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Stats:                                

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) (Summary)

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:                                              Gold Glove Winners:

Lance Berkman Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina  
Matt Holliday  

League Leaders:

Chris Carpenter - Games started - 34 (tied)  
Chris Carpenter - Innings Pitched - 237.1  
Chris Carptenter - Batters Faced - 996  

Awards:

Comeback Player of the Year - Lance Berkman  
NLCS & WS MVP - David Freese  

Award voting:                                              

MVP  

Albert Pujols (5th)

Lance Berkman (7th)

 

Yadier Molina (21st)

 

 

 
Manager of the Year  

Tony LaRussa (3rd)

 

 

 

Monthly W-L   Home Road

March/April

16-11 6-5 10-6

May  

17-12 9-4 8-8

June  

11-15 6-8 5-7

July  

13-13 8-6 5-7

August  

15-13 6-7 9-6

September

18-8 10-5 8-3

 

 

Games at new Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):

Opponent Date Score Seat
Reds 4/22 4-2 W 3rd base Infield Pavillion
Blue Jays 6/24 5-4 L 3rd base Dugout Box
Astros 7/26 3-1 W 1st base box
Pirates 8/28 7-4 W Infield Terrace

 

2011 St. Louis Cardinals ticket stub    2011 St. Louis Cardinals ticket stub

 

 

2011 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com)    2011 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)

 

 

 

                    

MLB Videos:

- NL Central Preview

- NLCS Preview

- LaRussa on Albert's WS Game 3

- Pujols' WS Game 3 - 3 HRs

- Pujols on WS Game 3

- Cardinals win NLCS

- Pujols 2000th hit

 

Highlights:

World Series:

 

StL:  4     Texas3

 

WS Recap (MLB)

 

Wendesday, 10/19 -  Cards: 3    Rangers: 2   (in St. Louis)  (Game recap)

Thursday, 10/20 -  Cards: 1   Rangers2   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Saturday, 10/22 -  Cards: 16   Rnagers7   (in Arlington(Game recap)

Albert - the greatest WS game ever?  You be the judge..

- Went 5-for-6, with 3hrs, scored 4 runs, collected 6 RBIs and 14 total bases.

- The total bases set a new WS record and the HRs, RBIs, and hits tied the WS records

What it means is move over, Mr. October.  There’s a new Mr. October.  Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire commenting on Albert’s Game 3 performance. (Sports Illustrated - 10/31/11)

You might as well go up there and hit another one” – Adron Chambers to Albert just before Albert’s final at-bat in Game 3  (Sports Illustrated - 10/31/11)

Sunday, 10/23 -  Cards: 0   Rangers 4   (in Arlington(Game recap)

Monday, 10/24 -  Cards: 2   Rangers4   (in Arlington(Game recap)

Thursday, 10/27 -  Cards: 10   Rangers9   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

The first team in WS history to rally 5 times in a WS game.

Friday, 10/28 -  Cards: 6   Rangers2   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

The first time LaRussa managed a Game 7 in the WS.

 

"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     Milwaukee2

 

NLCS Recap (MLB)

 

Sunday, 10/9 -  Cards: 6   Brewers: 9   (in Milwaukee)  (Game recap)

Monday, 10/10 -  Cards: 12   Brewers3   (in Milwaukee(Game recap)

Albert - HR (2RBIs), Double (2RBIs), Double (RBI - scored on a wild pitch), Double (ground rule, scored on Holiday's double)

Wednesday, 10/12 -  Cards: 4   Brewers3   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Thursday, 10/13 -  Cards: 2   Brewers4   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Friday, 10/14 -  Cards: 7   Brewers1   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Sunday, 10/16 -  Cards: 12   Brewers6   (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.

 

2011 NLCS Program - St. Louis Cardinals    2011 National League Champions - St. Louis Cardinals

 

National League Division Series:  

 

 

StL:  3     Philedelphia2

 

NLDS Recap (MLB)

 

Saturday, 10/1 -  Cards: 6   Phillies: 11   (in Philedelphia(Game recap)

Sunday, 10/2 -  Cards: 5   Phillies4   (in Philedelphia(Game recap)

Tuesday, 10/4 -  Cards: 2   Phillies3   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Ryan Theriot became the 11th player in club history and the first since David Eckstein in the 2006 WS to get 4 hits in a post season game.

Albert  Pujols became the 12th player to accomplished the feat with doubles in the first, fifth, and ninth and a single in the seventh.

Wednesday, 10/5 -  Cards: 5   Phillies3   (in St. Louis(Game recap)

Friday, 10/7 -  Cards: 1   Phillies0   (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.

 

2011 NLDS St. Louis ticket

 

Cards head to the White House!

2012 Cardinal Caravan!

Duncan takes leave

2011 review!

Albert departs...

 

This has been one crazy year!  Here are some of the stats:

- The largest comback after 130 games - 10.5 games (Cards were 10.5 games back in the wild card race on 8/25)

- The Cards led the league in batting average (.273) for the first time since 2008.

