2005 St. Louis Cardinals

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2005 St. Louis Cardinals / Franchise: St. Louis Cardinals / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 100-62, Finished 1st in NL Central Division (2005 NL)

Clinched Division: September 17, 2005, At Chicago Cubs

Managed by Tony LaRussa

Coaches: Dave Duncan, Marty Mason, Dave McKay, Hal McRae, Jose Oquendo and Joe Pettini

Ballpark: Busch Stadium

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 2005 St. Louis Cardinals won an even 100 games and finished first in the NL Central, before being eliminated by the Houston Astros in the NLCS. What was most remarkable about this team was how "un-streaky" they were. If the secret to compiling a good record is to avoid long losing streaks, they were better at this than any team in the past 50 years: they had just 10 streaks of two or more consecutive losses during the year: 7 of two games, and 3 of three games. As a result, they did not require any long winning streak to compile their great record, they just systematically won almost two of every three games they played.

Awards and Honors[edit]


NLDS vs. San Diego Padres[edit]

Main article: 2005 NLDS1

NLCS vs. Houston Astros[edit]

Main article: 2005 NLCS
Game Score Date Winning pitcher Losing pitcher Attendance
1 Houston Astros 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 5 October 12 Chris Carpenter (1-0) Andy Pettitte (0-1) 52,332
2 Houston Astros 4 at St. Louis Cardinals 1 October 13 Roy Oswalt (1-0) Mark Mulder (0-1) 52,358
3 St. Louis Cardinals 3 at Houston Astros 4 October 15 Roger Clemens (1-0) Matt Morris (0-1) 42,823
4 St. Louis Cardinals 1 at Houston Astros 2 October 16 Chad Qualls (1-0) Jason Marquis (0-1) 43,010
5 St. Louis Cardinals 5 at Houston Astros 4 October 17 Jason Isringhausen (1-0) Brad Lidge (0-1) 43,470
6 Houston Astros 5 at St. Louis Cardinals 1 October 19 Roy Oswalt (2-0) Mark Mulder (0-2) 52,438

Further Reading[edit]

  • Associated Press: "Cards officially clinch Central title", ESPN.com, September 17, 2005
  • Paul H. Kvam and Zezhong Chen: "A Comprehensive Analysis of Team Streakiness in Major League Baseball: 1962-2016", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 46, Number 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 112-115.

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