|67-70 (4th place, NL Central)
74-63 (2nd place, NL Central)
|Game 1||Yovani Gallardo (14-8, 3.79)||vs.||Kyle Lohse (14-2, 2.81)|
|vs. Cards||(0-2, 22.24)||vs.||(2-0, 2.25)|
|vs. Cards||(0-0, 0.00)||vs. Brewers||(1-0, 1.29)|
|vs. Cards||(0-0, ---)
||vs. Brewers||(1-1, 3.86)
While the Brewers and Cardinals were getting ready for their final meeting of the 2012 season DanUpBaby of Viva El Birdos and I exchanged questions to help get you ready for this series. You can see my answers to his questions over there, and his answers are below.
BCB: The Cardinals enter this series as the NL leader in hits, runs, batting average and OBP. Would you have predicted that a year after Albert Pujols departure?
VEB: Since signing Matt Holliday the Cardinals seem to have put a premium on having a broad offensive base, and last year's post-Pujols signings—Beltran, Furcal, and even the resigning of Berkman—emphasized that even more. I wasn't expecting them to be the top offensive team in the NL, but this was, from the beginning, the kind of team that could have ended the season with all its starters over the league-average OPS.
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BCB: Speaking of Pujols, the Cardinals have played seven players at first base in their first season without him but the most notable may be Allen Craig, who is hitting .310/.365/.551 in 2012. Is he the long term answer at the position?
VEB: Craig is a little old for his amount of MLB experience, is developing a reputation for injury-proneness, and has been an unnervingly similar hitter at every level, and the effect of all that is to make fans a little less ready to commit than they would be for the average guy with a 139 career OPS+.