Even with an ERA of 8 (8.19), he is never left out of the starting rotation. Entering his retirement season, he was just two wins away from reaching 200 career wins, but suffered a 10-game losing streak. It’s a cruel retirement season for St. Louis Cardinals’ legendary pitcher Adam Wainwright (42).안전놀이터
Wainwright started in the away game against the Atlanta Braves on the 8th (Korean time), allowing 8 hits (4 home runs), 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, and 6 runs in 5⅔ innings. As St. Louis lost 5-8, Wainwright was the losing pitcher again. It was his 10th consecutive personal loss and his 11th loss (3 wins) of the season. The average ERA is 8.19.
Wainwright, who gave up 3 runs in the first inning on a leadoff home run by Ronald Acuña Jr., gained strength when the St. Louis batting team scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning. He held out until the 4th inning without allowing any additional runs, but hit a solo home run to give the lead to Matt Olsen in the 5th. He then allowed two solo home runs to Michael Harris II and Acuña in the 6th inning, giving up additional runs.
In the end, Wainwright, who came down to the mound with two outs in the sixth inning, was stranded for the 11th game in his 198 wins. Wainwright’s last win was against the New York Mets on June 18. After that, they suffered 10 losses without a win in 11 games. His average earned run average during this period was 10.72. The average ERA for the season, which was 5.56 at the time of his third win, also soared to 8.19. Worst record of career.
It is timeless. Wainwright, who was drafted by Atlanta with the 29th overall pick in the first round in 2000, is a legend who has been with one team for all 18 seasons since his big league debut in St. Louis in 2005. He has a career record of 476 games (409 starts, 2,656⅓ innings), 198 wins, 128 losses, 3 saves, an ERA of 3.54, and 2,196 strikeouts.
He played a key role in the St. Louis World Series championship in 2006 and is synonymous with consistency, having recorded two 20-win seasons and a multiple-win title, and has had 12 double-digit win seasons. He received a lot of love and support from St. Louis fans not only for his outstanding skills but also for his exemplary lifestyle. He was an exemplary player who set an example both on and off the field for his good deeds for impoverished countries and communities.
Last year, he showed a poor performance with 11 wins, 12 losses, and an average ERA of 3.71 in 32 games (191⅔ innings), but completely collapsed in one year. Before the season, he participated in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) as a member of the U.S. national team, but due to a groin injury, the start of the season was greatly affected by a month delay. Four-seam (88 mph → 85.7 mph) and sinker (88.6 mph → 87 mph) velocity all dropped significantly. As his fastball slows down, his main weapon, the curveball, doesn’t work and he’s getting hit hard.
‘Traditional powerhouse’ St. Louis fell to last place in the National League Central Division with 61 wins and 79 losses (.436 winning percentage) amid various negative factors this year. As the postseason approaches early, Wainwright is not being removed from the rotation and is continuing to be used as a starter. Wainwright, who announced his retirement at the end of this season, is being treated as a legend by giving him the opportunity to achieve 200 wins by the end of the season.
However, with no victory for over 80 days, the possibility of 200 wins becoming a failure has increased. It is possible to pitch in about 4 additional games remaining in the season, but it is not easy. Wainwright also appears to have emptied his mind to some extent. According to MLB.com, after the game, Wainwright said, “A few days ago, I met (former St. Louis pitcher) Mitchell Boggs for the first time in several years. Boggs told me, ‘Whether you have 198 or 200 wins, the fact remains that you’ve had an amazing career that has impacted many people.’ “That really touched my heart,” he said. “200 wins is a great number and I want to achieve it, but the difference between 198 wins and 200 is not that big.”
The opposing team, Atlanta, also did not forget to respect Wainwright. “I’m really proud of Wainwright’s career,” Atlanta coach Brian Snitker said. He told me that a statue would be erected at Busch Stadium (St. Louis’ home stadium). “It’s an incredible career, and he’s also a really cool person,” he praised. Acuña also said, “Wainwright is a living legend. “He deserves all the credit,” he said.