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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 ...
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:20 PM   #4546
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Should have traded Wong when we could have for the most upside.
At least it has Freese playing better. I think Wong will be ok when he settles in a bit. He probably will never hit for average but if he can get on base and make things happen...
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At least it has Freese playing better.
uhhhh he's like 3-23 lately.
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I know that BA isn't in vogue b/c of sabermetrics, but if a guy who has middling power can't hit for average he's a worthless offensive player unless he steals a metric ****ton of bases. A walk is a fine outcome, but it's still not as good as a single because you can't move a runner two bases with a walk, and if all Wong can do is walk, he's a black hole.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:47 AM   #4552
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Hey look, the offense sucks again
Freese is shit again. Molina isn't hitting.

Trot out Robinson, Peterson because they are RH is getting old. Are Jay and Adams that worse against LHP?
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uhhhh he's like 3-23 lately.
OMG the first major leaguer ever to have a slump. You act like there's no learning curve coming to the majors.
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OMG the first major leaguer ever to have a slump. You act like there's no learning curve coming to the majors.
While I agree that BRC may be a little too hard on Freese, he's been in the majors for almost 5 years now. Learning curve is over.
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While I agree that BRC may be a little too hard on Freese, he's been in the majors for almost 5 years now. Learning curve is over.
No shit. 5 years. He's 30 something. He is what he is at this point.

I will be eternally grateful for 2011. But, time marches on.
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No shit. 5 years. He's 30 something. He is what he is at this point.

I will be eternally grateful for 2011. But, time marches on.
D'oh, could have swore he was talking about Wong. I don't see him a 3 for his last 23, he is 2 for his last 16, might be looking at different games since he got a hit last night. Four games prior to that he was 5/15 with a pair of homers. All in all that's 7 for 31 with two homers and five RBI over 9 games out of which the Cardinals won 6.

We know the whole team runs hot and cold on offense. We seem to be able to hit when there's someone on base. I would have to say that Freese needs alot of rest and can't get that because Wong is showing so little right now.
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Pounding the crap out of Colorado tonight. 10-0 in the 6th.

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Pounding the crap out of Colorado tonight. 10-0 in the 6th.

Pittsburgh lost earlier, too.
We are going to win the division.
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