LOS ANGELES, October 23, 2013 — In his second year as manager, Mike Matheny led the St. Louis Cardinals to the best record, 97-65, in the National League. The 2013 World Series team for the Cardinals was essentially built from the ground up with just a few additions. Of the 25 players on their roster, 19 players came up through the Cardinals’ minor league system, either via draft or prospect trade acquisition.
Highs/Lows: Winning the NL Central pennant was no easy task for the Cardinals, as it was a close race all year between St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, both teams earned Wild Card berths. Just a few games separated the three teams as they wrestled for first place throughout the summer with the Cardinals ultimately winning the division. In the NLDS, St. Louis needed all five games to knock Pittsburgh out. In the NLCS, the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
Starting Pitching: The St. Louis Cardinals starters compiled a 3.42 ERA, which was second lowest in the majors, with a 1.25 WHIP and 806 strikeouts in 984.1 innings pitched. The staff was led by Adam Wainwright, 2.94 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 8.16 K/9, Shelby Miller, 3.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.78 K/9 and Michael Wacha 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.05 K/9.
Adam Wainwright 241.2 IP 2.94 ERA 1.07 WHIP 8.16 K/9
Michael Wacha 64.2 IP 2.78 ERA 1.21 WHIP 9.05 K/9
Joe Kelly 124.0 IP 2.69 ERA 1.35 WHIP 5.73 K/9
Lance Lynn 201.2 IP 3.97 ERA 1.31 WHIP 8.84 K/9
Lineup: St. Louis led the National League in runs scored with 783, which ranks third in all of baseball. The Cardinals posted a team slash line of .269/.332/.401. It is tough to pick out players who led the Cardinals offense. They had five players with close to 80 runs batted in or more, six players hit double-digit homeruns, six players scored close to 70 runs or more, with two players scoring over 100 runs.
Projected Lineup: Regular Season Slash Lines
Matt Carpenter .318/.392/.481
Carlos Beltran .296/.339/.491
Matt Holliday .300/.389/.490
Yadier Molina .319/.359/.477
David Freese .262/.340/.381
Matt Adams .284/.335/.503
John Jay .276/.351/.370
Shane Robinson .250/.345/.319
Pete Kozma .217/.275/.273
Bullpen: The Cardinal’s bullpen put up a 3.45 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and 448 strikeouts in 475.1 innings pitched Leading the charge from the bullpen were Seth Maness, 2.32 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 5.08 K/9, Trevor Rosenthal, 2.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 12.90 K/9, and Edward Mujica, 2.78 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 6.40 K/9.
Defense: The Cardinals posted a .988 fielding percentage, allowed an NL low .600 stolen base success rate, had a 37.59 range factor and a 6.019 zone rating.
This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING TWTC CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.