Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels may continue to be puzzled by Albert Pujols' sharp decline.
A victory by the home team in Thursday night's series finale in Anaheim could be even more surprising to both.
That's because the Cardinals have won nine straight road outings by Adam Wainwright while the Angels are 1-7 in home starts by Joe Blanton in a pitching matchup that overwhelmingly favors St. Louis.
Pujols has been the story of this series with the three-time NL MVP facing St. Louis (50-33) for the first time but he's 0 for 7 in this series to drop to 4 for 41 over his last 10 games.
These teams have split the first two of this three-game set with the Cardinals ending the Angels' seven-game win streak with Wednesday's 12-2 rout.
"After winning that many in a row, you almost always think you're due for a butt-kicking," said Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton, 11 for 27 (.407) during an eight-game hit streak. "You'd rather lose one like this than a really cl...