Cardinal Madness! Match-ups 11 and 12

 

We are three days away from the end of the first round! Today we will see the 10 seed 1926 team against the 23 seed 1935 team and the 7 seed 2011 team against the 26 seed 1996 squad. Details for both match-ups after the jump.

1923

The 1923 Cardinals won 89 games, good enough to take the National League, and then defeated the Yankees in the World Series in seven games. This was the only full season of managerial work for player-manager Rogers Hornsby. Catcher Bob O’Farrell won the MVP award. Interestingly, Tommy Thevenow would begin a record this season. The home run he hit on September 22 would be the last of his career, as he would finish his career with 3,347 homerless at bats. This team featured six future Hall of Famers in Hornsby, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jim Bottomley, Chick Hafey, Jesse Haines, and Billy Southworth.

1935

The 1935 Cardinals won 96 games, which was only good enough for a second place finish. It was a historic season, as Dizzy Dean’s 25 wins were the last time a Cardinals pitcher would have that many in the 20th century. The ’35 Birds featured four future Hall of Famers in addition to Dean, including Leo “The Lip” Durocher, Frankie Frisch, Jesse Haines, and Joe “Ducky” Medwick.

Tale of the Tape

1926
1935
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Ray Blades LF 81 8 43 0.305 0.871 130
1 Pepper Martin 3B 121 9 54 0.299 0.789 107
2 Taylor Douthit CF 96 3 52 0.308 0.752 100
2 Jack Rothrock RF 76 3 56 0.273 0.694 84
3 Rogers Hornsby 2B 96 11 93 0.317 0.851 124
3 Frankie Frisch 2B 52 1 55 0.294 0.714 89
4 Jim Bottomley 1B 98 19 120 0.299 0.870 128
4 Joe Medwick LF 132 23 126 0.353 0.962 151
5 Les Bell 3B 85 17 100 0.325 0.901 137
5 Ripper Collins 1B 109 23 122 0.313 0.915 139
6 Billy Southworth RF 76 11 69 0.317 0.853 124
6 Bill DeLancey C 37 6 41 0.279 0.788 108
7 Bob O’Farrell C 63 7 68 0.293 0.804 112
7 Terry Moore CF 63 6 53 0.287 0.729 91
8 Tommy Thevenow SS 64 2 63 0.256 0.602 59
8 Leo Durocher SS 62 8 78 0.265 0.681 79
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Ernie Vick C 6 0 4 0.196 0.476 26
1 Spud Davis C 28 1 60 0.317 0.802 112
2 Specs Toporcer IF 13 0 9 0.250 0.656 74
2 Burgess Whitehead IF 45 0 33 0.263 0.593 57
3 Chick Hafey OF 30 4 38 0.271 0.738 94
3 Charlie Gelbert IF 24 2 21 0.292 0.750 98
4 Heinie Mueller OF 36 3 28 0.267 0.733 93
4 Ernie Orsatti OF 28 1 24 0.240 0.618 63
5 Wattie Holm OF 18 0 21 0.285 0.698 86
5 Charlie Wilson U 1 0 1 0.323 0.686 83



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Flint Rhem 258.0 20 7 3.21 72 75 123
1 Dizzy Dean 325.1 28 12 3.04 190 77 135
2 Bill Sherdel 234.2 16 12 3.49 59 49 113
2 Paul Dean 269.2 19 12 3.37 143 55 122
3 Jesse Haines 183.0 13 4 3.25 46 48 122
3 Bill Walker 193.1 13 8 3.82 79 78 108
4 Vic Keen 152.0 10 9 4.56 29 42 87
4 Bill Hallahan 181.1 15 8 3.42 73 57 120
5 Pete Alexander 148.1 9 7 2.91 35 24 136
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Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Art Reinhart 143.0 10 5 4.22 26 47 94
CP Ed Huesser 123.1 5 5 2.92 39 27 141
RP Hi Bell 85.0 6 6 3.18 27 17 125
RP Jesse Haines 115.1 6 5 3.59 24 28 115
RP Bill Hallahan 56.2 1 4 3.65 28 32 109
RP Phil Collins 82.2 7 6 4.57 18 26 90
RP Syl Johnson 49.0 0 3 4.22 10 15 94
RP Ray Harrell 29.2 1 1 6.67 13 11 62
RP Allan Sothoron 42.2 3 3 4.22 19 16 94
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Who's your pick?

