St. Louis Cardinals: Road to the World Series

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St. Louis Cardinals' Run to the World Series

St. Louis Cardinals' Run to the World Series
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Year after year, it seems like the St. Louis Cardinals are always in contention for a championship. This year was no different. St. Louis finished the regular season tied for the best record in MLB at 97-65. The Cardinals had a very good offense this season, but their pitching staff did their part as well. It was a complete team effort all the way around.

St. Louis had four players hit in 80 or more RBIs, six players hit double-digit home runs and four players who batted .300 or better. The likes of Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran all helped make this offense very well rounded and a tough one to compete with on any given night of the season.

The pitching staff had four double-digit winners, led by 19-game winner and likely runner-up in the NL Cy Young race, Adam Wainwright. Lance Lynn and rookie Shelby Miller both finished with 15 wins and Joe Kelly had 10 wins himself. If it wasn’t for an injury to Jaime Garcia, he was likely on pace to join them too. The bullpen was without a proven closer, but Edward Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal did their part so the team wouldn’t miss Jason Motte.

Now here we are, just one day before the first pitch of the World Series. The Cardinals have fought long and hard to get to this moment, and the only team standing in their way finished 97-65 in the regular season as well. The Boston Red Sox have fought just as hard to get to this moment and when these two forces finally collide, it’s going to make for one long and very exciting series.

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Regular Season

Regular Season
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The Cardinals finished the regular season tied for the best record in baseball. Their offense was led by Yadier Molina, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran and others to make them a very formidable lineup.

The pitching staff was led by 19 game winner Adam Wainwright and rookie Shelby Miller to give St. Louis a very good rotation. Edward Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal nailed down the late innings to make up for the absence of Jason Motte.

It was an all-around team effort that led to their 97-65 record.

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NLDS

NLDS
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If battling the Pirates all season long for the division lead wasn't enough for St. Louis, they ended up meeting again in the division series.

Pittsburgh pushed them to the brink of elimination, but the Cardinals pushed back and ended up winning in five games.

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NLCS

NLCS
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It can't be emphasized enough -- the story of the NLCS was Michael Wacha. He defeated Clayton Kershaw twice in the same series and helped the Cardinals win in six games. He was given the NLCS MVP for his effort.

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World Series

World Series
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The two best teams in all of baseball finished with the same 97-65 record, and now they will meet head on in the 2013 World Series. The Cardinals fought very hard to get to this point, but so did the Red Sox.

Last season, St. Louis made it to the NLCS before being defeated by the eventual World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. Boston, on the other hand, was one of the worst teams in the American League.

The World Series meeting between these two teams is a story of one team who continues to be in the mix every year for a championship and another team who went from the bottom to the top in one season.

Regardless of the outcome, this is going to be a long but very exciting series.





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