Tag:Adam Wainwright
Posted on: October 8, 2010 1:55 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 11:05 am

R.I.P. Cardinals: Zzzzzz

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The St. Louis Cardinals.

The highlight of the season was a fight and a three-game sweep over the Reds in early August. After that, the team seemed to think that one-game lead they left Cincinnati with was enough for the rest of the season. That, for the record, was not a sound strategy.


The Cardinals seemed to sleep through much of the season, waking up only when the Reds' Brandon Phillips called them out, but quickly falling back asleep as soon as they left Cincinnati.

St. Louis was 27-33 against the dregs of the NL Central -- and there are plenty of those. The Cardinals won 12 of their 18 games against the division-champion Reds, and the only other team in the division St. Louis had a winning record against was the Pirates.

Oh, and then there was Felipe Lopez, but who didn't see that one coming?


Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia was a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate and behind Wainwright and Carpenter was a legitimate No. 3, making one of the best front three of a rotation in baseball.

The team may have also found a decent third baseman in rookie David Freese. Freese hit .296/.361/..404 in 70 games, but then an ankle injury ended his season in June. The team also liked what it saw from John Jay, who hit .300/.359/.422 in 105 games in the outfield.


Eh… well, not really. Shelby Miller is a great talent, but he's not ready for 2011. He'll be 20 at the beginning of next season and as good as he was in the Midwest League, that's still the Midwest League. Beyond Miller, the Cardinals' system is hardly the envy of any other big league organization.


In St. Louis, the expectations are always the same, win the division, sell out the joint and hopefully get to the World Series. With a payroll rising above the $100 million mark, expectations certainly aren't going to be tempered.


Tony La Russa It's unlikely to happen now, but maybe Tony La Russa's voice is being ignored in that clubhouse and the team could use a new voice. La Russa has run his course there. The team offered him another extension, but La Russa can always turn it down and stay at home, or find another job where he doesn't have to talk to the media every day. He's got that law degree to fall back on, after all.

It makes little sense to jettison Colby Rasmus, who is under team control for quite a while, just to satisfy La Russa, who won't be in St. Louis as long as Rasmus.

That said, if the Cardinals could trade Rasmus to Arizona for Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson, it'd shore up the Cardinals' middle infield in the short term, but wouldn't be good for a long-term investment, especially with payroll continuing to raise. Johnson is a free agent after next season and Drew is a second-year arbitration-eligible player, represented by Scott Boras. Despite the immediate improvement, it's not a sound long-term strategy.

Oh, and it might be a good idea to pick up the $16 million option on Albert Pujols. That guy is pretty good.


It looks a lot like 2010, if the stars and role players stay healthy, the Cardinals can win the relatively weak NL Central. If one of the main four goes down, the team will finish second, just behind the division winner. With Pujols, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals can cruise to contention in the division, but we'll see if they can get back over the hump.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:55 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 3:34 pm

Wainwright may be shut down for last start

Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright is locked in a battle with Roy Halladay for the Cy Young award in the NL.

Halladay is 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA in 250 2/3 innings, punching out 319 and walking just 30 for Philadelphia. However, St. Louis' answer checks in at 20-11 in 230 1/3 innings of a 2.42 ERA, whiffing 213 and walking 56.

Wainwright was slated to get two more starts in the final week as part of a last-ditch push for the Cy Young. Alas, once Wainwright adjusted his arm while trying to sleep the night before his 19th victory and felt the elbow catch, then lasted just 84 pitches in six innings for his 20th win Friday, that possibility disappeared. And now, so may his one remaining start.

"Physically, it would not be a good thing to do," manager Tony La Russa said of starting Wainwright twice to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , but also applies to his remaining start. 'If his elbow is stiff and has soreness there is no way we're going to push it."

Wainwright was examined by a team doctor after Monday's game, announcing there would be no need for a MRI. However, a source tells Goold there is no need for a MRI because there has already been one. Wainwright will find out his future Tuesday about his start Thursday that is slated to come on an extra day of rest.

