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.
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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.