Season Record: 90-72 Standing: 2nd
Attendance: 3,092,954 Manager: Tony LaRussa
Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 3, San Diego: 5, Home, March 31st)
SS - Ryan Theriot CF - Colby Rasmus 1B - Albert Pujols LF - Matt Holliday RF - Lance Berkman 3B- David Freese C - Yadier Molina 2B - Skip Schumaker P - Chris Carpenter
All Stars: (All-Star game summary) Gold Glove Winners:
Lance Berkman Yadier Molina Yadier Molina Matt Holliday
Chris Carpenter - Games started - 34 (tied) Chris Carpenter - Innings Pitched - 237.1 Chris Carptenter - Batters Faced - 996
Comeback Player of the Year - Lance Berkman NLCS & WS MVP - David Freese
Albert Pujols (5th)
Lance Berkman (7th)
Yadier Molina (21st)
Manager of the Year
Tony LaRussa (3rd)
Monthly W-L Home Road
16-11 6-5 10-6
17-12 9-4 8-8
11-15 6-8 5-7
13-13 8-6 5-7
15-13 6-7 9-6
18-8 10-5 8-3
Games at new Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):
2011 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 2011 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
StL: 4 Texas: 3
Wendesday, 10/19 - Cards: 3 Rangers: 2 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/20 - Cards: 1 Rangers: 2 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Saturday, 10/22 - Cards: 16 Rnagers: 7 (in Arlington) (Game recap)
Sunday, 10/23 - Cards: 0 Rangers: 4 (in Arlington) (Game recap)
Monday, 10/24 - Cards: 2 Rangers: 4 (in Arlington) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/27 - Cards: 10 Rangers: 9 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Friday, 10/28 - Cards: 6 Rangers: 2 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
"These last two months have given us moments we are going to remember for the rest of our lives.” - Ricky Horton
"This was way more than I imagined. Way more, I’m out of words - David Freese
"It’s unbelievable, it’s amazing, incredible" - Tony La Russa
Llike everyone else was drained afterward (game 6). “But, I’m on adrenaline,” I’d have been more exhausted if we’d lost. - Tony La Russa
“It’s the World Series for Pete’s sake. You’ve got to suck it up.” - Lance Berkman
One thing about this series is, there’s no such thing as breathing room. There’s no, like, scrub dudes in the other lineup. - Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson (Sports Illustrated - 10/31/11)
When you get to the postseason anything can happen. We got to the postseason and we were riding hot. We’re swinging the bats pretty well and the bullpen has be unbelievable. Albert Pujols (Belleville News Democrat - 10/18/11)
Wow, we are in this position! It’s crazy to be where we are right now. I don’t know how to explain that to you. The only thing I know is we’re here and we’re looking forwad to keep winning games. – Octavio Dotel (Belleville News Democrat - 10/18/11)
The Cardinals hold the record for the most World Series game sevens with 11.
The Cardinals 56 overall World Series wins are tops among National League clubs.
Texas set a World Series record by walking 41 batters.
National League Championship Series:
StL: 4 Milwaukee: 2
Sunday, 10/9 - Cards: 6 Brewers: 9 (in Milwaukee) (Game recap)
Monday, 10/10 - Cards: 12 Brewers: 3 (in Milwaukee) (Game recap)
Wednesday, 10/12 - Cards: 4 Brewers: 3 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/13 - Cards: 2 Brewers: 4 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Friday, 10/14 - Cards: 7 Brewers: 1 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Sunday, 10/16 - Cards: 12 Brewers: 6 (in Milwaukee) (Game recap)
It’s a freaky weird postseason. It’s very possible in the World Series to see starters take charge and get everything back to normal. But its defined the postseason so far. – La Russa commenting on the bull-pen heavy NLDS and NLCS series. (Sports Illustrated - 10/24/11)
It was like calling a game to pitch to Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Milwaukee catcher Jonathon lucroy on game 6 of the NLCS (Post Dispatch - 10/19/11)
With Sunday’s (16th) start, Albert Pujols became the franchise’s all-time leader with 62 post season games. (Post Dispatch - 10/19/11)
David Freese had a hit in all 6 games.
The Cardinals are the 10th Wild Card team to advance to the World Series.
