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Cardinal’s Joel Pineiro grows ‘stache, finally wins a game.

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Solid player + mustache = Above average player.

It’s purely science.

Ask Oakland’s Jason Giambi. Last year, while with the New York Yankees, he revived his career by hitting .247 with 32 home runs and nearly 100 RBI, all while wearing a lip jacket. This year, the ‘stache-less Giambi has just 11 home runs and is batting under .200.

Earlier this season, the Cardinal’s Rick Ankiel sported a walrus style cut and promptly rocketed out of a deep slump. After shaving, he went 0-4.

Diamondback’s rookie Clay Zavada is the new face of the baseball mustache scene, manicuring his compact handlebars prior to every game. He’s become a fan favorite and a very steady contributor to the team. Through 22 appearances this year, he has a 1.77 ERA and has been one of the lone bright spots on Arizona’s lackluster ball club.

The newest member of Moustache League Baseball.

(W): 9 IP, 3 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.

During his start yesterday, Cardinal’s pitcher Joel Pineiro revealed his own style, the long-lost toothbrush.

And the correlation between mustaches and success continued.

Throughout the 2009 season, Pineiro has had trouble getting run support from the Cardinal’s offense, despite being ranked sixth of the 16 National League teams in the statistic. Even though he held a miniscule 3.39 ERA entering Thursday, Pineiro had suffered a horrendous nine losses.

Last night, the durable Pineiro received a five run eighth inning en route to winning his lead-leading third complete game.

Not only did Pineiro lower his ERA to 3.20, but he won for just the third time in the last two months (13 starts).

Could it have been the mustache?

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