- The Cards led the league in on-base percentage. (.341)

- The Cards hit into a league leading 169 double plays.  (Pujols - 29, Holliday - 21, Molina -21, Freese - 18)

- The Cards had 26 blown saves.

- The Cards stole only 57 bases, fewest in the NL.

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)

Over the final 19 starts, Carpenter was 10-2 with a 2.73 ERA.  The scope of Gibson’s career stands alone, but it’s natural to consider Carpenter’s performance down the stretch of this 1964-like replay and think of “Gibby”

In a start on September 7th he blanked the Brewers on four hits.  One September 18th at Philadelphia Carpenter tossed eight shutout innings and beat the Phillies and Cole Hamels 5-0.  On September 23rd at Busch Stadium, he hurled seven strong at the Cubs before leaving a 1-1 tie.  The bullpen imploded and the Cardinals lost 5-1.

On September 28th the regular –season finale, Carpenter threw a complete-game shut-out at Houston, allowing two hits, fanning 11 and punching a postseason ticket for the wild-Cardinals.

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)

Mike Matheny is the new manager!

Bob Forsh passes at age 61

Molina earns his 4th Gold Glove!

Tony LaRussa calls it a career

“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)

-- Ken O'Dea: one-out single off Browns pitcher Bob Muncrief. Scored Ray Sandersto win 3-2 in the 11th inning on Oct. 5, 1944. World Series Game 2. The Series was tied, 1-1. Cardinals won series, 4-2.

-- Ken Oberkfell: one-out single on a 0-1 pitch off Braves pitcher Gene Garber, to score David Green and win, 4-3, on Oct. 9, 1982. NLCS Game 2. Cardinals led series, 2-0, and then won series, 3-0.

-- Ozzie Smith: the "go-crazy, folks!" homer. A one-out solo home run off a 1-2 pitch from Dodgers' pitcher Tom Niedenfuer and win, 3-2, on Oct. 14, 1985. NLCS Game 5. Cardinals led the series, 3-2, as a result and won it, 4-2.

-- Jim Edmonds: a one-out two-run homer off a 0-1 pitch from Astros' reliever Dan Miceli. The extra-inning blast scored Pujols and won Game 6 of the NLCS -- perhaps the last great postseason game played in St. Louis before last night's. It happened on Oct. 20, 2004, and it forced a Game 7 that the Cardinals won to take the pennant.

-- David Freese: a leadoff homer in the 11th inning off a 3-2, 90-mph changeup from Texas' Mark Lowe that won Game 6 of the World Series, 10-9. The walk-off happened on Oct. 27, 2011, and it tied the Series, 3-3, to force a Game 7.

 

David Freese was the machine this postseason:

Now holds the record for most RBIs in on postseason - 21

Now holds the record for total bases - 52

Is just the 6th player in MLB history to win MVPs in both the WS and LCS series.

Ties a postseason record with 25 hits

 

David Freese named World Series MVP

Hit .348, with seven RBIs, three doubles, one triple, and one homer.

David Freese named NLCS MVP

Game 13 run HRGame 2two hits and HR, Game 3three hits (2 doubles)

Game 4two hits, Game 5one hit, Game 63 run HR, double, single

Berkman earns Comeback Player of the Year!

Berkman scored a Cardinal record 9 runs in the World Series.

 

2011 NL Wild Card Champions!

 

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.

 

My, how quickly things change!

Blame Game

Blame Game #2

Cardinals Comeback!

 

2011 MLB Video review

Pujols earns player of the week honors!

Berkman earns player of the week honors again!

Athlon Sports article on Adam Wainwright

Berkman earns player of the week honors!

Garcia earns player of the week honors!

 

 2011 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Program         2011 St. Louis Cardinals Scorecard

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St. Louis Cardinals - Sports Illustrated - 11/7/11    St. Louis Cardinals - Sports Illustrated - 10/31/11

St. Louis Cardinals - Sports Illustrated - 11/7/11    2011 St. Louis Cardinals Yearbook   

2011 St. Louis Cardinals - Comeback Cards!    2011 St. Louis Cardinals Sports Illustrated Commemorative Issue

2011 St. Louis Cardinals - Albert Pujols    2011 St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Holliday

2011 St. Louis Cardinals - David Freese World Series MVP   

St. Louis Cardinals - Post Dispatch Wild Cards - 2011    St. Louis Cardinals - World Champs - 2011

2011 St. Louis Cardinals Wild Cards - Special Commemorative Book    2011 St. Louis Cardinals - USA Today Special Commemorative Edition

2011 St. Louis Cardinals Nation 

2011 St. Louis Cardinals Pocket Schedule

2010 in review

 

 

(Tell me your highlights from 2011!)

 

NL Division: St. Louis over Philadelphia (3-2)     NL Championship:  St. Louis over Milwaukee (4-2)

World SeriesSt. Louis over Texas (4-3)

 

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