The St. Louis Cardinals are not going to be able to deal with Adam Wainwright‘s struggles as they head into the final month of the season.
The Cardinals ace has been as far from an ace as possible over the month of August. In six starts in August, Wainwright posted a 2-4 record with a 5.17 ERA. Entering the month of August, Wainwright had a 1.92 ERA.
“I’ve been going through a dead arm phase,” Wainwright said after Wednesday’s loss according to Derrick Goold. “Everybody does that. You have to find a way to get outs. Most of the time today I found ways to get outs. It’s not pretty. But I found ways to get outs. One of these days it’s going to click in and it’s going to be real nice.”
Goold explains that the term is “often applied when a pitcher’s arm feels exhausted or just not as snappy, whippy, or strong as needed.”
In addition to Wainwright’s struggles on the mound, the Cardinals have been playing since July 9 without catcher Yadier Molina. Without Molina behind the plate, the Cardinals have posted a higher ERA than with the Gold Glove catcher. Molina returns to the Cardinals roster tonight for the first time since his injury.