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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 09-23-2013, 12:32 AM   #4636
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The defense was awful tonight, but Matheny absolutely butchered the top of the sixth and the bottom of the 7th.

Even though Kelly got a sac fly w/ runners on second and third, you cannot keep him in in that situation. Best scoring opportunity of the game w/ expanded rosters and he keeps his fifth starter in.

And leaving Kelly, who had gone to a three ball count to two straight hitters and was obviously floundering, in to face Gennett when Choate was ready was unbelievably stupid.

Matheny is just horrendous.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #4637
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And leaving Kelly, who had gone to a three ball count to two straight hitters and was obviously floundering, in to face Gennett when Choate was ready was unbelievably stupid.

Matheny is just horrendous.
Exactly. This one was difficult to watch in so many ways. Living in AL and being busy with school I don't get to see too many games, but when I do he always seems to **** something up.

On a side note, my parents were at the game and texted me saying how Mike came up to them and shook hands and chatted for a minute. I told them they should have greeted him with a swift kick to the nuts as a bday present. Maybe if Mike was out with a ruptured testicle they would've fared better.
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You guys see the starters that Washington is throwing at us this series? How did these guys choke it up this year with starting pitchers like these?
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #4639
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Getting pretty ****ing sick of Wainwright laying eggs every ****ing game. Someone should tell him that Lynn isn't a role model.
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Getting pretty ****ing sick of Wainwright laying eggs every ****ing game. Someone should tell him that Lynn isn't a role model.
Yeah, this is their World Series, and they would like nothing more than to **** us out of the division as payback for last year.

Need that A game, ladies.
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Yeah, this is their World Series, and they would like nothing more than to **** us out of the division as payback for last year.

Need that A game, ladies.
I'm not even necessarily worried about today. I don't want him giving away games in the playoffs.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #4642
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Mark Zuckerman@ZuckermanCSN #Nats now 0-for-9 off Wainwright since Werth's HR. Not unusual. He has a 5.91 ERA in 1st inn this year, 2.49 ERA in every other inn.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #4645
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Matheny overusing Wainwright again.
He's not pitching again until the 1st game of the Division series or wild card game.
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