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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 09-18-2013, 10:11 PM   #4561
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I feel a Mujica meltdown coming.
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Thank God. Mujica is shit, though. He cannot throw that change for a low strike at all. He will cost this team a series if they win the division.
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Thank God. Mujica is shit, though. He cannot throw that change for a low strike at all. He will cost this team a series if they win the division.
They need to realize he has lost it. Rosenthal should get the ninth. But, that's not going to happen.
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:39 PM   #4569
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They need to realize he has lost it. Rosenthal should get the ninth. But, that's not going to happen.
Mujica blows the lead. He has pitched a 1-2-3 inning once in the last 22 appearances. Since the All-Star break he has only made 8 appearances that he didn't allow a run to score.

Please someone...anyone tell me that the Cardinals can see this? Am I the only one seeing him blowing a playoff series for us?
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Are the Cards gonna pull this out before the Chiefs beat-down of the eagles?
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Mujica blows the lead. He has pitched a 1-2-3 inning once in the last 22 appearances. Since the All-Star break he has only made 8 appearances that he didn't allow a run to score.

Please someone...anyone tell me that the Cardinals can see this? Am I the only one seeing him blowing a playoff series for us?
Rosenthal blew his hold as well. I am concerned about Mujica as well, but not willing to switch things just yet. We need to keep Rosenthal comfortable, the ninth is a whole other animal, and I still hope they can groom him for the rotation. I wouldn't be pissed if they made the switch, but I don't think it is a must have yet. His save ratio is still quite good.
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I can't ****ing hate Mike Matheny and Kozma any more than I currently do. And an extra **** you to Mujica, who has been Ryan Franklin since July.
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Why would you ever hit Kozma there? Why? Pinch hit Kelly or Waino if you don't want to use a hitter, but not ever Kozma.
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