Cardinal Madness! The Championship!

We’ve reached the end. After a month-long tournament that started with 32 teams, we have narrowed it down to who the Redbird Rants readers feel are the top two Cardinals team of all-time. Details for each team will follow after the jump and voting will continue over the weekend. On Monday, we will crown the greatest Cardinal team of all-time.

(2) 1944 vs (13) 2004

The 1944 team has been on an unexpected run through the tournament. They had a unanimous decision in the third round against the 1926 team, but walked away with very narrow wins in the first, second, and fourth rounds, beating the the 1947, 1987, and 1934 teams by 57%, 55%, and 52% of the vote. The 2004 team defeated the 2002, 1946, 1967, and 1964 teams by margins of 82%, 52%, 52% and 52%. With two teams who have mostly gotten by on narrow margins, who will emerge as the true greatest?

Tale of the Tape

2004
1944
Batting Order
Batting Order

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Tony Womack 2B 91 5 38 0.307 0.735 91
1 Johnny Hopp CF 106 11 72 0.336 0.903 150
2 Larry Walker RF 29 11 27 0.28 0.953 143
2 Ray Sanders 1B 87 12 102 0.295 0.812 125
3 Albert Pujols 1B 133 46 123 0.331 1.072 172
3 Stan Musial RF 112 12 94 0.347 0.99 174
4 Scott Rolen 3B 109 34 124 0.314 1.007 157
4 Walker Cooper C 56 13 72 0.317 0.855 136
5 Jim Edmonds CF 102 42 111 0.301 1.061 170
5 Whitey Kurowski 3B 95 20 87 0.27 0.79 118
6 Edgar Renteria SS 84 10 72 0.287 0.327 88
6 Danny Litwhiler LF 53 15 82 0.264 0.755 109
7 Reggie Sanders LF 64 22 67 0.26 0.797 103
7 Marty Marion SS 50 6 63 0.267 0.686 90
8 Mike Matheny C 28 5 50 0.247 0.64 65
8 Emil Verban 2B 51 0 43 0.257 0.58 62
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Bench
Bench

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+

Player Pos R HR RBI BAA OPS OPS+
1 Yadier Molina C 12 2 15 0.267 0.684 78
1 Ken O’Dea C 35 6 37 0.249 0.717 99
2 Marlon Anderson IF 31 8 28 0.237 0.649 66
2 Augie Bergame OF 35 2 19 0.286 0.779 117
3 Ray Lankford OF 36 6 22 0.255 0.774 99
3 George Fallon IF 16 1 9 0.199 0.547 53
4 John Mabry OF 32 13 40 0.296 0.867 122
4 Debs Garms IF 17 0 5 0.201 0.487 36
5 So Taguchi OF 26 3 25 0.291 0.756 95
5 Pepper Martin OF 15 2 4 0.279 0.781 118



















Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
1 Matt Morris 202 15 10 4.72 131 56 91
1 Mort Cooper 252.1 22 7 2.46 97 60 145
2 Jason Marquis 201.1 15 7 3.71 138 70 115
2 Max Lanier 224.1 17 12 2.65 141 71 135
3 Woody Williams 189.2 11 8 4.18 131 58 102
3 Ted Wilks 207.2 17 4 2.64 70 49 135
4 Jeff Suppan 188 16 9 4.16 110 65 103
4 Harry Brecheen 189.1 16 5 2.85 88 46 126
5 Chris Carpenter 182 15 5 3.46 152 38 124
5 Red Munger 121 11 3 1.34 55 41 268



















Bullpen
Bullpen
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
Pos Pitcher IP W L ERA K BB ERA+
CP Jason Isringhausen 75.1 4 2 2.87 71 23 150
CP Freddy Schmidt 114.1 7 3 3.15 58 58 114
RP Cal Eldred 67 4 2 3.76 54 17 114
RP Al Jurisch 130 7 9 3.39 53 65 106
RP Julian Tavarez 64.1 7 4 2.38 48 19 181
RP Bix Donnelly 76.1 2 1 2.12 45 34 169
RP Ray King 62 5 2 2.61 40 24 164
RP Bud Byerly 42.1 2 2 3.4 13 20 106
RP Steve Kline 50.1 2 2 1.79 35 17 241
RP Harry Gumbert 61.1 4 2 2.49 16 19 144

Who's the greatest Cardinal team of all-time?

  • 1944 (56%, 9 Votes)
  • 2004 (44%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

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