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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 we’re not more emotional,” Matheny said in his office after Sunday’s game. “They say that we look subdued, always intense. That our actions are methodical, robotic at times. That’s what got us here. This isn’t the time to change it.”

It’s hard to argue with the manager’s 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 Cardinals’ veterans still haven’t forgotten. They still aren’t over it. It’s why Matheny resists GM John Mozeliak’s 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 ...
— Bernie

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Old 06-06-2013, 09:27 PM   #1456
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #1457
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #1458
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Glad we salvaged a game in the series. I hate the Douche-Backs.
We won 2. Same # we need to win at Cincy.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #1459
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We won 2. Same # we need to win at Cincy.
We did lose the season series. That's the only one so far, though. The only teams we have a losing record against are the Diamondbacks and the Pirates.

Not bad for it being the third month of the season. Especially considering we've mostly got a AAA pitching staff right now.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:11 PM   #1460
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Holy shit I forgot it was a 4 game series with Arizona. Lynn pitched a bute in the series opener. Nevermind. lol
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I see we're playing at the Great American Sandbox, the offense should put up some runs, I think we take 2 from the Reds with Wainy and Lynn pitching.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:20 PM   #1462
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We did lose the season series. That's the only one so far, though. The only teams we have a losing record against are the Diamondbacks and the Pirates.

Not bad for it being the third month of the season. Especially considering we've mostly got a AAA pitching staff right now.
The last 12 series I think we are 10-0-2. In sensual terms that is Tantric level.
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Clutch hits by Freese and Craig. 3-0 Cards.
What about Jay? Maybe his best at bat all year.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #1466
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Filthy inning by Waino, looks like a man against boys now. Oh, and please Dusty, send Leake back out; he's done. 30+ pitches last inning.
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Frazod,

Again we don't get to see the game tomorrow. I get the Yankees v. Red Sox.
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It took 2 years post Tommy John, but finally we get to watch the Waino of old this year.
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Again we don't get to see the game tomorrow. I get the Yankees v. Red Sox.
Will it be on MLB.TV?
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