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Six, count 'em, six Cardinals adorn the NL All-Star roster. Scott Rolen, David Eckstein, and Jim Edmonds were picked as starters. Albert Pujols will probably be the starting DH. Chris Carpenter and Jason Isringhausen are on the pitching staff.
So how many teams have fielded that many All-Stars? And how does that bode for the Cards chances come fall time?
Well, 110 teams have had at least six All-Stars. The highest was ten for the 1939 Yankees. Actually, eleven of the eighteen teams with at least eight All-Stars were Yankee squads:
|1939||New York Yankees||10||106||45||.702||1||Y||Y|
|1959||New York Yankees||9||79||75||.513||3||N||N|
|1954||Chicago White Sox||9||94||60||.610||3||N||N|
|1942||New York Yankees||9||103||51||.669||1||Y||N|
|1961||New York Yankees||9||109||53||.673||1||Y||Y|
|1947||New York Yankees||9||97||57||.630||1||Y||Y|
|2004||New York Yankees||9||101||61||.623||1||Y||N||N|
|1958||New York Yankees||9||92||62||.597||1||Y||Y|
|1950||New York Yankees||8||98||56||.636||1||Y||Y|
|1936||New York Yankees||8||102||51||.667||1||Y||Y|
|1957||New York Yankees||8||98||56||.636||1||Y||N|
|1946||Boston Red Sox||8||104||50||.675||1||Y||N|
|1943||St. Louis Cardinals||8||105||49||.682||1||Y||N|
|1952||New York Yankees||8||95||59||.617||1||Y||Y|
Of the teams with at least six All-Stars, on average they were 94-62 for .605 winning percentage, somewhere between first and second place (average of 1.8). 73% of them won their division, 45% won the league pennant, and 24% won the whole enchilada.
Now, if they could just sneak an extra reserve onto the roster (Matt Morris or Reggie Sanders), their odds go up to 67%, 52%, and 30%. So maybe they need someone to make a visit to the Astros clubhouse and make Clemens and Lidge an offer they can't refuse. It would be even better if the Cards All-Stars actually deserved their spots.
C Sherm Lollar
1B Ferris Fain
2B Nellie Fox
SS Chico Carrasquel
OF Minnie Minosa
1B/OF George Kell
P Virgil Trucks
P Bob Keegan
P Sandy Consuegra
94-60 17 games behind CLE and 9 games behind 2nd place Yanks.
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