Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals cannot even remember the last time he gave up a run. The ace followed up a complete game shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week with eight innings of shutout baseball as the Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Sunday Night Baseball.
Wainwright might be the nastiest pitcher who does not always get his due. His name does consistently get thrown in with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, and Jose Fernandez, but not with the same spark of excitement. Against the Reds he showed once again why he probably deserves more hype.
Wainwright used 117 pitches as he struck out 12 and issued only walk. He scattered just five hits as the Reds never seemed to have a chance to get anything going in this one. The 32-year-old dropped his ERA on the season to a minuscule 1.67 mark.
The Cardinals have come on strong of late (28-22 record). They are starting to resemble the playoff contender that everybody assumed they would be. They find themselves in an interesting position, however, because there is actually some uncertainty in the back of their rotation. That situation has even prompted some people to wonder if the Cardinals will need to look outside the organization for pitching help in a trade.
One thing that seems certain is that Wainwright will once again be there, taking the ball every 5th day and giving his team an outstanding chance to win. And if things keep going the way they have been lately, the veteran’s name will be at the top of the list of candidates to start the All-Star game in July.
Here is video highlights of Wainwright’s outing, courtesy of MLB.com: