Some people sit and wonder how the Cardinals won games without as many homers as they had in 2012. It seems that the Cardinals had a whole new strategy in 2013. Some can say it was clutch hitting and other can say it was the young talent on the team. But what was the biggest thing for the Cardinals in 2013?
The Big Bats- Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, and Allen Craig were big contributors to the Cardinal's lineup. Matt Carpenter lead the league in doubles (55), hits (199), and runs (126). This type of performance earned him 4th in MVP voting and his first Silver Slugger. Yadier Molina also won a Silver Slugger, placed 3rd in MVP voting, and won his 6th straight Gold Glove. He also set a career high in runs, hits, doubles, RBI's, and batting average. Matt Holliday had another solid season producing 22 homers, 94 RBI's, and a .300 batting average. Carlos Beltran is with the Yankees now but still deserves a shout-out his solid season (24 homers, 84 RBI's, .296 average). Allen Craig probably reached the 100 RBI mark if injuries wouldn't have stopped him. But he did set career highs in hits, triples, RBIs, average, and OBP.
The Good Pitching and Young Arms- Adam Wainwright is looking like one of the best pitchers in baseball, while setting career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts and lead the league in wins, complete games, shutouts, games started, and innings pitched. Waino also won his second gold glove and was second in Cy Young voting. Lance Lynn had a solid year again and racked up 198 strikeouts even if he had a down year compared to 2012. The Cardinals brought up so many pitchers from the minors this and trusted them to do well. This choice proved well from the Cardinals in 2013 as 90% of them excelled. Some stick out more than others like Michael Wacha ( NLCS MVP), Shelby Miller( 3rd in rookie of the year voting), and Trevor Rosenthal (Cardinals post-season closer). Some of the other Cardinal call-ups are Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, and Carlos Martinez.
So thanks for reading and leave comments if you want. This is also my last post until Opening Day