HOUSTON Each day on the calendar gives birth to the possibility of another baseball clich being evoked to convey a pertinent theme.
On Sunday at Minute Maid Park, the clich referencing momentum and the next day's starting pitcher was particularly timely and applicable.
The Cardinals had right-hander Adam Wainwright and the Astros did not. More extensive analysis could further flesh out the story of the Astros' 8-1 loss, their first on this nine-game home stand, but in truth the most concise explanation offered the greatest amount of clarity.
With Wainwright more closely resembling the pitcher who fashioned a dominating three-year stretch starting with his age-26 season in 2008 than the one who has scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this season, the Astros' five-game winning streak was obliterated. That their starter, left-hander J.A. Happ, couldn't overcome the issues that frequently plague him on the mound greased the skids to their demise.
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