Which was the 2nd best team in baseball this year, Detroit Tigers or St. Louis Cardinals?

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Posted by AFBrat77 (26133 posts) 3 years, 8 months ago

Poll: Which was the 2nd best team in baseball this year, Detroit Tigers or St. Louis Cardinals? (12 votes)

Detroit Tigers 42%
St. Louis Cardinals 58%
Too tough to call 0%

Each of these teams were beaten by the Red Sox in 6 games.

Which do you think was the better team, and who would have won if they played each other?

Tigers:

1. Austin Jackson (CF)

2. Torii Hunter (RF)

3. MIguel Cabrera (3B)

4. Prince Fielder (1B)

5. Victor Martinez (DH)

6. Jhonny Peralta

7. Omar Infante

8. Alex Avilla (C)

9. Ramon Santiago

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1. Max Scherzer (SP)

2. Justin Verlander (SP)

3. Annibal Sanchez (SP)

4. Doug Fister (SP)

5. Joaquin Benoit (Closer)

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Cardinals:

1. Matt Carpenter (2B)

2. Carlos Beltran (RF)

3. Matt Holiday (LF)

4. Allen Craig (DH)

5. Yadier Molina (C)

6. Matt Adams (1B)

7. David Freese (3B)

8. John Jay (CF)

9. Descalso (SS)

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1. Adam Wainwright (SP)

2. Mike Wacha (SP)

3. Joe Kelly (SP)

4. Lance Lynn (SP)

5. Trevor Rosenthal (Closer)

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#1 Posted by ristactionjakso (6118 posts) -

Cardinals are my team, but they played like a bunch of toddlers. They couldn't hit the ball if Sox rolled a basketball across the plate. I'm severely disappointed with the way the Cardinals played.

I think Pitsburg would have had a better chance against Sox.

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#2 Posted by GamerForca (7203 posts) -

I doubt either team cares. But to play along, if the Tigers and Cards had met in the WS, I'd expect the Cards to win. The Tigers aren't a very good WS team. Look at the last couple of times they've been there.

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#3 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

Who really gives a **** though? Both gonna be in the hunt next year.

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#4 Posted by Master_Live (18811 posts) -

For me, the Tigers have become something like the Braves, always coming short. Their hitting just disappears on the playoffs.

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#5 Posted by AFBrat77 (26133 posts) -

@36Ounces said:

Who really gives a **** though? Both gonna be in the hunt next year.

I think its interesting to see who people think would have won if these 2 played it out.

I'm sure it would have been a close series.

I do think the Tigers were the better team.

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#7 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (18526 posts) -

@Master_Live said:

For me, the Tigers have become something like the Braves, always coming short. Their hitting just disappears on the playoffs.

That and when they do show up, our terrible bullpen throws the game for us....

They seriously need to clean out the bullpen and get a decent closer for a change. Totally unacceptable the way our bullpen was throwing grand slams...

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#8 Edited by Toxic-Seahorse (4967 posts) -

I'm a die hard Tigers fan, but I can't honestly say I think they would beat the Cardinals. Their bullpen is awful except for Smyly (and maybe Benoit, who was fantastic all regular season) and their hitting is way too inconsistent.

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#10 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (18526 posts) -

@Toxic-Seahorse said:

I'm a die hard Tigers fan, but I can't honestly say I think they would beat the Cardinals. Their bullpen is awful except for Smyly (and maybe Benoit, who was fantastic all regular season) and their hitting is way too inconsistent.

Could you imagine if we had someone like Uehara to close out games? Would be a lovely change of pace....

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#11 Posted by worlock77 (22552 posts) -

I think objectively the case is made for St. Louis. The fact that they tied Boston for the best regular season record and played against them in the World Series points to them being the 2nd best team. Unfortunately their playing in the World Series itself didn't reflect that.

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#12 Posted by lamprey263 (33782 posts) -

if you're not first, you're last

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#13 Posted by AFBrat77 (26133 posts) -

@worlock77 said:

I think objectively the case is made for St. Louis. The fact that they tied Boston for the best regular season record and played against them in the World Series points to them being the 2nd best team. Unfortunately their playing in the World Series itself didn't reflect that.

A case could be made for the Tigers though as well, their record is not as relevant since they played in different leagues and the difference in wins is only 4. The Tigers did play the Red Sox closer I believe. But either way a case could be made, I think this would have made a good series as well.

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#14 Posted by Master_Live (18811 posts) -

@AFBrat77 said:

@worlock77 said:

I think objectively the case is made for St. Louis. The fact that they tied Boston for the best regular season record and played against them in the World Series points to them being the 2nd best team. Unfortunately their playing in the World Series itself didn't reflect that.

A case could be made for the Tigers though as well, their record is not as relevant since they played in different leagues and the difference in wins is only 4.

Exactly.

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#15 Posted by Master_Live (18811 posts) -

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#16 Edited by Bigboi500 (35550 posts) -

The Cards are an amazing team. Even when they lose great people they still continue to bring it year after year.