Adam Wainwright
SP STL
5 days ago

Wainwright gave up three earned runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over four innings in Thursday's 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander bounced back from a disastrous start last Friday versus the Mets to fire 47 of 71 pitches for strikes as per Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Wainwright is scheduled for one more outing before he makes his regular season debut in the Cardinals' second game. The four innings matched Wainwright's longest stint of the spring and left the two-time 20-game winner feeling particularly good about his cutter. "I had altered my cutter grip without knowing it," Wainwright said. "Today, the pitches that were 86, 87 [mph], those are cutters. Earlier in the spring, they were 82, 83 [mph]. So it's getting back to where it needs to be."

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
1 week ago

Wainwright, who was pounded for 10 earned runs on seven hits and four walks over 1.2 innings by the Mets on Friday, is taking the outing in stride, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "I'm very confident," Wainwright said afterward. "It's hard to look you in the eyes and say that after a 10-run game, but I'm very confident that things will be good. This is what Spring Training is for. Obviously, you don't want to go out there and give up 10 runs. But that's what we're here for."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander had given up just three earned runs over his first three spring starts coming into Friday's outing before imploding and coming well short of the five innings he'd hoped to pitch. Facing the Mets regulars, Wainwright endured a 33-pitch first inning and couldn't locate his fastball throughout his time on the mound. His day ended with a grand slam by Wilmer Flores and despite the nightmarish results, the two-time 20-game winner was already planning on reliving his start through film study in order to correct what went awry. "I'll watch that game pretty intensely the next couple days before my side [session], and then I'll get on the mound and get some good work. I'm not discouraged, though, because where I've been throwing the ball and the way I've been throwing the ball, it's not very much different. I just have to make some minor adjustments."

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
2 weeks ago

Wainwright gave up only an unearned run on four hits and two walks over four innings in Sunday's 9-9 Grapefruit League tie with the Marlins. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty worked up to 58 pitches, 36 of which he threw for strikes. Wainwright notably recorded two of his strikeouts with his curve, a pitch that he's focusing on this spring after feeling that it "was missing last year." His shakiest inning was the first, as he allowed his one run on two hits and a walk in that frame. Wainwright then faced the minimum number of batters over the next two innings, inducing a 5-4-3 double play after an Ichiro Suzuki single in the third. All in all, the two-time 20-game winner remains pleased with his progress and ability to use his full arsenal of pitches effectively this spring. "I was happy; it was a good step forward for me, with my pitch count going up a little bit," Wainwright said. "With my pitches, I kind of sequenced things a little bit better today. I worked in pitches I wouldn't normally, and I kind of liked it. So we'll see, I'm having fun pitching out there."

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
3 weeks ago

Wainwright (1-0) fired three scoreless innings in Tuesday's 9-2 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins, surrendering three hits and striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

After giving up a pair of solo home runs in his last trip to the mound against the Braves last Thursday, Derek Dietrich's double served as the longest hit against the former 20-game winner Tuesday. He scattered two other singles and fired 44 pitches overall, with a heavy emphasis on his changeup. Although he's focused on showcasing the pitch in past springs, Wainwright appears intent on utilizing it with regularity in the coming season despite only throwing it 2.3 percent of the time in 2016. That notion was only reinforced by the effectiveness with which Wainwright deployed it Tuesday, something that didn't escape his boss's attention. "Whenever you're seeing the hitters up there taking the swings that they're taking, it's just a great sign," manager Mike Matheny said. "A lot of the times it's hard to even tell from the side because it has a lot of characteristics as far as depth and speed as his cutter when he throws it in the mid-80s. But definitely some great results against those left-handed hitters. That cutter will speed them up and the changeup, obviously, will slow him down."

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
4 weeks ago

Wainwright surrendered three earned runs on three hits, including two home runs, in a 9-4 Grapefruit League win over the Braves on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

The two-time 20-game winner had a rocky go of it in the first inning of his spring debut, giving up all three of his runs on a solo homer by Dansby Swanson and a two-run blast by Adam Walker later in the frame. Wainwright had some positives during the inning despite the trouble, sandwiching punch-outs of Anthony Recker and Matt Tuiasosopo around Walker's round-tripper. He then cruised through the second, setting down Ronald Acuna, Lane Adams and Sean Kazmar in order to wrap up his afternoon. Putting the uneven stat line aside, the veteran actually came away pleased with the first of what could potentially be six spring starts. "[I'm] just trying to build off of a great offseason and spring so far," Wainwright said afterward. "I don't love giving up homers, but I'm actually really, really fired up about my stuff right now. I have to work on my cutter. Both of the homers were on sloppy cutters, but the other stuff was really good."

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
1 month ago

Wainwright requested and is scheduled to receive extra starts this spring, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "I'd rather go into the season knowing I'm prepared, rather than question marks," Wainwright said Sunday morning. "Two years ago it was a necessity. Last year was somewhat of a necessity. There's no reason to go short anymore. I used to really like coming into the season prepared. This year, I'll be very prepared."

EDGE Analysis

The two-time 20-game winner has plenty of room for improvement despite a solid 13-9 record last season, and the Cardinals plan to afford him plenty of work to get him started on the right foot this spring. That's in sharp contrast to previous exhibition slates, when Wainwright has been on a reduced throwing program due to health issues. Wainwright is slated to kick off what will be a busy spring with a start against the Braves on Thursday, which will set him on course to potentially open six spring training games overall. If schedule holds, it will result in the veteran right-hander starting just one fewer game than the two previous springs combined.

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
1 month ago

Wainwright "looked great" while throwing to hitters for the first time Sunday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

The two-time 20-game winner turned in an uneven campaign in 2016, compiling a solid 13-9 record but also giving up a career high in homers (22) and generating his highest ERA (4.62) since a three-appearance stint in 2005, his first season with any major league game action. Wainwright also exhibited some uncharacteristic control problems, as evidenced by a 1.40 WHIP that equaled the second highest of his career. However, the 35-year-old righty still slots in as the Cardinals' projected No. 2 starter behind ace Carlos Martinez, so Sunday's report, which came courtesy of pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, represents an encouraging start.

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
6 months ago

Wainwright took a no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in six innings against the Pirates on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright's 2016 was a disappointment, but he went out on a high note. The eight strikeouts were his most in a start since July 7, and Sunday marked his first start since August 30 where he did not allow a homer. The 35-year-old showed significant signs of decline this season after missing most of last year with an Achilles injury. His 220 hits allowed and 102 earned runs were the most in the National League, while his 4.62 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 3.93 FIP were all career-worsts (excluding 2005, when he pitched only two innings). Wainwright will look to bounce back next year.

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
6 months ago

Wainwright (13-9) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings Tuesday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright has given up fewer than four runs just once in his last five starts. His struggles continued Tuesday, as he was touched up for two home runs, but luckily his offense provided him eight runs of support before he was chased. Wainwright's 4.67 ERA marks the first time he has gone over the 4.00 mark as a starting pitcher.

Adam Wainwright
SP STL
6 months ago

Wainwright (12-9) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 5.1 innings but still took home the win Tuesday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Wainwright struggled at Coors Field, as many do. The Rockies tagged him for three home runs, bringing Wainwright's season total to 20 for the first time in his 11-year career. By no coincidence, his 4.57 ERA is a career worst.