Matt Holliday's three-run homer was not enough in the Card 6-3 loss to the Reds. (Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE)

Rants Daily: Wainwright's bad inning does in Cardinals

In the series finale, the Cincinnati Reds used two homers hit off Adam Wainwright in a three-run fourth inning to help beat the Cardinals 6-3.

Matt Holliday‘s three-run homer was not enough in the Card 6-3 loss to the Reds. (Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE)

Wainwright was coming off one of the worst outings in his career, so there was a lot of hope that he would be able to turn things around. Unfortunately the results were not completely there. They were better, but not nearly what has come to be expected of Wainwright. There in lies the issue. Wainwright has spoiled Cardinals fans, but more on that in My Two Cents later in the column.

Wainwright cruised through the first three innings trading zeroes with Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. But, in the fourth Wainwright allowed a solo homer to Brandon Phillips and then a two-run shot to former Cardinal Ryan Ludwick. Wainwright ended up with four earned runs in five innings. He scattered seven hits and walked one.

Arroyo on the other hand was baffling the Cardinals’ batters for most of his eight innings. He did allow a three-run homer to Matt Holliday, but he actually pitched better than the three earned runs indicate. He allowed only five hits total without walking a batter and added five strikeouts.

The Cardinals would not get any closer. The Reds tacked on two more runs before the game was over. Sean Marshall pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.


Lance Berkman will indeed swap places with Skip Schumaker officially before today’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates according to Jenifer Langosch of Jon Jay, who made a running grab in the seventh inning of yesterday’s game, wound up with his arm in a sling. For now he is considered day-to-day.


Lance Lynn is set to make his third start of the season tonight in Pittsburgh against Charlie Morton. The Cardinals enter the weekend series with a 9-4 record and a three game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates are 5-7 and sit 3.5 games back of the Redbirds.



The gang over at Rum Bunter, FanSided’s Pirates’ site, was kind enough to answer some questions about the Pirates prior to the series set to start today. I was in turn asked some questions about the Cards and you can read that here.

1. Tell us about the Pirates rotation scheduled for the series. 

Charlie Morton will open the series.  We will be holding our breath as managers have found a weakness in the arsenal of the right-hander.  Left handed batters feast on his electric stuff.  We would guess every possible left handed batter the Cards have on the roster will be in the lineup.  Morton had offseason surgery on his hip and got off to a late start.  Although he hasn’t had much success against St. Louis, Morton’s pitches showed serious movement his first time out and if he can harness them, it could be a breakout year for Morton.

Kevin Correia is slated to pitch Saturday night.  Correia was thought to be the odd man out when the Bucs signed A.J. Burnett.  The right-hander is proving that he is anything but ready for a long man bullpen role.  However, both of his starts happened on the road where Correia pitches so much better than at PNC Park.  We have no idea how that happens when PNC Park is rather neutral, but if you look at the numbers, they’re scary.  Saturday night tilts in the favor of St. Louis even though the Cards have the Pirates favorite pitcher on the mound in Jake Westbrook.

If Mother Nature doesn’t ruin it, Sunday shapes up to be the pitching duel of the series.  Erik Bedard goes for the Bucs.  He fought through not having his best stuff in his last start, but Bedard has been a strong starter for the Pirates.  He has shown life on his fastball and his curveball is still the nastiest thing since Bud Light Platinum.

2. With Andrew McCutchen signed is there a player we should be paying attention to on the Bucs roster or in the minors who will make an immediate impact this season?

We think the biggest opportunity for a Mr. Right Now would be Erik BedardPedro Alvarez should be that guy, but he is focused on hitting long balls right now.  The longshot for a young player to have an impact would be Starling Marte.  He is a talented outfielder who is off to a solid start in his first season in AAA.

3. Speaking of Pedro Alvarez, just how long is his leash?

Leash?  El Toro is a bull.  A leash won’t hold him.  He hits a homer every 13 at-bats.  He has more homers than Pujols.    I would suggest you mention those facts to your new skipper.

