Series record: 1-0-1
Granted the Astros aren't the same team they were in 2005, but it is always a good sign when you can sweep a division foe.
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And the Cardinals pretty much handled them in every facet of the game.
Starting pitching: A
Adam Wainwright struggled again with his control in his second start but managed to pitch five shut out innings. And Kyle Lohse made one of the best starts from a Cardinals pitcher in recent memory with a complete game shut out. Even Joel Pineiro was solid with 6 2/3 innings pitched and two runs allowed.
Relief pitching: B+
Jason Motte seems to have officially lost his unofficial grip on the closers role with another ninth inning struggle followed by a middle inning mop up assignment that wasn't too bad. It's disturbing how hittable his fastball has suddenly become. The rest of the pen has been pretty decent.
The Cardinals missed an opportunity to drive home an important insurance run Sunday with a man at third and one out which made things a little more tense in the ninth than they might have otherwise been. But they had two games against lefty starters -- a problem for their lefty laden lineup -- and the other was against Roy Oswalt. So it's hard to complain about the production of the St. Louis hitters.
An errorless series. My only gripe is that the outfield communication doesn't seem to be the best, as illustrated by Colby Rasmus running into Ryan Ludwick Sunday on a fly ball. The kid needs to learn to take charge if he is going to play centerfield.