In an article appearing on MLB.com on Sunday, columnist Tracy Ringolsby praised St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright.
Apr 27, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Ringolsby, the 2005 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, writes that the Georgia native is “is undergoing a makeover that is making him an even bigger challenge for National League hitters.”
Will Wainwright get better?
"“I am doing things differently than I ever have,” he said. “I am sinking the ball to both sides [of the plate]. I’m throwing my curveball at different speeds. I know by the reaction of the hitter whether to speed up or slow down. The slow curveball is a swing-and-miss pitch. The harder is for ground balls.“I’m having fun. I’m enjoying baseball in a different light. I made a point in Spring Training. My total emphasis is on the result of the pitch I am throwing. I don’t think about what guys have done against me in the past. I just think of what I need to do with that pitch. It gives me the edge.”"
Waino may only be 32 years old but he’s not slowing down anytime soon. He’s got one 20-win season under his belt and fell short in two other seasons by just one win.
The two-time All-Star has finished in the top three for Cy Young Award voting three times. With Clayton Kershaw on the DL to start the season, Wainwright is making his campaign on the playing field with one of the best starts in recent seasons.