anyone I've ever seen.

He's the Anti-Lynn.
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6 innings, 1 run. I'll take that every game.
He gave up 11 baserunners. Eleven. In six innings. Westbrook had the same kind of luck in the first half and where is he now? It's great that Kelly is being lucky right now, but he was really, really bad tonight.
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Kelly's being Kelly.

That guy survives more baserunners than anyone I've ever seen.

He's the Anti-Lynn.
He makes pitches when he has to absolutely has to be made. The inside pitch to end the 6th inning. Fastball in to Alvarez in the first.

He's the most consistent starting pitcher we have had of late.
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Siegrist has said he prefers the pen to starting. With Lynn's struggles and Garcia's constant injury problems, don't you have to pencil him in as the closer next year?

Waino, Wacha, Miller, Martinez, Rosenthal
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He makes pitches when he has to absolutely has to be made. The inside pitch to end the 6th inning. Fastball in to Alvarez in the first.

He's the most consistent starting pitcher we have had of late.
The pitch to Walker was nice, but go back and watch that pitch he threw to K Martin. It was a belt-high cement mixer that Martin thought was going to sail up and outside. It was an awful pitch that got a great result. Martin probably gets an extra base hit on that pitch more often than he watches it go by.
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Siegrist has said he prefers the pen to starting. With Lynn's struggles and Garcia's constant injury problems, don't you have to pencil him in as the closer next year?

Waino, Wacha, Miller, Martinez, Rosenthal
Sounds good to me. The dude is light out.

Trade Martinez, Lynn, Freese and Adams or any combination for a SS.
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I love that they PH Kozma to bunt. Like you couldn't get Westbrook to do that?
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The pitch to Walker was nice, but go back and watch that pitch he threw to K Martin. It was a belt-high cement mixer that Martin thought was going to sail up and outside. It was an awful pitch that got a great result. Martin probably gets an extra base hit on that pitch more often than he watches it go by.
The MVP candidate struck out on a Siegrist pitch down the middle of the plate.
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Siegrist has said he prefers the pen to starting. With Lynn's struggles and Garcia's constant injury problems, don't you have to pencil him in as the closer next year?

Waino, Wacha, Miller, Martinez, Rosenthal
I still don't like lefty closers.

I know, some of them prove me wrong, but most don't.

Besides, this organization will absolutely refuse to put Rosenthal in the rotation. They've never truly given him a look. In the end, Matheny isn't creative enough to make due without a setup man that throws 98 mph.

Matheny can only handle a 'smile and dial' bullpen. If you gave him a lefthanded closer, he would spontaneously combust. He'll hammer Rosenthal into the 9th until Motte comes back or he'll throw Axford out there citing his 'experience'. Then he'll continue to waste Rosenthal in the 8th until he throws his arm out. By 2016 Rosenthal will be throwing 93 having still not developed his offspeed stuff and without the velocity to thrive; it'll be great.

Matheny will also continue to use Seigrist as a situational reliever while hoping that Axford locks down the 7th when Motte returns or that Mozeliak picks him up another veteran RHed reliever.

Matheny sucks. At everything.

I know LaRussa drove us nuts, but he'd have had this team 5 games up on the Pirates by now. Matheny's the least creative manager I've ever seen and simply lacks a plan B.
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