Wainwright didn't factor in the decision in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round against the Padres after allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 3.1 innings.
The veteran right-hander was staked an early 4-0 lead and held the Friars off the board through three frames, but he ran into trouble during the fourth inning. It's an underwhelming performance in what could be his final outing of the season, as the Cardinals will need to win Game 3 on Friday if Wainwright is to pitch again in 2020.
Wainwright will start Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series on Thursday against the Padres, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Wainwright finished the 2020 regular season with a 3.15 ERA, his lowest ERA since the 2015 campaign, when he hurled just 28 innings. The veteran right-hander will take the mound against a San Diego team that managed to lock up the No. 4 seed during the regular season.
Wainwright (5-3) allowed three runs on eight hits (two home runs) and a walk while striking out three across 6.2 innings Saturday as he was dealt the loss against the Brewers.
Wainwright was humming along until the fourth when he surrendered back-to-back solo home runs to Ryan Braun and Daniel Vogelbach that give the Brewers a 2-0 lead. He was able to keep them off the board until the seventh, when Omar Narvaez singled home Orlando Arcia to extend the Brewers' lead to 3-0. Saturday's loss marked the first time that Wainwright has dropped consecutive starts this season; however, the veteran has enjoyed a nice bounceback campaign in which he posted a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 54:15 K:BB across 65.2 regular-season innings.
Wainwright (5-2) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings Monday, striking out seven and taking the loss against Kansas City.
Wainwright started out sharp, cruising through four shutout innings to start the evening. He yielded a run in the fifth before coughing up three hits, two walks, and two runs in the sixth before he was yanked. The 39-year-old righty is sporting a 3.05 ERA and 51:14 K:BB. Wainwright will make his final regular-season start this weekend at home against Milwaukee.
Wainwright (5-1) picked up the win while tossing a complete game (seven innings) in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Brewers, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out nine.
The veteran right-hander fell behind 2-0 early on Keston Hiura's two-run homer in the first. Those would be the only two runs he would allow, however, as he settled in to fan nine in a complete-game victory. Wainwright has now logged a quality start in each of his last four outings, allowing just nine earned runs and striking out 28 across 28.1 innings during that span. He will look to stay on a roll when he takes the ball Monday in Kansas City.
Wainwright (4-1) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in Friday's loss to the Reds.
Wainwright was a little generous with baserunners Friday, and Joey Votto made him pay early with a two-run homer in the first inning. Eugenio Suarez also knocked an RBI double against Wainwright. The right-hander has produced five quality starts in seven outings this year. He has a 2.91 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 35 strikeouts across 46.1 innings. Wainwright's next turn is expected to be in one of Wednesday's two games versus the Brewers.
Wainwright (4-0) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six over 6.1 innings as he earned the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Outside of allowing a pair of solo home runs by Ian Happ, Wainwright kept the Cubs' offense in check to earn his second consecutive save. The right-hander has been dominant out of the Cardinals' rotation this year as he now carries a 2.68 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 40.1 innings across his first six starts of 2020. His next start could come at home Thursday against the Tigers as part of another doubleheader.
Wainwright (3-0) allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine across nine innings to earn the win Sunday against Cleveland.
Wainwright logged 122 pitches to turn in the 23rd complete game of his career and his first in four seasons. He allowed a two-run homer to Tyler Naquin in the second inning, but went on to dominate from there with the only other extra-base hit coming on a ground-rule double from Cesar Hernandez. Wainwright racked up an impressive 31 called strikes while recording his highest strikeout total of the campaign. Overall, Wainwright has now maintained a 2.65 ERA with 25 strikeouts across 34 innings this season. He is in line to draw his next start Saturday at the Cubs.
Wainwright allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Tuesday.
While he didn't come away with the win, Wainwright pitched fairly well, inducing 13 swinging strikes and getting through seven innings on 98 pitches. He has now given up a homer in back-to-back outings, but otherwise Wainwright has been a bright spot for the Cardinals, providing quality innings and valuable length since the team's COVID-19 outbreak. Overall, Wainwright has a 2.88 ERA and 16:6 K:BB in 25 innings. He lines up for a second start this week, Sunday versus Cleveland.
Wainwright did not factor into the decision against the Reds on Thursday, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out four across seven innings.
Two costly defensive errors by Paul Goldschmidt and Brad Miller caused a pair of runs to score in the first inning, putting the Cardinals in an early deficit. Wainwright then gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the second, and an RBI double to Mike Moustakas in the third. The right-hander was poised for the loss when he left the game after the seventh, but luckily his offense came through to save him in the end. Wainwright was making only his third start of the season thanks to a 17-day layoff following the Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak. He'll take on Kansas City on Tuesday.
Wainwright (2-0) picked up the win in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, allowing one run on two hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked three.
