It gets old...and pathetic.
Every year they throw out all of these stats that say why so and so for the Cardinals shouldn't be playing as well as they are, and that their success won't last long because of these numbers and those numbers, LaRussa over-manages his teams, they get luck with pitchers and no name guys, etc, blah, blah. And what happens in the end? The Cardinals win divisions and win championships... and the Cubs haven't won a World Series in 100 years. Maybe they should be pushing for their ownership group to copy what the Cardinals are doing instead of criticizing them. (just a thought)
I dunno. The Cardinals may cool off, or they may not. But it's funny to hear how confident and sure Cub fans are that the Cardinals are really a horrible team, masquerading as a good team...and how talented the Cubs and Brewers are compared to St. Louis. And it's hilarious how almost every year it plays out differently on the field.
Numbers, Sabermetrics, OPS, etc... don't mean squat if those things don't transfer into wins on the field.
Same whining Cub fans...different year.
Here are some comments from Cub fans about the Cardinals at http://www.northsidebaseball.com
Unless the Cardinals taste the postseason chance here, and make a couple trades over the next couple months, you don't have to worry about them.
kip wells and looper had a good start last year too
They played 2 more games this month than we did.
They are crappy.
In the physical sense yes, the Cards will be here til July. In the sense of hanging around in the race, I don't think the Cubs and Brewers have that kind of choke job in them.
Yeah it's outrageous to think the 2 vastly more talented teams won't both simultaneously blow it because after all they can't tell people to count the ringz!!
The Cardinals have played 75 percent of their schedule against teams with below-average slugging percentages. When that changes, theyâ€™ll allow more home runs, more runs, and slip away from the top of the NL Central.
Eventually the players are going to realize they ain't as good as their April is suggesting, and by May the Cards will fall back into their spot in the NL Central. You can't rely on 4 crappy pitchers, and one good pitcher for the whole season.
They have a tough month of June. If they haven't been buried by then, they will be in June.
Didn't we say the same thing in '06???
i'm pretty glad they've gotten off to such a strong start. this will surely delude LaRussa into thinking they're a contender and further delay the rebuilding process they should have started last August.
there is absolutely no plausible scenario where they're still challenging for the division come July.
It is absolutely -beyond- me how some of you are counting the Cardinals out already. I mean, have you been paying attention the last 30 years? Superior management and coaching regularly produces fundamentally sound teams, and they sometimes turn into unexpected winners.
you still need talent, something they are short on.
The Cardinals have some talent, just not that much and not as much as the Cubs and Brewers.
lol at thinking that Mulder or Carpenter will do anything this year...
I agree, their talent level is definitely below that of Chicago and Milwaukee, and maybe even Cincy.
The problem there is....the Cards no longer have a Whitey Herzog, or a Walt Jockerty as manager or GM of the franchise. LaRussa is an overrated douche, who won on the backs of players like McGwire, Canseco, Henderson(s), Honeycutt, Stewart, Pujols, Edmonds, Rolen, etc, etc, etc. And he micro manages his team, which means the pressure is on Dave Duncan to get the most out of his pitchers. In other words...the Cards no longer has the "superior management" they once had. Their current GM, doesn't have the track record as a GM, and again LaRussa may be the MOST OVERRATED manager in all of baseball, possibly second to Joe Torre.
Eventually, the pixie dust is going to wear out for the Cubs, and they should finish around the 72-78 wins this season.