2004 St. Louis Cardinals season

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2004 St. Louis Cardinals
2004 National League Champions
NL Central champions
Major League affiliations
Record 105–57 (.644)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) William DeWitt, Jr.
General manager(s) Walt Jocketty
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television Fox Sports Midwest
(Joe Buck, Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky)
(Ricky Horton, Bob Carpenter, Rich Gould)
Local radio KMOX
(Mike Shannon, Wayne Hagin, Bob Ramsey)
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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.


Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

  • Jim Edmonds
  • Ray Lankford
  • Mike Matheny
  • Matt Morris
  • Albert Pujols
  • Edgar Rentería
  • Scott Rolen
  • Reggie Sanders
  • Tony Womack[6]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 -- .644
Houston Astros 92 70 13 .564
Chicago Cubs 89 73 16 .536
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 29 .466
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 32½ .419
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 37½ .411



2004 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats[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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO


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

St. Louis wins series, 3-1

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


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.

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

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2004 World Series

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.

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

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • Pujols, Rolen, and Edmonds finished third, fourth and fifth in the MVP voting,[10] eliciting the nickname MV3.[11]

Gold Gloves[edit]

Silver Sluggers[edit]

NL Comeback Player of the Year[edit]

NLCS MVP[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Memphis Redbirds Pacific Coast League Danny Sheaffer
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Mark DeJohn
A Palm Beach Cardinals Florida State League Tom Nieto
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Joe Cunningham, Jr.
Short-Season A New Jersey Cardinals New York–Penn League Tommy Shields
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Tom Kidwell

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


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  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. 
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  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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