The Cardinals' COVID-19 outbreak meant that it had been exactly three weeks since Wainwright's last competitive pitch, but the veteran righty showed no signs of rust. He threw just 67 pitches, though that could have been a matter of game flow rather than a lack of stamina, as the seven-inning game meant the Cardinals could turn to high-leverage relievers as early as the sixth inning. The 38-year-old now owns a 1.64 ERA through his first two starts of the year, though his 8:4 K:BB in 11 innings doesn't support that number particularly well.
Wainwright will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox, assuming the team is cleared to resume play following its COVID-19 outbreak, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
There's still a lot that has to go right for the Cardinals to be cleared to resume their season Saturday, but if they are indeed given the green light to play, the Redbirds will hand the ball to their veteran right-hander. St. Louis will go with a bullpen game for the second half of the doubleheader before handing the ball to Dakota Hudson on Sunday.
Wainwright (1-0) earned the win Saturday versus the Pirates after allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings.
The veteran right-hander finished with 83 pitches and typically would continue into the seventh frame, but it's no surprise manager Mike Shildt remained cautious in his first start after a short summer camp. Wainwright's second outing of the season is scheduled for next Saturday at Milwaukee.
Manager Mike Shildt said Thursday that Wainwright will start the second game of the season, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Wainwright will get the ball Saturday, July 25 when the Cardinals host the Pirates at Busch Stadium. The 38-year-old will pitch in four days to make sure he is lined up and ready to go. Wainwright is coming off his 14th season in St. Louis, in which he posted a 4.19 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 153:64 K:BB across 171.2 innings.
Wainwright threw four innings of live batting practice during Sunday's summer camp workout, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The heavy workload marked Wainwright's third time pitching four innings this calendar year, factoring in work he did on his own during the shutdown. The 60-game season will naturally result in much less wear and tear on the veteran right-hander's arm than he would have experienced in a full campaign, so there remains a possibility Wainwright returns for 2021 after initially looking likely to retire following 2020.
Wainwright, who was leaning toward making the 2020 season his last, is now much likelier to return in 2021 due to current circumstances, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
In his response to a reader question about the veteran right-hander's future beyond this year, Hummel notes Wainwright has recently been talking about the possibility of playing next year during the current shutdown. The chances of a return probably go up exponentially if the 2020 season is wiped out altogether, but even in the event of a 55-to-60-game campaign this year, the physical toll on Wainwright's arm will naturally be a fraction of what it would have been under normal circumstances. However, the 38-year-old is slated for unrestricted free agency next offseason, so it remains to be seen if Wainwright's perception of his value will align with that of the Cardinals or the open market overall.
Wainwright was one of several players to attend a workout at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "It was fun to be out there competing again," Wainwright said. "I had a blast working counts against those two really good players. I was just out there playing chess. Pitching is still so fun."
Wainwright and fellow hurler Kwang-Hyun Kim were on hand for the first opportunity to face live hitters in over two months, with the pair of pitchers throwing batting practice to Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong. The veteran right-hander has kept his arm in shape during the shutdown by playing catch with Kim regularly, and recent reports had the duo throwing from 300 feet out. The fact Wainwright now has access to the amenities at Busch Stadium should help in his quest to continue maintaining his condition ahead of a possible 2020 season.
Wainwright continues to work his arm out in some form at least six days per week, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The veteran right-hander has not only continued his five-day-per-week throwing sessions with rotation mate Kwang-Hyun Kim, but the duo has actually upped its long-toss distance to almost 300 feet. Wainwright also reveals he's throwing to the team's bullpen catcher, Jamie Pogue, on one of the two days he's not playing catch, with the latter wearing a mask and a rubber glove on his throwing hand in order to keep the process safe. Wainwright reveals the extended layoff from baseball has helped him appreciate the game more and has also seemingly rejuvenated his arm, with the aforementioned distance achieved by him and Kim qualifying as one Wainwright hadn't managed in more than five years.
Wainwright has been playing catch from 120 feet out with teammate Kwang-Hyun Kim five days per week during the suspension of spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
An extended layoff such as the current one has the potential to particularly set back Wainwright's readiness for the regular season, considering he's headed toward his age-38 campaign. The veteran right-hander therefore has benefited from Kim's decision to remain in St. Louis as opposed to heading back to South Korea, as it's given him a steady workout partner. Given he's keeping his arm relatively stretched out, Wainwright could ramp back up relatively quickly during any resumption of spring training ahead of a 2020 season.
Wainwright is one of the Cardinals particularly hurt by the current suspension of spring training, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Hummel notes Wainwright appeared to be trending in the right direction when play was paused, as he'd fired five scoreless innings against the Marlins on March 12, a game that would turn out to be the final one for the Cardinals for the time being. However, instead of having at least one more opportunity to build momentum ahead of the regular season, Wainwright has been forced to maintain his own throwing program while awaiting baseball's potential re-start. The 38-year-old right-hander, who's coming off a solid 14-10 record in 2019, projects as the No. 4 starter in the rotation this coming season.
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