St. Louis Cardinals – 2015 Central Division Champions
Best Record in Baseball with 100 Wins
Central Division Champions Third Year in a Row
The St. Louis Cardinals started the 2015 season by jumping into first place in the Central Division early on. They stayed in first place all year, despite injuries throughout the year that put both key position players and pitchers on the Disabled List.
Throughout the year, the Cards rallied around the chant “Next man up!” and managed to continue winning games. Pitching was key to secure wins since the Cards offense didn’t produce much all year-long. However, they benefited tremendously from rookies including Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty who both inspired and carried the Cards at times.
The Cards starting pitchers, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, Carlos Martinez, and Lance Lynn were solid all year. Trevor Rosenthal garnered a franchise record 48 saves.
Key position players throughout the year included Matt Carpenter, Jason Heyward, Jadier Molina, Jhonny Peralta, and Kolten Wong.
National League Division Series (NLDS)
St. Louis Cardinals play best of 5 series vs the Chicago Cubs
Game 1 – Friday, October 9, 6:30PM – TBS TV & ESPN Radio
After a week off between the close of the regular season and the postseason gearing up, the Cards begin the National League Division Playoffs tomorrow, Friday, October 9, with game time at 6:30PM, Eastern Time. The series will be televised on TBS, bummer for those of us who don’t subscribe to a cable service. Luckily, ESPN will broadcast all the games on the radio.
Game 1 should be interesting, with the starting pitchers being John Lackey for the Cards, and John Lester for the Cubs. The Cards can nickel and dime you to death with singles, but have the ability to hit the long ball on occasion. The Cubs, on the other hand, have several power hitters this year. So, will pitching dominate Game 1, or will the element of power hitting swing the outcome? Tune in to find out.