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July 25, 2020 06:12 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Grabs win with quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 16, 2020 10:48 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Starting second game for St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 6, 2020 01:32 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Gets in plenty of work Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright threw four innings of live batting practice during Sunday's summer camp workout, Anne Rogers of 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.

June 17, 2020 02:16 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Now likelier to return in '21
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 8, 2020 02:36 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Gets work in at Busch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 9, 2020 02:16 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Continues increasing workload
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 30, 2020 07:36 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Working out consistently with Kim
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 16, 2020 01:32 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Hurt by current layoff
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 16, 2020 02:36 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Maintenance plan determined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright is slated to throw at least 45 pitches in twice-a-week bullpen sessions while spring training remains suspended, Anne Rogers of reports.

The veteran right-hander put together his best performance of Grapefruit League play Thursday, throwing five scoreless innings against the Marlins before a pause was put on spring training. Manager Mike Shildt and his staff have put together the aforementioned maintenance program for their projected starting pitchers, and although each player's template is expected to be individualized to an extent, Wainwright's will likely be close to those parameters. The 38-year-old had worked up to 73 pitches in his start against Miami.

March 14, 2020 09:20 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Brilliant in Thursday's outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright started Thursday's Grapefruit League win over the Marlins and fired five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks while recording three strikeouts.

The veteran right-hander threw 73 pitches overall in a highly efficient performance, one that was in stark contrast to his prior start against the Mets, when he'd surrendered five earned runs on eight hits across four innings. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wainwright attributed his success Thursday to some tweaks he made after his last start, including changes to his delivery, timing and grips on the ball. The 38-year-old has enjoyed a solid spring overall with the exception of his aforementioned hiccup against New York, and he currently carries a 4.61 ERA across 13.2 innings over four starts.

March 7, 2020 09:12 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Knocked around by Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright allowed five earned runs on eight hits and one walk across four innings in a Grapefruit League tie with the Mets on Thursday. He did not record a strikeout.

Wainwright was facing the Mets for the third time in as many Grapefruit League starts, so familiarity may have been working against him. Anne Rogers of reports Wainwright worked up to 64 pitches (47 strikes), but the veteran right-hander felt like he clearly wasn't firing on all cylinders. "Traditionally when you execute pitches, it doesn't matter a whole lot [who you face]," Wainwright said. "But I'm missing the last little bit of life, jump on the heater, last little bit of sink on the sinker, last little bit of slide on the slider, last little bit of drop on the curveball. So I had two strikes a lot, but couldn't put anybody away." The 38-year-old sports a rough 7.27 ERA and 3:4 K:BB through 8.2 spring innings, but there's been no indication from the Cards his rotation spot is in any jeopardy.

February 22, 2020 10:44 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Starting Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright will start Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets and throw two innings or 35 pitches, Anne Rogers of reports.

The veteran right-hander returned to the Cardinals in November on a one-year contract after a resurgent 2019, one in which he forged his best win total (14) since the 2014 campaign. Wainwright projects as the No. 4 starter in the rotation when it's at full health, but with Miles Mikolas (forearm) not projected to be ready for Opening Day, the former will bump up to the No. 3 role temporarily.

November 12, 2019 11:48 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Returns for another year
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright and the Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday, Anne Rogers of reports.

The 38-year-old had a bounce-back season in 2019, starting 31 games (equaling his combined total from the previous two seasons) while posting a respectable 4.19 ERA. He's far from the elite arm he was when he was younger, but he's a good bet to hold down a spot in the back of the Cardinals' rotation in his 15th season in the majors. The terms of the deal are not yet clear.

November 5, 2019 02:24 PM
Adam Wainwright: Expected to return to Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright is expected to return to the Cardinals in 2020, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 38-year-old hit free agency after he recorded a 4.19 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 2019, but there is apparently mutual interest between the two sides to negotiate a new contract. Wainwright has dealt with injuries in each of the past three seasons which have hindered his production and availability, but he'll likely still have a spot in the rotation next season if he returns to St. Louis.

October 10, 2019 03:56 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Will start Game 2 of NLCS
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright was named the starter for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Nationals on Saturday, Rob Rains of reports.

The 38-year-old will take the mound in Game 2 after Jack Flaherty started Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday. Wainwright pitched 7.2 shutout innings Game 2 of the NLDS, allowing four hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts. Miles Mikolas will start the first game of the NLCS with Flaherty likely starting Game 3.

October 3, 2019 02:04 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Named starter for NLDS Game 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright was named the starter for Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Braves, Anne Rogers of reports.

It was unclear whether Wainwright or Dakota Hudson would take the mound for Game 3 of the NLDS, but manager Mike Shildt named Wainwright the starter largely due to his past experience in the postseason. The 38-year-old carries a 14-10 record with a 4.19 ERA over 31 starts in 2019. If necessary, Hudson is expected to serve as the starter for the fourth game of the series.

September 28, 2019 11:24 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Serves up four homers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright (14-10) allowed six runs on 12 hits -- including four home runs -- over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He struck out three and did not issue a walk.

Wainwright had been on a great run, posting an ERA under 1.00 over the span of five starts, but the magic ran out over his final two regular-season outings (20 hits, 11 earned runs in 9.1 innings). It was a homer parade Saturday, with Ian Happ going yard twice off Wainwright and Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini playing long ball as well. The 38-year-old ends the regular season with a 4.19 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 171.2 innings.

September 27, 2019 05:00 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Taking ball Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright, who was originally scheduled to pitch the regular-season finale against the Cubs on Sunday, will instead start Saturday's game, Anne Rogers of reports.

Wainwright will still be going on normal four days' rest for his final regular-season turn. Manager Mike Shildt is keeping his options open for a potentially relevant Sunday finale, as the Cardinals are still trying to clinch the National League Central and own just a slim one-game lead over the Brewers entering the weekend. The modification of the rotation leaves both Miles Mikolas -- Saturday's original projected starter -- and ace Jack Flaherty available to Shildt should St. Louis fail to clinch Saturday, the first day they'd be able to do so.

September 24, 2019 01:24 AM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Picks up 14th win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright (14-9) picked up the win against the Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up five earned runs on eight hits over five innings, striking out six and walking two as the Cardinals eventually prevailed 9-7.

Wainwright had been on a tear coming into this contest, with just one earned run to his name over his last 27 innings, and while he couldn't keep it going against Arizona, he still managed to pick up his 14th win of the season thanks to some solid run support from his offense. This wasn't his strongest stat line, but Wainwright is still enjoying a strong stretch to close out the season. Overall, he sports a 3.98 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 150:64 K:BB across 167.1 innings.

September 19, 2019 10:20 PM
Cardinals' Adam Wainwright: Continues incredible hot streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wainwright (13-9) allowed one unearned run on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts across seven innings to earn a victory against the Nationals on Wednesday.

His counterpart, Max Scherzer, had almost the exact opposite start, striking out 11 but yielding five runs. Although he did have seven strikeouts in his last outing, Wainwright contributes very little in that area, but he's been outstanding at stranding runners anyway, and he hasn't yielded a homer in five straight starts. During that stretch, he owns a 4-0 record with a jaw-dropping 0.88 ERA. Overall, Wainwright, who will pitch again Monday at the Diamondbacks, has a 3.83 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in 162.1 innings this season.

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vs Washington 13.120 1.35038
vs LHB 73.100 5.4004562
vs RHB 98.100 3.2901991
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Brunswick, GA
St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Experience:

2009: NL Gold Glove-SP
2013: NL Gold Glove-SP