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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 05-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #841
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Haven't actually been to Busch since '09. The last two times I went Pujols hit a grand slam. I've got photos on my desktop of the actual swing. We had seats right behind home plate. The last time I went we sat in the left field loge and Freese hit his first career HR against the Astros.
2010 for me. Moved to Florida and came back a couple of weeks later to move some stuff down. Made sure I got to get in one more game at Bush.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:18 PM   #842
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My most memorable Cardinal game was a game I went to in Pittsburgh on my 21st birthday. Josh Fogg was the starter for the Pirates and didn't record a single out. Pujols hit a 3-run bomb, then followed by a Tino Martinez 3-run bomb.

We had seats right on the first base line , and talked to Isringhausen and Steve Kline before the game. Kline started fake piledriving (the sex act, not wrestling maneuver) a groundskeeper then shot the shit with us for a few minutes. An awesome dude.

After the game we went to an awesome sports bar across the street. We met Matt Morris and talked to him for a few minutes outside the bar.

Only time I've ever gotten drunk three times in one day.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:24 PM   #843
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The Cardinals have proven that the can develop pitching and talent. I'm okay with Wacha staying down in AAA so that this year doesn't start the clock.
Imagine this 2014 Starting staff:
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I can't imagine them not picking up Westbrook's option unless he gets hurt/becomes ineffective. That's a lot of young arms.
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My most memorable Cardinal game was a game I went to in Pittsburgh on my 21st birthday. Josh Fogg was the starter for the Pirates and didn't record a single out. Pujols hit a 3-run bomb, then followed by a Tino Martinez 3-run bomb.

We had seats right on the first base line , and talked to Isringhausen and Steve Kline before the game. Kline started fake piledriving (the sex act, not wrestling maneuver) a groundskeeper then shot the shit with us for a few minutes. An awesome dude.

After the game we went to an awesome sports bar across the street. We met Matt Morris and talked to him for a few minutes outside the bar.

Only time I've ever gotten drunk three times in one day.
cool. Sounds like a lot of fun.
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I hope Wainy has a good game tonight. I thought these Pads games would be gimmes but they've improved lately. I think we get them tonight.
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I don't anything him. I kind of wondered why he was just gifted the job.
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I hope Wainy has a good game tonight. I thought these Pads games would be gimmes but they've improved lately. I think we get them tonight.
We got the Rockies when they were in a down trend. Seems that kind of stuff balances itself out. Our west coast trips almost always suck. How can that be year after year? Or is that just a wrong assumption?
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All these outs we make on the basepaths are gonna catch up to us.
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All these outs we make on the basepaths are gonna catch up to us.
Hopefully not with a four run lead and our ace cruising.

Didn't have much of an issue with the last inning, just poor execution. Starting the runner with the 8 hitter up with a 2-0 count is a pretty obvious hit and run. Kozma just missed the ball.
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I don't anything him. I kind of wondered why he was just gifted the job.
Try to listen to him talk at his post game mini-presser sometime - they'll be hard for you to listen to or find, i'm sure - considering you're not in the Southeast. But I really REALLY like the guy as our manager - proud to have him. He'll eventually earn credit, nationally. The players sure like him.

& again - sorry to bring Braves talk over here. I just enjoy the game.
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Try to listen to him talk at his post game mini-presser sometime - they'll be hard for you to listen to or find, i'm sure - considering you're not in the Southeast. But I really REALLY like the guy as our manager - proud to have him. He'll eventually earn credit, nationally. The players sure like him.

& again - sorry to bring Braves talk over here. I just enjoy the game.
I felt sorry for him after taking that Marlins job. Horrific owner and Hanley Ramirez had just turned into a completely useless dickhead.
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I felt sorry for him after taking that Marlins job. Horrific owner and Hanley Ramirez had just turned into a completely useless dickhead.
the Marlins are just awful.
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Now that he's on my fantasy team I should probably stop calling him Gi-Oar-Ko.

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