"If we're still battling it out [for a postseason berth], this is a non-issue," Wainwright said. "No part of me is going to do anything that the doctor tells me is not smart to try and achieve some personal goal. I've already had a very good season. As far as awards go, that's up to the voters."

The 29-year-old finished third in Cy Young voting last season and figures to finish in the top five at the very least -- which is all he needs to move one step closer to securing his 2012 and 2013 club options. If he finishes in the top five in Cy balloting in either 2010 or 2011, the last year of his original four-year, $15-million pact and stays off the disabled list to end 2011, the two-year, $21 million option triggers.

UPDATE : It's official, and Wainwright is done for the year with a right forearm muscle strain.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:52 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 11:53 pm

Amazing stat out of St. Louis

In baseball, we see a flurry of stats. But once in a while, you see one that stops you in your tracks. Like the one pictured here, courtesy of Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

That almost doesn't seem possible. So I had to look it up, and sure enough, with control of the National League Central in their control, the Cardinals have been the epitome of fail -- not against good teams, but against bad ones.

A team with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright at the top of the rotation, the potential MVP in Albert Pujols at first base, and a Hall of Fame manager pulling the strings loses 20 of 23 against sub-.500 teams.

As collapses go, the 2010 Cardinals have to go down as one of the more confounding cases in recent memory.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:57 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 10:57 pm

Cards GM says Rasmus won't be traded

Colby Rasmus Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told fans at the team's Social Media Night that the team has "no interest" in trading disgruntled center fielder Colby Rasmus and that the position is "locked" for the Cardinals in 2011.

He also said he expects payroll to rise in the next three years and that he hopes Tony La Russa's status will be resolved early in the winter.

Rasmus requested a trade in July, a request the Cardinals didn't honor then and apparently won't this offseason, either.

"A lot of times players, out of frustration or for whatever reason, may go into a meeting and come out saying some things they may regret," Mozeliak said (via MLB.com's Matthew Leach ). "But a lot of times, you have to understand, these things never get out there. In this particular case, it's been festering for a while. But I can assure you, Colby's not  going to be treaded. I can assure you that some of the things he's dealing with are typical growing pains that young players go through. When I look at the talent he brings to the table, and when I think about how I could replace that, I realize that would be a very difficult task ahead."

As for the payroll, the Cardinals don't have much flexibility to go anywhere but up when it comes to the team's nearly $100-million payroll, especially if the team agrees to an extension with Albert Pujols.

The only big salary coming off the books is Brad Penny, who made $7.5 million this season. Kyle Lohse and Adam Wainwright are also scheduled for bumps in salary.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 11:43 am

Wainwright's promise broken

Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright's pledge not to lose again this season lasted but one game.

Wainwright made the prediction following his loss to the Reds on Sept. 5 and won his next start, last Thursday at Atlanta. Tuesday night that streak ended at one, as Wainwright struck out eight, but gave up 12 hits and five runs in eight innings to the Cubs, losing his fifth game in his last six starts.

"It's kind of like one of those games when as a pitcher you're feeling great, you're cruising, and then all of a sudden they put four [runs] on you, five in one inning," Wainwright told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "That's sort of what happened to our team. We were just getting into a groove. We swept Cincinnati in Cincinnati after they talked a bunch of smack. We beat Chicago [on Aug. 13] … and then we lost a bunch of games. It happened so fast.

"You can look at this seasoning a two-week span."

Wainwright gave up all five of his runs in three innings -- two in the second and fourth and another in the third.

"You hate to say in September in a game you've got to win against a division rival that the balls didn't go where people were, but that's really all I can say," Wainwright said. "I didn't make very many bad pitches."

He made enough.

Both Wainwright and manager Tony La Russa said they didn't think Wainwright's 216 1/3 innings this season and league-leading 457 1/3 innings in the last two seasons are the culprit of his slide. The Cardinals had, however, rearranged their rotation to get him extra rest in August to keep him strong in September. He should get plenty of time off in October. It seems both Joe Namath and the Reds are from Wainwright and his Nostradamus act.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:13 pm

Wainwright vows not to lose again

Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright is talking tough: "I won't lose again," the Cardinals' pitcher told reporters after Saturday's loss to the Reds, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .

