Cardinals: St. Louis division title leads to this historic stat
After clinching the National League Central title, the St. Louis Cardinals now have as many division titles as the rest of the division combined.
The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the 2022 National League Central Division title and are now preparing for a run at the National League pennant. Everyone knows the Cardinals are one of the most successful organizations in baseball history, and this newest stat makes that even clearer.
The 2022 division title marks St. Louis’ 12th NL Central crown, and the rest of the NL Central combined as 12 division titles. The Cardinals run of dominance in the NL puts them in a class that very few others in the majors can touch, and it’s clear no organization in the NL Central can compare to them. The Chicago Cubs are second with 6 titles, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds each have 3, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have 0 NL Central crowns.
The NL Central has only existed since 1994, so the sample size is smaller than other divisions in baseball. The Houston Astros also hold some NL Central crowns, winning four division titles before moving to the AL West.
St. Louis is always about winning their division, but the organization and fans alike are way more interested in NL Pennants and World Series titles. The Cardinals have the third most pennants in NL history with 19, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. They do have the second most World Series titles in MLB history though with 11, only behind the New York Yankees.
With the club’s elite core already in place, young contributors up and down the roster, and a farm system that features elite prospect Jordan Walker ready to graduate even more elite talent, St. Louis may be winning many more division titles in the 2020s.