In the age of “win now” rosters turn over quickly; the St. Louis Cardinals are no exception. They have only used seven players form their 2011 World Series roster in this year’s NL championship series.
The NL champions got contributions from 20 rookies this season, many in starring roles on a team that led the NL with 97 wins and then reached the World Series for the second time in three years.
When the Cardinals were swept by Boston in the 2004 Series, current Cardinals Michael Wacha and Trevor Rosenthal were only in middle school.
Wacha was a first-round selection in June 2012 (a compensation pick for losing Albert Pujols to the Angels in free agency) rose in the ranks quickly and has been phenomenal in the postseason at 3-0 with an 0.43 ERA. He’s been to Fenway Park once before, as a sophomore at Texas A&M playing for a college all-star team but didn’t play.
Here are more World Series betting stats and trends for the NL Champ St. Louis Cardinals:
- This is the Cardinals 19th World Series in franchise history. Their first appearance was in 1926 when they beat the New York Yankees 4 games to 3, and their last appearance was on 2011 when they beat the Texas Rangers in 7.
- This is the Cards fourth World Series appearance in the last 10 postseasons; no other team has been more times in the WS in that span.
- St. Louis record at the World Series is 11 wins against the eight losses, but they have won the last two times they were in it (2006 & 2011)
- The Cardinals have the worst ever regular season record by a World Series Champion with 83 wins and 78 losses in 2006.
- This is manager Mike Matheny first ever World Series as a leader of the ball club; he was on the staff when the Cardinals beat the Rangers in 2011.
- Matheny participated with the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series as catcher, but they got swept 4-0 by the Boston Red Sox that time. Chris Carpenter and Yadier Molina, currently on the Cardinals’ roster played that series also.
- The Cardinals have met the Red Sox 3 times in the World Series; St. Louis leads the series 2-1. The Cards lost in 2004 in 4; in 1967 won in 7, and in 1946 won in 7.
- Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals. Since 2006, Wainwright threw 55.2 innings of work in the playoffs for a 2.10 ERA with 62 strikeouts and seven walks.
- In 2013, Wainwright has been money posting a 2-1 record with an amazing 1.57 ERA, 20 strikeouts and a 0.78 WHIP. He’s only the second Cardinals pitcher with 4 straight postseason games of 7+ IP and 2 R or fewer.
- Rookie Michael Wacha has been the best pitcher of the Cardinals during the postseason. The 22-year-old is 3-0 with 0.43 ERA and just one run allowed. He became the first rookie to have a pair of scoreless starts in a single postseason series in MLB history.
- Trevor Rosenthal became the Cardinals closer just at the end of the regular season. He pitched six games this postseason, with a 0.00 ERA in seven innings, while recording three saves.
- Right fielder Carlos Beltran has been outstanding at bat in the playoffs. His .265 batting averages might not amaze you but he has a team-high 12 runs in the postseason. Beltran bats .440 (11-for-25) with runners in scoring position on his career in the playoffs.
- The Cardinals enter the World Series batting just 2.11 in the playoffs, but they have held opponents to .207 average.
- St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston, but the last time they met was in 2008.