The thing is, does it really matter? That's like Lindsay Lohan saying she's done drinking, Michael Jackson is done with plastic surgery, Eliot Spitzer is done with prostitutes or Mark McGwire will stop with the steroids -- the damage is already done.

Wainwright dropped his fourth straight decision on Saturday, this one at the hands of the National League Central-leading Reds. It gave the Reds an eight-game lead in the division and dropped the Cardinals to 6 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the wild card race with 29 games remaining.

Let's say best-case scenario Wainwright doesn't lose another game, that's what, at best six starts? Is that really going to make a difference for a Cardinals team that has lost 14 of 20 games since sweeping the Reds in Cincinnati last month? Probably not.

So, you know, go win the rest of your games and you may win the Cy Young, but it's not going to matter for the Cardinals because pitching hasn't exactly been their problem.

The Cardinals have 24 hits in their past five games and have scored eight runs total in Wainwright's last four starts. Maybe it's not his pitching that's the problem, Wainwright's batting .181/.253/.236 -- below his career marks of .228/.261/.339 while allowing more home runs to pitchers (one to Travis Wood on Saturday) than hitting them himself (none, despite hitting two last season).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:30 pm

Looking at the NL Cy Young race

Cy Young Today we continue our look at the leaders for baseball's big awards as we head into the last month of the season.

In what has been dubbed "The Year of the Pitcher," the Cy Young Awards are going to be tough calls, and in the National League the top six in ERA are separated by just 0.09 points from Tim Hudson (2.24) to Jaime Garcia (2.33).

In addition to the traditional stats, Evan loves him some xFIP. The basic idea of xFIP is -- besides being fun to say aloud -- Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) that's normalizes home run rants for ballparks. Basically, it's all about strikeouts and walks. I'm not as big of a fan of it, but since it was included with the American League folks , I'll list it here for consistency's sake.

(Why don't I like it as much? Because it's too dependent on strikeouts, devaluing pitchers who get other kinds of outs. Funny, I don't care how you get outs, just so you get 'em. I understand if you're looking for a free agent to sign, it's a better predictor of where to spend your money and future performance, but when you're talking about evaluating a performance that has already happened, I don't care about style points.)

While the W-L stat is, in most opinions rightfully losing its place among the most important stats, another maligned statistic is the save. Heath Bell and Billy Wagner are having good seasons as closers, but it takes a special season for a reliever to have a chance. And this is a special season -- for starters. Nice seasons for Bell and Wagner, but they won't be in the discussion this year.

So here's those in the discussion (in alphabetical order):

Chris Carpenter Chris Carpenter
St. Louis Cardinals
14-5, 197 1/3 IP , 147 K, 54 BB, 2.92 ERA, 3.85 xFIP

Last year's runner-up is having another good season. His ERA is up and he already has one more loss than he did last season, but he's not exactly been a slouch. Last year Carpenter and Adam Wainwright split the vote, that shouldn't happen this year.

Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia
St. Louis Cardinals
12-6, 146 2/3 IP, 118 K, 58 BB, 2.33 ERA, 3.75 xFIP

That said, Garcia is the third Cardinal ace this year. The left-hander should be front-runner for the Rookie of the Year Award, but his 2.33 ERA puts him in consideration for the Cy Young, too.

Roy Hallady Roy Halladay
Philadelphia Phillies
16-10, 214 IP, 190 K, 26 BB, 2.27 ERA, 2.91 xFIP

Wait, the American League's best pitcher goes to the National League and dominates? Yeah, not that much of a shocker there. He hasn't exactly turned into the 30-game winner that some predicted, but he's on pace to become just the third pitcher in the live-ball era to lead his league in strikeouts, while having the fewest walks per nine innings in that same season. The last to do so was Robin Roberts in 1954.

