Wainwright (5-3) fired seven shutout innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Rockies, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six. The 35-year-old turned in his second seven-inning scoreless effort in his last three starts while also recording six strikeouts for the second straight outing. Wainwright was able to keep the ball down consistently and avoid the thin air of Coors Field, notching 10 groundball outs overall, which marked the third time in the last four trips to the mound that he's hit double digits in that category. After a couple of rocky starts to open the month, Wainwright has compiled a 0.44 ERA, .169 BAA, .217 wOBA and 0.98 WHIP over the 20.1 innings encompassing his last three starts. He'll look to keep it going as the calendar flips to June when he takes on the Dodgers at home next Thursday.
Wainwright (4-3) gave up an earned run on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants. He struck out six. Wainwright notched 13 swinging strikes on his way to his second consecutive strong performance. Factoring in his blanking of the Cubs over seven innings last Sunday, the veteran right-hander has surrendered just one earned run over his last 13.1 innings. His control does continue to be a problem, however, as he's now issued at least three free passes in all four May starts. Wainwright will try to get a handle on his location and rack up another victory when he takes on the Rockies at Coors Field next Friday.
Wainwright (3-3) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out three in Sunday's win over the Cubs. Wainwright worked around the zone, throwing just 56 of 102 pitches for strikes, but he was effectively wild as he earned his first quality start of 2017. The 35-year-old outdueled Jake Arrieta to push the Cardinals past the defending champions for a second straight day. Wainwright's ERA still sits at an unsightly 5.31, but at least Sunday was a step in the right direction. The veteran will make his next start Sunday against the Giants.
Wainwright gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Tuesday. He was lucky that his bats woke up late and rescued him from taking the loss he rightfully deserved. Wainwright has now given up four runs in three straight starts, leaving his ERA at 6.37 and his WHIP at 1.87. The optimistic look at the 35-year-old's stats says that he's been very unlucky -- he's sitting on an absurd .422 BABIP, and his FIP and xFIP are a near-identical 3.79 and 3.78, respectively. The realistic look says that he got hit around pretty darn well last year too, so even if he's due for positive regression, Wainwright's days as a top fantasy starter are most likely in the past. He's just a face in the crowd of mediocre arms with more downside than upside.
Wainwright didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Brewers, but gave up four earned runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four. The veteran right-hander delivered a whopping 103 pitches despite lasting just five frames and surrendered plenty of hard contact. All four runs surrendered came courtesy of extra-base hits, with Keon Broxton touching up Wainwright for both a double and home run. The 35-year-old's control had been sharp his last two times out, as he'd issued just one free pass over the 11.1 innings encompassing that pair of starts. However, Thursday's 10 hits marked the third time in six trips to the mound that Wainwright hit double digits in that category, and the no-decision sapped the momentum of a modest two-start win streak. He'll look to right the ship in a Tuesday start on the road versus the Marlins.
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