Season Record: 105-57 Standing: 1st
Attendance: 3,048,427 Manager: Tony LaRussa
Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 6, Milwaukee: 8, Home, April 5th)
2B – Tony Womack
LF - Ray Lankford
1B - Albert Pujols
CF - Jim Edmonds
3B - Scott Rolen
SS - Edgar Renteria
RF - Reggie Sanders
C - Mike Matheny
P – Matt Morris
All Stars: (All-Star game summary) Gold Glove Winners:
Jim Edmonds Edgar Renteria Scott Rolen Scott Rolen Mike Matheny
League Leaders: Silver Sluggers:
Albert Pujols - Runs (133)
Albert Pujols - Total Bases (389)
Albert Pujols Albert Pujols - Extra Base Hits (99) Jason Isringhausen - Games Finished (66)
Chris Carpenter - Comeback player of the year
Scott Rolen - NL Player of the week - June 13th Albert Pujols - NLCS MVP
MVP Albert Pujols (3rd)
Scott Rolen (4th)
Jim Edmonds (5th)
Manager of the Year
Tony LaRussa (2nd)
Monthly W-L Home Road
12-11 5-9 7-2
15-12 6-5 9-7
19-9 9-3 10-6
21-5 11-3 9-2
21-7 12-3 9-4
18-13 10-5 8-8
Games at Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):
Date Game # Opponent Score Seat Price 5/1 15 Cubs 4-2 L Terrace Reserved $18 5/15 22 Marlins 4-0 W Upper Terrace $12 6/6 29 Astros 3-2 L Terrace Reserved $18 7/7 44 Reds 4-2 W Terrace Reserved $21
2004 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 2004 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
StL: 0 Boston: 4
National League Championship Series:
2004 National League Champions!!!!
StL: 4 Houston: 3
National League Division Series:
StL: 3 Los Angeles: 1
What an amazing year!!! The first World Series since 1987! It was a year that started out with high hopes and didn't disappoint! They started out slow, but on June 12th finally broke into first place to stay. From May 27th to September 26th, the Birds went 80-30!!!
What a line-up they had:
I think the differences from last year were no major injuries for most of the season and the ability to win the close games. Izzy had a club tying 47 saves.
Although they made it to the World Series, they just seemed to run out of gas as the Series started in Boston. I think maybe if they had gotten past that first game with a win, the Series would have turned out different. However, even if the Cards would have won the Series, it wouldn't have made a difference because this was the year of the Red Sox. The Sox would have gotten all the attention no matter what...
Let's get ready for 2005!
Three pitchers had 15 wins for the Cards this year! Matt Morris (15-10), Jason Marquis (15-7) and Chris Carpenter (15-5)
Catcher Mike Matheny ends his MLB record 252 games of errorless baseball on August 4th. (dating back to 8/1/2002)
ESPN aired "Utilityman: Quest for Cooperstown," a tongue-in-cheek show about two guys who travel to Cooperstown in an attempt to get Cardinals player Jose Oquendo elected to the Hall of Fame.
The 2004 team may go down as one of the best Cardinal teams in a very long time.
Some key moments this year:
At the All Star break the Cards are ranked (NL) at or near the top in the following:
Avg: 1st (.277), Hits: 1st (833), Runs: 2nd (462), Total Bases: 2nd (1363), Stolen Bases: 2nd (63), Home Runs: 3rd (110)
(Tell me your highlights from 2004!)
NL Division: St. Louis over Los Angles (3-1) NL Championship: St. Louis over Houston (4-3)
World Series: Boston over St. Louis (4-0)
- Belleville News-Democrat - 10/5/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/14/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/8/2004
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/23/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/15/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/6/2004
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/22/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/13/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/5/2004
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/21/2014 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/11/2004 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/4/2004
- Sports Illustrated - 10/4/2004 - Sporting News - 10/4/2004 - ESPN Magazine - 9/24/2004
- Sports Illustrated for Kids - 6/2004 - USA Today Sports Weekly - 9/2004
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