  • 1926 (80%, 4 Votes)
  • 1935 (20%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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2011

This season is obviously still fresh in the minds of a lot of people, given that it was only last year. It featured a blockbuster eight player deal centered around former Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus. The 2011 season may have been the most exciting in Cardinals history, as the Cardinals were 10.5 games back of the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves on August 24th, but surged ahead to win a playoff spot on the very last day of the season. They then beat the Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers en route to their eleventh World Series. Catcher Yadier Molina won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove.

1996

The ’96 Cardinals won the first NL Central title in Cardinals history with an 88-74 record. They defeated the Padres in the NLDS but lost to the Atlanta Braves in seven games. The team featured future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and was the final season for future Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Manager Tony LaRussa was named the National League Manager of the Year

Tale of the Tape

2011
1996
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Rafael Furcal SS 29 7 16 0.255 0.735 104
1 Royce Clayton SS 64 6 35 0.277 0.692 83
2 Jon Jay CF 56 10 37 0.297 0.768 114
2 Ray Lankford CF 100 21 86 0.275 0.852 123
3 Albert Pujols 1B 105 37 99 0.299 0.906 150
3 Ron Gant LF 74 30 82 0.246 0.862 125
4 Matt Holliday LF 83 22 75 0.296 0.912 153
4 Brian Jordan RF 82 17 104 0.310 0.833 118
5 Lance Berkman RF 90 31 94 0.301 0.959 166
5 Gary Gaetti 3B 71 23 80 0.274 0.799 108
6 David Freese 3B 41 10 55 0.297 0.791 120
6 John Mabry 1B 63 13 74 0.297 0.773 103
7 Yadier Molina C 55 14 65 0.305 0.814 126
7 Tom Pagnozzi C 48 13 55 0.270 0.734 92
8 Daniel Descalso 2B 35 1 28 0.264 0.687 93
8 Luis Alicea 2B 54 5 42 0.258 0.731 94
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Gerald Laird C 11 1 12 0.232 0.660 84
1 Danny Sheaffer C 10 2 20 0.227 0.605 59
2 Skip Schumaker U 34 2 38 0.283 0.685 93
2 Ozzie Smith IF 36 2 18 0.282 0.728 93
3 Ryan Theriot IF 46 1 47 0.271 0.662 86
3 Mike Gallego IF 12 0 4 0.210 0.499 34
4 Allen Craig OF 33 11 40 0.315 0.917 153
4 Willie McGee OF 52 5 41 0.307 0.766 102
5 Nick Punto U 21 1 20 0.278 0.809 127
5 Mark Sweeney OF 32 3 22 0.265 0.758 102



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Chris Carpenter 237.1 11 9 3.45 191 55 105
1 Andy Benes 230.1 18 10 3.83 160 77 110
2 Jaime Garcia 194.2 13 7 3.56 156 50 102
2 Todd Stottlemyre 223.1 14 11 3.87 194 93 109
3 Kyle Lohse 188.1 14 8 3.39 111 42 107
3 Donovan Osborne 198.2 13 9 3.53 134 57 120
4 Jake Westbrook 183.1 12 9 4.66 104 73 78
4 Alan Benes 191.0 13 10 4.90 131 87 86
5 Edwin Jackson 78.0 5 2 3.58 51 23 102
5 Mike Morgan 103.0 4 8 5.24 55 40 81



















Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Fernando Salas 75.0 5 6 2.28 75 21 160
CP Dennis Eckersley 60.0 0 6 3.30 49 6 129
RP Kyle McClellan 141.2 12 7 4.19 76 43 87
RP TJ Matthews 83.2 2 6 3.01 80 32 141
RP Jason Motte 68.0 5 2 2.25 63 16 162
RP Cory Bailey 57.0 5 2 3.00 38 30 142
RP Lance Lynn 34.2 1 1 3.12 40 11 118
RP Rick Honeycutt 47.1 2 1 2.85 30 7 149
RP Mitchell Boggs 60.2 2 3 3.56 48 21 103
RP Tony Fossas 47.0 0 4 2.68 36 21 159

Who's your pick?

  • 2011 (100%, 7 Votes)
  • 1996 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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