Quote: Albert Pujols, who is 7-for-14 with a homer and two RBIs, hit .404 (21-for-52) with six home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 games against Houston last season. The reigning NL MVP is 7-for-21 with two home runs and three doubles lifetime versus Hampton.
The Cardinals counter with Joel Pineiro (7-7, 5.15), who has not won more than eight games in a season since going 16-11 for Seattle in 2003.
The right-hander did not face the Astros in 2008 and has not beaten them since June 23, 2002, when he pitched for Seattle. Pineiro is 1-3 with a 3.04 ERA in four career starts versus Houston.
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