Cardinals March Madness Match-up #1 – (1) 1942 vs (32) 2001


 

 

It’s day one of St. Louis Cardinals March Madness. Over the next few weeks, we will be conducting polls to determine who the Cardinals community feels is the greatest squad of all-time. Today’s matchup pits the World Series champion 1942 squad against a 2001 team that tied Houston with the National League’s best record, but lost to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Team details after the jump.

1942

The 1942 Cardinals finished the season with a league-best 106 wins and 48 losses and defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series in 5 games. The team featured league MVP Mort Cooper and two future Hall of Famers in left fielder Stan Musial and right fielder Enos Slaughter. The outfield trio of Musial, Slaughter, and Terry Moore is considered one of the best outfields of all-time. The team featured the league’s fourth best offense and number one pitching staff. This unit was managed by Billy Southworth

2001

The 2001 St Louis Cardinals finished the season tied with a National League best record of 93-69. They were seeded as the Wild Card due to the Houston Astros having a better head to head record. In the divisional round, the squad lost to the eventual World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks 3 games to 2. This team featured Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Albert Pujols. Pujols made the squad after a red-hot spring training thanks to an injury to Bobby Bonilla. The team also featured Gold Glove winners Fernando Vina and Albert Pujols. This team was managed by Tony LaRussa.

Tale of the Tape

1942
2001
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Jimmy Brown 2B 75 1 71 0.256 0.635 80
1 Fernando Vina 2B 95 9 56 0.303 0.775 100
2 Terry Moore CF 80 6 49 0.288 0.754 114
2 Placido Polanco 3B 87 3 38 0.307 0.725 88
3 Enos Slaughter RF 100 13 98 0.318 0.906 156
3 JD Drew RF 80 27 73 0.323 1.027 161
4 Stan Musial LF 87 10 72 0.315 0.888 151
4 Albert Pujols LF 112 37 130 0.329 1.013 157
5 Walker Cooper C 58 7 65 0.281 0.761 115
5 Jim Edmonds CF 95 30 110 0.304 0.974 149
6 Johnny Hopp 1B 41 3 37 0.258 0.716 103
6 Mark McGwire 1B 48 29 64 0.187 0.808 105
7 Whitey Kurowski 3B 51 9 42 0.254 0.717 103
7 Edgar Renteria SS 54 10 57 0.26 0.685 77
8 Marty Marion SS 66 0 54 0.276 0.718 103
8 Mike Matheny C 40 7 42 0.218 0.581 51
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Ken O’Dea C 22 5 32 0.234 0.656 85
1 Eli Marrero C 37 6 23 0.266 0.751 92
2 Creepy Crespi IF 33 0 35 0.243 0.58 65
2 Craig Paquette IF 47 15 64 0.282 0.791 102
3 Ray Sanders 1B 37 5 39 0.252 0.73 107
3 Bobby Bonilla IF 17 5 21 0.213 0.647 68
4 Harry Walker OF 38 0 16 0.314 0.753 113
4 Ray Lankford OF 38 15 39 0.235 0.841 114
5 Coaker Triplett OF 18 1 23 0.273 0.735 108
5 Kerry Robinson OF 34 1 15 0.285 0.674 75



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Mort Cooper 278.2 22 7 1.78 152 68 194
1 Darryl Kile 227.1 16 11 3.09 179 65 140
2 Johnny Beazley 215.1 21 6 2.13 91 73 162
2 Matt Morris 216.1 22 8 3.16 185 54 137
3 Max Lanier 161 13 8 2.96 93 60 117
3 Dustin Hermanson 192.1 14 13 4.45 123 73 97
4 Ernie White 128.1 7 5 2.52 67 41 137
4 Bud Smith 84.2 6 3 3.83 59 24 113
5 Harry Gumbert 163 9 5 3.26 52 59 106
5 Woody Williams 75 7 1 2.28 52 19 190



















Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Howie Krist 118.1 13 3 2.51 47 43 138
CP Dave Veres 65.2 3 2 3.7 61 28 117
RP Murry Dickson 120.2 6 3 2.91 66 61 119
RP Mike Matthews 89 3 4 3.25 72 33 134
RP Howie Pollet 109.1 7 5 2.88 42 39 120
RP Steve Kline 75 3 3 1.8 54 29 241
RP Lon Warneke 76 6 4 3.29 31 15 105
RP Mike Timlin 72.2 4 5 4.09 47 19 106










RP Gene Stechschulte 70 1 5 3.86 51 30 113










RP Andy Benes 107.1 7 7 7.38 78 61 59

So the question for you, loyal readers, is simple: Who ya got?

Who's your pick?

  • 1942 (86%, 12 Votes)
  • 2001 (14%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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