Matheny’s tenure as Cardinals manager ends with two straight losses to Reds

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks up at the scoreboard before a game against the Reds on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks up at the scoreboard before a game against the Reds on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Cardinals fire Matheny in his seventh season

The St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The announcement came 71 minutes after the game ended.

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Matheny, a Columbus native who graduated from Reynoldsburg High School and played at the University of Michigan, coached seven seasons in St. Louis. His final record was 591-474.

"Mike Matheny has served the St. Louis Cardinals organization with tremendous dedication and pride and I am thankful for his service to the Cardinals over the past six and a half seasons,"said Cardinals' Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt Jr. in a press release. "On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization, I would like to wish Mike the very best."

At one point earlier this season, the Cardinals had won 13 straight games against the Reds. That streak began in 2017. The Reds ended that losing streak June 10 and with two victories this weekend in St. Louis — by a combined score of 17-3 — have now won three in a row against the Cardinals.

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The series concludes at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. It’s the last game before the all-star break.

The Cardinals are 47-46 overall and 17-22 since June 1. Matheny never had a losing season with the Cardinals but had not taken them to the playoffs since 2015.

The Cardinals also announced they fired hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller. Bench coach Mike Shildtas will serve as interim manager.

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