2004 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2004 St. Louis Cardinals
2004 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record105–57 (.644)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s)Walt Jocketty
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionFox Sports Midwest
(Joe Buck, Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky)
KPLR
(Ricky Horton, Bob Carpenter, Rich Gould)
Local radioKMOX
(Mike Shannon, Wayne Hagin, Bob Ramsey)
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2004 St. Louis Cardinals
2004 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record105–57 (.644)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s)Walt Jocketty
Manager(s)Tony La Russa
Local televisionFox Sports Midwest
(Joe Buck, Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky)
KPLR
(Ricky Horton, Bob Carpenter, Rich Gould)
Local radioKMOX
(Mike Shannon, Wayne Hagin, Bob Ramsey)
Previous season     Next season

The St. Louis Cardinals 2004 season was the team's 123rd season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 113th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 105-57 during the season, the most of any Cardinals team since 1944, and the first Cardinal team to win 100 or more games since 1985, and won the National League Central division by 13 games over the NL Wild-Card Champion Houston Astros. In the playoffs the Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 games to 1 in the NLDS and the Astros 4 games to 3 in the NLCS to reach their first World Series since 1987. In the World Series the Cardinals faced the Boston Red Sox and were swept 4 games to 0. It was the final World Series played at Busch Memorial Stadium. Because the American League had home-field advantage as a result of winning the All-Star Game, Busch Memorial Stadium was where the Curse of the Bambino died.[1]

Catcher Mike Matheny, third baseman Scott Rolen, and outfielder Jim Edmonds won Gold Gloves this year.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central DivisionWLGBPct.
St. Louis Cardinals10557--.644
Houston Astros927013.564
Chicago Cubs897316.536
Cincinnati Reds768629.466
Pittsburgh Pirates728932½.419
Milwaukee Brewers679437½.411

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

2004 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
PitchersCatchers

Infielders

OutfieldersManager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

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Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

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Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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Other pitchers[edit]

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Relief pitchers[edit]

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NLDS[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

St. Louis wins series, 3-1

GameScoreDate
1St. Louis 8, Los Angeles 3October 5
2St. Louis 8, Los Angeles 3October 7
3Los Angeles 2, St. Louis 0October 9
4St. Louis 6, Los Angeles 2October 10

NLCS[edit]

Facing off against division rival Houston, the Cardinals took a 2–0 lead, then lost three straight in Houston. Coming home for Game 6, the Cardinals took a 4–3 lead into the 9th inning, but Houston tied it up. Jim Edmonds hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th to win the game. The next night, Albert Pujols helped St. Louis win Game 7 to clinch the series with a game tying hit. Scott Rolen brought him home on a two-run home run. Albert Pujols was named the series MVP.

GameScoreDate
1St. Louis 10, Houston 7October 13
2St. Louis 6, Houston 4October 14
3Houston 5, St. Louis 2October 16
4Houston 6, St. Louis 5October 17
5Houston 3, St. Louis 0October 18
6St. Louis 6, Houston 4October 20
7St. Louis 5, Houston 2October 21

World Series[edit]

When the Cardinals reached the World Series, Tony La Russa became the sixth manager to win pennants in both leagues, following Joe McCarthy, Yogi Berra, Alvin Dark, and the managers in the 1984 World Series, Sparky Anderson and Dick Williams.[8] La Russa had managed the Oakland Athletics to three straight pennants between 1988 and 1990 and winning the 1989 World Series.[8] La Russa would try to join Anderson as the only men to have managed teams to World Series championships in both leagues.[8] La Russa wore number 10 in tribute to Anderson (who wore 10 while manager of the Cincinnati Reds) and to indicate he was trying to win the team's tenth championship.[9]

The Cardinals met a what was a potent Red Sox squad fresh off four straight victories over the Yankees following an 0–3 deficit in the ALCS. A comeback in this fashion in any North American major sports leagues had previously occurred only in the NHL. This was the third time the two teams have faced each other in the Fall Classic, with the Cardinals winning the previous two in 1946 and 1967. The Cardinals were again without a key player for the World Series: ace pitcher Chris Carpenter, who, after going 15–5, tweaked his shoulder in September and missed the entire post-season. The Cardinals were swept by the Red Sox in four games and never had a lead throughout the series. Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds, the normally fearsome 3-4-5 hitters for the Cardinals, were 6-for-45 with 1 RBI.

GameScoreDate
1Boston 11, St. Louis 9October 23
2Boston 6, St. Louis 2October 24
3Boston 4, St. Louis 1October 26
4Boston 3, St. Louis 0October 27

Awards and Honors[edit]

Gold Gloves[edit]

Silver Sluggers[edit]

NL Comeback Player of the Year[edit]

NLCS MVP[edit]

Farm system[edit]

LevelTeamLeagueManager
AAAMemphis RedbirdsPacific Coast LeagueDanny Sheaffer
AATennessee SmokiesSouthern LeagueMark DeJohn
APalm Beach CardinalsFlorida State LeagueTom Nieto
APeoria ChiefsMidwest LeagueJoe Cunningham, Jr.
Short-Season ANew Jersey CardinalsNew York–Penn LeagueTommy Shields
RookieJohnson City CardinalsAppalachian LeagueTom Kidwell

LEAGUE CO-CHAMPIONS: Tennessee[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (2005). Reversing the Curse. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-618-51748-0. 
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/carpech01.shtml
  3. ^ J.D. Drew Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/benesal01.shtml
  5. ^ John Mabry Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ 2004 St. Louis Cardinals Roster by Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Larry Walker Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ a b c Powers, John (October 23, 2004). "La Russa Keeping Options Open". Boston Globe. p. E7. 
  9. ^ Leach, Matthew (October 28, 2006). "Cards secure 10th World Series title". MLB.com. stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Baseball-Reference 2004 Season Award Index". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  11. ^ Goold, Derrick (December 24, 2011). "Cardinals recast the 'MV3'". stltoday.com. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Baseball-Reference NL Gold Glove Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  13. ^ a b "Baseball-Reference NL Silver Slugger Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  14. ^ "2004 League Championship Series - STL vs. HOU". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 3, 2009. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007
  16. ^ Baseball America 2005 Annual Directory

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