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Old 01-25-2013, 04:27 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 05-25-2013, 07:28 PM   #961
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This is a great example of a manger's stupidity: 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs. Mattingly walks Jay to face Kozma.

Jay is a .274 hitter. He needs to get a hit to score a run.
Kozma's OBP is .326. He only needs to get on base to score a run.

Regardless of the outcome, that is a tactically awful decision.
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Left shoulder tightness for Gast.

**** you, SI.
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What channel is the game on? I can't find it.
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Fox (not FSMW, but Fox proper). It's the Saturday featured game.
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Fox (not FSMW, but Fox proper). It's the Saturday featured game.
I can't get it, then. Stuck with the White Sox.

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Fox (not FSMW, but Fox proper). It's the Saturday featured game.
Maybe in the midwest but not down here.

I get the ATL game. I have the MLB cable package. MLB.TV and I still can't watch the game. I don't get MLB and Fox. Do they think fans will go ohhh welll I'll just watch a regular season game because its the only game on? If so, how many fans will make that choice?
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Westbrook is going to get a second opinion from Andrews (death sentence), and Carpenter felt poorly after his last bullpen session.

Wacha might be the only option left at this point.
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Carpenter committed a one out error on a bad hop. Crawford reached. Ellis just lined a two-out double into the LF corner to put the Dodgers up 4-3.
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Westbrook is going to get a second opinion from Andrews (death sentence), and Carpenter felt poorly after his last bullpen session.

Wacha might be the only option left at this point.
Why don't they send Martinez down and have him get his arm in starter shape?
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Maybe in the midwest but not down here.

I get the ATL game. I have the MLB cable package. MLB.TV and I still can't watch the game. I don't get MLB and Fox. Do they think fans will go ohhh welll I'll just watch a regular season game because its the only game on? If so, how many fans will make that choice?
Seriously. I'm not watching the White Sux and Marlins. Yuck.

But I'd be watching the Cardinals on the regional Fox channel, and since I'm not their advertisers are losing money.

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Why don't they send Martinez down and have him get his arm in starter shape?
It's not a bad idea, but what do you do for the next month? If Gast is hurt someone has to fill his spot.
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Mattingly just double switched Matt Kemp out for Skip Schumaker. Kemp proceeds to dog cuss Mattingly as he hits the pine.

By performing said double switch, Mattingly has now protected the guy who has three hits, three RBI, and has reached base all four times with the pitcher's spot.
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It's not a bad idea, but what do you do for the next month? If Gast is hurt someone has to fill his spot.
who knows? you can't plan on losing all these starting pitching. We have the deepest starting pitching in MLB and we can't just have 2 MLB quality starters just waiting their turn to pitch. We have one but do they want to fire that bullet?
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who knows? you can't plan on losing all these starting pitching. We have the deepest starting pitching in MLB and we can't just have 2 MLB quality starters just waiting their turn to pitch. We have one but do they want to fire that bullet?
Calculated Risk:

Send Rosenthal down to stretch him out, slowly try and acclimate Martinez for the 8th.

Rosenthal's clock has already started, Wacha is on his first year of pitching every five days, and Martinez has devastating stuff.
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