Mike Maddux is entering his first season as the Cardinals pitching coach after spending the past two seasons (2016-17) serving in that role for the Washington Nationals. 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 single-season record 1,012 batters last year, 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 back-to-back National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer the past two seasons. Maddux, 56, came 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. Maddux served as the pitching coach for Houston's Double-A Round Rock from 2000-02. 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, TX. Maddux is an avid hunter, golfer, and fisherman.