4. The Pirates pitching staff has been very good to this point. Do you think they can maintain this long enough for the offense to catch up and string together some wins?

Absolutely.  No, just kidding.  The rotation has shown the ability to carry this team at various points in the past twelve months.  The big question is can it be sustained for a full season?  We have to say we don’t think so.  Jeff Karstens is already on the DL and we think Morton might be pushing his luck coming back so quickly.   James McDonald is a roller coaster.  McDonald and Morton will provide the answer to your question–we havent seen enough of how Morton will recover from his surgery to provide an educated answer.  If you had a gun to our head, we would guess the answer is less than fifty percent.

5. Do you expect the Pirates to break the .500 barrier this season?

As much as the city of Pittsburgh would rejoice in breaking the streak, I can’t see it unless a trade or two is made for some young bats.   The lineup has some serious out makers and twitter discussion is now being based around developing a game day drinking game based on the out machines in the six, seven, and eight spots in the Pirates batting order.  Please excuse me I am still catching up from Monday’s game.  Hiccup.


For what it’s worth, there are some very greedy Cardinals fans out there. Everyone likes a series sweep, but to be angry over the fact the Redbirds have yet to complete one is absurd. The team is 9-4 and they’ve won each series so far this season. Three of those series have come against teams perceived to be their stiffest competition for the NL Central crown. Despite this there were plenty of fans on Twitter yesterday voicing displeasure, not disappointment, with the loss.

Look, the Cardinals will get their share of series sweeps over the course of the season and by the way, they may even get swept at one point. You want to be upset that would be the time to start wallowing.

Another thing is the assumption that Adam Wainwright was going to be their savior this season. The surgery he is coming off of, while refined and now standard, still has a recovery time of 12-18 months. Wainwright busted his butt to get back in 12 months. He should be allowed a couple months to completely get the feel for being back on the mound. The notion that he was going to come out, win 20 games and throw 220 innings is ludacrous.

Wainwright was a dominant pitcher for two full seasons prior to his injury. There is no reason why he cannot get himself back to that level of play. It is just going to take some time. He may not be completely himself until next season or very late in this season.

Cardinals fans have been spoiled by him and by last year’s team. Take joy in what you have and be happy that Wainwright is on the mound and that the team is winning series.

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  • johnwvideo

    “There are some very greedy Cardinals fans out there”     These are not true Cardinal fans, there the type that jump on the bandwagon as a fan when there winning, these same people wont even turn on a game if they where loosing or having a loosing season..  I dismiss them !
    Interesting thing about Waino yesterday is his velocity seems way down on his Cutter and breaking ball. Phillips and Ludwick both got the same pitch when they blasted them out of the park. Luddys pitch was just slightly lower and he is a low ball hitter..
    I am not worried about Waino, I will admit after watching him in spring, I did truly believe he would come out and pitch 180 to 200 innings and win 18.  I think he over extended himself in spring. 
    Look at Carp last season. Could not win a game for anything. Then turned it around to the point that there was NO ONE  you would rather have the ball in a big game..
    I think Waino as the season gets deeper will improve and gain velocity to the point he will be almost his old self by seasons end.,. Or shall we say the playoffs, “pushing it”
    Its very cool when you can get quotes from opponents Blogs, you should keep that up especailly within the division play…

  • Chris_Carelli

    Some of the chatter on Twitter was over the top. I can understand disappointment, but not anger.
    Saying playoffs is not pushing it at all. The playoffs are very realistic and I agree that he should be closer to the Waino we’re used to by season’s end.
    I will definitely be reaching out to the other NL Central blogs as the season wears on. Glad you like the concept.

  • johnwvideo

     @Chris_Carelli Those twitter angry people, same ones that probably are still cursing out Albert.. There not true fans..
    I sell alot of baseball cards and bobbles to keep up my Cardinal/Yankee collection of autographs going and on one site I sell on I get the most nasty comments left on an Albert Card or Bobble, These are just MORONS, that know nothing of the game and are not true fans. Dismiss them all.. Like I just delete, delete…

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