MLB 2013 World Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals start the World Series in Boston, game 1 tonight on FOX. Photo: Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals head to Boston/AP

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.

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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.

Projected Rotation:

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

SEE RELATED: Detroit Tigers lose to Boston Red Sox in ALCS ending their year

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

SEE RELATED: Los Angeles Dodgers lose in NLCS to St. Louis Cardinals

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.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for The Washington Times Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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