National League Division Series:
StL: 3 Philedelphia: 2
Saturday, 10/1 - Cards: 6 Phillies: 11 (in Philedelphia) (Game recap)
Sunday, 10/2 - Cards: 5 Phillies: 4 (in Philedelphia) (Game recap)
Tuesday, 10/4 - Cards: 2 Phillies: 3 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Wednesday, 10/5 - Cards: 5 Phillies: 3 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Friday, 10/7 - Cards: 1 Phillies: 0 (in Philedelphia) (Game recap)
No matter what happens, it could be a crazy ride and we end up in the World Series or winning the World Series, who knows, but no matter what happens this group of guys is very special. They can’t take anything that we’ve done away from us. We’ve had our backs against the wall for a good period now, and we continue to battle back. It’s just been amazing. - Carpenter (Post Dispatch - 10/7/11)
They played better than we did. Bottom line, they played better than we did, and they beat us” - Phillies manager Charlie Manual. (Post Dispatch - 10/8/11)
Tony – We’ve been playing like (it’s) the seventh game of the World Series, last game of your life. The urgency has been there, and the effort. And they're enjoying doing it. We’ve lost some tough games but were ready to play the next day. That’s what this club is. (Post Dispatch - 10/6/11)
I’ll never forget it. Fans were going crazy. We were walking out of the stadium, and hundreds if cars were honking horns. On the highway, people were yelling out of their car windows at each other, just celebrating. It’s a dream to be a part of this, I’ve always just thought about the playoffs, and being a Cardinal in the post-season. That’s what this is all about. This is what you worked for, and to do this in front of the fans of the St. Louis and a bunch of friends and family, it’s amazing. - David Freese (Post Dispatch - 10/6/11)
It won’t be easy, said Pujols with a gentle shrug of the shoulders. But who said baseball was easy?” (Post Dispatch - 10/5/11)
This team has always been good enough. It’s always had the potential to do what it’s doing now. And now we have found this confidence building. There’s no reason this can’t happen for us. – Bill De Witt Jr. (Post Dispatch - 9/30/11)
The Cardinals and Nationals were the only clubs to have a winning record against the Phils this year.
The Cardinals are just the second team to rally from a 2-1 deficit to win the series.
This has been one crazy year! Here are some of the stats:
I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to watch this guy for 11 years, the way he plays the game, and the way he is off the field. Tony on Albert (Belleville News Democrat - 10/19/11)
"Carp" (Post Dispatch - 10/12/11)
The Cardinals led the league in runs scored (762), average (.273) and on-base percentage (.341). For the first time in more than 30 years, the Cardinals also led the league in average and on-base percentage and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in the same season.
2011 – 39 post season games needed to decide a champion. (old record; 38 in 2003)
The top nine spenders in baseball failed to win a single playoff series (Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Angels, White Sox, Cubs, Mets, Giants and Twins). The Cardinals came in at #11 ($105 million) and the Rangers at #13 ($92 million), according to Opening Day payrolls. (Sports Illustrated - 10/24/11)
“It’s fitting for Tony... For it to be this mad dash to the finish, and for us to be able to to finish the job in such a crazy manner, It’s cool way to finish...” - Matt Holiday
“It would have stunk to send him out losing” - Chris Carpenter on Tony La Russa
"There wasn’t anybody among managers who didn’t respect him. Whether they all liked him or not, I don’t know, But they all respected him.” - Jim Leyland on Tony La Russa
Cardinals total: 2591 games... 1408 wins - 1182 losses
Cardinal postseason walk-off hits (compiled by Tom James, Busch Stadium pressbox, as reported in Derrick Goold's BirdLand blog)
David Freese was the machine this postseason:
Hit .348, with seven RBIs, three doubles, one triple, and one homer.
Game 1 – 3 run HR, Game 2 – two hits and HR, Game 3 – three hits (2 doubles)
Game 4 – two hits, Game 5 – one hit, Game 6 – 3 run HR, double, single
Berkman scored a Cardinal record 9 runs in the World Series.
The Cardinals finished their last 50 games with a 34-16 record.
For the first time since 1990, no one on the team struck out more than 100 times during the regular season.
Tyler Green leads the team in steals with... 11. (in 58 regular season games)
My, how quickly things change!
(Tell me your highlights from 2011!)
NL Division: St. Louis over Philadelphia (3-2) NL Championship: St. Louis over Milwaukee (4-2)
World Series: St. Louis over Texas (4-3)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 3/27/2011
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