5 Reasons Why St. Louis Cardinals Won’t Win the 2013 World Series
5 Reasons Why St. Louis Cardinals Won't Win the 2013 World Series
It’s the end of September. The leaves are changing colors and playoff baseball is in the air. You can hear the sound of fans fingernails being bitten off from nerves and fans calling in to radio stations criticizing every call that their favorite teams’ coaches are making.
If you are a St. Louis Cardinals fan, you know exactly what I am talking about. This season has been filled with many ups and downs. The injuries to key players at terrible times did not help this team out. Many times during the season, the Cardinals looked dazed and confused, and then other times they looked like no one could stop them.
Yes, I know – the season is so long that every team in MLB can say that these things happened to them. However, not all the teams in MLB are favored to win their division or be contenders for the World Series like the St. Louis Cardinals are every season.
The Cardinals achieved their first goal and that was to win the NL Central Division crown. This did not come easy, especially with a charging Cincinnati Reds team and a shocking Pittsburgh Pirates team either ahead of them or causing them problems all season long.
In that same vein, I do not believe that the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals will win the World Series. This is going to be upsetting for many Cardinals fans to read, but it is true. There are five major reasons why I feel this team just won’t do it. Believe it or not, but these numbers and reasons do not lie. They are not biased. If you are a fan of the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Reds, or Pirates you will like what I have to say here. If you are a Cardinals fan, read it, be upset, but when it is all said and done, these five reasons will be at the root of the Cardinals' downfall in the 2013 MLB postseason.
Record Against Pittsburgh Pirates Was Bad
The laughing stock of the major leagues over the last 20 seasons has been the Pittsburgh Pirates. This team has been terrible and many of their fans had no idea that baseball was even played during Pittsburgh Steelers’ season. However, this has all changed in 2013. The Pirates are one game away from possibly playing the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. This is NOT something the Cardinals want to see. The Cardinals’ record against the Pirates this season was 9-10. In the last week of July-first day of August, the Pirates played the Cardinals in an important five game series. The Cardinals lost the first four games of this series by scores of 9-2, 2-1, 6-0, and 5-4. They did manage to win the last game of this season, but that series sent a message to the Cardinals: Avoid Pittsburgh at all cost!
St. Louis Lost 3-4 in Their Last Series Against Reds
Division rivals are always bad news for teams when in a playoff battle. The Reds, like the Pirates, can be one game away from playing the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. The Cardinals did win the season series against the Reds, however, during the last series between these two teams the Reds sent a message. The Cardinals could not generate any offense (except for the single 5-4 win in the series) against the Reds. In the three games the Reds won, they outscored the Cardinals 14-4! If these two teams meet up in the playoffs, it may be very difficult for the Cardinals to forget this. I think the Reds will have no problem reminding them about that series.
No Distinct Power Threat
The last time the Cardinals were in the World Series, they had one of the best hitters in the major leagues leading their lineup. That player was Albert Pujols. He now puts on a Los Angeles Angels jersey and cannot help this offense during the playoff push. The Cardinals will finish this season ranked 13th out of 15 NL teams in home runs. The other teams in the NL playoffs are ranked one (Braves), four (Pirates), seventh (Reds), and tenth (Dodgers). I know power in a lineup is not everything, but if your team cannot come up with a clutch home run or two when it is needed during a playoff series, it could be the difference between playing in October and sitting on the couch watching the games.
Team ERA is Highest Among NL Playoff Contenders
The one thing that will never change about the MLB playoffs is that pitching is the most important aspect of your team. I don’t care what era of baseball your team is playing in, pitching wins championships. For the Cardinals, this has been a troubling problem for them most of the year. The team is currently ranked as having the highest ERA amongst NL playoffs contenders. With a team whose power numbers are low, having a pitching staff with a high ERA does will not spell many series victories in October.
Chris Carpenter Out for Rest of Season
Clayon Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, A.J. Burnett/Francisco Liriano, and Kris Medlen/Mike Minor all have one thing in common: They are go-to pitchers for their respective playoff teams. The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace, Chris Carpenter will not play the rest of this season. This spells trouble for a team that has the highest ERA amongst playoff teams in the NL. Carpenter has been the rock in this rotation, and if he is not there to help his Cardinals their chances of winning the World Series shrink greatly. Pitching can make the difference between winning and losing a series, and the Cardinals are not strong in this area at all.