Get To Know The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals With These 5 Facts

10/23/2013 05:53 pm ET | Updated Oct 23, 2013

Making the 19th appearance in franchise history, the St. Louis Cardinals may seem like World Series regulars but don't tell that rookie pitcher Michael Wacha or veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran. Both are making their first appearance in the Fall Classic and both figure to make an impact. While the 2013 edition of the Redbirds has its share of familiar faces -- Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright -- the team stands apart from recent residents of Busch Stadium.

Get better acquainted with the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals with these five facts:

  • 1 Wacha Wacha Wacha
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    Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha became the third rookie ever to win an LCS MVP. That will happen when you become the first rookie in MLB history to record two scoreless starts in a single postseason series.
  • 2 Most Postseason Wins Since 2000
    The Cardinals have won 54 playoff game since 2000, the most of any team in the majors, per ESPN Stats & Info. The Giants have the second most with 34.
  • 3 Beltran vs. Babe
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    Carlos Beltran passed Babe Ruth for most postseason home runs back in the NLDS.
  • 4 Mike Matheny
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny PLAYED for the 2004 St. Louis squad that was swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. He's the 24th manager ever to play and manage a team in the Fall Classic.
  • 5 Yadi
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    Yadier Molina is the first Cardinals player since 1946 to play in as many as four World Series with the franchise .In 108 previous World Series, only nine Cardinals have done it, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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