Wainwright signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday. The terms of the deal remain unknown, though Wainwright will be back in St. Louis for a 15th season. The veteran right-hander missed a majority of the 2018 season with an elbow issue, logging just eight starts (40.1 innings) and posting a 4.46 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 40:18 K:BB. Wainwright owns a 4.77 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 over the past three seasons, so he doesn't figure to carry much fantasy value in 2019 even if he does beat out some of the Cardinals' younger arms for spot in the Opening Day rotation.
Wainwright struck out six but was tagged with four earned runs over 6.1 innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday. He allowed eight hits and no walks as the Cardinals eventually won 5-4 in 10 innings. Wainwright gave up only one run through the first six innings, but he ran into trouble in the seventh as he gave up four hits before he came out of the game. The 37-year-old has made just seven starts this season, compiling a 4.08 ERA and 1.50 WHIP along with a 33:17 K:BB.
Wainwright (2-3) got the win against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing just two hits over six shutout innings, striking out nine and walking three in the Cardinals' 5-0 victory. It was a vintage showing from the veteran, who bounced back nicely after yielding four earned over five innings in first start back from the disabled list Monday. He's only thrown 29 innings this season, posting a 3.72 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over that time. He's scheduled to take the mound next against the Giants on the road on Saturday.
Wainwright will start Sunday against the Dodgers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander's second consecutive start was confirmed by manager Mike Shildt on Tuesday, and it could well be a pivotal one. The Cardinals currently hold a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the second National League wild-card spot, and Sunday's contest will mark the finale of a four-game series between the clubs. Wainwright struggled early in his first start back from the disabled list Monday, but he wrapped up the outing by retiring eight straight batters.
Wainwright had a shaky outing in Monday's no-decision against the Pirates. He went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three. The Cardinals were glad to have Wainwright back from an elbow injury for his first start since May 13. While his 4.70 ERA and 1.74 WHIP aren't anything to get excited about, it appears the Cardinals will give Wainwright the ball every fifth day down the stretch with the hope that he finds something resembling his vintage form to aid in their playoff push.