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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 06-04-2013, 11:02 PM   #1261
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Kozma swings at 3 balls, Jay is worthless at the plate as well.

I hate to say it, but they both may have turned back to pumpkins.
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3 times in extra innings you have a runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs and don't score a run.

Pathetic.
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Kozma swings at 3 balls, Jay is worthless at the plate as well.

I hate to say it, but they both may have turned back to pumpkins.
Kozma always was a pumpkin, just one riding a ridiculous streak of luck.

Jay's swing, "fixed" or not, is always going to lead to prolonged slumps like this. There's just way too much shit going on, and he's not good enough at pitch recognition to make up for the rolling start his swing needs.
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Kozma swings at 3 balls, Jay is worthless at the plate as well.

I hate to say it, but they both may have turned back to pumpkins.
Let's not forget that ****stick Holliday, either.

Serves me right for saying I was starting not to hate him recently. He's absolutely chugged cock ever since.
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3 times in extra innings you have a runner in scoring position with less than 2 outs and don't score a run.

Pathetic.
They have done it all year and going back into last season.
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Kozma always was a pumpkin, just one riding a ridiculous streak of luck.

Jay's swing, "fixed" or not, is always going to lead to prolonged slumps like this. There's just way too much shit going on, and he's not good enough at pitch recognition to make up for the rolling start his swing needs.
Kozma, yeah, you're right there.


While I like Jay as a player, he's a guy we should be looking to upgrade. I know the trade ended up winning us a WS, but it would be nice to have Rasmus in CF, especially the way he's been hitting th eball of late.
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Let's not forget that ****stick Holliday, either.

Serves me right for saying I was starting not to hate him recently. He's absolutely chugged cock ever since.
Eh, he did get a hit though, so there's that.

Biggest **** ups were Craig with a runner at 3rd and Beltran going down looking.
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Eh, he did get a hit though, so there's that.
I'm going back to hating the sonofabitch. He seems to play better when I bitch about him all the time.
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