Wainwright struck out eight without a walk while allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings Thursday against the Padres. He actually left the game trailing thanks to the two-run rally the Padres pieced together in the fifth inning, but the Cardinals' offense bailed him out. This has been a tough year for Wainwright on the whole, but he's really turned the page in July, allowing only three runs over 29 innings (0.93 ERA) with a terrific 27:5 K:BB spanning four starts this month. Start him with confidence moving forward.
Wainwright (9-5) fired a three-hit shutout while walking two and striking out five to earn the win Saturday against the Marlins. The Cardinals scored four runs in the third inning, and Wainwright shut down the Marlins on 120 pitches to pick up his ninth win of 2016. He's been on fire lately, as he's allowed just one earned run over his last 25 innings of work, and during that time he's won all three decisions and lowered his ERA to a season-low 4.15. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Padres.
Wainwright (8-5) allowed just one run on five hits Thursday against the Pirates. He walked one and struck out nine in the win. Wainwright matched his season-high in strikeouts to help the Cardinals avoid a four-game sweep while ending the Pirates' season-best seven-game winning streak. He was a 20-game winner two years ago, but missed most of last season with a torn left Achilles. He is rediscovering his form now, lowering his ERA to 4.49.
Wainwright (7-5) pitched seven innings of seven-hit, shutout ball in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Brewers. He gave up two walks and struck out five. The former 20-game winner had pitched well for an extended stretch before a six-run hiccup against the Royals last Monday, but rebounded in stellar fashion Saturday. It was Wainwright's second shutout performance over the last four outings, and he's now lowered his ERA from 6.68 to 4.70 over the last two months. He'll look to continue the positive momentum versus the Pirates next Thursday.
Wainwright (6-5) gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over five innings in Monday's loss to the Royals. Wainwright looked like he was finally entering his old form this month, with four quality starts in his four previous June outings. But this looked like more of the Wainwright who was touched up for a 5.71 ERA over the season's first two months. He was hurt by a pair of Cardinals errors, but his nine hits allowed marked his most in seven starts. He has allowed nine hits like he did Monday just five times since 2014, with three of those coming this year.