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Healthy Wainwright optimistic heading into season for Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) — At 37, Adam Wainwright remains confident in his ability to still be effective on the mound for the Cardinals.

Wainwright made just eight starts in an injury-plagued 2018 season, giving up 12 earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1-3 innings. He still struck out 25 and walked just four, but it was a frustrating season: He had a hamstring injury and started the season on the disabled list. He came back and made three starts. Then he returned to the 60-day DL with a sore right elbow.

In his rehab outing before returning in September, Wainwright pitched 17 scoreless innings. His best outing was a two-hit, six-inning scoreless outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his next-to-last start.

So, how long before the other shoe drops?

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: February 09, 2019 at 03:33 PM (#5813974)
He’s in the best shape of his life!
   2. salvomania Posted: February 10, 2019 at 11:13 AM (#5814074)
just eight starts in an injury-plagued 2018 season, giving up 12 earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1-3 innings. He still struck out 25 and walked just four,

These numbers didn't pass the smell test to me---8 starts and just 22.1 ip?

The real numbers are 8 starts, 40.1 ip. The K rate is about right, though, he struck out 40, but he also walked 18 (way off the pull quote's 25:4 k:bb ratio), this from a guy who a few years walked just 35 batters in 34 starts.

I can't imagine any Cardinal fan is expecting ANYTHING from Wainwright in 2019. The last time he threw more than 40 innings in a year with an ERA below last year's 4.46 was in 2014, his age-32 season.
   3. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: February 10, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5814077)
just eight starts in an injury-plagued 2018 season, giving up 12 earned runs on 22 hits in 22 1-3 innings. He still struck out 25 and walked just four,

These numbers didn't pass the smell test to me---8 starts and just 22.1 ip?

The real numbers are 8 starts, 40.1 ip. The K rate is about right, though, he struck out 40, but he also walked 18 (way off the pull quote's 25:4 k:bb ratio), this from a guy who a few years walked just 35 batters in 34 starts.


Sloppy writing, or perhaps editing. Aside from the number of starts, the numbers are correct for the 4 starts he made after returning from the 60 day.
   4. Sit down, Sleepy has lots of stats Posted: February 10, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5814120)
I can't imagine any Cardinal fan is expecting ANYTHING from Wainwright in 2019. The last time he threw more than 40 innings in a year with an ERA below last year's 4.46 was in 2014, his age-32 season.
Adam Wainwright was a reason I was against the DH in the NL for a long time- it was a joy to see him hit, at least early on. He wasn't great, but it added variance and it was fun.

And then this happened. After 2 consecutive 6-bWar seasons and starting the 2015 season looking like a potential Cy Young candidate, torn achilles tendon while hitting and two days after the injury the GM says "he's an honorable player who will play out the rest of his contract"... a quote that didn't seem ominous at the time, but certainly does in retrospect.

So now he's one of the reasons I have decided to accept it.
   5. The Duke Posted: February 10, 2019 at 03:19 PM (#5814132)
If his Achilles was weak he would have ruptured it doing something. Covering first base, fielding a bunt, goofing with kids in the backyard etc. this is not a good reason for the DH.
   6. greenback slays lewks Posted: February 10, 2019 at 03:43 PM (#5814140)
Yes, there's only good reason: Pitchers suck as hitters, and we shouldn't pay $100 to watch such an obvious farce. But Wainwright's injury kills one more bad reason in support of the continued silliness.

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