Season Record: 93-69
Standing: 1st (tied)
Attendance: 3,020,046 Manager: Tony LaRussa
Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 0, Colorado: 8, Away, April 2nd) (Summary)
2B – Fernando Vina
SS - Edgar Renteria
CF - Jim Edmonds
1B - Mark McGwire
3B - Placido Polanco
LF - Albert Pujols
C - Mike Matheny
RF - J.D. Drew
P – Darrel Kile
All Stars: (All-Star game summary) Gold Glove Winner:
League Leaders: Awards:
Matt Morris - Wins (22) (tied w/Curt Schilling)
Albert Pujols - Rookie of the Year
Steve Kline - Games (89)
MVP Albert Pujols (4th) Matt Morris (tied 14th) Steve Kline (tied for 24th) Cy Young
Matt Morris (3rd)
Manager of the Year
Tony LaRussa (4th)
Games I attended this season:
Date Game # Opponent Score Seat Price 5/12 21 Cubs 5-2 W Terrace Reserved $17 7/27 Cubs 4-3 L In Chicago 8/3 57,58 Marlins 9-5 W, 6-4 L Terrace Reserved $19 8/19 66 Phillies 9-0 W Terrace Box $22 9/19 78 Braves 8-2 W Box $31
McGwire 2001 Season HR total: 29 Career: 583
2001 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 2001 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
2001 National League Central Division Co-Champions!!!!
"In case you were wondering, the Cardinals and Houston Astros are officially co-champions of the NL Central -- even though the Cards are performing as a Wild Card entry in the playoffs.
The tie-breaker which was invoked to designate the Astros as division champs -- after both teams finished the regular season with 93-69 records -- was purely to determine postseason seedings.
So there's a bit of history here. It marks the first time ever for a flat-footed tie for either a league or division title. All prior ties were resolved in playoffs." (By: Tom Singer, MLB.COM)
The Cards turned what was looking like a mediocre season around the All-Star break into a Central Division winner!!! Going 40-18 in the last two months, they climbed over the Cubs and finally tied the Astros. The pitching was great down the stretch and was certainly good enough to take them all the way to the World Series, but for a bloop hit over Renteria with two out the bottom of the 9th in the 5th game of the NLDS, they might have made it.
This was as heart-breaking a loss as I can remember and is up there with Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. This time however, there wasn't anyone to blame. It was just one of those things...
Usually when a team makes it to the playoffs, one or two players have to have career years. This year it was Matt Morris and Albert Pujols! What can you say that hasn't already been said about Albert? He wasn't supposed to make the team this year, however an injury to Bobby Bonilla left the door open and he never looked back!
If the Cards are going to repeat next year, they're going to have to get a reliable closer or one is going to have to emerge from the current bullpen. The everyday players are good enough to repeat if they play to their potential. Let's get ready for 2002!!!
National League Division Series:
StL: 2 Arizona: 3
2001 Report Card:
Steve Kline sets the Cardinals single season record for the most mound appearances with 89.
Fernando Vina is the first Cardinal 2nd baseman to win a Gold Glove.
The Cards and Padres play the highest scoring game in stadium history 16-14 on August 29th. (Cards win!)
The Cardinals lost the game 4-3. (More game info)
(Tell me your highlights from 2001!)
Division: Diamondbacks over Cardinals (3-2)
NL Championship: Diamondbacks over Braves (4-1)
World Series: Diamondback over Yankees (4-3)
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