Saturday, April 20, 2013

Adam Wainwright Is No "Walks" In The Park

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There's no question St. Louis Cardinal's starter Adam Wainwright is no stranger to success. Wainwright is off to an impressive 3-1 start for the NL Central-leading Cardinals and is once-again proving he's a reliable workhorse with 29.0 innings pitched, best in the National League. After a sub-par 2012 season (14-13, 3.94 ERA) and after missing the entire 2011 season due to injuries, Wainwright is looking like the 19-game winner and 20-game winner of 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Not only has Wainwright chewed up a lot of innings in his first 4 starts but he also has pitched with impeccable command. Perfect command to be exact. So perfect that he has a spotless 28-0 strikeouts to walks ratio. And this stat is monumental. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other major-league pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) has struck out 25 or more batters without issuing a walk in his first four starts of a season. To any stats freak (like me) that is mind-blowing because it has actually never been done before in 113 years of modern baseball.

On the year Wainwright is 3-1 W/L, 29 IP, 2.48 ERA, 28 K, O BB, 1.07 WHIP.

I must say that that's a pretty neat accomplishment by Mr. Wainwright.

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