ST. LOUIS -- Maybe the two-hour and 59-minute weather delay had fouled their mood. Maybe all the delays over the past few weeks -- 15 hours and 22 minutes worth -- had worn out their patience. Or maybe being swept for the first time all season brought out their unpleasant side.
Whatever the reason, Adam Wainwright was visibly steamed and Mike Matheny was clearly bothered after the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to the Rangers early Monday morning.
And you know what? There's nothing wrong with that.
Let's go to the situation. Top of the seventh, Cardinals lead 1-0 and Wainwright has retired the first two Rangers. David Murphy then slams a full-count curveball off the right-field wall and eight-hole hitter Leonys Martin lines a run-scoring single on the seventh pitch of his at-bat to wipe out the Cardinals' lead.
And immediately send Matheny to double-switch Wainwright from the 1-1 tie. Wainwright had thrown 105 pitches and allowed two base-runners in an inning for the second consecutive in...