Nobody really expected Shelby Miller to win Rookie of the Year or Adam Wainwright to win the Cy Young, given the competition they faced. For manager Mike Matheny to not even be in the top three finishers for MOY was somewhat of a surprise. In only his second year, he led his team to a title in a very competitive division, despite injuries to key players in spring training and throughout the season. Yadier Molina had one of the league’s best performances at the plate while steering a bunch of rookie pitchers through major league waters. His third-place finish in MVP voting was a shock to Cardinal fans.
Conspiracy theorists might think there is an anti-Cardinal bias among the voters, and it’s certainly possible. A few years ago, when Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds expressed his extreme hatred of the Cardinals, sportswriters everywhere had a field day. It seemed his sentiments were widely felt.
Whatever was in the minds of the voters, the Cardinals shouldn’t feel snubbed. They won as a team, not because of any one individual. When closer Jason Motte was injured in spring training, Edward Mujica stepped up. When he faltered toward the end, Trevor Rosenthal took over. John Gast and Tyler Lyons are two almost-forgotten rookies who came up and started games when Jaime Garcia got hurt in May. Tony Cruz filled in nicely while Molina was on the DL, and Matt Adams stepped in for Allen Craig.
While individual awards are nice, any real team player will tell you that that wins are much more important. The Cardinals should thank the voters for reminding them and everyone of that fact.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.