Wainwright (2-4) took the loss against San Diego on Saturday as a result of allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out two. Wainwright did not have great control in the contest, as he threw only 52 of 92 pitches for strikes. However, his biggest problem was the long ball -- he allowed three home runs, accounting for five of the eight runs scored against him. The right-hander's start was his poorest since he yielded six runs across 2.2 innings in his first start of the campaign. He'll carry a less-than-desirable 4.63 ERA into his next start, which is tentatively scheduled to come at home against the Cubs on Friday.
Wainwright (2-3) allowed three hits and three walks over 8.1 shutout frames Sunday, striking out five and earning a win over Colorado. Wainwright turned in his best performance of the season and picked up a second straight win for his efforts. The veteran righty allowed runners in scoring position on multiple occasions Sunday but was able to escape every jam unscathed. He lowered his season ERA to 3.80 with a 42:12 K:BB across 42.2 frames. Wainwright is lined up to take the mound in San Diego next weekend.
Wainwright (1-3) picked up the win in Monday's 6-5 victory over the Mets, coughing up five runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. All the scoring in the game came in the first three innings and Wainwright appeared to be on the ropes after Kevin Pillar took him deep in the third, but the veteran right-hander righted the ship after the Cards gave him a lead in the bottom half of the frame. Wainwright tossed 66 of 93 pitches for strikes, and he'll take a 4.72 ERA and 37:9 K:BB through 34.1 innings into his next outing.
Wainwright was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday ahead of his scheduled start against the Mets. Wainwright had been sidelined since Thursday following a positive test for a family member, but he's evidently cleared health and safety protocols and is ready to go. The 39-year-old has looked good through five starts this season, combining a career-high 26.4 percent strikeout rate and a 5.0 percent walk rate en route to a respectable 4.08 ERA, a number which could be significantly lower according to his 3.19 xFIP. Austin Dean was optioned in a corresponding move.
Wainwright will be placed on the COVID-19 injured list after a family member tested positive, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports. The move is said to be precautionary, though Wainwright will not travel with the team for its weekend series in Pittsburgh. Assuming he tests negative, the team is hopeful that he will be able to take the mound Monday against the Mets.
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