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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 10-01-2013, 07:36 PM   #4906
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The Reds are a better team than the Pirates. Given their run differentials, the Reds should have won 93 games and the Pirates 90. Plus, Cincinnati's rotation is a hell of a lot more terrifying than Pittsburgh's, and the back of their bullpen is better.
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The Reds are a better team than the Pirates. Given their run differentials, the Reds should have won 93 games and the Pirates 90. Plus, Cincinnati's rotation is a hell of a lot more terrifying than Pittsburgh's, and the back of their bullpen is better.
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The one thing that would make me feel good about facing the Reds in a PS series is Dusty Baker, but other than that, their lineup is abjectly terrifying. Phillips kills us, Votto is an elite hitter, Choo and Bruce are damned good too, and that ballpark is the worst shitbox this side of Houston, rewarding banjo hitters and punishing scorched liners.
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Clearly, it's gotten to him, now pitching exclusively from the stretch. He's like Carlos Zambrano.
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The one thing that would make me feel good about facing the Reds in a PS series is Dusty Baker, but other than that, their lineup is abjectly terrifying. Phillips kills us, Votto is an elite hitter, Choo and Bruce are damned good too, and that ballpark is the worst shitbox this side of Houston, rewarding banjo hitters and punishing scorched liners.
The only thing that really scares me about the Reds is Chapman, he's the best hammer at the end of the game; Phillips is hurt, Votto's done nothing against the Cards this year, and if Latos is out, Bailey is their only starter to worry about.
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The only thing that really scares me about the Reds is Chapman, he's the best hammer at the end of the game; Phillips is hurt, Votto's done nothing against the Cards this year, and if Latos is out, Bailey is their only starter to worry about.
Cingrani is an absolutely terrible matchup for this team w/o Craig.
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The one thing that would make me feel good about facing the Reds in a PS series is Dusty Baker, but other than that, their lineup is abjectly terrifying. Phillips kills us, Votto is an elite hitter, Choo and Bruce are damned good too, and that ballpark is the worst shitbox this side of Houston, rewarding banjo hitters and punishing scorched liners.
The only thing is the Reds seem tired. Beaten. It felt like they were down a couple of runs before the game even started.

The Pirates are hungry.
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Cingrani is an absolutely terrible matchup for this team w/o Craig.
Yeah, but he's been out, too. Plus, I think small sample size has something to do with it as well.
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The only thing is the Reds seem tired. Beaten. It felt like they were down a couple of runs before the game even started.

The Pirates are hungry.
The Pirates' rotation seems more gettable than the Reds' to me. Latos, Bailey, Cingrani, and Cueto are all capable of overpowering a lineup.

After Burnett and Liriano, Pittsburgh's rotation is pretty average, in spite of their ERA.
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Yeah, but he's been out, too. Plus, I think small sample size has something to do with it as well.
Lefty strikeout pitchers against Jay, Adams, and Beltran= bad things.
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