Tim Hudson Tim Hudson
Atlanta Braves
15-5, 184 2/3 IP, 109 K, 58 BB, 2.24 ERA, 3.86 xFIP

Like Garcia, Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008 and has certainly rewarded the Braves for the the three-year, $28 million extension given to him this past offseason.

Ubaldo Jimenez Ubaldo Jimenez
Colorado Rockies
17-6, 184 1/3 IP, 170 K, 72 BB, 2.69 ERA, 3.74 xFIP

It looked like Jimenez would run away with the award earlier this season, but he's had a rough June and July (5.16 ERA). It seems crazy talk to think of a pitcher winning a Cy Young pitching half his games in Coors Field. At Coors, he's 8-1 with a 3.16 ERA. On the road, his win total has been hampered by his team's inability to hit on the road. He's 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA not he road, where opponents are hitting just .180/.279/.264.

Josh Johnson Josh Johnson
Florida Marlins
11-5, 177 2/3 IP, 174 K, 45 BB, 2.28 ERA, 3.23 xFIP

Johnson's allowed just seven home runs this season and is striking out nearly four batters for every batter faced. Take out his bad outing in Cincinnati last month and his ERA would be at 2.02.

Mat Latos Mat Latos
San Diego Padres
13-5, 155 2/3 IP, 160 K, 43 BB, 2.25 ERA, 3.36 xFIP

The Padres are in first place because of their pitching -- and Latos has been their best pitcher. While he certainly benefits from pitching at Petco Park, batters are hitting just .188/.247/.310 against him on the road. His ERA is 2.08 at home and 2.36 on the road. After starting 1-3 with a 5.47 ERA in his first five starts of the season, Latos has gone 12-2 with a  1.60 ERA in his last 20.

Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright
St. Louis Cardinals
17-9, 195 1/3 IP, 178 K, 50 BB, 2.30 ERA, 3.21 xFIP

Last season Wainwright had the most first-place votes for the Cy Young, but finished third in voting. He led the NL in wins last season with 19 and is doing the same this season with 17. Not only that, his ERA is a third-of-a-run lower than it was a year ago. A top-five finish guarantees the last two years of his contract (through 2013) and gives him not only a bonus for the award, but an extra million dollars in 2012.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:23 pm

Rangers could be poised for awards sweep

Josh Hamilton In 54 years, no team has ever claimed all four major awards -- MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Manager of the Year -- in the same year.

As Tom Singer of MLB.com points out, this could be the year that changes, as the Rangers have solid candidates in every category in the American League.

Manager Ron Washington, who in spring training looked like a longshot to keep his job after admitting he tested positive for cocaine last year, seems a favorite after leading the Rangers through an impressive campaign.

League-leading hitter Josh Hamilton is playing about as well as a guy can play lately, making clutch plays at the plate and in the field. Miguel Cabrera definitely has MVP numbers, but the Tigers have become irrelevant down the stretch and the award traditionally favors players for playoff teams.

An early-season injury has kept Cliff Lee from piling up big win and strikeout totals, but he's been incredibly impressive in both Seattle and Texas. He has seven complete games, a 3.44 ERA and leads the league in WHIP. The Rays' David Price might have a better case, but Lee is getting a lot of attention.

The AL rookie award seems pretty wide open, but Neftali Perez has a good shot. He has 27 saves, and as Singer points out, the rest of the rookies in the league have 20 combined.

The Cardinals have a longer shot of pulling off the sweep in the National League, though there are big obstacles for manager Tony La Russa (Bobby Cox will be a sentimental and dserving favorite) and rookie Jaime Garcia (a raft of rookie stars led by Jason Heyward). Adam Wainwright might end up ahead of Ubaldo Jimenez for Cy Young, and Albert Pujols is poised to win his fourth MVP.

All four awards are voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The last team to come close to the awards sweep was the 116-win Mariners of 2001. Ichiro Suzuki won the rookie and MVP awards, and Lou Piniella was Manager of the Year.

-- David Andriesen

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