With good news comes bad news for the St. Louis Cardinals.
After the long-awaited call up of outfielder Harrison Bader was announced, the St. Louis Cardinals stated starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was going to be placed on the 10 day disabled list with back tightness. Wainwright was scheduled to start Friday night versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.
2017 has been a repeat version of 2016 for the long time ace of the staff. In 20 starts the right-hander has an ERA of 4.89, but is 11-5 thanks to quality run support. Luke Weaver got scratched from his start tonight which means he could take Wainwright’s spot in the rotation.
Waino has been up and down throughout his 12th big league season. In his three prior starts, the former Atlanta Braves prospect had a 2.25 ERA and a left on base percentage of 87%.
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In June, Wainwright allowed nine runs twice in a three game period. One of those games featured the shortest outing of his career, going 1 and 2/3 of an inning, allowing seven hits and three home runs to the Baltimore Orioles.
Weaver has been one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues this season. In thirteen starts, Weaver has an ERA of 1.91 with a WHIP of 0.939.
This season in the majors, Weaver has pitched three innings and has allowed three hits, but has not allowed a run.
“Dream Weaver” was seen last season also, but without a ton of success. 2016 featured 36 and 1/3 innings and gave up seven home runs and was allowing 11.4 hits per nine.
This injury could actually benefit the Cardinals even though it will be short term. If Weaver looks somewhat like his AAA self it could allow an inconsistent Cardinals offense to steal a win or two. Every game matters especially at this point in the season and Weaver could be the guy to spark this Cardinals team to a first place surge.