2019 St. Louis Cardinals
2019 St. Louis Cardinals / Franchise: St. Louis Cardinals / BR Team Page
Managed by Mike Shildt
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2019 St. Louis Cardinals were convinced they would be back in contention after missing the postseason for an uncharacteristic three consecutive seasons, especially after their off-season acquisition of 1B Paul Goldschmidt in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They quickly signed him to a contract extension and were expecting that he would be the focus of their offense. It worked well enough in the first few weeks, as they went 18-7 in April after a 1-3 start in March, but the next two months were painful: 9-18 in May, and a disappointing 13-13 in June, as it seems their hitters were unable to buy a clutch hit when needed. By then, their three-game lead atop the NL Central on May 1st had melted away, and they fell back by as many as 5 games during May. They were stuck in third place from the end of May to the All-Star break, continually hovering between 1 1/2 and 4 games back.
The Cardinals were 44-44 at the break, but began to play much better after that, finishing July a full 7 games above .500 and tied for first place. They followed that with an outstanding month in August, when they went 18-9, and by sweeping a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds on August 31st, entered September with a 2 1/3 game lead in first place. The doubleheader sweep at home was the Cards' first since 1992, when they had turned the trick against the Chicago Cubs! While the Milwaukee Brewers had a very strong September and were able to close the gap to a half-game at one point, the Cardinals managed to hold on to first place, finishing two games ahead of them at 91-71 for their first division title since 2015. They went on to face the Atlanta Braves in the Division Series.
Awards and Honors
- Associate Press: "Goldschmidt, Miller give Cardinals hope heading into 2019", USA Today, March 19, 2019.