Season Record: 88-74 Standing: 2nd
Attendance: 3,262,109 Manager: Mike Matheny
Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 4, Marlins: 1, Away, April 4th)
SS - Rafael Furcal RF - Carlos Beltran LF - Matt Holliday 1B - Lance Berkman 3B - David Freese C - Yadier Molina CF - Jon Jay 2B - Daniel Descalso P - Kyle Lohse
All Stars: (All-Star game summary) Gold Glove Winners:
Carlos Beltran Yadier Molina Yadier Molina Matt Holliday Rafael Furcal David Freese
Kyle Lohse - W/L % - .842 Jason Motte - Saves - 42 (tied)
MVP Cy Young
Yadier Molina (4th)
Kyle Loshe (7th)
Matt Holliday (11th)
Allen Craig (19th)
Carlos Beltran (26th)
Rookie of the Year
Matt Carpenter (T6th)
Manager of the Year
Mike Matheny (T5th)
Monthly W-L Home Road
14-8 6-3 8-5
13-16 7-8 6-8
13-14 4-7 9-7
15-10 12-3 3-7
16-13 11-5 5-8
17-13 10-5 7-8
Games at new Busch Stadium I attended this season (click date for game summary):
2012 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 2012 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
By winning a wild-card playoff game against the Braves, then upsetting the Nationals in the NL division series, the 2012 Cardinals did better than seven of the last 10 defending World Series champs. (source: Bernie Miklasz, 10/28/12, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Since the 1996 season, the Cardinals have won two World Series titles, three NL pennants and 57 postseason games. Only the Yankees have won more postseason games in those 17 seasons. (source: Bernie Miklasz, 10/28/12, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The other NL Central teams have combinded to only 29 postseanson wins...
Since 2004, the Cardinals lead the majors with 41 postseason wins - 10 more than the Yankees, who rank second. (source: Bernie Miklasz, 10/28/12, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Coming off a Word Series win in 2011, the 2012 Cardinals had the following adversity to deal with:
- Losing Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan to retirement.
- Losing Albert Pujols to free agency.
- Injuries to; Chris Carpenter (only three starts), Lance Berkman (only 97 plate appearances), Allen Craig (two DL stints), Jaime Garcia (two months), John Jay (one month), Rafael Furcal (Sept.)
National League Championship Series:
StL: 3 San Francisco: 4
Sunday, 10/14 - Cards: 6 Giants: 4 (in San Fransico) (Game recap)
Monday, 10/15 - Cards: 1 Giants: 7 (in San Fransico) (Game recap)
Wednesday, 10/17 - Cards: 3 Giants: 1 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/18 - Cards: 8 Giants: 3 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Friday, 10/19 - Cards: 0 Giants: 5 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Sunday, 10/21 - Cards: 1 Giants: 6 (in San Fransico) (Game recap)
Monday, 10/22 - Cards: 0 Giants: 9 (in San Fransico) (Game recap)
National League Division Series:
StL: 3 Washington: 2
Sunday, 10/7 - Cards: 2 Nationals: 3 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Monday, 10/8 - Cards: 12 Nationals: 4 (in St. Louis) (Game recap)
Wednesday, 10/10 - Cards: 8 Nationals: 0 (in Washington) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/11 - Cards: 1 Nationals: 2 (in Washington) (Game recap)
Friday, 10/12 - Cards: 9 Nationals: 7 (in Washington) (Game recap)
National League Wildcard Play-in:
Friday, 10/5 - Cards: 6 Braves: 3 (in Atlanta) (Game recap)
Motte earned his 42nd save of the season, tying him with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for a National League-high. This also marks the first time in franchise history that one player has collected every team save.
Carlos Beltran (32) was the first switch-hitter to lead the Cardinals in homers homers since Mark Whiten (25-1993)
Yadier Molina led the team in batting (.315) for the 2nd consecutive season, becoming the first catcher to do so.
Three Cardinals (Molina-4th, Craig-6th, & Jay-9th) finished in the NL top-10 in batting, their most since 1980. (Hernandez, Templeton, Simmons, Hendrick)
John Jay was only the 3rd Cardinals outfielder to play errorless defense for the entire season. (Flood-1966, Palmeiro-2003)
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NL Wild Card Play-in: St. Louis over Atlanta
NL Division: St. Louis over Washington (3-2) NL Championship: San Francisco over St. Louis (4-3)
World Series: San Francisco over Detroit (4-0)
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