Historically, the Cardinals haven't done well against Maddux.
Yea, but peep his last three games, he hasn't been so hot...15.3 total innings, 10 runs, and 25 hits.
Lets get the f back in first place, golly gosh durn it, hopefully the cubs will blow it tonight and we will do the opposite
Is it clear now? Greg Maddux was struggling. Here come the Cardinals on a 3-game winning streak.
"St. Louis hit into three double plays and sent the minimum number of batters to the plate from the third through the seventh inning. The Cardinals didn't get a runner to second base after the second frame." Hmm....
Add on to that, it was pretty darn clear watching the game, after Pineiro's 2nd walk in the 6th, his stuff was gone. Yet he stayed in the game. His pitch location had been erratic the entire game, but in the 6th it went completely awry.
So the Cardinals struggle hitting Maddux after the 2nd inning - which is kind of what has always happened to the Cardinals when they play Maddux. And, TLR probably made a mistake keeping Pineiro in the game as long as he did. One batter too long.
So the Cardinals lose again when facing a "struggling" pitcher. This is one of the trends that has to end if the Cardinals want to stay in the hunt for the division.