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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 10-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #4966
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wow, most dangerous team in post-season is at it again.
Freese........Beltran........ familiar post season names doing it again.

Got some help from Pitt leaving Burnett in way too long. This is not game 46. You got to have a quick trigger.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #4967
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Awesome start. I hope we keep piling on though.

We tend to have a big inning then go dormant.
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They got a good pen. Be nice to get deep into that pen the first game.
That Holliday AB was a bit frustrating. There's no need to be first pitch swinging in this scenario. If you can get Gomez out of there then you can punish some of the guys they may need to use tomorrow.

And Alvarez just rapes one. Come on, Waino. Bear down.
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Got some help from Pitt leaving Burnett in way too long. This is not game 46. You got to have a quick trigger.
Martin is hitting .400 off Waino. He hits two home runs his last game. Yet, he is way down the order. This is the manager of the year?
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Martin is hitting .400 off Waino. He hits two home runs his last game. Yet, he is way down the order. This is the manager of the year?
Hurdle is the kind of guy that gets his players to bust their ass and he keeps a loose atmosphere. He's not Maddon.
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Braves game is 8:32PM EST guys.

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And Alvarez just rapes one. Come on, Waino. Bear down.
He heard ya.
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Good luck against those ****ing punks.
I don't know how representative our resident Dodger shit slurpers are, but if you factor them in with the cholos and flavor of the week LA douchebag fans, that is one execrable group of ****s.
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I don't know how representative our resident Dodger shit slurpers are, but if you factor them in with the cholos and flavor of the week LA douchebag fans, that is one execrable group of ****s.
And I assume they aren't even the ones who murder people in the parking lot after games.

Fruit Ninja's okay, though.
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I don't know how representative our resident Dodger shit slurpers are, but if you factor them in with the cholos and flavor of the week LA douchebag fans, that is one execrable group of ****s.
Count me in on this. **** the Dodgers. Hope the Braves kick their ass.
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And I assume they aren't even the ones who murder people in the parking lot after games.

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