St. Louis Cardinals Best Single Seasons

This is a list of the St. Louis Cardinals best single seasons. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to play at least 51% of games at their position. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 20 games during the selected season. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 10 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 10 games.


  • Catcher – Yadier Molina, 2012

  • Yadier Molina
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    138 .375 6.9 138 563 65 159 28 0 22 76 12 45 55 .315 .373 .501 .874

  • First Base – Mark McGwire, 1998

  • Mark McGwire
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    205 .492 7.5 155 681 130 152 21 0 70 147 1 162 155 .299 .470 .752 1.222

  • Second Base – Rogers Hornsby, 1924

  • Rogers Hornsby
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    221 .537 12.1 143 642 121 227 43 14 25 94 5 89 32 .424 .507 .696 1.203

  • Third Base – Scott Rolen, 2004

  • Scott Rolen
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    159 .422 9.2 142 593 109 157 32 4 34 124 4 72 92 .314 .409 .598 1.007

  • Shortstop – Dick Groat, 1963

  • Dick Groat
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    132 .367 7.1 158 704 85 201 43 11 6 73 3 56 58 .319 .377 .450 .827

  • Outfield – Stan Musial, 1948

  • Stan Musial
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    201 .512 11.1 155 698 135 230 46 18 39 131 7 79 34 .376 .450 .702 1.152

  • Outfield – Albert Pujols, 2003

  • Albert Pujols
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    184 .461 8.6 157 685 137 212 51 1 43 124 5 79 65 .359 .439 .667 1.106

  • Outfield – Joe Medwik, 1937

  • Joe Medwick
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    180 .467 8.5 156 677 111 237 56 10 31 154 4 41 50 .374 .414 .641 1.056

  • Starting Pitcher – Bob Gibson, 1968

  • Bob Gibson
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    38 11.2 34 34 22 9 1.12 304.2 28 13 0 49 38 62 268 7.9 0.853

  • Starting Pitcher – Mort Cooper, 1942

  • Mort Cooper
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    53 8.4 37 35 22 7 1.78 278.2 22 10 0 73 55 68 152 4.9 0.987

  • Starting Pitcher – John Tudor, 1985

  • John Tudor
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    55 8.1 36 36 21 8 1.93 275 14 10 0 68 59 49 169 5.5 0.938

  • Starting Pitcher – Harry Brecheen, 1948

  • Harry Brecheen
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    55 8.9 33 30 20 7 2.24 233.1 21 7 1 62 58 49 149 5.7 1.037

  • Starting Pitcher – Chris Carpenter, 2009

  • Chris Carpenter
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    55 6.5 28 28 17 4 2.24 192.2 3 1 0 49 48 38 144 6.7 1.007

  • Relief Pitcher – Kevin Siegrist, 2013

  • Kevin Siegrist
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    12 1.9 45 0 3 1 0.45 39.2 0 0 0 2 2 18 50 11.3 0.882

  • Relief Pitcher – Pat Neshek, 2014

  • Pat Neshek
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    52 2.3 71 0 7 2 1.87 67.1 0 0 6 14 14 9 68 9.1 0.787

  • Closer – Bruce Sutter, 1984

  • Bruce Sutter
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    43 4.6 71 0 5 7 1.54 122.2 0 0 45 26 21 23 77 5.6 1.076

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