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Cardinals Vs. Pirates: Mark McGwire Says Offense 'Way Too Good' To Be Shut Out By James McDonald, Wandy Rodriguez

Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire wasn't pleased to see his team's offense, easily the best in the National League, bagel in consecutive games against the Pirates' James McDonald and Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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"This offense should never be shut out," said McGwire. "I’m all for tipping the hat if the pitcher is dealing. But these last two nights, (the pitchers) were very hittable.

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"Getting shut out like that. . . I’m always troubled by that with this offense because our offense should never be shut out, especially by these two guys ...

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"To my eyes, these guys were not dealing. They pitched well but all I know is this offense shouldn’t be shut out like it’s been the last two nights. It’s way too good."

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McGwire's frustration is understandable, and for the most part, he isn't wrong -- the Cards' offense is great, and Rodriguez in particular isn't the kind of pitcher who ought to be able to shut out the Cardinals very often, at least not at this stage of his career. But it's fun to see the Cardinals' hitting coach, after a series against the Pirates, doing the equivalent of talking to himself on the way back to the dugout.

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Via Dejan Kovacevic.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.