Mike Maddux is entering his second season as the Cardinals pitching coach, joining the club for the 2018 season after spending the previous two seasons (2016-17) serving in that role for the Washington Nationals. Last season, Cardinals pitchers allowed just 144 home runs the fewest of all Major League teams in 2018. Cardinals starting pitchers finished second in the National League with 59 wins and boasted the lowest opponent slugging percentage (.361) and fewest home runs allowed per nine innings pitched (0.85). Newly acquired pitcher Miles Mikolas went 18-4 in an All-Star season, including a perfect 10-0 road record becoming one of nine pitchers in MLB history to post an unblemished mark on the road with double-digit wins. His .818 winning percentage led all National League pitchers and was the best by a Cardinals pitcher since Kyle Lohse set the franchise record with an .842 win percentage in 2012. Free agent acquisition, Bud Norris, posted a careerhigh 28 saves at the age of 33, the most by a Cardinals pitcher of that age since 2009. In his two seasons with the Nationals, their pitchers posted a 3.69 ERA, including a 3.51 mark in 2016 that ranked 2nd in MLB. His starting staff struck out an NL singleseason record 1,012 batters in 2017, surpassing their mark of 987 in 2016 . In 2016, the Nationals relievers posted the best bullpen ERA in MLB at 3.35. Maddux was also integral in the coaching of backto-back National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer in 2016-17. Maddux, 57, went to Washington from the Texas Rangers where the Rangers had earned four postseason berths. From 2010-13, the Rangers were one of just five clubs (along with ATL, STL, OAK, and TB) to post four consecutive sub-4.00 team ERAs, accomplishing that feat for just the second time in Rangers history (six straight, 1974-79). Prior to Maddux's arrival, the Rangers had not posted an ERA lower than 4.00 since 1990. During his first five seasons with Texas (2009-13), their 3.94 team ERA was Texas' lowest ERA over a five-year span since 1981-85 (3.92) and in 2014, his staff ranked second in the American league with 17 shutouts, second-most in Texas history. Maddux joined Texas after six years (2003-08) with the Brewers as pitching coach where he oversaw a Brewers staff that ranked second in the NL with a 3.85 ERA in 2008, the lowest mark by a Milwaukee club in 16 years, en-route to securing the Brewers' first postseason berth in 26 years. He coached three seasons as the pitching coach for Houston's Double-A Round Rock from 2000-02. The Express made the Texas League playoffs all three seasons in which he was the pitching coach winning the league championship in 2000, crowned as co-champs in 2001 with Arkansas and lost in the semi-finals in 2002. Maddux enjoyed a 15-year Major League playing career, going 39-37 with a 4.05 ERA in 472 games (48 starts) with Philadelphia (1986-89), Los Angeles (1990, 1999), San Diego (1991-92), New York Mets (1993-94), Pittsburgh (1995), Boston (1995-96), Seattle (1997), Montreal (1998-99), and Houston (2000). The right-hander appeared in the postseason with Boston in 1995, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings in two appearances vs. CLE in the American League Division Series. Mike is the older brother of 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux. He played three years at the University of Texas-El Paso and graduated from Rancho (NV) High School in 1979. Mike and his wife, Lise, and daughters, Makayla and Lexie, reside in Westlake, Texas. Maddux is an avid hunter, golfer, and fisherman.